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Filming locations of 'Moonlight Drawn by Clouds'
Nov 14, 2016
The period-piece soap opera "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" (구르미 그린 달빛) has successfully seduced the world. I know you're also mesmerised by Park Bo-gum and impatiently want to go to visit him and the ancient Korean filming locations. "Even though I closed my eyes, I see you. Do you ...

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The Dream State of Consciousness: A Greater Music by Ba...
Nov 11, 2016
In Bae Suah’s enigmatic, unsettling, and absorbing new novel, A Greater Music, the narrator goes on a trip, learns German, falls in love, falls into an icy river, expounds upon music and the limits of language, and engages in what may be the most brutal breakup scene I have ever ...

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K-drama masterpieces (4): ‘All In’
Nov 10, 2016
The hit SBS TV show ‘All In’ aired from Jan. 15 to Apr. 3, 2003. It saw some of the highest ratings ever, with 47.7 percent viewership numbers. In 2003, soap opera fans in Korea were all into the same drama every Wednesday and Thursday evening. The 24-episode “All In” aire...

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1,400-year-old Baekje roof tiles revealed to public
Nov 08, 2016
A set of Baekje decorative roof tiles, or chimi (치미, 鴟尾), discovered in Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do Province, was revealed to the public for the first time at the National Palace Museum of Korea on Nov. 3. The ancient tiles were found on the site of the Wangheungsaji (왕흥사지), a Bud...

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Korean recipes: Chrysanthemum pancakes
Nov 04, 2016
“It has a sweet taste and is not toxic. It improves the eyesight and blood circulation in the eyes. It heals the inner organs and helps stop shedding tears when one faces a cold wind.” These are the medicinal effects of chrysanthemums, as written in the "Dongui Bogam" (동의...

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Liking in Silence: Seven poems by Kim Sa-in
Nov 04, 2016
A Spring Night “When I die, you’ll donate at least fifty thou’, won’t you, old brother? Nowadays a lot of people only pay thirty thou’, but for me, you’ve got to give at least fifty; you will, won’t you? Sure?” A phone call from roughneck Yi Something (age 47), sloshing about i...

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The glamor of the Busan International Film Festival
Nov 04, 2016
The festival’s venue is the Busan Cinema Center in Centum City in Busan, Korea. As an aspiring video editor and a dedicated follower of the Korean film industry, it was a great honor to be able to attend one of Asia’s most prestigious film festivals, the Busan International Film...

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Jeju women skin divers to become UNESCO heritage items
Nov 02, 2016
The society and community surrounding the female haenyeo skin divers (해녀) of Jeju Island are likely to be added to the UNESCO list of humanity's intangible cultural heritage items. The evaluation body at UNESCO recommended that the Jeju haenyeo divers be added to the list of ...

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'Into the Light' & 'Mother and Child': two short-story ...
Nov 02, 2016
Part of the mandate of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) is to bring writings both known and unknown by any ethnic Korean person, written in either Korean, Japanese or any other language, into the broader English-language world of global lit.This includes ...

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Korean recipes: Galbitang beef rib soup
Oct 28, 2016
Galbitang beef rib soup (갈비탕) is served with big chunks of beef rib in a delicious broth in a huge bowl. It's one of the unmissable dishes served for guests, especially on special occasions like weddings. Beef ribs are so tasty that the soup can be cooked all sorts of ways, like ...