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Two Russian piano virtuosos come to Korea
May 26, 2014
Two Russian piano virtuosos are ready to meet Korean audiences: Vladimir Ashkenazy and Mikhail Pletnev. Ashkenazy, whose music was a dominant influence in the late 20th century, has come back three years after he held a recital accompanied by his son Vovka Ashkenazy back in 2011....

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Three Korean films highlighted at Cannes
May 26, 2014
Three Korean films were under the spotlight at the 67th Cannes Film Festival that ended on May 25. Theater seats during these films' screenings were all taken, and the audience and critics alike gave a standing ovation to all of them. The three films are director July Jung's "A G...

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Korean Cinema: The Fatal Encounter
May 20, 2014
On April 30, a movie was released that pivots around the life of King Jeongjo (r. 1776-1800), the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Its English title is "The Fatal Encounter," or "Yeokrin" in Korean, meaning, "the king's wrath." The title comes from a legend that says...

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Past and present, as seen by Australian missionaries
May 20, 2014
Images of early modern Korea recorded by Australian missionaries during the late 19th century, alongside photos of modern Korea, will be on display at the "Korea: Then and Now" photograph exhibition in Sydney, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Korea-Australia diploma...

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Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea
May 20, 2014
*This is the first part in our series, “Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea.”Onggi An onggi is a traditional Korean earthenware vessel. They are designed scientifically and are made of environmentally-friendly materials. Onggi pottery has been selected as one of th...

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'Late Spring' wins at int'l film festivals
May 19, 2014
The drama "Late Spring" has won awards in a series of international film festivals across the world. The film won Best Acting Performance Female and Best Cinematography at the 14th Milan International Film Festival (MIFF), which ended on May 12. The film caught much attention ear...

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Rush hour trickles into Meat Alley
May 16, 2014
As dusk falls, people start to gather in the small alleyways, filling the empty seats. Soon, the smoke from the grilling meat and chatter about the day's work fills the air. This is the scene during the afternoon rush hour in Jongno-3-ga's "Gogi golmok," or "Meat Alley." Jo...

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Short stories and novellas in English #4
May 15, 2014
Lee Hye-kyung’s 2008 short story “And Then the Festival” is centered on a married middle-aged woman, told in the first person, as she reflects on her own family troubles and reduces them to common problems that can be shared by everyone else. The novel is one of the fifteen short...

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Korea.net's list of must-see films: The Host
May 13, 2014
The Host (2006) Directed by Bong Joon-ho Gang-du, played by Song Gang-ho, works in a kiosk alongside his dad in the Hangang riverside park. One day, he discovers something large and animal-like dangling from the underside of a bridge, with people crowded about, staring at it. S...

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Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [12]
May 13, 2014
*This is the twelfth part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.”(Top, left) 1. King Taejo (r. 1392-1398); (Top, right) 2. King Sejong The Great (r. 1418-1450); (Bottom, left) 3. King Yeongjo (r. 1724-1776); (Bottom, right) 4. Emperor Gojong (r. 1863-1907) The kin...