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More than 10 million enjoy royal palaces, shrines
Nov 28, 2016
Visitors watch a reenactment of a ceremonial appointment of a royal gate keeper at Gyeongbokgung Palace in March 2016. More than 10 million people visited Seoul's four main royal palaces and Jongmyo Shrine this year. The number of annual visitors to Seoul's four main royal pala...

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Tense Pasts, Present Futures? Contemporary Korean Poetr...
Nov 25, 2016
This constellation of new translations necessarily updates our view of Korea’s literary firmament. The collection is structured into three chronologically ordered sections and opens with “Poetry of Today,” containing the work of twenty-one poets (all but one still alive, and the ...

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Korean recipes: kimchi stew
Nov 25, 2016
“It's so addictive, just like the kimchi stew my mother would make.” Ki Bo-bae was talking about the taste of the Olympic gold medal she won in the women’s team archery event in August this year at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Not only Ki, but for many people, kimc...

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Local art foundations help develop culture, the arts
Nov 24, 2016
The Samrye Culture & Arts Village, Pohang Steel Life and the Gwangmyeong Upcycle Art Center. These are all local art foundations that have been highlighted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Nov. 15. In order to encourage cultural development, and to sp...

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Farmers’ music played in Kazakhstan
Nov 24, 2016
People practice traditional nongak Korean farmers’ music, including dancing and drumming, in Kazakhstan on Nov. 10. It’s part of a series of classes run by the National Intangible Heritage Center that allows people in Kazakhstan to learn Korea's intangible cultural heritage items...

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‘Soul, Sunflower’ jazzes up traditional Korean dance
Nov 22, 2016
A scene from the ‘Soul, Sunflower’ performance at the National Theater of Korea from Nov. 18 to 20. Amid jazz music played by the five-member Saltacello group from Germany, performers from the National Dance Company of Korea brought to the stage the grief felt by a mother who los...

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Classical Korean literature captures Peruvian readers
Nov 21, 2016
Book lovers in Lima and Cusco in Peru were able to indulge themselves in classical Korean literature. A series of special literary events were held jointly by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) on Nov. 10...

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Korean recipes: Chrysanthemum liquor
Nov 18, 2016
“When eaten for a long time, it brightens the facial tone, lightens the body and prevents aging. It eases the inner organs by helping their movements, and makes the whole body feel comfortable. It helps cure colds, headaches and dizziness.” This is how the medicinal effects o...

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Heartache, Fights, and Love: A Dog’s Life
Nov 18, 2016
Scraggly is fierce, independent, and brave, not afraid to stand up for what she believes, and completely devoted to those she loves. She has dealt with loss, betrayal, disappointment, and heartache, but she hasn’t given up. Scraggly is the hero of The Dog Who Dared to Dream by...

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"Raising the Swallow" (2007) by Youn Dae-Nyeong
Nov 17, 2016
--a 45-year-old novelist looks back on life & death, love & longing; all strictly framed by fairly quotidian standards & mores--"Someone said there's an eternal land. And we're all like birds from that land, here for a short while before we fly off again. When you get...