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Korean tour guide app receives world recognition
Feb 04, 2014
A smartphone application for tourists travelling to Korea recently received an award from the United Nation's World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Dubbed the Smart Tour Guide, this app provides audio explanations of attractions, episodes in history and cultural aspects at selected...

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President Park attends movie on first Culture Day
Feb 03, 2014
President Park Geun-hye watched the animated movie “The Nut Job,” jointly produced by Korea and Canada, on January 29, in honor of the country’s first Culture Day, which falls on the last Wednesday of every month. Among those present at the theater were Minister of Culture, Sport...

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Korean literature in English #6
Jan 29, 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 sixth volume of the ten-part Library of Korean Literature series is the 1988 full-length ...

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Alcohol in Korean Life [8]
Jan 29, 2014
This is the last part in our series, “Alcohol in Korean life.” Click here to see previous posts.Sul and Manners Koreans have long regarded sul as something to be consumed in accordance with proper manners and etiquette. Sul is offered on ritual tables for ancestors, served to vis...

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Lunar New Year festivities across the country
Jan 29, 2014
People put on their hanbok, traditional Korean attire, decorated with gold-gilded patterns in various shapes and sizes. Some of them prepare the table of food for the charye, the ancestral rite, and give bows to their ancestors. Others perform sebae, a deep bow to the elderly, an...

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Last Wednesdays to bring you rich and varied cultural a...
Jan 28, 2014
A wide variety of cultural facilities and programs have just become more accessible to the public. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment have jointly proclaimed the last Wednesday of every month to be “Culture...

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Hanbok embodies age-old philosophies
Jan 28, 2014
There is perhaps no other artifact that captures the richness of Korean cultural heritage as well as Korean traditional attire, known as hanbok. While the origins of hanbok can be traced back millennia to the ethnic origins of the Korean people, historical records in the form of ...

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Korean family-themed films reach global audience
Jan 27, 2014
Eight Korean family-themed movies are now available across more than 110 countries in eight languages, including simplified Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.The Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) and the Korean Film Archive (KOFA) on Janua...

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Foreign stars on the rise
Jan 24, 2014
Not that long ago, one could only see a few foreigners in Korean movies or TV shows. Now, however, befitting the modernized world created by economic development and globalization, more and more non-Korean talent of diverse nationalities is appearing in the domestic motion pictur...

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Harvard publishes early Korean history series
Jan 22, 2014
Two English books on early Korean history were published by Harvard University on January 7. Titled “New Perspectives on Early Korean Art: From Silla to Koryo” and “The Han Commanderies in Early Korean History,” the two books are the fifth and sixth parts of a series published by...