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Korean culture makes headlines worldwide
Jan 21, 2014
The year 2013 saw a continued rise in news stories spotlighting hallyu, also known as “the Korean Wave,” in media outlets worldwide. According to the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), part of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), the number of foreign ...


Alcohol in Korean Life [7]
Jan 21, 2014
This is the seventh part in our series, “Alcohol in Korean life.” Click here to see previous posts. Sul and Customs Seasonal Customs The Korean people have long enjoyed festivals and celebrations tied to the seasonal changes throughout the year. People would give thanks to the de...


President begins Swiss visit with cultural events
Jan 20, 2014
President Park Geun-hye began her state visit to Switzerland with a series of cultural events, visiting an art exhibition and attending a performance. President Park, who has now become the first Korean head of state to visit the country, visited a special exhibition on Paul Klee...


Culture ties Korea, India together
Jan 20, 2014
“Korea and India have many things in common in terms of history and culture and even both countries’ Independence Day falls on the same day, August 15. Let’s expand cultural exchanges and further solidify the cultural ties between our two countries.”So said President Park Geun-hy...


Exhibition on Taoist Culture in Korea: the road to happ...
Jan 17, 2014
Taoism, an ancient Chinese tradition of philosophy and religious belief, arrived in Korea during the ancient Three Kingdoms period (57 B.C.- A.D. 935). Since then, it has become one of the biggest Korean religious movements, along with Confucianism and Buddhism. However, compared...

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Korean literature in English #5
Jan 16, 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 fourth novel in the ten-book Library of Korean Literature series is “A Most Ambiguous Sund...


Alcohol in Korean life [6]
Jan 15, 2014
This is the sixth part in our series, “Alcohol in Korean life.” Click here to see previous posts. Danwondo (Picture by Danwon; Personal Collection) by Kim Hong-doSul in art and customs ArtistsThe Korean people’s love for drinking being punctuated by singing and dancing has d...


Classical music will warm the winter weather
Jan 14, 2014
Major classical music concerts in February and March will take the chill out of the weather as renowned orchestras and performers from Germany, the United States and Russia all come to Korea to fill the winter air with classical music. Beginning in early February, the 171-year-ol...


Educational program for children aims at Asian myths, c...
Jan 13, 2014
An educational program in which elementary school students can learn about Asian culture will take place at the Gwangju Youth Training Center, in Gwangju, from January 13 to 15. The extracurricular class is being spearheaded by the government’s Agency of Culture for Children, par...


Joseon Buddhist painting returns after 100 years
Jan 10, 2014
A Buddhist painting produced in the late Joseon period (1392-1910) has finally returned to Korean soil after 100 years of wandering. The large painting, known as the “Korean Sakyamuni Triad Painting,” portrays the Buddha delivering a sermon with a Bodhisattva on each side of him....