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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...

140513_korea_movie_host_thb2.jpg'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...


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...


Seoul serves up feast of classical music
May 13, 2014
Classical musicians from Korea, Europe and Japan are coming together to create harmonious sounds here in the city of Seoul. The Seoul International Music Festival 2014 (SIMF) kicked off on May 7 across the city, with concerts being held at the Seoul Arts Center, the Kumho Art Hal...


Poet Yun Dong-ju's tale goes global in mystery novel
May 12, 2014
"The Investigation," a fictional mystery novel, is gaining attention among international readers. During his visit to London for April's international book fair, author Lee Jeong-myeong was asked by Goldsboro Books to sell his first 250 first-edition copies with his autograph. Th...


Mountain fortress one step closer to UNESCO World Herit...
May 12, 2014
The Namhansanseong, a mountain fortress located 30 kilometers south of Seoul, is now one step closer to being inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. On April 25, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an advisory body at the UNESCO World Heritag...

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Korean short stories and novellas in English #3
May 09, 2014
The Bilingual Edition of Modern Korean Literature series features 15 volumes of short stories in both English and Korean.Lee Dong-ha’s “Outside the Door,” one of the fifteen volumes in the Bilingual Edition of Modern Korean Literature collection published on March 14 this year, r...


Der Spiegel highlights K-pop
May 09, 2014
The German magazine Der Spiegel has shone its spotlight on K-pop and Korean hip hop and pop culture. In a three-page April 28 article, "Soundtrack eines Wunders," or "Soundtrack of a miracle," the magazine reported that stars like Girls' Generation and PSY are sweeping Asia and t...


Impressionism and 19C Paris come to Seoul
May 07, 2014
Impressionist painters portrayed subjects from their everyday lives and from nature, using fine, scattered brush strokes, a sophisticated depiction of light and a wide range of color. Their works have long been some of the most favorite among art lovers. Many of these Impressioni...


Ballet brings dance to Bach
May 07, 2014
Europe during the Baroque era, a period and artistic style that prevailed in the 17th century, was dominated by a series of great musicians who are beloved to this day. Among them is Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), the great German musician and composer. Dubbed the “Father of ...