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Korean history comes together in Chungju
Dec 17, 2014
The city of Chungju is located in Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province), in the heart of the Korean Peninsula. It's a city with a population of just over 200,000 and a long history, sitting in the heart of the Jungwon region. With the Hangang River and its southern tribu...


Singer Lee Jin-ah keeps dream alive
Dec 16, 2014
As soon as it's released, her new songs will top most domestic music charts. We're not talking about another idol band, pre-programmed to be famous with a wide fan base. This is the story of Lee Jin-ah, a competitor in season four of the television talent show competition "K-Pop ...


Korean Peninsula was ‘a land of leopards’
Dec 16, 2014
One may think of tigers as the fiercest animal that ever lived on the Korean Peninsula. There was, however, another species of large cat that was just as fierce as tigers, and even outnumbered them. They were leopards. In Joseon times (1392-1910), the number of leopards was large...


Korean voices left behind in Berlin from World War I
Dec 16, 2014
“Why am I here?... How did I end up being here, here that I would want to go back, crying?” A mournful voice rang out across the Goethe-Institut in Seoul on December 13. The owner of the voice turned out to be an ethnic Korean prisoner of war, Kang Gawriel, who fought on the Russ...

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The Snail-Shell Bride: bad things come to those who can...
Dec 15, 2014
Long ago, on a farm far away, there lived a poor farmer who worked hard every day, digging, planting, plowing, harvesting and herding. Because he was poor, no woman wanted to marry him, and thus he continued living alone, working from sunrise to sunset. As the days wore on, his m...


ASEAN first ladies find Asian kinship in artwork
Dec 15, 2014
The first ladies of the 10 ASEAN countries, on a visit to Korea with their spouses to attend the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan on December 11 and 12, visited two cultural centers in the port city on December 12. The first ladies from ASEAN, escorted by Cho Yoonsu...


Korean food, IT delight Korea-ASEAN luncheon
Dec 15, 2014
The rendezvous between Hansik, Korean cuisine, and IT shone during the luncheon at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit. President Park Geun-hye (center) toasts participating leaders from ASEAN at the Nurimaru APEC House in Busan on December 12.President Pa...

141212_korean_film_thb2.jpg's list of must-see films: The Ball Shot by a ...
Dec 12, 2014
The Ball Shot by a Midget (1981)Directed by Lee Won-se Kim Bul-yi is a dwarf. He was making a living by playing the trumpet in local theaters and in the circus. With modernization, however, the theaters and circus stages were torn down. Kim lost his job and ended up working at ...


Two sopranos to sing the nights away at winter concerts
Dec 12, 2014
The sopranos Shin Youngok and Jo Sumi will perform at a series of winter concerts this season. They will cover songs in a variety of genres, ranging from famous songs from movie soundtracks to folk songs and opera arias. Shin will perform at the Seoul Arts Center on December 17 a...


‘Korea, ASEAN are old friends willing to help each othe...
Dec 12, 2014
The last leg of the first day's schedule at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit that kicked off in Busan on December 11 was a welcome dinner held at the BEXCO convention center in Busan. The formal banquet brought together the different cultures and leaders from 11 A...