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The transcendental power of poetry
Jan 26, 2012
One of Korean female poets, Kim Hye-soon“Poetry should not be concerned with quantity, as long as it contains a connotative and implicative nature within,” says Kim Hye-soon, a poet and professor at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. “So it doesn’t matter if the poem goes on for 35...


Comedy of truths
Jan 20, 2012
Korean comedians who are featured at DarinIn Korea, the most popular brand of comedy is known colloquially as “gag concerts” (sketch comedy). Gag concerts got their start in 1999, a time when Korea was suffering in the wake of the Asian financial crisis. The reality facing comedi...

Useful tips for expats during Seollal
Jan 19, 2012
One of Korea’s biggest traditional holidays, Seollal or Lunar New Year’s Day, is just around the corner. During the three-day national holiday, which falls on January 23 this year, a majority of Koreans visit their elder relatives in their hometowns to observe ancestral rites on ...


Pyeongchang Bid Committee, Pororo receive CICI Korea Im...
Jan 18, 2012
Cho Yang-ho, chairman of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games Bid Committee received the Korea Image Stepping Stone Award at the Corea Image Communication Institute’s (CICI) award ceremony in the Grand InterContinental Seoul on January 17. CICI awarded its grand prize to the bid com...


Ringing in the Year of the Black Dragon
Jan 18, 2012
The New Year is almost upon us. But wait, didn’t we just ring in 2012 a couple weeks ago? How can it be New Year again so soon? The answer is that Korea has two calendar systems, one governed by the Sun and one governed by the Moon, and each of them has its own year-end holiday. ...


Support for digital TV to be expanded
Jan 12, 2012
Every household with an analogue TV will receive financial support from the Korean government for converting to digital TV.The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) announced on January 9 that the beneficiaries for the financial support to switch from analogue TV to digital TV wi...


Sumi Jo's Art of Sharing
Jan 12, 2012
Sumi Jo performs at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2010.Since debuting in Trieste, Italy, in 1986, Sumi Jo has become one of the most sought-after sopranos of her generation, performing in nearly all the major halls and conquering seemingly impossible vocal height...


Travel back to 1970 at the Sejong Center
Jan 10, 2012
During the '70s, the military government imposed a curfew on all civilians. As curfew approaches, there is a sudden rush to get a taxi home (photo courtesy of the Sejong Center). The Korea of 40 years ago was a very different place, and it’s hard to imagine it developed into the...


Photo contest looks toward the future of Korea
Jan 06, 2012
Park Hyun-chan’s “Dockyard People” Choi In-suk’s “The Resplendence of Gyeongbokgung’s Dancheong”Park Hyun-chan’s “Dockyard People” (above) won the grand prize in the fourth annual “Korea and Koreans as Seen Through the Lens” photo contest. The photo captures the intersection of ...

Year-end tax settlement for foreign nationals in Korea
Jan 06, 2012
The number of foreigners who file the year-end tax settlement in Korea has increased from 344,000 in 2008 to 403,000 as of 2010. Since there is a growing interest in the details of the year-end tax settlement among foreign workers in Korea, the National Tax Service has issued a g...