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Yi Kwang-Su, Korea & "The Soil"
Jan 08, 2016
The battle for the soul of Asia continues today, just as it raged in 1932 and 1933 when Yi Kwang-Su published his epic "The Soil." What is the best path toward modernity? How can society create harmony between the globalized city and the conservative heartland? How is nationalism...

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Imperial tombs look back on final days of Joseon
Jan 08, 2016
The Joseon royal tombs include the tombs of royal family members throughout the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). These tombs were listed as UNESCO World Heritage items in 2009. Joseon royal tombs are divided into two main categories: the neung (능, 陵) and the won (원, 園). The neung are ...

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Enjoy the winter, welcome the spring with classical mus...
Jan 08, 2016
A range of classical music maestros and opera stars will perform across Korea for the first time this season, and there will be young virtuosos showing off their talents on stage, too. The city of Tongyeong on the southern coast, styling itself Korea's "city of music," will s...

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Korean recipes: Sweet rice with nuts and jujubes, yaksi...
Jan 08, 2016
Yaksik cuisine is usually eaten on the Jeongwol Daeboreum, the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. It's made with healthy ingredients, such as chestnuts, jujubes, pine nuts and honey. Many people make it for Seollal Lunar New Year's Day and other banquet days. Yaksik takes tim...

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'Army on the Tree' examines contradictions of war
Jan 05, 2016
The play 'Army on the Tree,' currently on stage at the Seoul Arts Center, is based on a true story of two Japanese soldiers who hid in a banyan tree on Okinawa during World War II. In Okinawa during the final days of the World War II, two Japanese soldiers climbed up a ...

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Explore Korea's national heritage online
Dec 31, 2015
The Cultural Heritage Administration reopens its digital cultural information service today. The website offers a wide range of historical records, pictures and videos related to Korea's cultural heritage. An updated version of the government website, 'Korea National He...

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Exhibition celebrates Year of the Monkey
Dec 24, 2015
Monkeys are not indigenous to the Korean Peninsula, but as one of the 12 animals of the East Asian zodiac, the monkey can be found in many aspects of Korean history and traditions. As the ninth zodiac animal, it symbolizes maternal love and success, and can act as a talisman to w...

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Two 'Nutcrackers' enrich year-end celebrations
Dec 23, 2015
“The Nutcracker” is on its way to rekindle the innocence of childhood, as Christmas draws near. The classical ballet is based on the story of Germany-born E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” The tale begins on Christmas Eve when a young Marie receives a...

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Korean recipes: patjuk red bean porridge
Dec 23, 2015
A staffer at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin-si City, Gyeoggi-do Province, offers patjuk, or rice and red bean porridge, to visitors to mark Dongji, the winter solstice, which falls on Dec. 22 this year. Earlier this week, it was easy to see people enjoying red bean porridge,...

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Eat your way across Korea -- kimchi soup
Dec 23, 2015
Korean cuisine just wouldn't be the same without its vast and various varieties of kimchi. There are 187 officially-recognized varieties of kimchi listed at the Kimchi Field Museum in southern Seoul. In reality, however, that number is most likely an underestimate, as every famil...