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Seoul International Book Fair to return in grand scale
The Seoul International Book Fair (SIBF) 2022, known as the largest book and publishing trade show in Korea, will return to a grand scale next month at COEX in southern Seoul, as a new kind of book fair tailored to the ongoing pandemic situation. Book lovers from across the country are expected to flock to the annual event to attend a series of lectures, seminars and exhibiti...
MMCA's mask-centric exhibition takes on new meaning during pandemic
Throughout the more than two years of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, what has become perhaps the most intimate part of all of our daily lives is - you guessed it, face masks. Once a common tool of disguise and pretense in classic fables, masquerade balls and even the virtual-reality space full of avatars, masks have transformed into an essential means of safety and protection.
Kim Ji-ha, dissident poet who shed light on democracy
The works of Kim Ji-ha, a leading dissident poet and activist who died Sunday at the age of 81, served as a beacon of democracy during the military dictatorship of the 1970s. Born as Kim Yeong-il in 1941 in South Jeolla Province's Mokpo, the late poet was a critical voice against the government as early as 1964 when he took part in protests against the Korea-Japan Treaty, whi...
Alternative K-pop bands to perform in London
Some of the iconic bands that currently lead the alternative K-pop scene will perform in a trendy neighborhood of East London next week. This year's edition of the K-Music Showcase will return live to London's Shoreditch neighborhood on May 15 (local time) featuring in its lineup the alt hip-hop collective Balming Tiger, indie rock band Se So Neon and Paris-based DJ Didi Han.
'Jikji' project to shed new light on world's oldest surviving book printed with metal type
A collaborative international research project launched last year to analyze the 918-1392 Goryeo era's Buddhist scripture “Jikji Simche Yojeol,” better known as “Jikji,” is taking a new step forward with a grant awarded by the Washington, D.C.-based National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). “From Jikji to Gutenberg,” led by the UNESCO International Centre for Documentary H...
Museums ready to greet family visitors in May
In Korea, an alternative term for May is “family month,” as the month holds holidays honoring members of a traditional family unit, including Children's Day on May 5, Parent's Day on May 8 and Married Couple's Day on May 21. This year, in celebration of May and the centennial of Children's Day, major national museums in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province are hosting special exhibiti...
Instant noodle makers roll out novelty products to attract foodies
When it comes to packaged Korean instant noodle products, it becomes almost impossible to discuss how they taste without the word “spicy” - whether it be noodles soaked in red beef broth or served stir-fried with hot chicken flavor.
In-person springtime festivals return nationwide amid eased social distancing
With Korea's social distancing measures mostly eased and the outdoor mask mandate to be lifted effective on Monday, in-person religious and cultural festivals are making their return nationwide to celebrate spring.
High-end fashion, fine dining go hand in hand
High-end fashion and fine dining experiences are being combined in Korea as more luxury brands are opening up their own posh cafes and eateries to attract diners. A month ago, Italian fashion house Gucci announced the grand opening of its contemporary restaurant, Gucci Osteria Seoul, in central Seoul's Yongsan District.
Walking tour of Korean art masters in Italy's floating city
VENICE, Italy - While the main charm of the 59th Venice Biennale lies in its flagship show, the International Art Exhibition, as well as the exhibitions put forth by 80 participating national pavilions, the city has plenty more to offer.
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