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Korean novels in English: Yi Mun-yol’s ‘The Golden Phoe...
Jun 11, 2014
The English version of Yi Mun-yol’s short story “The Golden Phoenix” It’s safe to say that the influence novelist Yi Mun-yol has had on Korean literature could not be more far-reaching. The writer joins the ranks of the few novelists who have had many of their works translated an...

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Evolution of libraries highlights values of books
Jun 11, 2014
Libraries are in transformation. From a library open around the clock to one specialized in travel books, new types of libraries are opening up across Korea.The Forest of Wisdom library, which will open in Paju, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), on June 19, and the Hyundai Card Tr...

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Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea
Jun 10, 2014
*This is the third part in our series, “Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea.” Steps to making traditional Korean pottery Usually, the kiln will be fired for two to three days, or about 45 hours. For the first 15 hours, the fire slowly heats up the kiln and dries...

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Battle of Myeongnyang hits silver screen
Jun 10, 2014
A hero among Korea's many honorable historic figures, Admiral Yi Sun-sin (1545-1598) never lacks special recognition. In the late 16th century during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598), also known as the Imjinwaeran (壬辰倭亂, Battle in the Year of Imjin), Admiral Yi managed...

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Psy releases new song 'Hangover'
Jun 09, 2014
Psy's new song "Hangover" will be released on June 9. The pop star will unveil his new song on the late-night ABC talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which will air at 1 p.m. on June 9 in Korea. This is his first new song since "Gentleman" was announced 14 months ago. Psy will appear o...

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‘I will strive to become a world-class actor’: Lee Byun...
Jun 05, 2014
Lee Byung-hun shares his thoughts after receiving the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Award (APSA) for Best Performance by an Actor at the Australian embassy in Seoul on June 3. (photo: Jeon Han)On June 3, actor Lee Byung-hun belatedly received the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Award (APSA) ...

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Joseon Dynasty through film
Jun 05, 2014
The Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) ruled over Korea for more than 500 years. The lives and times of the 27 monarchs are some of the most widely used material in Korean film. In 2014 alone, a couple of films set with the royal dynasty as background will be released. Earlier this year,...

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Two virtuosos to perform in Seoul, Gyeonggi
Jun 03, 2014
The KBS Symphony Orchestra, one of the most prominent domestic orchestras, will perform alongside two world-renowned artists at its upcoming concerts on June 7 and 8 in Seoul and Osan.The two artists are bass Youn Kwang-chul and French conductor Bertrand de Billy. European v...

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Unified Silla Room at National Museum renovated
Jun 02, 2014
The National Museum of Korea (NMK) in Yongsan, Seoul, has recently renovated its permanent display of items from the Unified Silla Kingdom (676-935). Adding new artifacts and reflecting the results of recent academic research, the renovated exhibition now focuses on the two main ...

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Swedish fans mesmerized by 4Minute
Jun 02, 2014
4Minute, a five-member girl group, recently held a concert in Sweden. The "4Mintue Fan Bash in Stockholm 2014" was held on May 25 in the Debaser Medis venue in central Stockholm, packed with the passion of the Swedish fans. 4Minute has now become the first Korean girl group to gi...