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Autumn colors: when the skies turn blue and the hillsid...
Nov 11, 2014
Any expat that has lived in Korea for more than a month has undoubtedly been treated to one or more short lectures on the country’s four distinct seasons. Along with Korean food, the weather and seasons are favored topics for taxi and water cooler small talk, especially among the...

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Here comes the sun
Nov 03, 2014
With 2011 now more than a month old, it’s time to ring in the New Year — the Lunar New Year, that is. From February 3, Koreans will be celebrating what they call “seollal” with three days of rest, family reunions and a celebration of Korea’s wonderful traditions. And as Steven E ...

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Shoe designer Kim gets Hollywood attention
Nov 03, 2014
Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Tyra Banks, Miranda Kerr… These Hollywood celebrities are all attracted to some special shoes. In Korea, celebrities like Girls' Generation and actresses Kim Tae-hee and Shin Mina, as well as other fashionistas, all love these shoes. Not black, brown ...

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Singing farmer holds concert at his farm
Nov 03, 2014
On November 1, with autumn in full bloom, there was a small concert held in a small rice paddy in the Garakgol neighborhood of Noonsa-dong, in Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province). Kim Back-keun, a rice farmer in the area, played host to the Nondureong Concert, using o...

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A musician ahead of his times: Shin Hae-chul passes awa...
Oct 31, 2014
A singer- and song-writer and an album producer, Shin Hae-chul is one of the most influential figures in the field of modern Korean pop and rock music. Passing away at the age of 46, Shin was loved by youth in the 1990s with his string of hit songs. He wrote a new chapter in the ...

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The labors of love
Oct 31, 2014
The course of true love, as they say, never runs smooth. And when the partners come from countries that are practically cultural opposites, that course becomes even more treacherous. Several friends of Ann-Cherise Simmons discovered that lesson for themselves when they dated Kore...

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Converted to kimchi
Oct 23, 2014
Despite living just a few kilometers from a big Koreatown in the United States, Charles Montgomery knew practically nothing of Korea or its food. But when an opportunity arose to try Korean cuisine, with a Korean student studying nearby, Montgomery discovered how much he liked Ko...

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Park Seong-heon, master of paper craft
Oct 21, 2014
Flat paper can be turned into all kinds of three dimensional shapes when cut, folded and pasted. Sometimes, an animal comes around, while robots, airplanes and more diverse shapes are created, too. It's a world created through paper craft. Park Seong-hyun and his paper-mad...

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Russian info center opens in Dongdaemun
Oct 17, 2014
Gwanghui-dong in Jung-gu (district), Seoul, abuts the famous shopping area around Dongdaemun Gate, surrounded by tower shopping malls and open-air markets.Another feature of this neighborhood is that it is home to Seoul's so-called "Russian Street." While walking along this road,...

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Lee Jinha tears down the screen
Oct 10, 2014
In a scene from any one of the Iron Man movies, the hero uses the space in front of him as a "screen" or "computer monitor," pulling up videos into the air and controlling the content with his bare hands. In this limitless and boundless area of air, plenty of data and a wide rang...