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[Seoul Saunter] Something old, something new, something exotic, something cool

Seoul is a vibrant megalopolis with modern high-rises crowding the city’s major arteries. Nestled among the gleaming buildings are maze-like alleys that appear to have escaped the passage of time. Th...

Updated : 2017.06.26 15:01

Hilarity of ‘Spamalot’ kicks off DIMF

The 11th Daegu International Musical Festival commenced Friday with a bang and thunderous laughter, as UK-produced musical comedy “Spamalot” kicked off the annual event.“Spamalot,” based very loos...

Updated : 2017.06.25 14:54

[Herald Interview] ‘Creative industries spur cycle of innovation’

The National Theatre of Great Britain in London -- one of the United Kingdom’s most prominent, publicly funded performing arts venues -- is a seedbed of artistic expression and commercial innovation ...

Updated : 2017.06.22 18:34

Up-close with rare animals at cafes in Seoul

In recent years, a host of cafes with furry creatures rarely seen in the city have popped up around Seoul. Most of the cafes are owned by enthusiasts who began raising the animals at home as pets, bu...

Updated : 2017.06.22 17:51

Culture Minister promises film industry ‘no more blacklist’

Do Jong-hwan, the newly appointed minister of culture, sports and tourism, was to meet with figures from the independent and art film circles Wednesday evening to pledge more support. The move was int...

Updated : 2017.06.21 11:28

Musicals that focus on identity fill summer musical calendar

Popular musicals are returning this year, treating fans to locally produced shows ranging from a home-borne story of Korea to a legend about a supposed female super-spy.“Mata Hari” is already being ...

Updated : 2017.06.20 16:06

Over 70% of Koreans no longer listen to music on CDs

More than 7 out of 10 South Koreans no longer listen to music on CDs as consumers increasingly turn to smartphones and computers, a poll showed Sunday.The Korea Creative Content Agency released the re...

Updated : 2017.06.18 14:40

Shoes for Hope project connects Korean and Sri Lankan youth

Hundreds gathered in Gwanghwamun Square earlier this week to paint sneakers with colorful messages of hope in an effort to connect with Sri Lankan youth. The “Shoes for Hope” initiative is a worldwi...

Updated : 2017.06.16 17:11

[Travel Bits] Festivals, sights around Korea

 Cultural Night Walk in Jeonju“Cultural Night Walk in Jeonju,” a program selected by the Cultural Heritage Administration in a competition offers visitors chance to walk through hundreds of hanok i...

Updated : 2017.06.16 16:50

‘No look pass’ and Korea’s culture of excessive protocols

Korea’s culture of upholding meticulous protocol has come into the spotlight since a video featuring a Korean lawmaker’s “authoritarian no-look pass” went viral last month. In the clip, Rep. Kim ...

Updated : 2017.06.15 15:55

Blacklisted artists banned from state support in over 440 cases: state auditors

South Korea's state audit agency demanded disciplinary actions against 28 officials from the government and public organizations on Tuesday for irregularities related to the so-called artists blacklis...

Updated : 2017.06.13 16:10

‘Chicago’ brings vanity, crime and cynicism to Seoul

The musical ”Chicago“ needs no introduction: from being the second-longest running show in Broadway history after “Phantom of the Opera,” to its six Tony Awards with its 1996 revival. The song and...

Updated : 2017.06.13 15:22

[Seoul Saunter] Art brings life into historic Ihwa Mural Village

Perched at the top of Naksan is an old hillside community filled with steep stairways and narrow backstreets that are reminiscent of 1980s Korea. Known as Ihwa Mural Village, the mountainside village...

Updated : 2017.06.12 17:27

Korean pianist wins top prize at Van Cliburn competition

Sunwoo Yekwon has won the top prize at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, marking the first time a South Korean pianist has won at the prestigious event.Sunwoo, a 28-year-old gradua...

Updated : 2017.06.11 17:09

[EYE PLUS] Rediscovering inner self

In pitch-black darkness before dawn, a group of foreigners walk up the stone steps of Daewoongjeon, the main hall of Geumsunsa Buddhist temple. (Photographed by Park Hyun-koo)With shoes left at the ...

Updated : 2017.06.09 18:45