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Early birds flock to palace on Saturday morning
Aug 21, 2013
As dew twinkled on leaves in the sun, people started flocking to Changgyeonggung Palace early in the morning. Nearly 500 people of all ages took their places on the bare floor in Myeongjeongjeon, the main hall of the palace, and waited for the special event, fanning themselves to...

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Gilt-bronze Pensive Bodhisattva to touch down in New Yo...
Aug 21, 2013
One of Korea’s national treasures, the gilt-bronze Pensive Maitreya Bodhisattva from the Silla Kingdom (57 BC - AD 935) is bound for New York City to share its distinctive beauty and excellence with New Yorkers. The Pensive Maitreya Bodhisattva is set to leave Korea for an u...

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K-pop legend Cho Yong-pil bridges generation gap
Aug 19, 2013
Middle-aged people in their 40s gathered in droves for a concert. Parents and children were also spotted. It was at Supersonic 2013, held on August 14 and 15. The rock concert was unlike contemporary rock festivals which are often regarded as the preserve of youth. Music fan...

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Hong Sang-soo wins Best Director Award in Locarno
Aug 19, 2013
Critically acclaimed director Hong Sang-soo created another movie that shows his admiration for women, even capturing the Leopard Award for Best Director at the 66th Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland for his film Our Sunhi. Director Hong Sang-soo (right) and...

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Festival attracts cartoon lovers to Bucheon
Aug 19, 2013
The Bucheon International Comics Festival (Bicof 2013) was held from August 14 to 18 on the theme of “The Secret of Stories” at the Visual Content Complex in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province). More than 8,000 people visited the festival on the opening day alone to look aro...

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K-fashion impresses trend setters in Italy, New York
Aug 16, 2013
Korean fashion came into the spotlight in Italy and New York, both known as meccas of fashion.Crowds of stylish men descended upon Florence, Italy for Pitti Uomo, the menswear tradeshow which took place from June 18 to 21, only to be highly impressed by designs created by five Ko...

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Museum spotlights ancient Gaya Confederacy
Aug 14, 2013
Gaya is an ancient confederacy which lasted more than 600 years in the modern-day Gyeongsang region. Until recently, the Gaya Confederacy (1 B.C. to AD 562), was regarded as a minor country which was overshadowed by the Three Kingdoms of Korea -- Goguryeo (37 BC - AD 668), B...

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Israeli and Palestinian youths find common ground: K-po...
Aug 14, 2013
In the Middle East, where Judaism and Islam are deeply intertwined with culture, the Korean wave is starting to gain recognition. The BBC and an Israeli media outlet recently reported that K-pop has been highlighted as a symbol of hope and peace in this land of conflict, explaini...

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Thursday nights brim with traditional tunes
Aug 13, 2013
On Thursday nights, the traditional melodies of Korea fill Deoksugung Palace. Taking place on Thursdays throughout August, Deoksugung Pungnyu fills the night at Deoksugung Palace with traditional tunes (photo courtesy of CHF).Throughout the month of August, gugak (Korean mus...

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A retrospective of Alexander Calder, ‘mobile’ creator
Aug 09, 2013
From mobiles hovering over a baby's crib to public artworks in parks around the world, the so-called “mobile,” or kinetic sculpture, originated from the creation of Alexander Calder (1898-1976), who changed the landscape of sculpture. A retrospective exhibition on Calder is ...