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Orchestra, ballet, choir hits the stage in Sejong City
Feb 14, 2014
A special new year’s concert was held to celebrate the government’s move to the Sejong Metropolitan Autonomous City. Held in the Government Complex-Sejong’s auditorium, the concert’s theme was, “Bringing in an era of cultural enrichment, enabling the people with ‘a beautiful life...

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Korean literature in English #8
Feb 14, 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 eighth part of the ten-volume Library of Korean Literature series is “The Soil” penned by ...

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Collaborative ‘Warmth’ art exhibition opens at Seoul St...
Feb 12, 2014
A colorful collection of objets d’art, both traditional and modern, has been brought together by around 100 artists, potters, folk-art craftsman, designers and architects in the old Seoul Station building. It is the Ongi exhibition, or Warmth exhibition. It will take place at Cul...

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Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [3]
Feb 11, 2014
*This is the third part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.”Gannil—gat craftsmanship and variations The process of gat makingGat are horsehair hats that consist of two basic elements: the daewu or crown and the yangtae or brim. Although originally made of thinly s...

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Korean fashion hits walkways in New York
Feb 11, 2014
A team of Korea fashion designers hopes to impress the U.S. fashion industry by presenting their fall and winter collections at the Concept Korea F/W 2014 event in New York on February 11. On the opening stage at The Salon at Lincoln Center, there will be an “Aspire to Inspire” p...

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Korean cuisine praised by Swedish daily
Feb 10, 2014
“Food seems to bridge traditional and modern aspects of life in Korea, a country that has developed into the world’s 15th largest economy in just half a century, growing from being one of the poorest to one of the richest… There are hundreds of luxurious coffee shops lined up eve...

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Cookbook makes Korean dishes easy
Feb 07, 2014
Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan said he loves yukgaejang, a style of spicy beef soup. Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow made a video clip of herself cooking bibimbap, a mixed-rice dish with vegetables and meat. First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama tweeted her own recipe for...

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Korean literature in English #7
Feb 06, 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 seventh volume in the ten-part Library of Korean Literature is the full-length novel “At ...

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Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [2]
Feb 05, 2014
*This is the second part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.”The development of the gat over time: Changes in dress codes and hats In terms of headgear, the representative hat for Joseon-era men was the gat, whose socio-cultural context far surpasses the dictionar...

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War Memorial of Korea: Donated memorabilia unites all
Feb 05, 2014
Memories of wars that took place in Korea from the 19th century, during the late Joseon period, through to the modern era are being contemplated and revived at the War Memorial of Korea in downtown Seoul, with a recently opened exhibition dedicated to the relics of war. The donat...