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President goes to theater on Culture Wednesday
Feb 27, 2014
President Park Geun-hye saw the progressive play “Finding Kim Jong-wook” with university freshmen in Seoul on February 26 to mark “Culture Day,” the last Wednesday of every month. “Culture seems to be far from us, but it is much closer than we imagine. We breathe with it in our l...


Three Korean films highlighted in Berlin
Feb 26, 2014
Three Korean films received awards recently at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. The winners were “Sprout,” directed by Yoon Ga-eun, “Non-Fiction Diary,” by Jung Yoon-suk, and “A Dream of Iron,” by Kelvin Kyung Kun Park. The short film “Sprout” won the Crystal Bear for...


Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [5]
Feb 25, 2014
*This is the fifth part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.” 3) Making the yangtaeThe manufacturing of a brim refers to the process of enveloping in silk cloth or attaching bamboo or silk strands one by one, according to the needs of beach beoreong and type of hat...


Card broadens access to arts, sports
Feb 24, 2014
In 2014, a wider group of people will be given the opportunity to enjoy cultural programs, sporting events and tourist facilities. Starting February 24, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will issue a "culture card,” its Munhwa Nuri Card, a prepaid cash card that will he...


Ancient petroglyphs captivate archeologists
Feb 21, 2014
Numerous ancient rock engravings of whales and whaling still remain in the southeast area of the Korea Peninsula, attracting archeologists from around the world. It has been suggested that they are the first pieces of evidence showing the prehistoric origins of whaling. These pet...


Korean literature in English #9
Feb 20, 2014
The Library of Korean Literature series is a collection of ten Korean novels published in English in the U.S. last year. (photo courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea)The ninth volume of the ten-part Library of Korean Literature is Park Wan-suh’s (1931-2011) “L...


Universal Ballet marks its 30th year with a gala show
Feb 19, 2014
"La Bayadère," "The Sleeping Beauty," "Don Quixote," "Onegin" and "Romeo and Juliet."These masterpieces will be on stage during a three-day, four-show special gala in Seoul as one of Korea's top ballet companies, Universal Ballet, performs these works and more, showing off its da...


Arts education gives Vietnamese children chance to drea...
Feb 19, 2014
There was a photography exhibition put on by children and adolescents in the plaza of a remote mountain village in Lao Cai Province, in northern Vietnam, on February 10. The, “Me and You, Us and Sapa,” exhibition was organized by the students, who also gave a helping hand by guid...


Gwanghuimun Gate opens after 39 years
Feb 18, 2014
Gwanghuimun Gate, one of the capital’s four small gates from the Joseon era, is open for the first time in 39 years on February 18. Behind the gate stands the N Seoul Tower. (photo: Jeon Han)Seoul, the capital of Korea since the 1390s, was a walled city surrounded by ramparts dur...


Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [4]
Feb 18, 2014
*This is the fourth part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.” 3. The process and tools of making a gat1) Materials and supplies used in gat-making  1. Preparation of the bamboo strips and strands  2. Making the eungak  3. Making the cheongae &nb...