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The Bard at 450: new wave of Shakespeare hits Korea in ...
Mar 14, 2014
“Fair is foul, and foul is fair.” It is a line from “Macbeth,” a tragedy by literary giant William Shakespeare (1564-1616). The play is full of conflict and struggle between contradictory values, such as good and evil and fair and foul. As society grows larger and confusions deep...


500 years of Korean royal history on tour in US
Mar 14, 2014
Korean royal art and culture will be on display in the U.S. at a soon-to-be-opened exhibition, “Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910.” As part of an effort at cultural exchange, and aimed at helping the two countries rediscover each other’s cult...


1974: two bright lights of culture in the darkness
Mar 13, 2014
The year 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of many things. It marks the 40th anniversary of Seoul’s subway system. It marks the 40th anniversary of the current president’s mother’s assassination. More importantly, however, for Korea and its culture, 2014 marks the 40th anniversary ...


Korean-American literature comes alive
Mar 13, 2014
A new book has been published that looks at Korean-American literature and at the works of more than 40 Korean-American authors.“Understanding Korean American Literature” is a rare look at literature created by minorities in the U.S. and has been reaching its global audience sinc...


Sherlock Holmes fever sweeps the nation
Mar 11, 2014
Sherlock Holmes is known for his typical deerstalker hat and curved pipe. He is a brilliant detective, able to deduce one’s job or character from just a look at one’s appearance and behavior. Standing 1.8 meters tall, the man with a hooked nose first appeared in Arthur Conan Doyl...


Heavenly horses of Silla unveiled after restoration
Mar 10, 2014
In 1973, a tomb from the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.- A.D. 935) was discovered. In the tomb were found several mudguards with cheonma, heavenly horses, drawn on their sides. The three pairs of mudguard were designed to prevent dirt from splashing up onto the king. Amongst the saddle p...


‘Where Are We Going, Dad?’ makes it big in China
Mar 10, 2014
There is a variety program that has taken China by storm.Hunan Television, a Chinese satellite TV outlet, has started broadcasting a Mandarin version of the popular Korean variety show “Where Are We Going, Dad?” that aired regularly as part of MBC’s “Sunday Night” program. Many e...


Exotic ‘La Bayadère’ graces the stage with cast of hund...
Mar 07, 2014
The crown jewel of Russian ballet, “La Bayadère,” will be staged in Seoul next week to the delight of ballet fans. The Korean National Ballet company will present “La Bayadère,” a story of betrayal, revenge, forgiveness and love that unfolds in an ancient Hindu temple, at th...


Cho Yong-pil, SECRET add color to ‘Arirang’
Mar 07, 2014
What would the folk song “Arirang” sound like when mixed with elements of jazz, classical music, movie soundtracks and musicals?With the addition of a bit more color, traditional tunes have now been packed onto a newly-released album, “Arirang, The Name of Korean vol. 4.” Th...


Korean designers shine in London Fashion Week
Mar 07, 2014
Young, promising Korean fashion designers received the spotlight during London Fashion Week last month. Designers Choi Eudon, Jackie JS Lee, Heo Hwan, Regina Pyo and Seo Hyein participated in the 2014 A/W London Fashion Week, held from February 14 to 18 in Somerset House, London....