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Film festival kicks off in Bucheon
Jul 18, 2014
Hyun Bin (left) and Son Ye-jin walk down the red carpet during the opening ceremony for the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival on July 17. They each received a Producers’ Choice Award. (photos: Jeon Han) The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (Pifan) bega...

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Sejong Institute opens 17 more branches
Jul 17, 2014
On July 9, 17 more King Sejong Institutes were newly opened across regions in Asia, the U.S. and Europe. Among them, nine institutes are found in Asia, six in the U.S. and two in Europe. In those regions, more workforce exchanges have occurred recently and more Korean compani...

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Late Silla stone chamber found in Jeolla
Jul 17, 2014
A stone chamber believed to be the remnants of a tomb and earthenware artifacts, all dating from the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D. 935), have been found in Namwon, Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province), announced the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) on July 9.This is the first...

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Kongjwi and Patjwi: Cinderella tale offers insight into...
Jul 17, 2014
The story of Kongjwi and Patjwi is a beloved and popular Korean folktale made around the late Joseon period. The folktale is known to exist in 17 variant forms, and the novel version was first published in 1928. Often compared to the Western fairy tell of Cinderella for sharing c...

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Fashionista: Jeon Ji-hyun in 'My Love From the Star'
Jul 17, 2014
There are a growing number of people today who watch Korea-made soap operas and listen to Korean hip hop and dance music. This recent uptick in media consumption has brought increased attention to elements of the nation's mass media and content industry. One of this year's mo...

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Rendezvous with fashion & culture
Jul 17, 2014
This year's theme at Fashion KODE 2014 is “Wearing Culture.” Fashion KODE is a clothing and accessories fair where designers can meet buyers face to face, allowing people to learn directly about the participating brands from the designers themselves, and to purchase clothes at th...

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Korean classical music, dance, theater showcased in Lon...
Jul 16, 2014
A wide range of Korean culture from music to dance has been shown in and around London as one of the main themes - Seoul in the City - of the 52nd City of London Festival, which started on June 22. The "Seoul in the City" opening ceremony is held at the Korean Cultural Ce...

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‘Cultural Partners’ bridge different cultures
Jul 16, 2014
On July 12, all attention was focused on a group of international musicians as they started playing unfamiliar, exotic musical instruments on a domestic stage. Their instruments, including Uzbekistan’s stringed gijjak, similar to a violin, Mongolia’s morin khuur, a violin-sized s...

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Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea
Jul 15, 2014
This is the seventh part in our series, “Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea.” Remove the Onggi from the kilnAfter the firing is finished for the kiln and the potteries to cool off while the kiln is sealed. This is because the potteries, if exposed to the outside air...

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Korean literature in English: Yi Chong-jun’s ‘Your Para...
Jul 15, 2014
“The kind of person who has a transcendent willpower, who loves the art of written letters, and a writer who breaks down religious boundaries with written pieces, and who brings to light our society and reality with intellectual, brilliant written words.” These are some assessmen...