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Make yourself some handmade chocolate
Jan 21, 2016
Both sides of the Cheonggyecheon Stream are home to many of Seoul’s markets and shopping areas. Make yourself some handmade chocolate. A few years ago, I remember visiting a Mongolian friend’s family’s home in Seoul. It was filled with chocolate, butter and a large amount ...

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'Webnovels' to follow 'webtoons'
Jan 19, 2016
Monday morning on the subway. Among the dense crowd of commuters, a Mr. Kim, securing some space for himself to move his arms, touches the screen of his mobile phone. He's reading "A Love Song for the Conqueror" (패왕연가), an adventure action novel published serially online. Since h...

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Traditional drinks keep you healthy in winter
Jan 15, 2016
In winter, people can easily catch a cold or other illness because cold weather makes our immune systems a bit weaker. To stay healthy and to protect the immune system, people traditionally prepared two special drinks: yuja hwachae, a fruit punch made from citron, and sujeonggwa,...

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'The World of Us' goes to Berlin
Jan 15, 2016
'The World of Us' has been invited to the Berlin International Film Festival to be held next month. The film "The World of Us" ("우리들," 2015), directed by Yoon Ga-eun, has been invited to the 66th Berlin International Film Festival that will begin next month. Th...

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Hansan Sogokju,' The sit-down drink'
Jan 14, 2016
Hansan Sogokju is one of the better-known brands of local alcohol that are well-loved across Chungcheongnam-do Province. With just one sip, its unique taste and smell spread across the palate, causing anyone to desire another sip. Sampling some more of it will make you not want...

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From a song of the Korean people, to a song of the worl...
Jan 13, 2016
Arirang, an iconic folk song of Korea, has been newly made as a medley of its versions. Played alongside a Western classical music orchestra, the song will be performed at official functions in the future. A concert to mark the new year took place at the Seoul Arts Center on J...

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Shakespeare to hit the stage in 2016
Jan 11, 2016
In 2016, it will be 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. The playwright, who passed away in 1616 at the age of 52, left in his wake some 38 plays and hundreds of poems, sonnets and other verses. To celebrate the great playwright in his 400th anniversary, a ri...

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Yi Kwang-Su, Korea & "The Soil"
Jan 08, 2016
The battle for the soul of Asia continues today, just as it raged in 1932 and 1933 when Yi Kwang-Su published his epic "The Soil." What is the best path toward modernity? How can society create harmony between the globalized city and the conservative heartland? How is nationalism...

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Imperial tombs look back on final days of Joseon
Jan 08, 2016
The Joseon royal tombs include the tombs of royal family members throughout the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). These tombs were listed as UNESCO World Heritage items in 2009. Joseon royal tombs are divided into two main categories: the neung (능, 陵) and the won (원, 園). The neung are ...

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Enjoy the winter, welcome the spring with classical mus...
Jan 08, 2016
A range of classical music maestros and opera stars will perform across Korea for the first time this season, and there will be young virtuosos showing off their talents on stage, too. The city of Tongyeong on the southern coast, styling itself Korea's "city of music," will s...