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[Foreigners Who Loved Korea] George Lewis Shaw, an active supporter of Korean independence movement

George Lewis Shaw was born as the eldest son of an Irishman, Samuel Lewis Shaw, and a Japanese woman, Ellen O’Sea Shaw in 1880 on Pagoda Island of Fuzhou, Fujian province, China. He married Saito Fum...

Updated : 2016.05.30 17:33

Korea opens culture booth at Rotary convention

The Culture Ministry and Korea Tourism Organization are jointly running a Korean culture and tourism booth at the 2016 Rotary International Convention, which is taking place at the Korea International...

Updated : 2016.05.30 15:28

Kim Whan-ki's painting fetches 4.56 bln won in H.K. auction

South Korean painter Kim Whan-ki garnered the third-highest price for a Korean painting in a recent auction in Hong Kong, an auction firm said Monday, proving once again that the late artist's unique artworks are in high demand among art collectors."Untitled 3-V-71 #203" painted in 1971 by...

Updated : 2016.05.30 10:53

Book on colonial labor victims released

A book on a legal battle between the Japanese firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and 300 South Koreans who were forced into labor decades ago has hit the shelves, a civic group supporting the victims said Sunday.   The book explains detailed court records of a decade-long battle start...

Updated : 2016.05.29 21:29

S. Korea paves way for exporting chicken soup to China

South Korea's agricultural ministry on Sunday said it has reached an agreement with China to start exporting traditional chicken soup to the world's most populous country as early as June.   The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it has completed talks on exporting "sam...

Updated : 2016.05.29 13:51

Popularity of hallyu drama spurs rush to become special forces NCO

The runaway popularity of the "Descendants of the Sun" TV series has spurred a spike in the number of young men wanting to join South Korean special forces units, a military source said Sunday.   The series that ended in mid-April has been a phenomenal success in both South Korea and in ...

Updated : 2016.05.29 13:43

Hwajeong Museum, treasure trove of Asian art

Hwajeong Museum, nestled on the edge of Bugaksan Mountain, northern Seoul, is an unexpected place to discover a rare extensive collection of Asian art.  It is a treasure trove of more than 13,000 pi...

Updated : 2016.05.29 13:22

Japan’s master of realism gets first overseas exhibition

ROME (AFP) - The works of Ken Domon, an acclaimed photographer whose images of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bomb shocked 1950s Japan, took center stage in Rome on Friday with the opening of the firs...

Updated : 2016.05.29 11:58

Native groups protest planned French auction of artifacts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Native American leaders are protesting the latest plan by a Paris auction house to sell off part of their tribal history, and their demand for the return of their ceremonial objects is getting bipartisan support.  Hundreds of religious items and art pieces from the Amer...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:53

Friends, Romans: Help restore Rome's ruins, monuments

ROME (AP) -- Friends, Romans, countrymen! Oh yes, and countrywomen. And people in far-flung nations. Everyone, basically. Rome is seeking all the sponsors it can find to fund the monumental job of res...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:52

Annual Arab film fest to open in Seoul, Busan

An annual Arab film festival will be held simultaneously in Seoul and Busan later this week, providing a rare chance for a South Korean audience to better understand the Arab world, a co-organizer said Wednesday.  The 5th Arab Film Festival will feature 15 films from 10 Arab nations, incl...

Updated : 2016.05.25 15:46

Ancient Chinese pottery reveals 5,000-year-old beer brew

MIAMI (AFP) - Residue on pottery from an archeological site has revealed the earliest evidence of beer brewing in China left from a 5,000-year-old recipe, researchers said Monday. The artifacts show ...

Updated : 2016.05.24 14:39

Vin Diesel, Chanel spark cultural backlash in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) -- “Fast and Furious.” U.S. cruise ships. A star-studded private celebration of Chanel.  The triple tsunami of global capitalism that pounded socialist Cuba this month has spawned a fie...

Updated : 2016.05.23 14:35

Secrets of early Shakespeare theater dug up in London

LONDON (AFP) - British archaeologists raised the curtain Thursday on a 16th century theater that staged William Shakespeare plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and where the bard himself acted in “London's first theatreland”. The Curtain Theatre put on productions between 1577 and 1625 as o...

Updated : 2016.05.23 13:55

Ihwa Mural Village continues its struggle with noisy tourists

On the night of April 15, a 55-year-old resident of the Ihwa Mural Village surnamed Park and two other accomplices took buckets of gray paint and painted away one of the village’s most famous, flower...

Updated : 2016.05.22 18:03