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An introduction to Gugak – Korean Traditional Music
Aug 22, 2013
You might already know that my PhD is about oral traditions and my focus lies in East Asia, especially Korea.I often come across people who are curious, confused and sometimes even baffled that I’d write and study about Korea.Most of them associate “Korea” with the Hallyu Wave (K...


Festival attracts movie lovers to Gwangju
Aug 22, 2013
Movie lovers will flock to Gwangju for the Gwangju International Film Festival which will be held from August 29 to September 2. Sweetheart Chocolate (photo courtesy of Gwangju International Film Festival)The five-day film festival which marks its 13th year will be held on t...


Early birds flock to palace on Saturday morning
Aug 21, 2013
As dew twinkled on leaves in the sun, people started flocking to Changgyeonggung Palace early in the morning. Nearly 500 people of all ages took their places on the bare floor in Myeongjeongjeon, the main hall of the palace, and waited for the special event, fanning themselves to...


Gilt-bronze Pensive Bodhisattva to touch down in New Yo...
Aug 21, 2013
One of Korea’s national treasures, the gilt-bronze Pensive Maitreya Bodhisattva from the Silla Kingdom (57 BC - AD 935) is bound for New York City to share its distinctive beauty and excellence with New Yorkers. The Pensive Maitreya Bodhisattva is set to leave Korea for an u...


K-pop legend Cho Yong-pil bridges generation gap
Aug 19, 2013
Middle-aged people in their 40s gathered in droves for a concert. Parents and children were also spotted. It was at Supersonic 2013, held on August 14 and 15. The rock concert was unlike contemporary rock festivals which are often regarded as the preserve of youth. Music fan...


Hong Sang-soo wins Best Director Award in Locarno
Aug 19, 2013
Critically acclaimed director Hong Sang-soo created another movie that shows his admiration for women, even capturing the Leopard Award for Best Director at the 66th Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland for his film Our Sunhi. Director Hong Sang-soo (right) and...


Festival attracts cartoon lovers to Bucheon
Aug 19, 2013
The Bucheon International Comics Festival (Bicof 2013) was held from August 14 to 18 on the theme of “The Secret of Stories” at the Visual Content Complex in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province). More than 8,000 people visited the festival on the opening day alone to look aro...


Lim, ‘something new created when different cultures mee...
Aug 16, 2013
“Classical music purifies human minds and makes us kind.” This is what permanent conductor Lim Hun-joung of the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucheon Phil) had to say when asked to define classical music. Permanent conductor Lim Hun-joung of Bucheon Phil (photo: Jeon Han)....


K-fashion impresses trend setters in Italy, New York
Aug 16, 2013
Korean fashion came into the spotlight in Italy and New York, both known as meccas of fashion.Crowds of stylish men descended upon Florence, Italy for Pitti Uomo, the menswear tradeshow which took place from June 18 to 21, only to be highly impressed by designs created by five Ko...


Museum spotlights ancient Gaya Confederacy
Aug 14, 2013
Gaya is an ancient confederacy which lasted more than 600 years in the modern-day Gyeongsang region. Until recently, the Gaya Confederacy (1 B.C. to AD 562), was regarded as a minor country which was overshadowed by the Three Kingdoms of Korea -- Goguryeo (37 BC - AD 668), B...