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Cultural exchange and communication served up at Korea ...
May 29, 2013
Korea and five Southeast Asian countries are gearing up to further bolster inter-Asian relations through cultural exchange and communication. The Korea Foundation (KF) kicked off Korea Festival spanning arts and Korean studies on May 16. Running until November in five ASEAN (Asso...


Korean director captures Palme D'or for short film at C...
May 29, 2013
A 30-year-old Korean director won the Best Short Film award at the 66th Festival de Cannes that closed on May 26. Director Moon Byoung-gon received the Palme D'or for his film Safe. This is the first time for any Korean short or feature film to receive the Palme D'or. Director So...


Foreign residents learn about K-food
May 27, 2013
“What does ‘neobiani’ mean?”“Neobiani means thinly sliced grilled beef seasoned with soy sauce.” Foreign participants listen to Yoon Sook-ja (center right), director of the Institute of Traditional Korean Food, explaining Korean royal court cuisine “neobiani” during a Korean...


Korea-Germany diplomatic celebration begins
May 24, 2013
An eight-month celebration of the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Germany has just started. An opening ceremony was held in Germany with a performance titled “Korea Fantasy” by the National Theater of Korea. This is also the 50th anniversary of sending...


Gyeongbokgung beautifully colored by moonlight
May 24, 2013
Gwanghwamun, the main gate of Gyeongbokgung, opens at night on May 22, the first night of the six-day night opening of the palace (photo: Jeon Han).Gwanghwamun, the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, opened its doors at night from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on May 22. More than 10,0...


Return of No. 1 Treasure revitalizes Namdaemun Market
May 24, 2013
Korea’s traditional markets are the best sites for experiencing Koreans’ unique “jeong,” a special feeling of fondness, warmth, bonding, and attachment. Such traditional markets across the nation have similar, but unique characteristics of their own. These are something more than...


UMOJA embodies ‘spirit of togetherness’
May 23, 2013
A South African musical has touched down in Seoul -- UMOJA. The South African musical which chronicles South Africa’s music history from a tribal society through the Apartheid era to today is on its fourth Seoul run, following performances in 2003, 2004, and 2007. Through UMOJA ,...


The German wave in Korean society
May 23, 2013
“Overlords of Kingdom of Chosen and Deutschen Reich (German Empire) agreed to carry out frequent exchanges in hopes of maintaining everlasting friendship.”These are the words found in a section of the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910), an official chronicle of the period, ...


Korean art communicates aestheticism in Italy
May 23, 2013
Three recent exhibitions on Korean art have captured the hearts of both critics and the public in Italy. Visitors who saw the three exhibitions were surprised to discover the aestheticism of Korean art. (Master craftsmen of Korea, masterpieces from Seoul) Poster of the “Maste...


PSY becomes the first Korean Billboard Awardee
May 22, 2013
PSY was awarded the Top Streaming Song (video) award at the Billboard Music Awards 2013 (photo: Jeon Han). PSY was honored at the Billboard Music Awards for his viral hit “Gangnam Style.” The Korean rapper was awarded the Top Streaming Song (video) award at the MGM Grand in Las V...