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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...

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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...

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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...

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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)....

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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...

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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...

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Israeli and Palestinian youths find common ground: K-po...
Aug 14, 2013
In the Middle East, where Judaism and Islam are deeply intertwined with culture, the Korean wave is starting to gain recognition. The BBC and an Israeli media outlet recently reported that K-pop has been highlighted as a symbol of hope and peace in this land of conflict, explaini...

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Thursday nights brim with traditional tunes
Aug 13, 2013
On Thursday nights, the traditional melodies of Korea fill Deoksugung Palace. Taking place on Thursdays throughout August, Deoksugung Pungnyu fills the night at Deoksugung Palace with traditional tunes (photo courtesy of CHF).Throughout the month of August, gugak (Korean mus...

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A retrospective of Alexander Calder, ‘mobile’ creator
Aug 09, 2013
From mobiles hovering over a baby's crib to public artworks in parks around the world, the so-called “mobile,” or kinetic sculpture, originated from the creation of Alexander Calder (1898-1976), who changed the landscape of sculpture. A retrospective exhibition on Calder is ...

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Puppet festival invites you to world of childhood dream...
Aug 09, 2013
Nearly 900 performers from puppet theaters in Korea and from overseas have gathered in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), for a special event -- Chuncheon Puppetry Festival 2013. A total of 96 puppet theaters, including seven theaters from six countries -- Greece, Spain, P...