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Korea as seen in East Asia
Nov 12, 2014
How do East Asian countries and territories, such as mainland China, Japan and Taiwan, view Korea and its culture? To find out the answer, the Northeast Asian History Foundation and the Forum for the Study of East Asian History co-hosted an international conference on November 7 ...


Joseon white porcelain found underwater off west coast
Nov 10, 2014
Some 111 pieces of white porcelain have been discovered underwater off the west coast near Taean County, Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province). The collection of white porcelain is believed to be from late Joseon times (1392-1910), produced sometime between the late 18th...


Traditional, modern and contemporary art as one: exhibi...
Nov 10, 2014
Art that combines the traditional, the modern and the contemporary is currently on display in the mainland Chinese capital. The late Paik Nam June, representing contemporary Korean art, Lee Wal Chong characterizing the modern, and Kim Hyun Jung the traditional, all have works in ...


Korean TV, music sweeps Cuba
Nov 10, 2014
Hallyu, the Korean Wave, is now sweeping across Cuba.Many domestic Korean media outlets have recently covered the Cuban people’s great interest in all things Korean. The dailies said that Korean TV soap operas, audition-themed survival programs and pop music are all enjoying grea...


Selected Poems of Pak Tu-jin now in English
Nov 06, 2014
Pak Tu-jin (1916-1998) is the late poet who found a new voice and saw the reflection of human beings in nature. For the poet himself, nature was a fountain of solitude and a provider of comfort and peace of mind at the same time, as can be seen in his series of poetic works. In h...


London Korean Film Festival to showcase 55 films
Nov 06, 2014
The world of Korean cinema is now unfolding in London, U.K. The ninth London Korean Film Festival will take place at Leicester Square and other venues across the British capital between November 6 and 21, and a total of 55 films will be screened. The opening film is "Kundo: Age o...

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Korea via stamps: 'Arirang,' the first movie
Nov 06, 2014
'Arirang' (1926) is directed by Na Un-gyu and funded by Choson Cinema Productions Modern visual records, like photographs and motion pictures, were first introduced to Korea during late Joseon times. Even the reigning King Gojong (r. 1863-1907) took frequent photographs. Many po...


The King Has Donkey Ears!: Even bamboo trees can't keep...
Nov 06, 2014
Once upon a time in ancient Silla, there lived King Gyeongmun (r. 861—875), the kingdom’s 48th king. On top of living in tumultuous times, full of turmoil and rebellion, King Gyeongmun had another vexing problem. According to legend, he had hideously large ears. Much like King Mi...


Dutch king meets 350-year-old compatriot
Nov 05, 2014
With the visit to Korea of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, there has been a reenactment of a 17th century Dutchman meeting Joseon's King Hyojung (r. 1649-1659). Hendrick Hamel, the sailor in question, was the first Westerner to live in Joseon-era Korea....


Symposium brings together writing systems, art
Nov 05, 2014
Writing systems were combined with other crafts to create new art forms in the heart of Seoul. Running from October 24 to November 2 in and around the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul, the World Script Symposia 2014 was a festival that mixed the alphabets o...