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New talk show makes an international splash
Dec 04, 2014
On Oct. 19, Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul was packed with people trying to get a glimpse of 11 men on stage. The men in question were not members of a popular boy band – although all fit the attractive, polished profile – yet people crowded around, eager to see and hear them talk. ...


Ancient Baekje fortress wall believed to be 5 stories h...
Dec 04, 2014
In eastern Seoul, on the southern banks of the Hangang River, lie the ancient remains of an earthen-walled fortress, the Pungnaptoseong. Archaeologists believe it to be the ancient capital city of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-A.D. 660) from Korea's Three Kingdoms Period (57 B.C.-A...


Experience ASEAN culture, tourism on the road
Dec 04, 2014
The interior of one of the ASEAN on Wheels buses is replete with pictures and information about Myanmar. Ten buses decorated with the flags and symbols of each of the 10 ASEAN member states will travel across Korea, stopping in Seoul, Busan, Daejeon, Ulsan and Gwangju.Brochur...

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Korean film via stamps -- 'Mother and the Guest'
Dec 03, 2014
'Mother and the Guest' (1961) by Shin Films. Choi Eun-hee (left) holds her in-film daughter, played by Jeon Young-sun, in her arms. (image: Korea Post)The second series of Korean film stamps by Korea Post features a collection of films running from just after independence through...


Omegisul: the traditional alcoholic beverage of ...
Dec 02, 2014
Kang Kyoung-soon, a master brewer of omegisul, places some omegitteok, traditional cakes made from millet into the boiling water. This is part of brewing omegisul, a traditional grain-based alcoholic beverage from Jeju Island.A woman gathers omegitteok from a large vat of boiling...


Masks & the Mask Dance
Dec 02, 2014
*This is the fourth part in our series, “Masks & the Mask Dance” published in partnership with the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage Mask dances performed in an open field (yaryu) • The Suyeong Open Field Dance • The Dongrae Open Field Dance The open ...


Learn the island's history at the Jeju National Museum
Dec 02, 2014
The creation of Jeju Island, which constitutes the only special self-governing province in Korea, is based on the Myth of the Samseong (삼성, 三姓), the three demi-gods. The three demi-gods -- Yangeulna (양을나, 良乙那), Goeulna (고을나, 高乙那) and Bueulna (부을라, 夫乙那) -- were known to have appea...


Expats play music of Korea: ‘Gugak is wonderful’
Dec 02, 2014
Gugak, the broad range of traditional Korean music, is not something that, any more, is solely enjoyed by Korean ears. It is a style of classical music that can now be enjoyed and played by those with different nationalities and from different cultures. Approximately 60 visitors ...


Classical music to close out 2014
Dec 01, 2014
The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will present a series of year-end classical music concerts throughout the month. The “Classic Renaissance” show will kick off the month-long series at the St. Mary & Nicholas Seoul Anglican Cathedral in central Seoul on December 4. The opening...


Sumi Jo performs in Ottawa with heartfelt thanks
Dec 01, 2014
Soprano Sumi Jo (center) poses for a photo with baritone Jean-Francois Lapointe (left) and conductor Jean-Michel Malouf of the Orchestra de Chambre I Musici de Montreal during a concert on November 26 at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada.My hometown is on the southern wa...