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‘Romeo & Juliet’ opera to be staged in Seoul
Sep 30, 2014
The tragic love story by William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet,” will be staged with operatic arias this fall in Seoul. The Korea National Opera will perform an operatic version of the masterpiece at the Seoul Arts Center from October 2 to 5, to tunes composed by Charles Gounod ...


Autumn nights at Jarasum Int'l Jazz Festival
Sep 30, 2014
Visitors to the 11th Jarasum International Jazz Festival will be able to enjoy performances by some of the world's best jazz, Latin and rock 'n' roll musicians. The festival this year will run from October 3 to 5 and features 51 groups or solo artists from 30 nations, including t...


Greedy collaborationist brought to life on stage
Sep 29, 2014
If you had the chance to see a certain play staged at the National Theater of Korea on September 12, it felt like being back on the streets of Seoul in the 1930s and 1940s. The story of “Lord Lee Joongsaeng, Alive,” a novel penned by Oh Young-jin (1916-1674), was relived&nbs...


Gov't policies created 'Korean Wave': HK media
Sep 26, 2014
"My Love From the Star" is a wildly successful soap opera produced by SBS which ended its first season in February 2014. Especially in the mainland Chinese market, the TV show has had a great impact on a wide variety of commercial markets, including fashion items worn by the main...


Baekje Kingdom resurrected after 1,400 years
Sep 25, 2014
A large number of artifacts from the late Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-A.D. 660), including steel armor, swords and arrowheads, were recently unearthed at the site of the Gongsanseong Fortress in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province). It is here at this fortress that ...

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Founding myths of ancient Korean nations in stamp serie...
Sep 25, 2014
Descendants of Goguryeo Once referred to as the, "Prosperous Nation of the East," or, "海東盛國," alongside Unified Silla, Balhae launched 230 years of existence with the North South States Period on the Korean Peninsula and across mainland Northeast Asia. Its founder, Dae Jo Yeong...


Korean crafts set to mesmerize London, Hangzhou
Sep 24, 2014
The beauty of traditional Korean crafts has caught the attention of the world once again. An exhibit held at the Triennale di Milano, a design museum in Milan, Italy, in April recently opened again at the Tent London design trade show, part of the London Design Festival. The same...


Pak Hyeokgeose: the founder of the Silla kingdom was re...
Sep 24, 2014
He became king when he was 12 years old. He was a compassionate and wise ruler who founded one of the strongest, wealthiest and most flamboyant kingdoms in the history of the Korean Peninsula. Pak Hyeokgeose (69 BCE–4 CE), known as King Hyeokgeose, founded the Silla Kingdom (57 B...


Performance festivals arrive one after another this aut...
Sep 22, 2014
This autumn's art scene is full to the brim with a variety of performance festivals. The D.FESTA, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF), the Seoul International Dance Festival (SIDance) and the Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) will all be held one after the other, runni...


Korea Maritime Silk Road Expedition begins journey
Sep 19, 2014
The Silk Road, the series of trade and cultural transmission routes that snaked its way across the Asian continent, played a critical role in linking East and West in ancient times. Along that route, not only trade items, such as silk and porcelain, were exchanged, but people car...