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Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [2]
Feb 05, 2014
*This is the second part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.”The development of the gat over time: Changes in dress codes and hats In terms of headgear, the representative hat for Joseon-era men was the gat, whose socio-cultural context far surpasses the dictionar...


War Memorial of Korea: Donated memorabilia unites all
Feb 05, 2014
Memories of wars that took place in Korea from the 19th century, during the late Joseon period, through to the modern era are being contemplated and revived at the War Memorial of Korea in downtown Seoul, with a recently opened exhibition dedicated to the relics of war. The donat...


Modern, traditional Korea seen through ‘The Bachelor’
Feb 04, 2014
An episode of ABC’s popular reality show “The Bachelor” filmed in Korea was broadcast across the United States for two hours on the evening of January 28. The program featured both modern and traditional sides of Seoul, including the Myeong-dong neighborhood, Hongik Uni...


Korean tour guide app receives world recognition
Feb 04, 2014
A smartphone application for tourists travelling to Korea recently received an award from the United Nation's World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Dubbed the Smart Tour Guide, this app provides audio explanations of attractions, episodes in history and cultural aspects at selected...


President Park attends movie on first Culture Day
Feb 03, 2014
President Park Geun-hye watched the animated movie “The Nut Job,” jointly produced by Korea and Canada, on January 29, in honor of the country’s first Culture Day, which falls on the last Wednesday of every month. Among those present at the theater were Minister of Culture, Sport...


Korean literature in English #6
Jan 29, 2014
The Library of Korean Literature series is a collection of ten Korean novels published in English in the U.S. last year. (Photo courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea) The sixth volume of the ten-part Library of Korean Literature series is the 1988 full-length ...


Alcohol in Korean Life [8]
Jan 29, 2014
This is the last part in our series, “Alcohol in Korean life.” Click here to see previous posts.Sul and Manners Koreans have long regarded sul as something to be consumed in accordance with proper manners and etiquette. Sul is offered on ritual tables for ancestors, served to vis...


Lunar New Year festivities across the country
Jan 29, 2014
People put on their hanbok, traditional Korean attire, decorated with gold-gilded patterns in various shapes and sizes. Some of them prepare the table of food for the charye, the ancestral rite, and give bows to their ancestors. Others perform sebae, a deep bow to the elderly, an...


Last Wednesdays to bring you rich and varied cultural a...
Jan 28, 2014
A wide variety of cultural facilities and programs have just become more accessible to the public. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment have jointly proclaimed the last Wednesday of every month to be “Culture...


Hanbok embodies age-old philosophies
Jan 28, 2014
There is perhaps no other artifact that captures the richness of Korean cultural heritage as well as Korean traditional attire, known as hanbok. While the origins of hanbok can be traced back millennia to the ethnic origins of the Korean people, historical records in the form of ...