Chilled chicken noodle soup to stave off the heat

 As the hot and humid days of summer lie ahead for the next three months, finding ways to cool off has one yearning for more comfortable environs and seeking foods to comfort one’s stomach and weary soul. The Korean palate is of...

[Around the hotels] Round up of hotel events and news 

Midsummer night’s getaway at W Seoul-Walkerhill  W Seoul-Walkerhill is offering a signature summer cocktail promotion 2016 W Tiki Night, featuring Polynesian cocktails and an exotic atmosphere at WooBar. During the promotion, ...

[Travel Bits] Round up of travel news from around the world

Buyeo Seodong Lotus FestivalThe annual Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival is a celebration of all thing lotus flowers, while highlighting the importance of preserving wild flowers. As part of the festival celebrations, the event feature...

Korea’s biggest yoga institute to open in Paju

Korea’s biggest yoga institute is set to open in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, in September, a report said Thursday. Yoga business firm AJNA, together with Hallyu Training Center, said it will recruit overseas and domestic yoga expert...

Prime minister calls for more international cultural cooperation

GWANGJU (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Thursday said that the international community should further cultural cooperation since the power of culture can contribute greatly to world unity.“I think the power of culture...

Mastering smoothies this summer

With temperatures sizzling, it’s time to break out the blender and start whipping up some frosty, fruity and flavorful smoothies.The beauty of smoothies is that you can add just about anything to them, from kiwi to carrots. And t...

A rare look at Joseon king's funeral

Preparing a funeral for a Joseon king required many steps.  It took five to seven months to prepare the body for the funeral. It required that the country’s top pungsu -- or Korean geomancy -- experts choose an ideal burial site...

Top trends from Milan menswear shows

MILAN (AFP) - The future of exclusively menswear catwalk shows is in doubt, but the cult of the “see and be seen party” is alive and well.Highlights from the Milan menswear Spring-Summer 2017 fashion shows, which concluded here ...

Joe Wicks: ‘Trying to get the whole world lean’

LONDON (AP) -- With over a million Instagram followers and a best-selling book, Joe Wicks is back for round two with “Lean in 15: The Shape Plan,” released earlier this month.With an idea born in his London kitchen three years a...

The Italian wine star that came back from oblivion

OFFIDA, Italy (AFP) -- It is the rising star of Italian wine, a green-gold white starting to earn an international reputation for its distinctive mineral edge and ageing potential.Yet pecorino, which shares its name with one of It...

Upcoming after-work cultural shows at Seoul Plaza

Free cultural performances will be offered at the grass-covered plaza in front of Seoul City Hall from Saturday to September.The Seoul Metropolitan City said on Wednesday it will create a 13-meter-tall stage at the open space for ...

Winners of 2016 Young Architects Award unveiled

The Culture Ministry announced five winners of the 2016 Korean Young Architects Award on Wednesday.  The winners were Kim Hyun-seok of June Architects and architect duos Shin Min-jae and Ahn Kee-hyun of AnLstudio as well as Lee S...

[Herald Interview] Poetry in a world with no answers

When Brother Anthony was teaching English literature at Sogang University in the 1980s, he would frequent bookstores on weekends -- bookstores that were filled with students of all ages sitting on the floor and reading poetry. “...

'Our Young Man' defies trope of gay male model life

“Our Young Man”  By Edmund White Bloomsbury USA (304 pages, $26) Esteemed novelist and memoirist Edmund White’s latest book, “Our Young Man,” centers on the aptly named Guy, a gay French model living in New York City. The...

Son remembers his father who may have inspired 'Mockingbird'

“My Father & Atticus Finch” By Joseph Madison Beck W.W. Norton (218 pages, $25.95) “To Kill a Mockingbird” has inspired readers and critics for decades. But what inspired Harper Lee to write her novel? Joseph Madison Beck s...