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Korea-Japan Festival travels to 21st century
Sep 26, 2013
The Korea-Japan Festival took place in Tokyo on September 21 and 22. From second left: Japanese First Lady Akie Abe, Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-kee, Japanese Princess Takamado, and Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida make a giant bowl of bibimbap (p...

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Historic records of Arirang on display
Sep 26, 2013
From the first recorded album and the first written score to designation as a UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage, everything about Korean folk song Arirang has been opened to the public. The National Gugak Center recently unveiled a special exhibition themed on Arirang, sh...

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Plentiful traditions on autumn weekends
Sep 25, 2013
With a cool, refreshing breeze ushering in autumn, it is high time to relax and indulge in Korean traditions with a series of performances at two of Seoul’s historic sites. As the leaves are beginning to change their color, Namsangol Hanok Village and Unhyeongung Palace offer int...

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Korea Liquors Contest picks 32 best spirits
Sep 25, 2013
Some of the best alcoholic beverages in Korea were selected at the Korea Liquors Contest 2013. At the contest, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), a total of 32 products were given first, second, and third-place prizes in eight different cate...

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Gyeongju: millennium capital of Silla reinvented in Jos...
Sep 25, 2013
The ancient Silla Kingdom lasted for nearly 1,000 years from 57 BC to AD 935, centered around its capital city Gyeongju. Known for its vibrant cultural relics including UNESCO World Heritage sites Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto as well as the symbolic golden crowns and tomb...

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World craftworks gather at Cheongju International Craft...
Sep 24, 2013
Cheongju is hosting a craft festival bringing together the crafted masterpieces of 3,000 craftsmen from 60 countries around the world. Held under the theme “Something Old, Something New,” the Cheongju International Craft Biennale brings back the value and worth of world craftwork...

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1,500-year-old castle discovered
Sep 24, 2013
An ancient castle with preserved relics just as they were 1,500 years ago back in Silla (57 BC - AD 935) and Baekje (18 BC - AD 660), was discovered in Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province).The Chungbuk National University Museum recently unveiled the remains e...

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Festival boosts cultural exchange between Korea, Poland
Sep 24, 2013
Groups of Polish people gathered at a square inside Agricola Park in Warsaw on September 7. About 18,000 Warsaw citizens were there for Korea Festival 2013 themed "Feel Korea, Taste Korea, Buy Korea!" which was held jointly by the Korean Embassy to Poland and Warsaw City Hall. At...

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From encounter to companion: Istanbul-Gyeongju Expo end...
Sep 23, 2013
The Istanbul-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2013 came to an end on September 22. Hosted in Istanbul, the city regarded as a middle point between Asia and Europe, the expo featured cultural exchanges with 40 participating countries for 23 days starting from August 31.“The cultural ex...

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A 21st-century Chuseok
Sep 19, 2013
Chuseok, the holiday sometimes referred to as Korean Thanksgiving, is all about family. It is one of two major holidays in Korea (the other being the Lunar New Year) that traditionally see people making a mass exodus out of the city to meet their families in their hometowns. Ther...