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Simcheong demonstrates beauty of filial piety
Oct 23, 2013
Two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting an elderly Korean woman who had survived both Japanese occupation and the Korean War (1950-1953). Her story, like many from her generation, was a familiar one. While her relatives and neighbors had been taken away by the war, she remai...

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K-Pop World Festival unites global fans
Oct 22, 2013
After months of singing and dancing, and after much pain and some tears, the K-Pop World Festival 2013 came to an end on October 20.The third annual global pop competition saw much more heated competition this year, with a total of 15 groups taking to the stage in the final round...

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Paintings from Joseon realist age come to light
Oct 21, 2013
There is one museum in Seoul these days that always seems to have a mass of visitors. The Kansong Art Museum has an endless line of people stretching out the doors, all eager to see a special exhibition that’s currently running there. The museum has been holding its annual autumn...

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‘Three Colors of Korea’ competition nears deadline
Oct 21, 2013
The first installation of the documentary series, “The Three Colors of Korea,” jointly produced by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) and KBS World, aired September 28 and has gained popularity from across the globe. A special online promotion campaign has been de...

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Concerts show harmony of Korean, Indian music
Oct 17, 2013
Korean traditional gukak melodies and Indian pop music wafted through the air of three Indian cities this October. “Falling in Love with Korean Music” ran in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai from October 11 to 15 to mark the 40th year of Korea-India diplomatic ties. The concerts fea...

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Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung ready for Asian tour: 'Miracl...
Oct 17, 2013
World-famous violinist Kyung-Wha Chung is gearing up to embark on her first Asian recital tour in almost a decade. This is her first journey since she was forced into a five-year hiatus because of an unexpected injury to her left ring finger in 2005. Chung smiles during an...

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MU:CON Seoul 2013 bends genres, stretches boundaries
Oct 16, 2013
The international music fair, MU:CON Seoul 2013, “Beyond Borders, Beyond Genre, Beyond Music,” was held at various venues across southern Seoul and in the Hongik University neighborhood from October 10 to 12. Music industry officials, including Sire Records co-founder and chairma...

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Students meet King Sejong the Great
Oct 15, 2013
A series of ongoing and upcoming cultural programs have sprung up across Seoul in celebration of October, the Ministry of Culture’s “Month of Culture.” On October 12, there was a special program that provided a select group of international students with the chance to follow down...

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Korean, Indonesian artists think out of the box
Oct 14, 2013
President Park Geun-hye paid a visit to the opening of a Korea-Indonesia exhibition of contemporary art on October 11 during her state visit to Indonesia. The exhibition featured artists from both nations and the president encouraged them all with words of praise. President ...

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Dance festival brings global troupes to Seoul
Oct 14, 2013
A festive mood is in the air across Seoul as the 16th Seoul International Dance Festival (SIDance 2013) gets underway. Official poster for SIDance 2013 (photo courtesy of the Organizing Committee of SIDance 2013)Kicking off on October 7, this year’s SIDance welcomed internat...