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‘Saimdang, Light’s Diary,’ though fictional, pursues tr...
Feb 08, 2017
TV stars Lee Young-ae (left) and Song Seung-heon play the leads in the TV show ‘Saimdang, Light’s Diary.’ Shin Saimdang (신사임당, 申師任堂) (1504-1551), the epitome of a mid-Joseon perfect wife and wise mother, was an artist, calligraphist and poet. She was also good at weaving. She h...

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Korea’s National Flower
Feb 08, 2017
When I was a little girl, we had in our garden a beautiful tall plant all covered in purple and blue flowers. It was a charming sight, but unfortunately my mom had to remove it in order to build a wall. That was sad, but I keep good memories of it. Today, I know this is Korea’s n...

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6 Korean films to be screened at Berlin fest
Feb 07, 2017
Six Korean films, including award-winning director Hong Sang-soo's latest movie, will be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival set to kick off this week. Hong's "On the Beach at Night Alone" will be featured in the main competition category, while five others will be...


The Guardian highlights Korean poet Choi Seung-ja
Feb 07, 2017
“An iconic figure of Korean literature.” “The common pronoun of the 1980s poets.” These are how The Guardian has described one of Korea's most- prominent poets, Choi Seung-ja. On Jan. 24, the U.K. daily published three poems by Choi in its “Translation Tuesday” section. ...


The Possibility of Impossible Expressions
Feb 01, 2017
What is true beauty and how can human beings express that true beauty? Ch’oe Yun’s mesmerizing narrative places this ageless question at the heart of the novel through the character Yi Jina, otherwise known as “Jini,” a bewitchingly beautiful advertising model. Jini has modeled s...

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Le Monde praises North Korean refugee TV shows
Feb 01, 2017
The magazine M, published by Le Monde, a French daily, features an article on Jan. 31 about Korean talk shows that feature former refugees from North Korea. Korean talk shows that invite into the studio former refugees from North Korea to talk about their experiences have been ...


The Story of Chunhyang
Jan 31, 2017
When I asked around, I found that most people know Korea by either its TV shows, its pop music or its cuisine. Those all play a big role in promoting Korea. Some of these have very broad resonance, to the extent that we can say that "everyone on the internet has seen it" or heard...

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Korea helps save records of Philippine ethnolinguistic ...
Jan 31, 2017
The lives and traditions of smaller ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines have now been recorded onto CDs and DVDs. The International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP), under the auspices of UNESCO, sponso...


Visit the Korea booth at Spain's tourism trade fair
Jan 31, 2017
The tourism trade fair FITUR is held at the IFEMA convention center in Madrid from Jan. 18 to 22 this year. The International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR), organized by the Feria de Madrid (IFEMA) convention center, was held from Jan. 18 to 22, one of the three major international ...


Korean cuisine woos Madrid
Jan 31, 2017
Visitors to the Madrid Fusion 2017 fair look closely at some of the Korean food being made with vegetables and doenjang soybean paste. The Korean Food Foundation introduced various dishes that use fermented condiments at the three-day world gourmet festival, which took place from...