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Joseon Buddhist painting returns after 100 years
Jan 10, 2014
A Buddhist painting produced in the late Joseon period (1392-1910) has finally returned to Korean soil after 100 years of wandering. The large painting, known as the “Korean Sakyamuni Triad Painting,” portrays the Buddha delivering a sermon with a Bodhisattva on each side of him....

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Korean literature in English #4
Jan 09, 2014
The Library of Korean Literature series is a collection of ten Korean novels published in English in the U.S. last year. (Photo courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea)Author Jung Mi-kyung’s collection of short stories, “My Son’s Girlfriend,” is the fourth volum...


Alcohol in Korean life [5]
Jan 08, 2014
This is the fifth part of our series, “Alcohol in Korean life.” Click here to see the previous parts. Munbaeju, Wild Pear Liquor Origin and TransmissionMunbaeju, or wild pear liquor, originated from Pyongyang in the present-day North Korea during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). ...


Digital cultural data assembled in one place
Jan 08, 2014
A service offering integrated digital data on Korea’s cultural treasures became available on the first day of 2014.The Korea National Heritage Online portal ( gives access to a complete range of digital content collected from existing subsidia...


Buddhist temples added to Korea's UNESCO Tentative List
Jan 08, 2014
Seven traditional Buddhist mountain temples were added to Korea’s Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage items in December 2013. The newly-listed temples are Seonamsa in Suncheon, Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province), Daeheungsa in Haenam, Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province), B...


Ten key cultural trends in 2014
Jan 07, 2014
In celebration of New Year’s 2014, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) has released a list of “Top Ten Trends” that are expected to be prominent in the cultural sphere next year.  1. Consuming culture like a snack: “we want it fast, light and convenient” &...


2014 to be full of great art exhibitions
Jan 07, 2014
Art lovers will be busy in 2014 with a series of special exhibitions scheduled throughout the year. Among the major exhibitions are the “Beyond Impressionism: the Birth of Modern Art” event and the Pompeii exhibition, both at the National Museum of Korea, a tenth anniversary exhi...


‘Korean producers tap into Broadway’: New York Times
Jan 07, 2014
The New York Times, the U.S. newspaper of record, published an article about the development of Korea’s and Asia’s musical and theater industry, “Korean Cash Takes Broadway Bows,” in its arts section on December 31 last year. The article sheds light on a new trend springing up on...


Culture is the most precious asset: President
Jan 06, 2014
President Park Geun-hye emphasized the importance of culture by saying that, “culture is the most valuable asset we have.” President Park made these remarks during a New Year’s meeting with influential figures from the culture and the arts scene on January 3. President Park ...


New year welcomed in with concert
Jan 06, 2014
President Park Geun-hye waves to the crowd at the 2014 New Year’s musical concert on January 3. (photo: Jeon Han)President Park Geun-hye opened the New Year by attending a musical concert at the Seoul Arts Center on January 3. It has now become her second official function of the...