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Korean recipes: Tteokguk rice cake soup
Feb 05, 2016
Seollal Lunar New Year’s Day is back. This holiday has more meanings than other days, as we are now one year older. On Seollal, families and relatives get together to perform ancestral rites, the charye, enjoy a feast, the sechan (세찬, 歲饌), and share their blessings with each othe...


The 24 divisions of the year: Ipchun
Feb 04, 2016
Spring has sprung. The lunar calendar's traditional beginning of spring falls on Thursday, Feb. 4, this year. This day, or Ipchun (입춘, 立春, "beginning of spring"), marks many traditional farming ceremonies and rites, and also marks the beginning of the first of 24 solar terms that...

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Online comic strips bring Korea, France closer
Feb 03, 2016
The 43rd Angouleme International Comics Festival showcases some Korean online comic strips from Jan. 28 to 31. About 400 kilometers southwest of Paris, Angouleme has been playing host to a comics festival since 1974, and this year it brings together cartoonists from Ko...


Variety shows deepen Korea-China relationship
Feb 02, 2016
One of Korea's most beloved variety shows, 'Running Man' (top), is the inspiration for Zhejiang Television's 'Hurry Up, Brother!' (bottom). 'Hurry Up, Brother!' was jointly created by Korean and Chinese production teams and is based on the format of 'Running Man.' The Ch...


Korean recipes: Goldongban bibimbap
Jan 29, 2016
Bibimbap is one of the most popular Korean dishes enjoyed by non-Koreans. Depending on what ingredients you add and how you mix it, you can make your own bibimbap to your taste and enjoy the harmony created by all the ingredients.Bibimbap is one of Korea's most iconic dishes that...


Joseon royal procedural records now available online
Jan 29, 2016
Many parts of the Uigwe, a collection of royal protocol guidelines covering a wide range of royal occasions and which were kept at the Oegyujanggak Archive, are soon to be available online. Made up of both text and illustrations, one well-known illustration shows a royal processi...


Korean recipes: spicy stir-fried small octopus, nakji b...
Jan 22, 2016
What would you feed a weak, sick bull to make it immediately stand up? The answer is small octopuses, or nakji (낙지). Jeong Yak-jeon (정약전, 丁若銓) (1758-1816), a scholar and court servant from mid-Joseon times, wrote in his book “Jasaneobo” (자산어보, 玆山魚譜) in 1814 that, “W...


2016 celebrates artist Nam June Paik
Jan 22, 2016
Nam June Paik performs a ritual entitled 'Homage to Joseph' in the back courtyard of the Gallery Hyundai in 1990 to commemorate the death of German avant-garde artist Joseph Bueys. There will be plenty of opportunities to see Nam June Paik's artworks in Korea in 2016. ...


NE Asian shared values, differences, as seen through 80...
Jan 22, 2016
The Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum recently released an annotation of 808 Chinese characters that are commonly used in Korea, China and Japan. The three biggest Northeast Asian languages have shared a Chinese writing system for many centuries, and each has modified and ...


Psy sets new record
Jan 21, 2016
Global pop sensation Psy has hit a new record. At dawn on Jan. 20, YG Entertainment announced that Psy's hit single "Gangnam Style" has achieved 2.5 billion views on YouTube since its release in July 2012. That morning, the number officially surpassed 2,500,187,626 views. ...