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Rising pianist using Beethoven to climb to the top
Jun 18, 2013
Kim Sunwook is on an arduous climb to the peak of the classical music scene. The wunderkind pianist on June 20 will perform the sixth of a planned eight concerts over two years in a journey to play all Beethoven sonatas. His first concert was in March 2012. In 2006, Kim won the t...


Russian piano maestro reflects on 1st recital in Korea
Jun 17, 2013
Russian pianist Danil Trifonov has hit the Korean stage for the first time at the Seoul Arts Center (SAC). Ahead of his first recital in Korea June 11, Russian pianist Danil Trifonov rehearses at the Seoul Arts Center.Having held his first recitals in the country June 11-12, ...


Goryeo celadons awakened from 800-year slumber
Jun 13, 2013
Back in 2010, two pieces of Korean celadon, a maebyeong inlaid and a maebyeong incised, were discovered in good condition on the island of Mado in Taean County, Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province). Discovered on a sunken vessel from the Goryeo Dynasty (918~1392), the t...


Photographer shows Korea past and present in new work
Jun 13, 2013
American travel photographer Mark Edward Harris has published a collection of photographs titled “South Korea” featuring an array of images from the country’s past and present. In his book, Harris, 51, sought to discover through his camera viewfinder how Korea has developed into ...


Vienna gets dose of ‘Korea Style’ via fashion & art
Jun 12, 2013
Vienna, the Austrian capital known for its vibrant artistic culture, on June 10 hosted a fashion show and cultural performances at the Weltmuseum in the event “Korea Style in der Welt,” or “Korea Style in the World.” Hosted by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark the 50...


Seoul fans brave rain to see Brad Pitt
Jun 12, 2013
Hollywood star Brad Pitt on June 11 visited Seoul to meet his fans in Korea and plug his latest movie “World War Z.” The American actor received a heartfelt welcome from fans in a red carpet event to promote the film at Cheonggyecheon Plaza, a landmark in central Seoul. Brad...


Korean version of musical 'Les Misérables' heats up sta...
Jun 11, 2013
Les Misérables fever has beaten the earlier-than-expected summer heat in Korea. Based on the 19th-century novel by Victor Hugo, the work is so popular in Korea that book lovers here prefer to call it Jean Valjean, the name of the main character. The musical movie version of the n...


Royal experience for a night at Seoul palace
Jun 11, 2013
Seoul, as Korea’s capital with 500 years of Joseon Dynasty history, is full of historical relics and traces. Among them are the city’s traditional palaces, an indispensable part of cultural inheritance, but access to them has been limited in many ways and for many reasons. Visito...


Korean-made cartoon characters making their mark
Jun 10, 2013
Cartoon characters created by Koreans are increasingly popular not just in Korea but abroad. With their unique and adorable looks, more characters have had their popularity extended in the forms of miniatures, character-inspired stationery, movies and publications. [Korea’s ...


Psy's ‘Gentleman’ exceeds 400 mln YouTube views
Jun 10, 2013
The music video of Korean rapper Psy’s latest hit “Gentleman” has exceed 400 million views on YouTube since its release on April 13. The view count on June 10 reached approximately 402.1 million (11 a.m. KST), just 55 days after breaking the 300 million mark May 9th. “Gent...