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October, Month of Culture: full of arts & cultural even...
Oct 04, 2013
“Cultural enrichment” has been proclaimed as one of the four policy priority areas of Park Geun-hye’s administration. The cultural enrichment initiative aims to raise the level of happiness of individual citizens by offering them the chance to become a producer and a consumer of ...


‘Three Colors of Korea’ to focus on the diversity of Ha...
Oct 01, 2013
A new documentary series aimed at introducing the world to Korean culture is predicted to reach 52 million households across 89 nations. The Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), and KBS World, a broadcaster, hav...


Share wisdom of Goryeo ancients at Tripitaka Koreana Fe...
Oct 01, 2013
Korea’s national treasure No.32, the Tripitaka Koreana, or Palman Daejanggyeong, dates back to 1236 during the later years of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) . This collection of ancient Buddhist scriptures-- 1,512 engraved texts carved across 81,258 individual wooden blocks--...


Musical instruments return home after 120 years
Oct 01, 2013
In 1893, ten musicians from Korea navigated to the United States on a special mission of King Gojong (1852-1919), the 26th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). They played the music of Joseon and received the spotlight in the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition where 37 coun...


Enjoy street performances with Hi Seoul Festival 2013
Sep 30, 2013
Downtown Seoul will transform into a festival stage from October 2 to 6 with the 11th Hi Seoul Festival 2013. The festival will take place at Seoul, Cheonggye, and Gwanghwamun squares under the theme “Let’s play on the streets,” offering a total of 162 street performances through...


President visits Busan International Film Festival venu...
Sep 30, 2013
President Park Geun-hye visited Busan Cinema Center, the venue for the upcoming Busan Film Festival, where she gave encouragement to film industry workers on September 27. At Busan Cinema Center, President Park promised the Korean government’s support for future development of th...


Korea-Japan Festival travels to 21st century
Sep 26, 2013
The Korea-Japan Festival took place in Tokyo on September 21 and 22. From second left: Japanese First Lady Akie Abe, Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-kee, Japanese Princess Takamado, and Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida make a giant bowl of bibimbap (p...


Historic records of Arirang on display
Sep 26, 2013
From the first recorded album and the first written score to designation as a UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage, everything about Korean folk song Arirang has been opened to the public. The National Gugak Center recently unveiled a special exhibition themed on Arirang, sh...


Plentiful traditions on autumn weekends
Sep 25, 2013
With a cool, refreshing breeze ushering in autumn, it is high time to relax and indulge in Korean traditions with a series of performances at two of Seoul’s historic sites. As the leaves are beginning to change their color, Namsangol Hanok Village and Unhyeongung Palace offer int...


Korea Liquors Contest picks 32 best spirits
Sep 25, 2013
Some of the best alcoholic beverages in Korea were selected at the Korea Liquors Contest 2013. At the contest, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA), a total of 32 products were given first, second, and third-place prizes in eight different cate...