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President Park Geun-hye (center) tries one of the products on display at the newly-opened Creative Lab, part of the Daegu CCEI, on September 15.

Creative economy to revive domestic economy: President Park Geun-hye

President Park Geun-hye has said that the Korean government will revitalize the domestic economy by establishing science and technology innovation centers that can realize her administration’s vision for the creative economy. The president was speaking on September 15 at a ceremony to mark the launch of the Daegu Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (CCEI),

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Sports Bus brings athletics to children
Sep 16, 2014

Children look around with curiosity at the interior as they board the bus. They look at the screens on the wall and try playing baseball or other sports of their choice. They try using athletic equipment or measure their body fat. In the school yard, a sports day is underway, where both grownups and kids alike have fun playing against each other. All these activities are thanks to the visit of the Sports Bus. 

The Sports Bus is a joint project between the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Council of Sports For All. Together, they offer opportunities to children in rural areas to experience sports first hand. Many of these districts have little access to modern sporting facilities. K League soccer players and staff members helped with the donation of the two buses for the project by each saving 1 percent of their salary. 

These buses have been turned into “moving gyms” equipped with various sporting apparatuses. The interiors are composed of three parts: the Experience Zone, the Measurement Zone and the Digital Exhibition Zone. In the Experience Zone, people can experience various sports using simulation screens. People can use various body-monitoring equipment or receive tailored prescriptions in the Measurement Zone. Users can also learn more about managing their own health or receive information about ways to boost the healthier aspects of their lifestyle by using touch screens in the Digital Exhibition Zone. 

Children wait for their turn to get on the Sports Bus. (photo courtesy of the K League)
Children wait for their turn to get on the Sports Bus. (photo courtesy of the K League)

The first Sports Bus event took place at a primary school in Ganghwa-gun (county) in Incheon on September 12. Participants included Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Chong and other high-profile figures in the sports sector. Vocalist Kwon Soon-dong, who serves as a PR ambassador for the Sports For All organization, and the pop group Heart Rabbit Girls put on wonderful performances at the event. 

Vice Minister Kim praised the project, saying, “The Sports Bus project will visit schools in rural or other distant areas to give a chance to children there to enjoy sports and to have fun playing a sport all day. It will give them dreams and hopes and further contribute to realizing our vision for cultural enrichment.” 

Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Chong delivers his congratulatory remarks on September 12 at a ceremony to launch the Sports Bus project.
Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Chong delivers his congratulatory remarks on September 12 at a ceremony to launch the Sports Bus project.

Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Chong (center) looks around the interior of the Sports Bus with President of the Korea Council of Sports for All Suh Sang-kee, members of the pop group Heart Rabbit Girls and other high-profile sports figures.
Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Chong (center) looks around the interior of the Sports Bus with President of the Korea Council of Sports for All Suh Sang-kee, members of the pop group Heart Rabbit Girls and other high-profile sports figures.

Sports Bus brings athletics to children

Children look around with curiosity at the interior as they board the bus. They look at the screens on the wall and try playing baseball or other sports of their choice. They try using athletic equipment or measure their body fat. In the school yard, a sports day is underway, where both grownups and kids

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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

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

The Economist’s August 9 article, “South Korea’s soft power: Soap, sparkle and pop.”

Korea is Asia’s foremost trendsetter: The Economist

The leading U.K. weekly The Economist has analyzed the factors behind Korea becoming Asia’s foremost trendsetter in its August 9 article, “South Korea’s soft power: Soap, sparkle and pop.” The piece began by saying, “From ‘Gangnam Style’ and competitive electronic sports to kimchi-flavoured pot noodles, South Korea’s cultural exports are eagerly consumed around the world.”

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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Fashionista: Jeon Ji-hyun in ‘My Love From the Star’

There are a growing number of people today who watch Korea-made soap operas and listen to Korean hip hop and dance music. This recent uptick in media consumption has brought increased attention to elements of the nation’s mass media and content industry. One of this year’s most-watched soap operas, SBS’s “My Love From the Star,”

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LG’s 65-inch UHD OLED TV has a thin, slightly curved screen and can be hung on the wall.

LG introduces world’s first UHD OLED TV

“Bigger, clearer and slimmer.” This is the unchanging wish of television makers. The TV industry has been making ever-newer technology developments, ranging from PDP (plasma display panels), to LCD (liquid crystal displays) and LED (light emitting diodes), evolving in all areas, including clarity, resolution and size. Recently in Korea, the world’s very first UHD (ultra

Life & Culture

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Istanbul in Gyeongju : an encounter between two ancient cities

Turkey’s Istanbul has met with Korea’s ancient city of Gyeongju at the recently opened ” Istanbul in Gyeongju ” festival. The celebration enables Turkey to bring its vibrant and colorful cultural elements, infused with both Eastern and Western features, to the far end of the Silk Road. Opening on September 12, the “Istanbul in Gyeongju”

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Autumn abounds with the performing arts

A list of “can’t miss” concerts and performances has just come out, good news for concert-goers. There are a bountiful number of classical music concerts and performances on the way, a style of music perfectly tuned to this cool, serene autumn mood. There is also a variety of traditional musical performances going on in the

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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

Thank You Small Library

Helping Friends One Library at a Time | Thank You Small Library

The opening of Thank You Small Libraries in Ethiopia helps wartime ally in its development efforts Korea is saying thank you to an old comrade-inarms through the gift of learning. As part of its official development assistance (ODA) program, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has opened up libraries at Civil Service University, Finfine

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.

A media and light show is superimposed onto Gwanghwamun Gate. (photo: Jeon Han)

Palace festival opens this September

A festival will be held in Seoul this September offering the opportunity to experience and enjoy various aspects of ancient royal court life during Joseon times (1392-1910). Festival-goers can learn about royal ancestral rites, the tea ceremony and court food, appreciate Korean traditional music, or gugak, performances at the palace, or simply walk through the

Food

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

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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

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Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea

This is the eighth part in our series, “ Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea. ” Master Craftsmen The style of pottery prominent today has been handed down since the early Joseon era. Some 500 years have passed, but production methods, the shape of the urns and the style of usage for the large containers

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 Buddha in the main rotunda of Seokguram as viewed from the antechamber. The rectangular antechamber has guardian deities, while the circular main hall enshrines the Buddha along with various bodhisattvas, arhats and Hindu gods.

Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple

Epitome of Silla’s Divine Buddhist Art In December 2000, UNESCO added Gyeongju, the old capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D. 935), to its World Heritage List, designating five areas that contain a total of 52 officially recognized cultural properties of Korea. However, the two most prominent sites of Gyeongju, Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple,

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North Korea Archery team

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

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The new LG G Watch R is the world’s first watch-style wearable to feature a full circle display that utilizes 100 percent of the watch face. LG’s newest Android wearable features a classic look with various features you can enjoy. It is time to experience the LG G Watch R. By Ara Kim | inside

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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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