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Korean Cultural Center opens in Sao Paulo
Oct 30, 2013
A Korean Cultural Center (KCC) has been launched in São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, becoming the second of its kind in South America after the one opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina,in 2006. With the opening ceremony held on October 23, the Korean Cultural Ce...


Ancient Baekje history of Iksan on display at new exhib...
Oct 29, 2013
A new museum exhibition has opened in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province), highlighting the history of the province’s coastal city, Iksan, and its many artifacts from the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.- 660 A.D.). Iksan is home to many palaces, temples and castles from the Baekje era, ...


Dante’s epic poem meets traditional Korean opera
Oct 29, 2013
A more-than-seven-century-old epic poem will be recreated as an opera with Korean touches. The National Theater of Korea will cast an Eastern light onto “The Divine Comedy,” written by Italian poet and politician Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). It will present a stage version of Dan...


Arirang echoes across Cheong Wa Dae
Oct 28, 2013
From traditional to modern, assorted interpretations and rearranged versions of Arirang resonated across Cheong Wa Dae on October 27. Arirang is a famous Korean folk song enlisted on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2012. The melodies of Arirang enchanted the audie...


Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung’s bow strokes strike chord in...
Oct 28, 2013
Sounds created by a Korean violin virtuoso resonated across Beijing on October 18.World-renowned violinist Kyung-Wha Chung mesmerized classical music aficionados in the Chinese capital during the first leg of her Chinese tour, held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts o...


UNESCO likely to list kimchi as cultural heritage item
Oct 25, 2013
Kimchi and kimchi-making culture is likely to be listed by UNESCO as one of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage items, it was announced on October 23. According to the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), a subsidiary body of the UNESCO Intangible Heritage Committee has re...


Korea, Venezuela come together through music
Oct 24, 2013
Korean and Venezuelan adolescents who have had their hope restored through music held a concert together in Seoul on October 20. On a special stage at Deoksugung Palace, 200 members of Korea’s Orchestra of Dream and Venezuela’s Youth Orchestra of Caracas performed Tchaikovsky’s 1...


Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum
Oct 23, 2013
Integrating both traditional and contemporary elements, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s (MMCA) new Seoul branch will open November 13. The new MMCA, Seoul, branch is intended to be a large, modern museum in downtown Seoul where admirers can go to see contempo...


Simcheong demonstrates beauty of filial piety
Oct 23, 2013
Two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting an elderly Korean woman who had survived both Japanese occupation and the Korean War (1950-1953). Her story, like many from her generation, was a familiar one. While her relatives and neighbors had been taken away by the war, she remai...


K-Pop World Festival unites global fans
Oct 22, 2013
After months of singing and dancing, and after much pain and some tears, the K-Pop World Festival 2013 came to an end on October 20.The third annual global pop competition saw much more heated competition this year, with a total of 15 groups taking to the stage in the final round...