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Korean TV, music sweeps Cuba
Nov 10, 2014
Hallyu, the Korean Wave, is now sweeping across Cuba.Many domestic Korean media outlets have recently covered the Cuban people’s great interest in all things Korean. The dailies said that Korean TV soap operas, audition-themed survival programs and pop music are all enjoying grea...


Selected Poems of Pak Tu-jin now in English
Nov 06, 2014
Pak Tu-jin (1916-1998) is the late poet who found a new voice and saw the reflection of human beings in nature. For the poet himself, nature was a fountain of solitude and a provider of comfort and peace of mind at the same time, as can be seen in his series of poetic works. In h...


London Korean Film Festival to showcase 55 films
Nov 06, 2014
The world of Korean cinema is now unfolding in London, U.K. The ninth London Korean Film Festival will take place at Leicester Square and other venues across the British capital between November 6 and 21, and a total of 55 films will be screened. The opening film is "Kundo: Age o...

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Korea via stamps: 'Arirang,' the first movie
Nov 06, 2014
'Arirang' (1926) is directed by Na Un-gyu and funded by Choson Cinema Productions Modern visual records, like photographs and motion pictures, were first introduced to Korea during late Joseon times. Even the reigning King Gojong (r. 1863-1907) took frequent photographs. Many po...


The King Has Donkey Ears!: Even bamboo trees can't keep...
Nov 06, 2014
Once upon a time in ancient Silla, there lived King Gyeongmun (r. 861—875), the kingdom’s 48th king. On top of living in tumultuous times, full of turmoil and rebellion, King Gyeongmun had another vexing problem. According to legend, he had hideously large ears. Much like King Mi...


Dutch king meets 350-year-old compatriot
Nov 05, 2014
With the visit to Korea of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, there has been a reenactment of a 17th century Dutchman meeting Joseon's King Hyojung (r. 1649-1659). Hendrick Hamel, the sailor in question, was the first Westerner to live in Joseon-era Korea....


Symposium brings together writing systems, art
Nov 05, 2014
Writing systems were combined with other crafts to create new art forms in the heart of Seoul. Running from October 24 to November 2 in and around the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul, the World Script Symposia 2014 was a festival that mixed the alphabets o...


Return of 'Otello,' the opera
Nov 03, 2014
Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth this year, one of his four tragedies, "Othello," recomposed by Verdi in 1887 into the opera "Otello," will be performed from November 6 to 9 in Seoul. This special four-day run by the Korea National Opera company will be on...


Come and taste rice beer in Insa-dong
Oct 31, 2014
The 2014 Makgeolli Festival is now underway in and around the neighborhood of Insa-dong in Seoul. Aimed at raising international awareness of makgeolli, the range of traditional Korean rice beers, especially the kind brewed with newly-harvested rice, the four-day festival is full...


Fairytale comics go online
Oct 31, 2014
When learning a foreign language, some of the most easily accessed books are often comic books. With drawings alongside short sentences, the context of a comic is readily comprehensible. Moreover, reading comics also helps understand the respective country's culture and can be be...