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Seoul International Writers’ Festival 2014

Seoul International Writers’ Festival 2014
Aug 10, 2014
Seoul International Writers’ Festival banner (image courtesy of the Literatrature Translation Institute of Korea) What is the Seoul International Writers’ Festival?The Seoul International Writers' Festival (SIWF) is a literary event hosted by the Literature Translation In...


Korean poems in English: ‘Korean Poetry in Classical Ch...
Aug 08, 2014
Korea and China have a long history of mutual exchanges. Geographical adjacency has made it possible, and far easier, for the two cultures to interact with each other much more than with other groups.The two Asian nations actively engaged in literary exchanges, too, evidenced by ...

140807_korea_film_thb2.jpg's list of must-see films: A Short Love Affair
Aug 07, 2014
A Short Love Affair (1990) Directed by Jang Seon-woo Long unemployed, IlDo, played by Park Joong-hoon, lands a job at a factory that makes skirts. IlDo and his family move to be closer to his workplace, in Umukbaemi, on the outskirts between Seoul and Gyeonggi Province. At the...

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Lessons learned from tortoises and hares
Aug 07, 2014
“Byeol Ju Bu Jeon” is a Korean folktale from the 7th century. The story is recorded in Korea’s oldest existent history, published in the 12th century, and has been analyzed by Confucian scholars. The tale resembles Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” in that both tales feat...

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Beat the summer heat with onions
Aug 06, 2014
People and their health consciousness are two things that cannot be taken apart. Food has always played a central role in consoling the body and the soul, while enduring the sweltering hot summers and frigid cold winters. Although ginseng and the famous chicken-based soup samgyet...


Pentaport Rock Festival offers escape from sweltering h...
Aug 06, 2014
Incheon's newly-developed neighborhood of Songdo played host to a rock festival on August 1, with electrifying tunes and rock 'n' roll ringing out across the port city. The 2014 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival had rock lovers gather from every corner of the country to escape the ...


Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea
Aug 05, 2014
This is the ninth part in our series, “Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea.” Tools Me & Garae (left) The me is used to pound and to knead the clay. The garae is used for cutting the clay. Kkaeggi (center) The kkaeggi is used to sieve out f...

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Korea Post releases special stamps for papal visit
Aug 05, 2014
On the occasion of Pope Francis' visit to Korea starting August 14, Korea Post will release its "Pope Francis’ Visit to Korea Commemorative Stamps" this Friday, August 8. Pope Francis’ Visit to Korea Commemorative Stamps (image courtesy of the Korea Post)   Two denomin...


Robot baseball fans make headlines worldwide
Aug 04, 2014
Baseball -- possibly Korea's biggest sport -- is in the news for new reasons. Over the past few years, stadiums have seen a sharp rise in the number of spectators, partly due to fans' hyper-enthusiasm, the cheerleaders' singing and dancing for every individual player and the f...


Art museum blows away summer heat
Aug 04, 2014
A museum in the heart of Seoul is now competing against the sizzling summer heat with a special program that will run throughout the month of August. The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, or MMCA Seoul, has been cooling off museum-goers with its special summe...