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Musical reflects a Van Gogh who never put down his brus...
Mar 03, 2014
Many remember Vincent van Gogh as a painter that created far-reaching influential paintings. At the same time, they remember him as an ill-fated artist who sold only one of his more than 2,000 works throughout his life. Unfortunately for him, many of his works only earned fame po...

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ASEAN-Korea forum focuses on cultural exchanges
Mar 03, 2014
A forum on cultural and arts exchanges across Asia was held in Seoul recently. Staffers and influential figures in the culture and arts sectors from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and the ...

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Lee Jung-sup’s “Bulls” grace Deoksugung gallery
Feb 28, 2014
One hundred masterpieces of modern art have been on display at the gallery in Deoksugung Palace, a branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), since late October last year. The exhibition features 100 modern paintings completed by 57 artists who re...

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Korean literature in English #10
Feb 27, 2014
The Library of Korean Literature series is a collection of ten Korean novels published in English in the U.S. last year. (photo courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea)The last volume in the ten-part Library of Korean Literature series is “No One Writes Back,” J...

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President goes to theater on Culture Wednesday
Feb 27, 2014
President Park Geun-hye saw the progressive play “Finding Kim Jong-wook” with university freshmen in Seoul on February 26 to mark “Culture Day,” the last Wednesday of every month. “Culture seems to be far from us, but it is much closer than we imagine. We breathe with it in our l...

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Three Korean films highlighted in Berlin
Feb 26, 2014
Three Korean films received awards recently at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. The winners were “Sprout,” directed by Yoon Ga-eun, “Non-Fiction Diary,” by Jung Yoon-suk, and “A Dream of Iron,” by Kelvin Kyung Kun Park. The short film “Sprout” won the Crystal Bear for...

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Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [5]
Feb 25, 2014
*This is the fifth part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.” 3) Making the yangtaeThe manufacturing of a brim refers to the process of enveloping in silk cloth or attaching bamboo or silk strands one by one, according to the needs of beach beoreong and type of hat...

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Card broadens access to arts, sports
Feb 24, 2014
In 2014, a wider group of people will be given the opportunity to enjoy cultural programs, sporting events and tourist facilities. Starting February 24, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will issue a "culture card,” its Munhwa Nuri Card, a prepaid cash card that will he...

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Ancient petroglyphs captivate archeologists
Feb 21, 2014
Numerous ancient rock engravings of whales and whaling still remain in the southeast area of the Korea Peninsula, attracting archeologists from around the world. It has been suggested that they are the first pieces of evidence showing the prehistoric origins of whaling. These pet...

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Korean literature in English #9
Feb 20, 2014
The Library of Korean Literature series is a collection of ten Korean novels published in English in the U.S. last year. (photo courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea)The ninth volume of the ten-part Library of Korean Literature is Park Wan-suh’s (1931-2011) “L...