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Heo Kil-yang: 45 years of Buddhist statues
Jan 15, 2014
There is a woodworker who can transform blocks of wood into pieces of art using only his chisels. His name is master Heo Kil-yang and he has been carving Buddhist statues out of wood since 1969. Heo recently made public a new collection of 33 statues depicting bicheon, virtuous, ...


Hong Hae-ran gives New Year’s greeting with music
Jan 10, 2014
“I will soon meet my Korean fans to wish them a happy New Year’s with Johann Strauss’ ‘Voices of Spring’!” So said soprano Hong Hae-ran, who will soon visit her homeland for a joint concert with the Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna at the Seoul Arts Center (SAC) on January 15. T...

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Canadian-born hockey player dishes on diversity
Jan 08, 2014
The Korean national ice hockey team is not an institution associated with multiculturalism, but that’s where you can find Brock Radunske, the first foreign hockey player to become a Korean national. The Canadian-born Radunske came to Korea six seasons ago to join Anyang Halla, on...


Conductor Kim Bomi brings Vienna Boys Choir to Korea
Jan 02, 2014
The 520-year-old Vienna Boys Choir, one of the three imperial Austrian musical groups along with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera, has maintained many traditions for a very long time. But starting over a year ago, it appointed its first ever female and...

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Dye artist Kim Jeong-hwa keeps tradition alive
Jan 02, 2014
Few people in the world are as passionate about color as natural dye artist Kim Jeong-hwa. Almost her entire life has been dedicated to producing colors from organic substances such as roots, wood, bark, or berries. Today, she is one of a handful of traditional coloring experts l...


New Zealander captures Baekdu Daegan with his camera
Dec 26, 2013
According to the Korean dictionary, the Baekdu Daegan is a mountain range that runs for around 1,470km, across the entire Korean Peninsula, from Baekdusan Mountain in the north to Jirisan Mountain in the south. However, for Koreans, it has more than just a geographical meaning. T...


World-class ballerina to become artistic director
Dec 20, 2013
The principal ballerina at the Stuttgart Ballet in Germany, Kang Sue-jin, recently accepted an offer to become the next artistic director at the Korean National Ballet. After her 33 year-long life overseas, Kang is looking forward to her new career with a strong will to help the ...


‘The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly’ becomes global best...
Dec 16, 2013
The fairy tale “The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly” was recently published in English.“The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly,” a children’s fairy tale, has enjoyed exceptional popularity in Korea and is about to widen its fan base abroad. In July 2011 an animated version of “The Hen W...


Englishman introduces kimchi to Londoners
Dec 06, 2013
“What comes up to your mind when you think of Korea?” asks a brown-haired young man who walks around central London holding a microphone labeled “Englishman” in Korean. “Have you tried kimchi before?” “How do you say ‘hi’ in Korean?” “Can you say ‘annyeong?’” he asks. It is Josh ...


Feel the comfort of quality handmade shoes in Seongsu-d...
Dec 03, 2013
At Seongsu-dong Handmade Shoes Town, in Seongdong-gu (district), Seoul, people can purchase not only footwear for ladies and gentlemen but also kids’ footwear in various designs and shapes. (Photo: Jeon Han)"Handmade shoes are more considerate of their wearer," said Park Dong-hee...