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Denim jeans seen as art
Oct 17, 2014
A visitor looks around the special exhibition “Jeans” at the National Folk Museum of Korea.Denim jeans have many characteristics. They are regarded as comfort clothes, a symbol of youth culture and sometimes freedom or a special faith. The National Folk Museum of Korea has been h...


Italy considers using mulberry paper to restore old doc...
Oct 16, 2014
A symposium was recently held in Rome to discuss whether Hanji, traditional mulberry paper, can be used to restore ancient Italian documents. At the conference on Hanji and the restoration of cultural heritage items on October 15, a researcher from the Natural Research Institute ...

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'Piano poet' to collaborate with KBS Symphony Orchestra
Oct 16, 2014
The Vietnamese born "piano poet" Dang Thai Son (Ðặng Thái Son, 鄧泰山) is about to give a concert in Korea. This October 23, he will meet his Korean fans at the Seoul Arts Center as part of the KBS Symphony Orchestra's 687th Subscription Concert, "Virtuoso Series Ⅴ." The performanc...

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K-pop's past, present and future stars, all in one plac...
Oct 16, 2014
  The cover of Mark James Russell's new book 'K-Pop Now! - The Korean Music Revolution' (image courtesy of Tuttle Publishing) The U.S. based Tuttle Publishing, which specializes in books about Asia, has newly released  "K-Pop Now! - The Korean Music Revolution," a ...


A peek into the hip-hop music scene of Korea
Oct 15, 2014
One night in Hongdae, this writer found herself magnetized by a young crowd huddled around two guys who were spitting out rhymes along with some beats. The playground felt like it had transformed into a small club, with people raising their hands up and bobbing their heads to the...


Korean literature in English: ‘Everlasting Empire’
Oct 15, 2014
Yi In-hwa’s full-length novel “Everlasting Empire” revolves around a suspicious murder that occurred at the royal palace at dawn on January 19, 1800, during late Joseon times. Yi In-hwa’s 1993 novel “Everlasting Empire” is now published in English for a wider audience. In th...


Red bean traces found to be oldest in Northeast Asia
Oct 15, 2014
Recently discovered traces of red bean have been found to be some of the oldest such archeological samples in Northeast Asia.After analyzing earthenware excavated in Osan-ri, Yangyang County, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), researchers realized that the traces date back to the Neo...

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Childhood reminiscence via old stamps - Part 3 The Sun ...
Oct 15, 2014
The Sun and Moon In ancient times, Korea was quite different than it is nowadays. Due to the many mountains and dense forests, folktales usually involved tigers as the villain, as in the tale of the sun and the moon. The first stamp of the 'Sun and Moon' series - A mother m...


Take a moonlight stroll through Seoul's ancient palaces
Oct 14, 2014
To mark autumn's arrival, the Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces, as well as the National Palace Museum of Korea, will be open at night. Night openings are scheduled from October 22 to November 3 for Gyeongbokgung Palace and from October 21 to November 2 at Changgyeonggung...

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Classical music meets traditional rhythms
Oct 14, 2014
European classical music will meet with the traditional sounds of Korea, or gugak, to combine and create something new. The harmonious sounds of the two different genres will ring out at the National Theater of Korea for a special performance, titled “Reverse (易), Rhythms of Chan...