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Beauty of Joseon palaces unfolds at night
Jan 13, 2015
The Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces will be open at night for six days in February, allowing visitors to appreciate the nocturnal beauty of two of Joseon's (1392-1910) royal palaces for the first time this year. The winter night opening for Gyeongbokgung is scheduled be...


Archive to be built for storytellers
Jan 12, 2015
A new website that amalgamates a broad range of information about cultural heritage, classical literature and history will be launched by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) next month. The MCST recently announced that this new "story repository" will help authors,...

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Makgeolli, Korea's master brews
Jan 12, 2015
Known as one of Korea's unrefined liquors, the rice beer makgeolli can be roughly divided into two categories. There is unpasteurized makgeolli with live yeast, called saeng, meaning "live," makgeolli. Then there is pasteurized makgeolli, where heat has killed all the yeast, call...


Daegu opera to present 'Turandot'
Jan 09, 2015
In the square in front of the palace in ancient Beijing, the beautiful Princess Trandot tells three riddles. If a challenger can solve all three, he would get to marry the princess. If he fails, however, he would be put to death. Prince Calaf, who has been wandering the world aft...


Westerners’ insight into southernmost island
Jan 09, 2015
Jeju Island, Korea's biggest volcanic island, jutting out of the sea across from the southernmost part of the peninsula, is known for being rich in history and tradition, as well as for its magnificent natural sights. That’s why many tourists, not just from home, but from abroad,...


Smithsonian unveils Korean artifacts online
Jan 08, 2015
Some 781 Korean artifacts that all belong to the Smithsonian Institution have been unveiled online. The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution posted the photographs of 40,691 pieces of Asian art and artifacts at its homepage ( on Janua...


Film, theater masters to share expertise with youth
Jan 08, 2015
Three Asian film and theater masters will come to Korea to share with the younger generation their expertise in making films and plays that they have accumulated over the course of their career. The three are film directors Tsai Ming-Liang from Taiwan and Apichatpong Weerasethaku...

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Korean film via stamps -- 'The Road to Sampo'
Jan 08, 2015
The third series of Korean film stamps issued by Korea Post in 2009 contains four representative films from the 1970s and 1980s. This single sheet of stamps includes the movies "The Road to Sampo" (1975), " Never, Never Forget Me" (1976), " Yalkae" (1976) and " Chilsu and Mansu" ...


A rendezvous between fantasy and fairy tale: Vladimir K...
Jan 07, 2015
'Diary of Discovery' 'Walnut of Eden'Each piece of paper becomes a seagull, flying high in the sky. This is the world of Russia-born painter Vladimir Kush (b. 1965) in his work “Diary of Discovery.”On his canvas, his fairy tale-like imagination creates a beautiful fantasy wor...


Jogakbo quilting retains traditional patterns, c...
Jan 07, 2015
Pillows decorated in the traditional jogakbo patchwork pattern show the harmony of colors. “The traditional arts will always be successful,” said Kang Keum Seong, a handicraft designer at ViiN Collection. She makes bedding, clothes and craftworks using the traditional jogakbo pat...