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Father of ‘Art Nouveau’ mesmerizes Korean art lovers
Jul 19, 2013
Familiar paintings depicting beautiful women with elegant hair against flamboyant floral backgrounds as if they just came out of tarot cards or cartoons. Mucha’s first set of decorative panels The Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter (photo courtesy of Mucha Trust 2013)Th...

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Metamorphosis of a coal mining town: Dong Gang Photo Fe...
Jul 19, 2013
Back in the 1950s and ‘60s, Yeongwol was a city all surrounded by coal mines. Nearly half a century later, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province) city has become a popular tourist city of the province, crowded with visitors looking to trace its history. One of the biggest contributors to ...

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Meet animation characters at Seoul Character & Licensin...
Jul 18, 2013
Pororo, Pucca, Mashimaro. These are some of the familiar Korean animation characters, especially popular among children. All sorts of cartoon characters can be met at Seoul Character & Licensing Fair 2013 which started on July 17. Nearly 170 companies in the character or lice...

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Forum proposes 800 common Chinese characters
Jul 18, 2013
Renowned scholars and former high-profile politicians from Korea, China, and Japan announced a list of 800 Chinese characters for common use. A list was compiled of 800 Chinese characters in common use, proposed by scholars and politicians from Korea, China, and Japan. The s...

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Korean films under spotlight in New York
Jul 17, 2013
Korean films received the spotlight at the 12th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF). The festival was held at the Walter Reade Theater of the Lincoln Center in Manhattan from June 28 to July 15. During the special Korean film screening, a total of 24 Korean feature and short fil...

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5 rock festivals ready to blow away heat wave
Jul 17, 2013
Five major rock festivals are getting ready to touch down throughout Korea between late July and mid-August, the time when the summer heat reaches its peak. Armed with the hottest stage settings and a lineup of international headliners, the five biggest rock festivals -- 2013 Ans...

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Verdi opera cools off summer heat
Jul 16, 2013
Marking the 200th birthday of 19th-century Italian opera virtuoso Giuseppe Verdi, a concert gave opera lovers in Korea a pleasant respite from the torrential rains of the typhoon season. Singing the masterpieces of the Italian opera master were four Korean opera singers who are a...

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Kang Se-hwang, a Joseon artist ahead of his time
Jul 16, 2013
Who is that person Whose beard and eyebrows are all grey? Wearing an official hat and plain clothes, His mind remains in obscurityThough his name is on the Court Who would know that this man cherishes thousands of books in the heartWith the power of his brush shaking the five fam...

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Lee Ja-ram tells life story with pansori ‘Sacheon-ga’
Jul 12, 2013
No one can say he or she knows everything about pansori, a traditional narrative musical style, without watching Lee Ja-ram’s performance. Young pansori singer (sorikkun in Korean) Lee Ja-ram is now on a one-month run of Sacheon-ga , her longest-ever pansori project taking place ...

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Islamic treasures come to Seoul
Jul 12, 2013
Glittering jewel accessories, beautiful craftworks made of glass and metal, wide carpets decorated with fancy patterns… all of these treasures that sound like they’ve been ripped from the pages of the well-known tales in One Thousand and One Nights, can be seen in Seoul. Museum-l...