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Lee Young-chil conducts Beethoven in Bulgaria
Dec 11, 2014
Lee Young-chil conducts the orchestra. Conductor Lee Young-chil has made his appearance on the European stage.On December 10, the conductor raised his baton in front of the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Pazardzhik, a city in southern Bulgaria. For the show, he led the orchestr...

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Korean, French art centers join forces on design
Dec 09, 2014
The Institute of Asian Cultural Development, part of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Le Consortium, a Dijon-based modern arts center in France, have decided to cooperate on the design of the Asian Culture Complex, a multipurpose arts center slated to open ...


Ritual for gods of earth, harvest to be revived
Dec 09, 2014
King Taejo (r. 1392-1398), the first of the Joseon kings, upon founding the new dynasty ordered built two sacred buildings on either side of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main hall where kings carried out political affairs. There was the Jongmyo Shrine to the east and the Sajikdan Al...


Pompeii comes to life after 2,000 years
Dec 08, 2014
The volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79, covered Pompeii and the residents who could not escape with an almost 4-meter thick pile of ash. In the first century, the Roman Empire city was a port city near Naples with 20,000 people. However, after the volcanic erupt...


Ryukyu Kingdom special exhibition opens
Dec 08, 2014
In November 1500, the ancient kingdom of Yuguguk (유구국, 琉球國), a chain of islands located far to the south and east of the Korean Peninsula, dispatched an envoy to the Joseon court. The envoy delivered a message to the Korean monarch. It reads: "King Sangjin of the Jungsanwang ...


Young artists from around the world gather in Seoul
Dec 08, 2014
The passion of young, promising artists from around the world will be on display at a festival in Seoul. At the World Cultures 2014 celebration, scheduled to take place from December 10 to 14, people can appreciate art programs recommended by six cultural centers from Germany, th...


Int'l scholars find traces of Hangeul
Dec 08, 2014
An international academic conference was held on December 5 at the National Hangeul Museum where they discussed literature and texts written in the Korean script that exist outside Korea, and ways to manage and preserve them. In celebration of this year's opening of the Natio...


First British memorial to Korean War veterans unveiled ...
Dec 05, 2014
Some 60 years after the Korean War (1950-1953) ended, a memorial has now been unveiled in London to remember the sacrifices of the British soldiers. The unveiling ceremony was held outside the Ministry of Defence in the Victoria Embankment Gardens near the Thames River, a venue o...


Gugak jazz mesmerizes Berlin audiences
Dec 05, 2014
Joyful or sometimes plaintive, the singular tones of jazz fill the concert hall. The audience shouts, “Bravo,” as exotic sounds are made by the sad melody of the daegeum, a large bamboo flute, of the haegeum, a fiddle-like stringed instrument, and of the drums and saxophone. Thi...

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Korean Literature in English 'The Guest,' by Hwang Sok-...
Dec 05, 2014
'The Guest,' by Hwang Sok-YongThe Korean War (1950-1953) is a historic event that had a great impact on the Korean Peninsula and the people living on it. Of the many different faces of war, big or small, that haphazardly happened across the war-stricken peninsula, Hwang Sok-Yong...