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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...


Lee Young-chil conducts Beethoven in Bulgaria
Dec 11, 2014
Lee Young-chil conducts the orchestra. Conductor Lee Young-chil has made his appearance on the European stage.On December 10, the conductor raised his baton in front of the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Pazardzhik, a city in southern Bulgaria. For the show, he led the orchestr...

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Korean, French art centers join forces on design
Dec 09, 2014
The Institute of Asian Cultural Development, part of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Le Consortium, a Dijon-based modern arts center in France, have decided to cooperate on the design of the Asian Culture Complex, a multipurpose arts center slated to open ...


Ritual for gods of earth, harvest to be revived
Dec 09, 2014
King Taejo (r. 1392-1398), the first of the Joseon kings, upon founding the new dynasty ordered built two sacred buildings on either side of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main hall where kings carried out political affairs. There was the Jongmyo Shrine to the east and the Sajikdan Al...