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Interview with cartoonist Park Si Baek: time travel wit...
Nov 23, 2015
The "Annals of the Joseon Dynasty" has some ups and downs in its quality as a reliable record depending on who wrote it and how the person wrote it. Since Joseon society had political division between the "east" and "west" factions, its records are very much swayed by wh...


Interview with cartoonist Park Si Baek: time travel wit...
Nov 20, 2015
Korea has a long tradition of recording the doings of the kings and royal household in official documents. The "Annals of the Joseon Dynasty" (조선왕조실록, 朝鮮王朝實錄), which recorded the times and reign of every Joseon king for nearly 500 years, is one of the few pieces of eviden...


‘Korea, Russia need knowledge to become closer’
Nov 11, 2015
A new trend has been emerging recently at key broadcasting companies in Korea. They have begun to feature non-Koreans who speak fluent Korean and who have a deep understanding of Korean culture. TV shows such as “Beauty Talk” and “Abnormal Summit” have helped Korean viewers ...


Farmer sings of life
Nov 10, 2015
Kim Back-keun is a rice farmer in Garakgol in Noonsa-dong, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do Province. What distinguishes him from the others is that he does farming in the day and sings at night. As he starts to sing, his profound, rough voice embraces the grief of a farmer's ...


What makes contest winners fall in love with Korea
Oct 27, 2015
The “Talk! Talk! Korea 2015” contest run by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) gathered together thoughts and feelings about Korea and all things Korean from our neighbors around the world. The eight competition winners, who had submitted entries in one o...


'Written characters are tools that contain culture'
Oct 08, 2015
Director General of the National Hangeul Museum Moon Young-ho emphasizes the importance of widening the understanding of Hangeul among people through the systemic preservation of Hangeul data and through exhibits. Marking the 569th anniversary this year of the proclamation of t...


Korean cuisine ideal for healthy eaters worldwide
Oct 02, 2015
'Korean food is good for your health, and knowledge of this is spreading around the globe," says Director Yoon Sook-ja of the Institute of Traditional Korean Food. Director Yoon Sook-ja of the Institute of Traditional Korean Food explains that there is a good reason that Korean...


Korean to run nuclear reactor organization
Sep 04, 2015
Lee Gyung-su, former chairman of the National Fusion Research Institute, has been appointed chief operating officer of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Organization (ITER). Lee Gyung-su is appointed COO of ITER. ITER is a large-scale scie...


Korea via stamps, independence activist Yun Bong-gil
Sep 02, 2015
Imperial Japan forcefully occupied Korea, and later continued its invasion of China by staging the Manchurian Incident in 1931. The following year, during a ceremony at Hongkew Park in Shanghai on April 29, 1932, to mark a Japanese military victory, a young man threw a bomb onto ...


Korea via stamps: patriotic girl Ryu Gwan-sun
Aug 27, 2015
There is a famous woman and patriot in Korean history who is often compared to France's Joan of Arc. Ryu Gwan-sun (1902-1920) was active in the March 1 Independence Movement in 1919. Ryu was born into a Protestant family in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do Province (South ...