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Snack foods go global
Mar 24, 2014
A couple of decades ago, Western cookies and snacks, for Koreans, were considered a very special item, only given on special occasions and only enjoyed by a handful of people. The snacks were rare and precious. Today, however, Korean companies are producing a wide array of delect...


Ancient maps refer to East Sea
Mar 24, 2014
An exhibition in Seoul is showing how the East Sea was labeled on ancient maps of the world. Titled as the “Dong-Hae [East Sea] proven through the old maps of the world” exhibition, this show has on display about 70 ancient maps of both Eastern and Western origin, related to the ...


Public, private sectors bring classical music to the pe...
Mar 24, 2014
The government and the private sector have joined forces to make classical music more accessible to the general public. The Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment and Shinsegae, a high-end retail outlet, signed a joint agreement on March 18 in an effort to enrich people's...


Silla artifacts welcome museum-goers
Mar 21, 2014
Now, for the first time, we can appreciate in one exhibition almost all of the relics from the Silla Kingdom’s (57 B.C.- A.D. 935) Cheonmachong, the Tomb of the Heavenly Horse. The Gyeongju National Museum will run a special exhibition, “Cheonmachong, the Royal Tomb of Silla,” fr...


Korean literature in English: Kim Tae-woong’s ‘The Clow...
Mar 20, 2014
One of Korean literature’s most impactful plays has been readable by global audiences in English ever since 2005. It is “The Clowns,” penned in 2000 by playwright and theater director Kim Tae-woong.The story was published by Hollym, a US-based publisher. The translator was Will K...


Actor Lee Min-ho talks about his popularity in China
Mar 20, 2014
Actor Lee Min-ho has been taking China by storm. In a recent interview with Seoul-based fashion magazine Atstar1, he was asked about the secret behind his sweeping popularity there. Lee attributed his fame to, “the power of Korean soap operas.” Indeed, in the mainland Chinese med...


Heroes of the Avengers meet again in Seoul
Mar 19, 2014
Marvel’s hit blockbuster sequel, ”Avengers: Age of Ultron,” will shoot on location in Seoul. The MOU signing ceremony with local authorities on the upcoming location shoot for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in Seoul on March 18. Actress Soo-hyun (center) and with other authoritie...


Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [7]
Mar 18, 2014
*This is the seventh part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.” The Transmission and Preservation of Gat: Humans Weaving a Tradition Horsehair crafts and artisansThe gat, a style of horsehair hat, served as a status symbol and was part of one’s formal outerwear, de...


Alien love story goes viral in China
Mar 18, 2014
One of China’s top seven Communist Party leaders, head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Wang Qishan, mentioned a Korean soap opera at a recent meeting with a delegation of visiting officials. Wang said, “This drama is now taking China by storm.” The high-rankin...


K-music sweeps SXSW
Mar 17, 2014
A range of K-pop groups and rock'n'roll bands have been wowing their U.S. fans at the South by SouthWest (SXSW) Music Festival, which took place from March 7 to 16 in Austin, Texas. A total of 15 Korean performers took to the stage at various venues across the festival. SXSW...