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Seoul fair offers glimpse into craftsmanship
Dec 09, 2016
Visitors appreciate exhibits at the 2016 Craft Trend Fair at COEX in Seoul on Dec. 8. The 2016 Craft Trend Fair "has always produced encounters and creations,” said Cho Yoonsun, minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. In its 11th year, the fair is a platfo...


American, French novels set in Korea
Dec 08, 2016
Two non-Korean novels have embraced the look, smell and emotions of Korea. One is written by an author from the U.S. and the other by an author from France. Their novels have one aspect in common: the stories are set in Korea and the characters are Korean. The story o...


Experience Japan with 'culture discovery boxes'
Dec 07, 2016
A press briefing is held to introduce the new Culture Discovery Box focusing on Japan, at the National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul on Dec. 5. Curator Gu Min Gyeong explains the randoseru (란도셀, ランドセル), a backpack used by Japanese elementary school students. The maneki neko, th...

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Content beloved in 2016
Dec 07, 2016
The 2016 Korea Content Awards ceremony was held at the COEX convention center in southern Seoul on Nov. 6, giving us a chance to look back on some of the greatest animation, songs and TV shows that stood out in 2016. During the awards ceremony, a total of 31 awards were given o...


Jeju haenyeo divers added to UNESCO heritage lis...
Dec 05, 2016
Members of the Korean delegation, including Jeju Governor Won Hee-ryong (front row, second from right) and a Jeju haenyeo diver (front row, right), express their joy as the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage announces that the traditi...


Vivaldi’s Fifth Season: Songs of Sacred Irreverence: I ...
Dec 02, 2016
How do poems, as living, breathing, soulful things, seek out and locate their translators? Whatever the answer, the fact that some of the most important contemporary Korean poetry today has chosen holy men and priestly assistants—Brother Anthony of Taizé and Jake Levine—as its ...


Korean recipes: red bean steamed rice cake
Dec 02, 2016
Red bean steamed rice cake, or pat sirutteok (팥시루떡), is one of the most familiar varieties of rice cake in Korea, and people can enjoy them at birthday parties, including a baby’s first birthday, during gosa, or shamanistic rituals, and even when a new neighbor moves in and offer...

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K-drama masterpieces (5): ‘Eyes of Dawn’
Nov 29, 2016
The 36-episode TV series ‘Eyes of Dawn’ aired on MBC in 1991. It starred Choi Jae-sung (left) as the main male character Choi Dae-chi, and Chae Shi-ra as the main female character Yoon Yeo-ok. From Oct. 7, 1991, to Feb. 6, 1992, one particular TV series attracted many eyes, ...


More than 10 million enjoy royal palaces, shrines
Nov 28, 2016
Visitors watch a reenactment of a ceremonial appointment of a royal gate keeper at Gyeongbokgung Palace in March 2016. More than 10 million people visited Seoul's four main royal palaces and Jongmyo Shrine this year. The number of annual visitors to Seoul's four main royal pala...

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Tense Pasts, Present Futures? Contemporary Korean Poetr...
Nov 25, 2016
This constellation of new translations necessarily updates our view of Korea’s literary firmament. The collection is structured into three chronologically ordered sections and opens with “Poetry of Today,” containing the work of twenty-one poets (all but one still alive, and the ...