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Curiosity over Korean culture rises in unlikely regions
May 16, 2013
With PSY’s “Gentleman,” the follow-up to “Gangnam Style,” Korea’s pop culture has been exposed on a wider level even in far-flung places like the United Arab Emirates and Brazil. In Dubai, a region regarded as being less hyped for Korean culture, reports in major newspapers about...


Cultural diversity served up at Seoul Friendship Fair
May 14, 2013
Over 60 countries came together in downtown two weekends ago for a two-day journey around the world at the Seoul Friendship Fair. Celebrating its 18th year, the multicultural festival spotlighted the delicacies, cultures, and tourism of participant nations from May 4 to 5. T...


Lotus lanterns light up Seoul night
May 14, 2013
With just a few days left before Buddha’s Birthday on May 17, more than 100,000 colorful lotus lanterns lit up the Seoul night on May 11. Buddhists parade through Jongno Street, carrying handheld lanterns showing quotes from Buddhist scriptures in Hangeul (Korean alphabet) d...


Jongmyo Daeje reenacted to honor ancestors
May 13, 2013
Jongmyo Daeje, a rite for worshipping the late kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), was performed in the heart of Seoul on May 5. The royal ancestral memorial rite, an annual event which falls on the first Sunday of May, was the largest and the most important memor...


Talented young Koreans highlighted at Smithsonian museu...
May 10, 2013
In Washington, D.C., where president Park Geun-hye is currently on a state visit, a cultural event highlighting young Korean artists took place on May 7 (Washington, D.C. time), in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the ROK- U.S alliance. The event venue, the Smithsonian Amer...


Celebrate May and spring with classical music
May 09, 2013
This month will be filled with classical music and harmony as two major music festivals are on their way. The Seoul International Music Festival (SIMF) and the Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music (SSF) will be held in late May, featuring world renowned artists and promising yo...


Korean visual effect technologies impress Hollywood
May 07, 2013
A gorilla named Ling Ling enters the batter’s box, its hair blowing in the wind. As a pitcher throws the ball, its eyes widen and its muscles wriggle. After swinging the bat and hitting the ball, it sprints to first base, its bushy hair flying and its muscles rippling. This was a...


Korean musicians to rock London in June
May 07, 2013
A festival to introduce both traditional and modern Korean music will be held in London from June 14 to 21. The upcoming London Festival of Korean Music, also known as K-Music Festival 2013, will offer a rare opportunity for British people to see Korean musicians in various genre...


Korea shares cultural heritage conservation knowledge w...
May 06, 2013
A group of experts from five Asian countries have been training in Korea to gain knowledge in cultural heritage preservation in their related studies -- art, architecture, and conservation. Now five cultural heritage specialists from Afghanistan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, a...


Saturday events draw audiences onto the stage
May 03, 2013
“Stepping onto the stage and being part of it” is not something the common audience would think of when they watch performances. Most of them just watch what is being shown in front of their eyes. Until now. Traditional performances staged at Yeonhui Madang, an outdoor theat...