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Book recommendation by Ambassador of Sweden
Oct 16, 2012
The Guest by Hwang Sok-yongWhat is it that makes a book worth reading and being translated?The answer to that question is of course highly individual. We all have different requirements and expectations when it comes to what we like to read. But for me, good literature is somethi...


Book recommendations by former German Ambassador
Oct 09, 2012
*Ambassadors from Germany, Sweden, and the Czech Republic to Korea share their favorite literature from Korea and their native countries to our readers.Der Yalu fließt – eine Jugend in Korea by Li Mirok Dr. Hans-Ulr ich Seidt , former Ambassador of GermanyA book on Korea I re...


A surgeon who was called a fool, Dr. Chang Kee-ryo
Oct 02, 2012
With love and commitment, he helped and treated numerous people and left behind stories of big and small miracles of love. Let’s retrace the life of Dr. Chang Kee-ryo.When Yi Kwang-su (1892-1950), a pioneer of modern Korean literature, authored his novel Sarang (lit. Love), he mo...


Makgeolli Mamas & Papas, connoisseurs of makgeolli
Sep 21, 2012
For whom does the bell toll? In the university district of Hongdae, it tolls for makgeolli drinkers. Selling makgeolli from a pushcart, the infamous Makgeolli Ajeossi (old man) heralds his arrival with a handbell and a hearty yell. “I love you!” he offers to his foreign customers...


A cosmopolitan communicator, cartoonist Rhie Won-bok
Sep 05, 2012
Rhie Won-bok is a cartoonist who freely transcends the boundaries between the Occidental and the Oriental as well as the classical and the modern. Let’s take a short trip into the world of cartoons with this cosmopolitan communicator.Rhie does not consider creating cartoons work ...


Seoul mayor holds townhall with int'l students
Aug 31, 2012
With a population of 30,000 international students, Seoul has a diverse collection of residents from around the world, each with their own needs, problems, and dreams. In Seoul’s push to be a global city, it launched the fifth Seoul International Student Forum (SISF) in cooperati...


The lasting legacy of poet Yun Dong-ju
Aug 23, 2012
"Wishing not to have so much as a speck of shame toward heaven until the day I die, I suffered, even when the wind stirred the leaves."For most Koreans, whether young or old, the first verses of the late poet Yun Dong-ju’s famous poem “Foreword” are as familiar as the innumerable...


[Contribution] Algerian Ambassador speaks of Korean, Al...
Aug 20, 2012
H.E. Hocine Sahraoui, Algerian Ambassador to Republic of Cultural exchanges between Korean and Arab-Muslim civilizations through the Silk Road date back more than a millennium. In recent years, Korea and Algeria have expanded their diplomatic horizons, further dee...


Foreign resident employees on eco-tour in Korea
Aug 01, 2012
Foreign workers got an opportunity to tour around Korea and learn about environmental protection issues, visiting sites such as the Yeosu Expo as well as several ecological attractions. The Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) under the Ministry of Culture, Sports ...


[Contribution] 100-day festival turns All Eyes to Korea...
Jul 31, 2012
After seven years of waiting and preparation, the London 2012 Olympics have finally begun. With up to a billion people having viewed the Opening Ceremony on Friday, it’s safe to say that all eyes are firmly on London. And that doesn’t just mean pearly kings, red buses, and royalt...