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Gifts from global leaders reflects world culture
Oct 14, 2014
A sculpture of an elephant inlaid with silver, a lifelike replica of a Portuguese trade ship that is about to head out to sea, a gold sculpture from Nepal and a jar decorated with traditional Algerian patterns. This is not simply a collection of craftworks of the world. These are...

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'Small Cinema' project brings life to small town
Oct 14, 2014
On October 10, recent films like "Whistle Blower," "Slow Video" and "Scarlet Innocence" were already playing at the Masil Cinema in Buan-eup, Buan-gun, in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province). The intimate movie space was filled with the scent of nutty sweet popcorn and the spac...

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Korean drama celebrated in Jinju
Oct 13, 2014
Jinju, a historic city in southwest Korea, has been bustling with the fever of Hallyu, or the "Korean Wave." This has been due to the Korea Drama Festival 2014, the largest celebration of television dramas in the country, which just dropped its closing curtain. During the festiva...

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Enjoy traditional music and art together
Oct 13, 2014
The beauty of gugak, Korea's traditional style of music, and the classical blue and white porcelain of the Joseon kingdom will be showcased at the National Museum of Korea on October 19. The traditional music performance will be co-organized by the National Gugak Center and the C...

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2NE1's "I Am The Best" tops Billboard world digital cha...
Oct 08, 2014
2NE1's mega hit "I Am The Best" has earned the top spot in Billboard's World Digital Songs chart. With its newest position, the group has now become only the second Korean pop singer or group to top the chart, after international YouTube sensation Psy. 2NE1's "I Am The Best"...

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Century-old stone palace reborn as historical museum
Oct 08, 2014
One hundred and seventeen years ago, King Gojong (r. 1863-1907) of Joseon rechristened the nation as the Daehan Empire in 1897 and ruled as an emperor until the end of his reign. The king, then emperor, built a Western-style stone palace, the Seokjojeon, inside the Deoksugung Pal...

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Childhood reminiscences via old stamps - Part 2
Oct 08, 2014
Rabbit's liver The next series of folk tale stamps were printed two months later, in November 1969. It featured the story of the rabbit's liver. Also known as the Byeoljubujeon or the Toggijeon, the tale begins with the daughter of the sea king falling ill. In search of a rabbit...

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Seoul music fair brings together int’l musicians
Oct 08, 2014
Seoul played host to the 2014 Seoul International Music Fair starting on October 6, as it brought together renowned musicians and industry representatives from both home and abroad. The 2014 Seoul International Music Fair runs for three days, starting October 6, at Blue Squa...

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The Princess and the Idiot: Behind every good man is a ...
Oct 08, 2014
The story of Ondal the Idiot and Princess Pyeonggang of Goguryeo may seem strange or even implausible at times. As a result, the tale is often viewed as a historical folktale about a man’s rise from destitution to greatness and the woman who had the wisdom to believe in his poten...

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Masks & the Mask Dance
Oct 07, 2014
*This is the fourth part in our series, “Masks & the Mask Dance” published in partnership with the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage Mask dances: Evoking an Intrinsic Sense of Joy 2. Types and Characteristics of Traditional Korean Mask Dances Mask ...