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Hungary masterpieces on display in Seoul
Dec 12, 2013
Hungary has experienced a turbulent history from the 17th to the 19th century as it was under the control of the Habsburg Empire. Hungarian aristocrats adopted Western culture under the rule of the Habsburgs. Since the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary was founded in 1867, with Hu...

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UNESCO recognizes kimjang, Korean culture of sharing
Dec 11, 2013
Korea’s kimchi, a range of seasoned vegetable dishes, and kimjang, the making and sharing of kimchi, have both recently received much international recognition as UNESCO has inscribed kimchi and kimjang onto its list of intangible cultural heritage items. UNESCO made the final de...

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Joseon-era landscapes unveiled
Dec 11, 2013
The late Joseon Dynasty is known for its Jingyeong landscape paintings. Jingyeong, or “true image,” landscape paintings were developed during the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) over a 160-year period from about the 1670s to the 1830s. This era is characterized by artists who dep...

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Poetry festival draws young, creative ideas
Dec 06, 2013
We all are like fish,As fish are,We are graded from first to ninth, Highest-grade fish sell high,Ninth-grade ones sell low,But I don’t want to sell like fish This is “Fish” by Korean poet Lim Hye-jin. Recently, an animated version created by students from Da-Un High School in Uls...

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Werther’s heartbreaking story revived on Korean stage
Dec 06, 2013
The story of the pitiful Werther and his unrequited love has been revived as a musical on the Korean stage. The well-known heartbreaking story about his pure, passionate but ill-fated love has been filling Korean fans with sentiment for over a month. In the musical Werther, ...

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Winter nights in Germany heat up with Korean jazz
Dec 05, 2013
German jazz aficionados are being treated to jazz direct from Korea. In celebration of the 130th anniversary of Korea-Germany diplomatic relations, the Jazz Korea Festival 2013 is taking place in nine major cities across Germany including Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich from Novembe...

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Enjoy traditional performing arts in Seoul
Dec 05, 2013
A festival on traditional Korean performing arts is being held in Seoul this month. The 2013 Korea Traditional Performing Arts Festival will be held every third day from December 2 to 11 at the Korea Cultural House (KOUS) in Daechi-dong, southern Seoul. The Korean title of the fe...

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Korea, Germany walk to the future as friendly partners
Dec 05, 2013
“Korea and Germany were strangers to each other 130 years ago. A navy ship carrying a German delegation came into the port of Jemulpo on October 24, 1883. Jemulpo, now Incheon, was a fishing village that had not woken up. One month later on November 26, the two nations signed a f...

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Arirang resonates in Europe
Dec 04, 2013
Arirang resonated throughout Belgium and Spain, reaching thousands of citizens of both countries. The traditional Korean folk song was performed in Brussels to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Korea-EU diplomatic relations and the opening of the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in t...

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Timeless beauty of Goryeo celadon wows visitors
Nov 29, 2013
“Blue as jasper, bright as crystal.” So said Yi Gyu-bo (1168-1241), a renowned literary servant and scholar from the Goryeo Dynasty (918–1392), when he praised the beauty of Goryeo celadon in one of his writings. Goryeo celadon seems to hold a mysterious beauty thanks to its icon...