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Actor Lee Min-ho talks about his popularity in China
Mar 20, 2014
Actor Lee Min-ho has been taking China by storm. In a recent interview with Seoul-based fashion magazine Atstar1, he was asked about the secret behind his sweeping popularity there. Lee attributed his fame to, “the power of Korean soap operas.” Indeed, in the mainland Chinese med...


Heroes of the Avengers meet again in Seoul
Mar 19, 2014
Marvel’s hit blockbuster sequel, ”Avengers: Age of Ultron,” will shoot on location in Seoul. The MOU signing ceremony with local authorities on the upcoming location shoot for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in Seoul on March 18. Actress Soo-hyun (center) and with other authoritie...


Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [7]
Mar 18, 2014
*This is the seventh part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.” The Transmission and Preservation of Gat: Humans Weaving a Tradition Horsehair crafts and artisansThe gat, a style of horsehair hat, served as a status symbol and was part of one’s formal outerwear, de...


Alien love story goes viral in China
Mar 18, 2014
One of China’s top seven Communist Party leaders, head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Wang Qishan, mentioned a Korean soap opera at a recent meeting with a delegation of visiting officials. Wang said, “This drama is now taking China by storm.” The high-rankin...


K-music sweeps SXSW
Mar 17, 2014
A range of K-pop groups and rock'n'roll bands have been wowing their U.S. fans at the South by SouthWest (SXSW) Music Festival, which took place from March 7 to 16 in Austin, Texas. A total of 15 Korean performers took to the stage at various venues across the festival. SXSW...


The Bard at 450: new wave of Shakespeare hits Korea in ...
Mar 14, 2014
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” It is a line from “Macbeth,” a tragedy by literary giant William Shakespeare (1564-1616). The play is full of conflict and struggle between contradictory values, such as good and evil and fair and foul. As society grows larger and confusions deep...


500 years of Korean royal history on tour in US
Mar 14, 2014
Korean royal art and culture will be on display in the U.S. at a soon-to-be-opened exhibition, “Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910.” As part of an effort at cultural exchange, and aimed at helping the two countries rediscover each other’s cult...


1974: two bright lights of culture in the darkness
Mar 13, 2014
The year 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of many things. It marks the 40th anniversary of Seoul’s subway system. It marks the 40th anniversary of the current president’s mother’s assassination. More importantly, however, for Korea and its culture, 2014 marks the 40th anniversary ...


Korean-American literature comes alive
Mar 13, 2014
A new book has been published that looks at Korean-American literature and at the works of more than 40 Korean-American authors.“Understanding Korean American Literature” is a rare look at literature created by minorities in the U.S. and has been reaching its global audience sinc...


Sherlock Holmes fever sweeps the nation
Mar 11, 2014
Sherlock Holmes is known for his typical deerstalker hat and curved pipe. He is a brilliant detective, able to deduce one’s job or character from just a look at one’s appearance and behavior. Standing 1.8 meters tall, the man with a hooked nose first appeared in Arthur Conan Doyl...