Politic

President Park Geun-hye (right) greets a young visitor to the ongoing Creative Korea 2014 conference at COEX in Seoul on November 27.

Creative industries are new growth engine: president Park

“In order to lift the world out of a state of low economic growth, we need to find new growth engines. The answer lies in the creative industries which create added value, develop good ideas and build new advanced technologies.” President Park Geun-hye made those remarks during the opening ceremony for the Creative Korea 2014

Social affairs

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Three national parks recognized for conservation, nature

Three major national parks — Jirisan, Seoraksan and Odaesan mountains — have been included on the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas, as the level of protection, conservation and management at these parks has been internationally acknowledged. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) decided to name Jirisan, Seoraksan and Odaesan mountains on its

Sports

One taekwondo adherent (top) learns the basic taekwondo techniques. Three young trainees (bottom) smile as they hold pine boards to be smashed in half, boards on which they have written their weak points that they want to break.

Taekwondo enjoys growing flow of adherents

The Taekwondowon is a global training center for taekwondo that opened its doors in September in Muju, Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province). Since launching its training classes, it has been welcoming one visitor after another. More than 140,000 people, both from home and abroad, have so far come to the venue and completed a variety of

Entertainment

2NE1's "I Am The Best" tops Billboard's World Digital Songs chart. (photo courtesy of YG Entertainment)

2NE1’s “I Am The Best” tops Billboard world digital chart

2NE1’s mega hit “I Am The Best” has earned the top spot in Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart. With its newest position, the group has now become only the second Korean pop singer or group to top the chart, after international YouTube sensation Psy. “2NE1 fans have been ecstatic over the reaction to the K-pop

Director Kim Ki-duk speaks about his film “One on One” during a press conference on August 27 during the 71st Venice International Film Festival. (photo: Yonhap News)

Director Kim Ki-duk wins ‘Best Film Award’ in Venice

Director Kim Ki-duk has been awarded the Venice Days Best Film Award, an independent sidebar to the 71st Venice International Film Festival, which ran from August 27 to September 6 in Venice, Italy. It was his 2014 thriller “One on One” that won the day. Venice Days sidebar, marking its 11th year in 2014, is

2NE1's "I Am The Best" tops Billboard's World Digital Songs chart. (photo courtesy of YG Entertainment)

2NE1’s “I Am The Best” tops Billboard world digital chart

2NE1’s mega hit “I Am The Best” has earned the top spot in Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart. With its newest position, the group has now become only the second Korean pop singer or group to top the chart, after international YouTube sensation Psy. “2NE1 fans have been ecstatic over the reaction to the K-pop

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

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My Love From the Star arrives on US shores

A popular Korean soap opera, My Love From the Star, has gone global as a U.S. version of the show is being prepared for the air. Sony Pictures Television recently received a test order from ABC television, and it is rumored that Sarah Fain and Elizabeth Craft, the screenwriter and producer duo that worked on

Biz & Market

Bacchus energy drinks are a steady seller in Korea. The original Bacchus D has been on the market since 1963. Bacchus F, made for convenience stores, is on the right.

Bacchus, iconic steady seller

A young Korean medical student was studying aboard in Germany in the 1950s.   Passing the Hamburg city hall, a full sized statue of Bacchus, the god of wine and harvest, known as Dionysus in Greek, caught his eye. It was standing in the basement entrance to the building. That very student is Kang Shinho,

Life & Culture

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Nongak added to UNESCO list

Exuberant sounds, dizzily swinging heads and colorful parades are a common scene associated with nongak, a form of traditional farmers’ music that has now to be inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.   At the recent ninth meeting of the Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

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Overseas aid channeled toward visual art, photography

In a remote mountain village of Vietnam, it has now become common to see students taking pictures. The Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Arts & Culture Education Service launched a joint program in September this year in Lao Cai, a mountainous region in northeast Vietnam. Their aid helped children and

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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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Intl. writers festival brings novelists, poets to Seoul

A group of international writers will gather in Seoul to share their literary world with booklovers and to communicate with their counterparts from around the globe. Under the theme of “Eros and Dream,” the 2014 Seoul International Writers’ Festival (SIWF) will bring together a total of 28 writers, half of them from home and half

Pianist Hyung-ki Joo, Igudesman & Joo

The King of Classical Music Comedy Pianist Hyung-ki Joo, Igudesman & Joo For those hesitant to laugh at a classical music concert, Igudesman and Joo, the music duo, have the answer. Igudesman and Joo are the masters of blending music and comedy: classical music with pop songs or screen music, slapstick comedy with salsa or

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.

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M-Pass enables public transport use from Seoul to Jeju

The Metropolitan Pass, or M-Pass, is a pre-paid transportation card designed for tourists in Korea. The card, which has been mainly used in Seoul and other metropolitan areas, will now be useable on Jeju Island starting in December this year. In the past, the card was used to pay for public transport fares through the

Food

Rice is topped with mushrooms and vegetables. This dish will be served by the Buddhist monk Daean.

Asian cuisine attracts people to Incheon

A food festival is attracting everyone to Incheon, as the city is offering the rare opportunity for people to enjoy delicious cuisines from across Asia, all in one place. The Incheon Asian Games 2014 Organizing Committee will host the Asian Food Festival from September 19 to October 4 during the Incheon Asian Games. The festival

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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

An article in The Telegraph contains an interview with US chef Judy Joo who is going to introduce Korean food to Britain.

British press highlights Korean food

Korean cuisine has been garnering attention in British media. The Telegraph, a London-based daily, reported that Korean food has started to create a buzz in its article, “Korean food: a spice sensation taking Britain by storm,” on September 10. The broadsheet said that Korean-American chef Judy Joo is going to open a restaurant, Jinjuu, in

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

Images created by combining computer software and the study of the humanities are increasingly common. A case in point is the smash hit movie, “The Admiral: Roaring Currents,” as it makes good use of technology to create large-scale, realistic naval battle scenes.

Software meets the humanities

“Create digital pictures based on historical records.” There is a new way to recreate historical events with the help of liberal arts and computer technology. Attempts to fuse the two different fields — the humanities and software — are on a constant rise. Recently, Seoul played host to a special conference aimed at discussing ideas

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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