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A journey into steam
Aug 06, 2014
It’s late Friday night, almost Saturday, and the sauna my friends and I’ve come to in Apgujeong-dong is quiet and peaceful, a sharp contrast to the frenetic dance clubs and bars on nearby Rodeo Drive or down the street in Garosugil’s chic wine bars and sake houses. Those are wond...

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Interview with Author Krys Lee at the London Book Fair ...
Aug 01, 2014
It was quite exciting to be attending this year’s London book fair at the London Olympia, where Korea was the "market focus," under the collaboration of the British Council and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. As well as attending themed discussions and other e...

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Midnight madness redefined
Jul 30, 2014
In my corner of small-town Canada, shopaholics and fashionistas define shopping as a hobby, a pastime and, in some cases, a lifestyle. Inarguably, no season is more sacred than the weeks preceding Christmas, during which bargain event slogans brandish local newspaper headlines. A...

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Yoon Jin-sung: ‘Acting poses ceaseless questions about ...
Jul 23, 2014
For stage actress Yoon Jin-sung, nothing can be either better or easier than to act on stage for an audience. The first time the 43-year-old was under the lights was when she was in college. One of her friends talked her into joining the college theater group. At the time, Yoon w...

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Impressed by Koreans' open attitude: Liesbet Ruben
Jul 22, 2014
Every year, the National Museum of Korea (NMK) invites a certain number of international curators and museum experts to visit Korea, in an attempt to experience diversity and to share information about their exhibitions. This year's first guest has been Liesbet Ruben from the...

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Singin’ in the room noraebang nights
Jul 16, 2014
Ask a Korean the biggest cultural oddities facing a Westerner in his country, and you will likely hear a commentary on terrifyingly spicy food, unfailing reverence for the elderly or the perils of trying to master chopsticks. Ask a Westerner, however, and the list transforms. Wha...

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Mahler Syndrome reenacted in Korea
Jul 08, 2014
Conductor Lim Hun-Joung challenges himself to a new interpretation of the Mahler Production. Gustav Mahler was perhaps one of the many entrapped in the Curse of Symphony No. 9. Indeed, there have been a number of composers who died after or in the midst of composing Symphony No...

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Expanding his reach in music: guitarist Kim Se-hwang
Jul 03, 2014
Long, white fingers start to play the electric guitar. A sophisticated violin solo in the first movement of “Spring,” a part of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” is reinterpreted in electric guitar. The charismatic guitar play creates a wonderful yet romantic melo...

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Ssireum aficionado from US: Prof. Christopher Sparks
Jul 03, 2014
Some sports coverage on a TV at a noodle restaurant has changed the life of an American, completely.As an anthropologist, the American was in Korea in 2006, collecting data for his doctoral thesis on inmaek, personal connections. Just one day before he left for his home country, ...

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Father of Dooly, comic artist Kim Soo-Jung
Jul 02, 2014
Google Korea decorated its logo with some special guests on April 22 last year: A grown-up man with a little green dinosaur, an alien with a red nose and yellow hair, a baby ostrich and a toddler. Google Korea said, “We created a fun Google logo with Dooly, his enemy Kildong and ...