British photographer captures life inside North Korea

Life inside the reclusive North Korean society has remained a mystery to the people outside. To many, the society poses a grim picture with horrific tales of labor camps and the totalitarian regime‘s surveillance of civilians, as...

Weekend box office guide

Heading to theaters this weekend but not sure what to watch?The Korea Herald offers a summary of the top box office hits now playing or movies that are coming soon.For the first weekend of August, check out "Mission: Impossible --...

Melding of music styles

Guitarist Jiro Yoshida poses with his signature Takamine electric guitar on July 7. (Chung Hee-cho/ The Korea Herald) Giving me a copy of his most recent CD, guitarist Jiro Yoshida explained that it uses a high-resolution audio C...

Ministry to fund two-fer ticket promotion to support performing arts

In efforts to revitalize the local performing arts industry affected by the recent outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced Friday a program that will allow theatergoe...

23 K-pop acts confirmed for Naver's ‘V’ live streaming

South Korean search portal Naver has unveiled a full list of K-pop acts joining its new streaming mobile app named “V,” set to launch Aug. 1.  A total of 23 K-pop teams will be streaming their activities and off-stage life on t...

[Herald Interview] Artist tackles cultural confusion in modern time

When artist Cody Choi first arrived in the U.S. in the 1980s, he frequently suffered from stomach and bowel problems, stemming from having to adjust to a new culture.  Unable to afford a clinic visit, his go-to remedy was Pepto-B...

Cruise returns to Korea, presenting ‘Rogue Nation’

Tom Cruise is well-known for his love of Korea and its moviegoers, and made a stop here on his promotional tour for “Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation” together with director Christopher McQuarrie in time for its premiere. Act...

Ballet festival to bring Stuttgart, Bolshoi dancers to Seoul

  A scene from the Stuttgart Ballet company‘s performance of “Bite” (K-Ballet World)Inviting 32 dance teams from eight countries, this year’s K-Ballet World festival is gearing up to take center stage Aug. 15-28, highlighting...

Upcoming concert keeps Epik High on toes

Rap trio Epik High says their upcoming concert series will keep everyone -- both the audience and themselves -- on their toes. “Because none of us will know ahead of time what kind of show will be taking place that day, each one ...

K-pop stars brought to life at Grevin Museum Seoul

Leading K-pop stars, such as Psy, G-Dragon and Rain and dozens of other Korean celebrities, as well as historic and sports figures, have been brought to life in wax models at the Grevin Museum opening in Seoul on Thursday.  The F...

[Herald Review] Swaggering ‘Veteran’ pulls no punches

After being bombarded this year with back-to-back Hollywood blockbuster movies filled with exploding cars, collapsing buildings, and cities turned upside down, it seemed that bigger, louder and hotter was the only recipe for the s...

Naver to launch global streaming app for K-pop

Naver, South Korea’s biggest search portal, will launch a real-time mobile broadcasting app featuring the country’s hottest and newest K-pop singers and idol bands for the global audience and fans next month.In partnerships with...

Bae Yong-joon foots dinner bill for fans after wedding

“Winter Sonata” actor Bae Yong-joon footed the dinner bill for some 200 of his fans who visited the hotel where his wedding took place Monday, local reports said Tuesday.  Bae married actress Park Soo-jin at the Sheraton Grande...

Entertaining tricks in media art

GYEONGJU, North Gyeongsang Province -- A man painted from head to toe stands against a painted wall as if he walked straight from a portrait painting. His moving hands seem so unreal that it looks like he could only exist in a pai...

Bae Yong-joon is no longer a bachelor

First-generation Hallyu star marries actress Park Soo-jin in private wedding Bae Yong-joon, the sweet guy from “Winter Sonata” who stole the hearts of many Japanese housewives in the early 2000s, has married a lesser-known actr...