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Traditions of Ryukyu Kingdom come to life in Seoul
Jan 28, 2015
The Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球) was an independent kingdom that ruled over the Ryukyu Islands from 1429 until 1879. Today, it is Okinawa Prefecture, the southernmost corner of Japan. Seoul recently played host to a series of special events that shone a light on the traditions of the anci...


Exhibits trace history of Gyeongsang
Jan 27, 2015
Two interesting exhibitions are underway in Gyeongsang-do (North and South Gyeongsang Provinces). The first is the “Dalseong, Matrix of Daegu” exhibit that has been going on at the Daegu National Museum. The exhibition focuses on the history of Dalseong-gun (Dalseong County) in c...


Sheffield, England, catches Korean sounds
Jan 26, 2015
The love of traditional Korean music has spread to Sheffield, England. Lately, interest in South Korea has been very high among students at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. In England, only three universities offer Korean as a major, and the University of ...


Taking part in jogakbo, group sewing at the table
Jan 26, 2015
Have you ever tried jogakbo? It is a style of traditional Korean patchwork quilting. I recently had a go when I attended a late night event being held at the the Victoria & Albert Museum last year. You can read the full article here.Here is my slightly exaggerated experience ...


Millet's paintings of ordinary farmers come to Seoul
Jan 21, 2015
In a departure from focusing on mythology and Christianity, the main subjects of Western art after the Renaissance, French painter Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) portrayed real life, particularly the everyday life of farmers. Millet, a 19th century Realist painter, led to the b...


Chungju reaffirmed as center of ancient Korea
Jan 21, 2015
Chungju has once again been confirmed as an ancient historical city. Researchers recently excavated some 19 bronze artifacts from a Wooden chamber tomb with a stone mound (積石木棺墓), in Hoam-dong, Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do, including seven Korean Bronze Age swords (細形銅劍), one bronz...

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Korean film via stamps -- 'Yalkae, a Joker in High Scho...
Jan 21, 2015
'Yalkae, a Joker in High School' (1976) is directed by Seok Rae-Myeong and produced by Yun Bang Films. (image: Korea Post)Among the many films made in the 1970s about high school life, "Yalkae, a Joker in High School" (1976), called "Go-gyo-yal-gae" in Korean, was particularly po...


Russian students learn essence of tradition
Jan 19, 2015
A group of Russian college students have arrived on Jindo Island, off the southwest corner of the Korean Peninsula. On January 14, 17 members of the Russian art troupe Haedong, from the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, visited the Jindo National Gugak Center on the ...


The Tale of Chunhyang: true love conquers all in this f...
Jan 19, 2015
The Chunhyangjeon is one of Korea’s most iconic stories. Although its author and date of composition are unknown, it most likely originated as a work of pansori, a form of musical storytelling involving song and percussion, and was later adapted into prose during the reign of eit...


'Ode to My Father' catches attention of US media
Jan 16, 2015
The film "Ode to My Father" has stirred interest among U.S. media outlets. The film is about a boy who grows up and then grows old living through Korea's turbulent modern history. He is also the eldest son and keeps a lifetime promise to his father he made when the family fled so...