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Yeol to offer English lectures on Korean art, culture, history

The Korean Heritage Preservation Society, Yeol, will be presenting an English-language lecture series this year, delving into Korean art, culture and history.

The series will deal with subjects ranging from traditional music to K-pop, the Korean War, North Korean films, folktales and Buddhist sculpture. They will feature distinguished scholars and experts in the relevant fields.

The next lecture will be given at 11:30 a.m. on March 9 by Bak Sang-mee, professor of cultural anthropology at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. It is titled “Nongak: Community Band Music, Dance and Rituals” and introduces the definition, regional variations and modern significance of nongak, or Korean folk music.

A nongak performance. (Cultural Heritage Administration)
A nongak performance. (Cultural Heritage Administration)

At an art program on May 9, attendees will be able to create folk paintings and listen to a short talk on Korean pictorial art. The hands-on experience will take place at the Gahoe Museum at Bukchon Hanok Village, a site famous for its traditional architecture.

The rest of the lectures will be held at the Seoul Museum of History on every first or second Monday of each month from April to December, with the exception of May, July and August.

While admission is free, lunch will be provided upon reservation for an additional fee of 10,000 won. For details, call (02) 745-5878 or visit

By Rumy Doo (
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