Politic

President Park Geun-hye talks to heads of cultural organizations, young CEOs running start ups and actors and actresses in musicals, after the opening ceremony of the Culture and Creativity Fusion Belt, on February 11 in Seoul.

Content industry is ‘alchemy of the 21st century': president

On February 11, President Park Geun-hye attended the opening ceremony of a “Culture and Creativity Fusion Belt” (unofficial translation), a development center for mass media and pop culture, held at the CJ E&M building in Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu District, Seoul. She looked around the center, which is the first among four planned similar centers across the

Social affairs

A small library on the first floor of the Gwanak District Office has 1,000 visitors per day. Office space was remodeled and transformed into the library.

Libraries evolve into cultural complexes

There are a number of children playing in the indoor playground. There is also a breastfeeding room. Visitors can access free WiFi anywhere in the building for their information technology (IT) gadgets. There are free lectures on the humanities and on practical technologies, and movie screenings, too, at no cost. All of these are occurring

Sports

Coach of the Korean men's national football team, Uli Stielike, consoles a teary-eyed Son Heung-min after Korea lost the final match of the 2015 Asian Cup on January 31 in Sydney.

[Asian Cup] Team Korea fought well, despite results

The Korean men’s national football team secured second place in the 2015 Asian Cup after being defeated by Australia in Sydney on January 31. The Korean team was trying to reclaim its title after 55 years. In the final match of the 2015 Asian Cup between Korea and Australia the Korean soccer team lost 2-1

Entertainment

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L.U.V. Collage Episode 3 Making a good pair

A man and a woman from two different worlds discover they can share their hearts in Korea! Ai-ling and Min-guk have very different views of Korea. Although they see the same places and the same events, they each paint a totally different picture. – Episode – Episode 1. Our first meeting: Ai-ling is on assignment

A Korean poster for the film 'Ode to My Father.'

‘Ode to My Father’ catches attention of US media

The film “Ode to My Father” has stirred interest among U.S. media outlets. The film is about a boy who grows up and then grows old living through Korea’s turbulent modern history. He is also the eldest son and keeps a lifetime promise to his father he made when the family fled southward and sought

The Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra will set out on its first European concert tour to perform in Prague, the Czech Republic, Munich, Germany, and lastly, Vienna, Austria, on August 31, September 2 and 4, respectively. (photo courtesy of Bucheon Phil)

K-classic to set foot in Europe : Bucheon Phil

In the evening on August 31, Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4 in e minor Op. 98” will ring out across Smetana Hall, a celebrated concert hall in Prague, the Czech Republic. The masterpiece will be created this time by one of the most lauded Korean orchestras, the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, or Bucheon Phil for short. Starting

LUV Collage

L.U.V. Collage Episode 3 Making a good pair

A man and a woman from two different worlds discover they can share their hearts in Korea! Ai-ling and Min-guk have very different views of Korea. Although they see the same places and the same events, they each paint a totally different picture. – Episode – Episode 1. Our first meeting: Ai-ling is on assignment

Biz & Market

A commercial for Namyeung Vivien features actor Jo In-sung in 2014. It expresses an image of caring for and being protective of women.

Lingerie makes the body more beautiful

Western style outfits worn by women overseas were first noticed by Namyeung Nylon’s founder Nam Sang Soo when he was trading between Korea and Hong Kong in the early 1960s. Compared with Korean women at the time, who mostly wore traditional Hanbok, women in Western garb looked new and fresh to his eyes, as their

Life & Culture

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Traditional alcohol delights the eyes, taste buds

In the neighborhood of Insa-dong in downtown Seoul, a district that has constantly attracted tourists, both Korean and non-Korean, a special gallery has recently opened its doors. Welcoming its first visitors on February 11, the “Sool Gallery” is ready to introduce a variety of time-honored alcoholic beverages to all comers. Among the drinks featured at

Various colors and shapes of cups and bottles produced in Bohemia.

Bohemian glass comes to Seoul

The Czech Republic is known for its well-preserved monumental architecture and relics from the Middle Ages. In addition to its rich culture and history, the Czech Republic was also the center of glass crafts and manufacturing in Europe. Bohemia, in the western part of today’s Czech Republic, held a matchless position in glassmaking and was

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Acne, Facial Rejuvenation

Look into the internal cause first Traditional Korean Medicine has the true anti-aging secret Columnist: Bae Eun-kyung L.Ac., Bliss Acupuncture Wellness Clinic A rising use of Acupuncture developed over centuries of time is applying it to skin rejuvenation and acne treatment. While skin rejuvenation and acne treatments can be costly, painful and sometimes inconceivable, Acupuncture

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Korea attends Cuba Book Fair for first time

Korea will officially attend the 2015 International Book Fair of Havana for the first time, having been invited to do so by the Cuban government. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cuban Ministry of Culture has invited Korea to submit representative books and to attend its annual book fair, scheduled to open on

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Russian students learn essence of tradition

A group of Russian college students have arrived on Jindo Island, off the southwest corner of the Korean Peninsula. On January 14, 17 members of the Russian art troupe Haedong, from the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, visited the Jindo National Gugak Center on the island in Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province). They came here

On September 9, three up-and-coming Korean fashion designers rocked the New York runway as part of 2014's New York Fashion Week . 

The “Concept Korea Spring/Summer 2015” fashion show took the three designers and put them under the spotlight at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, as their collections were on display and worn by catwalk models in front of a rapt audience.

Concept Korea wows New York Fashion Week

On September 9, three up-and-coming Korean fashion designers rocked the New York runway as part of 2014’s New York Fashion Week . The “ Concept Korea Spring/Summer 2015 ” fashion show took the three designers and put them under the spotlight at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, as their collections

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Milkvetch root extract has been found to be effective in protecting cartilage in arthritis-induced mice. Mice with a shot of 400 milligrams of the extract (F) showed 27 percent less inflammation than other mice. (image courtesy of the RDA)

Milkvetch root found effective in treating degenerative arthritis

Milkvetch root is good for treating degenerative arthritis, researchers say. Milkvetch root extract has been found to be effective in helping suppress the progress of arthritis and inflammatory diseases and in protecting cartilage, announced the Rural Development Administration (RDA) on August 13. Milkvetch — any one of several species of flowering plant of the genus

Photographer Kim Jung-man admires his photos on display at an exhibition in Seoul, on July 28. (photo: Jeon Han)

Photos capture masculine beauty of Dokdo

Photographer Kim Jung-man has compared Korea’s easternmost outcropping, Dokdo, to a man. “Dokdo is like a taciturn father or a mother’s bosom. It is an island with a mystic power,” said Kim. The high-profile photographer explained his feelings about the collection of islands when asked about his two year-long project to photograph Dokdo. “To be

‘Concept Korea’ appealed with diversity at New York Fashion Week

Korean designers have delivered vibrant appeals for Korean fashion with elegant tailoring, twists to classic looks and various mix-matched styles. Four designers showcased fall and winter collections for 2014 at Concept Korea on Feb. 11, a show held for the ninth year to promote Korea’s design talent at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

People enjoy pansori, a traditional narrative epic song, in July 2014. Pansori is included on the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage items.

Let’s walk together to explore Korean heritage

A series of events are planned to help non-Korean residents in the country explore Korean historical sites, sports, traditional music and arts & crafts. The Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), part of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), will introduce a program targeting non-Korean residents to help them experience all aspects of

Food

Kimchi can perk up just about anything. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times

NYT calls kimchi ‘Korean soul food’

The New York Times has praised kimchi in a recent article. The New York-based daily reported in an article on January 20, “Cooking With Kimchi,” that, “It is the very backbone of Korean cuisine,” and that it is, “eaten enthusiastically at every meal, and daily life is unimaginable without it.” The newspaper compared kimchi to

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‘Kogi’ Taco Truck Pioneer – Roy Choi

Roy Choi(43) is the pioneer of the Korean taco truck in Los Angeles. In his recent memoir and cookbook “L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food,” the Korean-American chef Choi confesses: “Everything I am comes from kimchi.” Born in Seoul and grown up in LA since age 2, Choi was a rebellious soul. Once

A red highland onion (photo courtesy of the Rural Development Administration)

Beat the summer heat with onions

People and their health consciousness are two things that cannot be taken apart. Food has always played a central role in consoling the body and the soul, while enduring the sweltering hot summers and frigid cold winters. Although ginseng and the famous chicken-based soup samgyetang is most commonly enjoyed during the mid-summer season, the art

Kimchi can perk up just about anything. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times

NYT calls kimchi ‘Korean soul food’

The New York Times has praised kimchi in a recent article. The New York-based daily reported in an article on January 20, “Cooking With Kimchi,” that, “It is the very backbone of Korean cuisine,” and that it is, “eaten enthusiastically at every meal, and daily life is unimaginable without it.” The newspaper compared kimchi to

K-Chronicle

The special exhibition at the National Museum of Korea, "In Blue and White: Porcelains of the Joseon Dynasty," showcases an array of blue and white porcelain dating from the Joseon Dynasty.

Joseon era porcelain emanates azure beauty

Blue and white porcelain adorned with cobalt-colored glazes started to be mass-produced during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The artistic ability then spread to Korea, Japan and even reached as far as Europe. In the early 15th century, artists of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) brought the craftwork home and started to produce blue and white porcelain

The gilt bronze crown excavated in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do. A sheet of gilt bronze was cut to create an openwork design in a flower and grass pattern. (photo courtesy of the CHA)

Ancient gilt bronze crown, shoe found in Gyeonggi-do

A gilt bronze crown and a shoe, presumably from the ancient Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-A.D. 660), have been unearthed in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province). This is the first time that a Baekje gilt bronze crown and shoe have been found in the area around Gyeonggi-do. According to the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) on May 26,

LEARNING KOREAN

LEARNING KOREAN : It’s on the kitchen table.

LEARNING KOREAN : It’s on the kitchen table. 01. 치엔 씨, 뭘 찾고 있어요? Chien ssi, mwol chatgoisseoyo? What are you looking for, Chien? 02. 수진 씨, 제 휴대전화 못 봤어요? 휴대전화를 잃어버렸어요. Sujin ssi, je hyudaejeonhwa mot bwasseoyo? hyudaejeonhwareul ireobeoryeosseoyo. Sujin, have you seen my mobile phone? I lost it. 03. 아, 그 검은색

The special exhibition at the National Museum of Korea, "In Blue and White: Porcelains of the Joseon Dynasty," showcases an array of blue and white porcelain dating from the Joseon Dynasty.

Joseon era porcelain emanates azure beauty

Blue and white porcelain adorned with cobalt-colored glazes started to be mass-produced during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The artistic ability then spread to Korea, Japan and even reached as far as Europe. In the early 15th century, artists of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) brought the craftwork home and started to produce blue and white porcelain

North Korea

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North Korea Archery team will be training in South Korea

North Korea Archery team, which is consisting of more than 10 men and women players is going to visit South Korea to train for the Incheon Asian Games 2014 the end of next month. Kim Jong-un who is a dictator of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea visited the archery training ground in Pyongyang Mangyongdae Terrace

IT

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Forest disaster monitoring system put in place

A new monitoring system to instantly detect forest disasters, including forest fires, has now been put in place. When a forest fire occurs, the new system will help locate historical monuments or other important buildings that are nearby, as well as overhead power lines. The system can also detect epidemics of pine wilt disease, trace

Learning Korean

LEARNING KOREAN

LEARNING KOREAN : It’s on the kitchen table.

LEARNING KOREAN : It’s on the kitchen table. 01. 치엔 씨, 뭘 찾고 있어요? Chien ssi, mwol chatgoisseoyo? What are you looking for, Chien? 02. 수진 씨, 제 휴대전화 못 봤어요? 휴대전화를 잃어버렸어요. Sujin ssi, je hyudaejeonhwa mot bwasseoyo? hyudaejeonhwareul ireobeoryeosseoyo. Sujin, have you seen my mobile phone? I lost it. 03. 아, 그 검은색

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