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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...


Crowd-sourced movie promotes Seoul
Feb 17, 2014
A unique crowd-sourced film about the city of Seoul was released on February 11, "Bitter, Sweet, Seoul." The movie is a collection of video clips shot by people in Seoul, citizens and foreigners alike, who either reside in the metropolis or were just traveling through. The 63-min...


Korean Film Night heats up Berlin Film Festival
Feb 14, 2014
The Korean Film Night was held on the sidelines of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival on February 10 in the German capital. Over 600 people from film industries around the world, including directors whose works were being screened at the festival, attended the event and ...


Orchestra, ballet, choir hits the stage in Sejong City
Feb 14, 2014
A special new year’s concert was held to celebrate the government’s move to the Sejong Metropolitan Autonomous City. Held in the Government Complex-Sejong’s auditorium, the concert’s theme was, “Bringing in an era of cultural enrichment, enabling the people with ‘a beautiful life...


Korean literature in English #8
Feb 14, 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 eighth part of the ten-volume Library of Korean Literature series is “The Soil” penned by ...


Collaborative ‘Warmth’ art exhibition opens at Seoul St...
Feb 12, 2014
A colorful collection of objets d’art, both traditional and modern, has been brought together by around 100 artists, potters, folk-art craftsman, designers and architects in the old Seoul Station building. It is the Ongi exhibition, or Warmth exhibition. It will take place at Cul...


Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [3]
Feb 11, 2014
*This is the third part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.”Gannil—gat craftsmanship and variations The process of gat makingGat are horsehair hats that consist of two basic elements: the daewu or crown and the yangtae or brim. Although originally made of thinly s...


Korean fashion hits walkways in New York
Feb 11, 2014
A team of Korea fashion designers hopes to impress the U.S. fashion industry by presenting their fall and winter collections at the Concept Korea F/W 2014 event in New York on February 11. On the opening stage at The Salon at Lincoln Center, there will be an “Aspire to Inspire” p...


Korean cuisine praised by Swedish daily
Feb 10, 2014
“Food seems to bridge traditional and modern aspects of life in Korea, a country that has developed into the world’s 15th largest economy in just half a century, growing from being one of the poorest to one of the richest… There are hundreds of luxurious coffee shops lined up eve...