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Recreating fragments of a bygone empire

At the turn of the century, Emperor Gojong declared Joseon an empire in a last-ditch attempt to retain independence. A re-enactment of foreign envoys’ audience with Emperor Gojong (Cultural Heritag...

Updated : 2017.04.23 17:24

Korea treads steadily toward cyclists’ haven

Wearing a skintight outfit on his steely, muscled frame, Lee Sang-won has hit all corners of Korea on two wheels over the last decade. “The sceneries of rivers, coastlines, mountains and rice paddi...

Updated : 2017.04.21 18:29

[Weekender] South Koreans try blissful bike routes

As the weather starts to heat up, many are taking up cycling for either commuting or sport. The number of bicycle riders has gone up steadily over the past few years here. According to the Korea Tra...

Updated : 2017.04.21 18:07

Pure beauty of Joseon era’s white porcelain

More often, beauty is found in things that are simple and naive, or thrifty and pure, rather than with a fancy appearance. Among porcelains, plain white porcelains from the Joseon era are viewed as ...

Updated : 2017.04.21 17:49

[Herald Interview] Kim Ki-soo, blurring gender barriers with makeup

Kim Ki-soo makes sure to captivate the audience when he films a makeup tutorial: he winks, chortles, bats his eyelashes and daintily lifts a brush with impeccably manicured fingers. “Smudge, smudge,...

Updated : 2017.04.18 14:41

[Seoul Saunter] Remnants of good ol’ days

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. T...

Updated : 2017.04.17 16:02

[Eye Plus] Tugging for luck, for 500 years

The Gijisi Juldarigi Festival is a 500-year-old tradition that takes place annually in the city of Dangjin, located on the Asan Bay jetting out into the Yellow Sea, on the west coast. The festival ...

Updated : 2017.04.14 17:26

Two Korean films to compete in Cannes

South Korean directors Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" and Hong Sang-soo's "The Day After" will compete in this year's Cannes Film Festival set to open next month, the festival announced Thursday. They were a...

Updated : 2017.04.13 21:57

Ancient metal print types not used for ‘Jeungdoga’

The Cultural Heritage Administration on Thursday decided not to register “Jeungdogaja” as a national treasure, after examination results confirmed that they could not be the 13th-century metal prin...

Updated : 2017.04.13 18:23

Next administration should create single gov’t body focused on media: seminar

Experts called for the creation of a government organization specializing in media, during a seminar on media credibility, held at the Korea Press Center in Seoul on Wednesday. “In the future, a me...

Updated : 2017.04.13 14:46

Gangwon Province to share local culture

(The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the National Folk Museum of Korea will collaborate on a special exhibition to celebrate the 300 days tha...

Updated : 2017.04.12 18:45

Seoul to create ‘World Traditional Culture’ street

Seoul will transform a street in front of Dongdaemun Design Plaza into a “World Traditional Culture” venue on the third Sunday of each month. Called “Walking in the middle of Hallyu: K-Culture Fe...

Updated : 2017.04.12 14:45

Library celebrates Yoon Dong-ju’s 100th anniversary

Namsan Library in Seoul plans to hold cultural events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of poet Yoon Dong-ju’s birth. Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said Tuesday that book concerts, exhibi...

Updated : 2017.04.11 17:54

Two years after UNESCO listing, tug-of-war game faces new challenges

DANGJIN, South Chungcheong Province -- On Sunday, the sprawling yard behind the Gijisi Juldarigi Museum was packed with residents of the city of Dangjin, South Chungcheong Province, all engaged in a ...

Updated : 2017.04.11 14:06

Photo of missing 15th century book on Hangul released

An independent candidate running in a regional by-election revealed a photo of what he claims is a centuries-old instruction book for Hangul, deemed missing since 2008. Bae Ik-gi is running for the ...

Updated : 2017.04.10 16:11