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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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‘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...

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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 ...

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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...

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Historical text translated into Czech
Dec 02, 2013
Korean literature has been attracting more and more interest on the global stage. Korean authors have recently been invited to an increasing number of international book fairs. In addition, a growing number of non-Koreans have made an attempt at translating some Korean texts into...

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Korean-born diva sweeps Down Under
Oct 30, 2013
When a petite Asian woman with no makeup stood up in front of the judges, she didn’t receive much attention at first. When asked by judges, "What can we expect from you?" she answered, "Awesome singing," with a big, shy smile. She was right. The mood changed when she started sing...

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Novelist of 70’s Korean youth culture dies
Sep 30, 2013
Korean Choi In-ho (1945-2013) is not new for those who love Korean films and TV dramas as well as novels. Passing away at the age of 68, the writer is known as a leader of the youth culture of the 1970s. He initially began his literary career in 1963 when he was a second-gra...

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Soprano Sumi Jo: ‘Music is a God-given mission’
Sep 23, 2013
“I think music is a God-given mission for me,” the world-renowned Korean soprano Sumi Jo said of her life as a musician. The Korean soprano has long been labeled as “a coloratura soprano with a voice from above.” Born in Seoul in 1962, Jo graduated from Sunhwa Arts High School in...