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Great pianists play every piece with care: Seong-jin Ch...
Feb 02, 2016
“My life is just beginning.” Pianist Seong-jin Cho, who turns 22 this year, returned to his home country on Feb. 1. This is the first time for him to return since he achieved victory at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in October last year, becoming the...


Photo exhibit 'Holywood' portrays life in LA
Jan 28, 2016
“Please write me a letter when you get to Naseong.” This is part of the lyrics of the song “When You Go To Naseong” (1979) by the Sesaem Trio. It's particularly popular among middle-aged or elderly Koreans. For many years, the city of Los Angeles was pronounced "Naseong" (나성...


"Go and tell them!" Lee Aeran returns to spotlight with...
Jan 13, 2016
"Jeonhaera!" (전해라!) is the imperative command, "Go and tell them!" It has grown into a catchphrase across modern Korean society since the end of last year. This order, an old-fashioned turn of phrase that would only have been used by some aristocrat of the past commanding around ...


Meet honorary reporters
Dec 16, 2015
The fifth group of honorary reporters held its induction ceremony at the National Hangeul Museum in Seoul on Dec. 11 and thereby officially began its formal blogging activities for the upcoming year. As part of the ceremony, the writers took a two-day trip ...

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Korea inspires global power bloggers
Nov 24, 2015
Fourteen bloggers from Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines and elsewhere arrived in Korea on Nov. 18. They were guests of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and were here to spend four days sightseeing around the country. They were selected based on their applicat...


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...