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Finding happiness in Korea
Mar 27, 2014
Whenever news from North Korea makes headlines, the world is hit by a certain nervousness. Especially for those with an interest in Korea, they contact friends and acquaintances via landline or the Internet each time North Korea news breaks, with worries about peace on the Korean...

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National Museum of Korea unveils new Asian relics
Mar 26, 2014
The permanent exhibit at the National Museum of Korea (NMK) displays not only Korean relics but also has a collection of East Asian heritage items. Established in 2005, the Asian Arts Section offers visitors a chance to learn about the culture and history of neighboring Asian cou...

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Hanbok festival ushers in spring in Insadong
Mar 25, 2014
The pedestrian-filled streets of Insadong, a hot spot for Seoul's tourists where they can see many aspects of traditional Korean culture, were colored with the myriad rainbows of hanbok on March 22. The beautiful, warm weather on Saturday made the perfect setting for a festival u...

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Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [8]
Mar 25, 2014
*This is the eighth part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.” The designation and transmission of gannil 1. The Chongmoja-jang The chongmoja is the crown of the gat and is made of horsehair. The crown was originally only produced in the town of Tongyeong...

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Culture City of East Asia celebration held in Gwangju
Mar 24, 2014
An opening ceremony to mark the beginning of a project to promote cultural exchanges between Korea, China and Japan was launched in Gwangju on March 18. The Culture City of East Asia celebration was held at the Gwangju Culture and Art Center to kickoff the three-way cultural exch...

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Snack foods go global
Mar 24, 2014
A couple of decades ago, Western cookies and snacks, for Koreans, were considered a very special item, only given on special occasions and only enjoyed by a handful of people. The snacks were rare and precious. Today, however, Korean companies are producing a wide array of delect...

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Ancient maps refer to East Sea
Mar 24, 2014
An exhibition in Seoul is showing how the East Sea was labeled on ancient maps of the world. Titled as the “Dong-Hae [East Sea] proven through the old maps of the world” exhibition, this show has on display about 70 ancient maps of both Eastern and Western origin, related to the ...

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Public, private sectors bring classical music to the pe...
Mar 24, 2014
The government and the private sector have joined forces to make classical music more accessible to the general public. The Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment and Shinsegae, a high-end retail outlet, signed a joint agreement on March 18 in an effort to enrich people's...

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Silla artifacts welcome museum-goers
Mar 21, 2014
Now, for the first time, we can appreciate in one exhibition almost all of the relics from the Silla Kingdom’s (57 B.C.- A.D. 935) Cheonmachong, the Tomb of the Heavenly Horse. The Gyeongju National Museum will run a special exhibition, “Cheonmachong, the Royal Tomb of Silla,” fr...

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Korean literature in English: Kim Tae-woong’s ‘The Clow...
Mar 20, 2014
One of Korean literature’s most impactful plays has been readable by global audiences in English ever since 2005. It is “The Clowns,” penned in 2000 by playwright and theater director Kim Tae-woong.The story was published by Hollym, a US-based publisher. The translator was Will K...