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Buddhist temples added to Korea's UNESCO Tentative List
Jan 08, 2014
Seven traditional Buddhist mountain temples were added to Korea’s Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage items in December 2013. The newly-listed temples are Seonamsa in Suncheon, Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province), Daeheungsa in Haenam, Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province), B...


Ten key cultural trends in 2014
Jan 07, 2014
In celebration of New Year’s 2014, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) has released a list of “Top Ten Trends” that are expected to be prominent in the cultural sphere next year.  1. Consuming culture like a snack: “we want it fast, light and convenient” &...


2014 to be full of great art exhibitions
Jan 07, 2014
Art lovers will be busy in 2014 with a series of special exhibitions scheduled throughout the year. Among the major exhibitions are the “Beyond Impressionism: the Birth of Modern Art” event and the Pompeii exhibition, both at the National Museum of Korea, a tenth anniversary exhi...


‘Korean producers tap into Broadway’: New York Times
Jan 07, 2014
The New York Times, the U.S. newspaper of record, published an article about the development of Korea’s and Asia’s musical and theater industry, “Korean Cash Takes Broadway Bows,” in its arts section on December 31 last year. The article sheds light on a new trend springing up on...


Culture is the most precious asset: President
Jan 06, 2014
President Park Geun-hye emphasized the importance of culture by saying that, “culture is the most valuable asset we have.” President Park made these remarks during a New Year’s meeting with influential figures from the culture and the arts scene on January 3. President Park ...


New year welcomed in with concert
Jan 06, 2014
President Park Geun-hye waves to the crowd at the 2014 New Year’s musical concert on January 3. (photo: Jeon Han)President Park Geun-hye opened the New Year by attending a musical concert at the Seoul Arts Center on January 3. It has now become her second official function of the...


Korean literature in English #3
Jan 03, 2014
The Library of Korean Literature series is a collection of ten Korean novels published in English last October in the U.S. (Photo courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea)The third novel in the ten-volume Library of Korean Literature series is “When Adam Opens Hi...

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Animated 3D film ‘The Nut Job’ hits North America
Jan 03, 2014
A Korean-made animated 3D film will soon reach movie-lovers across North America. “The Nut Job” is a Korea-Canada joint production on which the animation studio Redrover, along with its Canadian counterpart, has been working since 2010. It is scheduled to be screened starting Jan...


Alcohol in Korean life [4]
Jan 02, 2014
This is the fourth part of our series, “Alcohol in Korean life.” Click here to see the previous parts.Myeoncheon Dugyeonju, azalea liquor from Myeoncheon Origin and TransmissionMyeoncheon dugyeonju, an azalea liquor from Myeoncheon, was a seasonal drink that households acros...


Traditional patterns made available in modern designs
Jan 02, 2014
Since the ancient Three Kingdoms period (57 B.C.- A.D. 668) through to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), there have been certain roof tile and brick patterns that Koreans used in their architecture when building palaces or temples. The size, shape and pattern details were transform...