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Dance festival brings global troupes to Seoul
Oct 14, 2013
A festive mood is in the air across Seoul as the 16th Seoul International Dance Festival (SIDance 2013) gets underway. Official poster for SIDance 2013 (photo courtesy of the Organizing Committee of SIDance 2013)Kicking off on October 7, this year’s SIDance welcomed internat...


‘I promise I will speak better Korean on my next visit’
Oct 10, 2013
Korean language students who attend branches of the King Sejong Institute, an overseas educational and cultural center specializing in Korean language classes and the promotion of Korean culture, were invited to Seoul to participate in a seven-day cultural program from October 4 ...


2013 AsiO Gusto, Asia’s first slow food festival
Oct 10, 2013
The 2013 AsiO Gusto, an international slow food festival, took place in Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), from October 1 to 6. The “Slow-Food, Changing the World through Taste” event allowed patrons to sample a variety of delicacies from across Asia and Oceania. A total...


First-hand taste of royal wedding and cuisine
Oct 10, 2013
Banquet noodles, also known as janchi guksu, normally only served on special and auspicious occasions, welcomed visitors to Unhyeongung Palace on October 1. In every corner of the palace, other royal and aristocratic household foods had been prepared for the day’s visitors. Some ...


Korean world heritage to be presented in English, Germa...
Oct 08, 2013
A new series of documentaries will give viewers the chance to rediscover two of Korea’s most-prominent UNESCO World Heritage items: the weaving of Hansan ramie, a traditional fiber crop; and, the peninsula’s most famous folk song, Arirang. The documentaries will be presented in K...


Art festival brings global galleries to Seoul
Oct 08, 2013
The Korea International Art Fair 2013 (KIAF 2013), a unique art exhibition which served up works of art that had travelled here from across the globe, ran from October 3 to 7, 2013, at COEX in southern Seoul. A bird's eye view of the KIAF 2013 exhibition, held at C...


Meet the Joseon royal guards
Oct 07, 2013
The announcement came down from upon high that a royal command had been issued. There came the tolling of the Cheobjong bell, notifying the guards that the king was approaching Gwanghwamun Gate to conduct an official inspection. The bell echoed around Gyeongbokgung Palace and acr...


Wagner’s final opera ‘Parsifal’ premiered in Korea
Oct 04, 2013
The last completed opera left to us by the King of Music Drama Richard Wagner (1813-1883), Parsifal, was performed for the first time in Korea at the Seoul Arts Center (SAC) on October 1. The Korea National Opera showcased the masterpiece for the first time ever on Korean soil, c...


Community-friendly Buk Seoul Museum of Art
Oct 04, 2013
If you take a walk through Deungnamu Park in Junggye-dong, Nowon District, in northeastern Seoul, you will come across a small hill. Climbing the stairs to the top of the hill, you will find that you are standing on the roof of a museum. What is unique about the Buk Seoul Museum ...


October, Month of Culture: full of arts & cultural even...
Oct 04, 2013
“Cultural enrichment” has been proclaimed as one of the four policy priority areas of Park Geun-hye’s administration. The cultural enrichment initiative aims to raise the level of happiness of individual citizens by offering them the chance to become a producer and a consumer of ...