Saturday, March 28, 2020

Korea to chair UNESCO committee on cultural diversity next year

Korea next year will chair UNESCO's intergovernmental committee for the 14th Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The photo shows Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo (third from left) on Nov. 19, 2019, speaking at the...

What’s to like about Korea? Plenty, say foreigners

The Korean Culture and Information Service released on Feb. 4 the results of a poll conducted last year on Korea's national image. Of the 5,453 respondents who expressed a positive perception of the nation, 8.1% cited Korean culture and cultural heritage as their reason....

New museum library presents cultural heritage using digital tech

Visitors on Feb. 4 watch the Interactive Media Wall at the National Palace Museum in Seoul. The museum on the same day opened the Digital Library for Cultural Heritage, where visitors can experience national cultural heritage through digital technology. (Cultural Heritage Administration) By Min Yea-Ji and Lee Jihae The...

More school uniforms this year to sport Hanbok designs

More students this year will wear school uniforms sporting designs inspired by Hanbok (traditional Korean attire) under a joint project of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Education. The photo above shows several such uniforms released by the Culture Ministry. (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) By Kim...

National Theater of Korea to mark 70th anniversary this year

Art directors from the National Theater of Korea on Jan. 15 hold a news conference to announce programs to celebrate the theater's 70th anniversary this year at JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul. By Xu Aiying and Kim Hwaya Photos = National Theater of Korea The National Theater of Korea will host performances and events...

‘Parasite’ makes cinematic history along with 6 Oscar nominations

"Parasite" on Jan. 13 received six Oscar nominations and became the first Korean film to earn Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. Pictured is the movie's director Bong Joon-ho speaking to a Seoul news conference in May last year after his work won the top prize at the Cannes...

Expanded nat’l museum opened by Mireuksa Temple Site

The Iksan National Museum on Jan. 10 is newly opened to the pulbic at the Baekje Historic Areas in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do Province. By Kim Hyelin and Lee Hana Photos = Iksan National Museum The Iksan National Museum (formerly the Mireuksaji National Museum) on Jan. 10 was newly opened to the public at the Baekje...

Gangwon-do Province to host 2024 Winter Youth Olympics

Gangwon-do Province on Jan. 10 earned the right to host the fourth Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2024 at the 135th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo (fifth from left) poses with IOC President Thomas Bach (center) and Korean delegates after...

Weekly protest in Seoul for ‘comfort women’ victims marks 28th anniversary

The Wednesday protest for the Resolution of the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Issue in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul's Jongno-gu District on Jan. 8 marked its 28th anniversary. Pictured here is a protester presenting a cake with the number commemorating the occasion. By Yoon...

Mobile games led domestic video gaming sector in 2018

A 2019 white paper on the Korean video game industry said that since 2017, gaming platforms have seen growing diversity since the release of popular intellectual property games in console form, with mobile games leading the domestic video game market. Pictured here is the 2018 edition of the trade show G-star...

Official R&D budget this year set at record KRW 24T

Vice Minister of Science and ICT Kim Sung-soo on Jan. 6 gives a speech in a briefing session on inter-governmental cooperation in R&D projects this year at Soongsil University in Seoul. By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae Photos = Ministry of Science and ICT The government this year has...

Int’l youth sports program begins in Gangwon-do Province

The Dream Program, which offers training in winter sports and cultural experiences to young people from around the world, is being held from Jan. 6-18 in Pyeongchang-gun County and Gangneung, both in Gangwon-do Province. The photo above shows students participating in the program's 2018 edition. (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) By Song Baleun and Kim...

Vice Culture Minister Choi gives pep talk to nat’l team for Winter Youth Olympic Games

Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Choi Younhee on Jan. 3 poses with the national team for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, at Team Korea's inaugural meeting at Seoul Olympic Parktel after giving team members good luck pouches....

KCCs greet 1st month of 2020 with traditional events

Koreans celebrate New Year's Day by eating tteokguk (rice cake soup) with family and playing traditional games. Pictured here is a group of kids playing yutnori, a traditional board game, at the National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul. (Korea.net DB) By Kim Hyelin and Lee Hana Since 1979, Korean Cultural Centers (KCCs) have promoted...

The ten best places to enjoy sunsets and sunrises in Korea

People watch the sunset at Taean Beach in Chungcheongnam-do Province, one of the five best places that the Korea National Park Service selected to see the sunset. By Kim Hwaya Photos = Korea National Park Service The Korea National Park Service (KNPS) on Dec. 29 announced its list of...

Annual number of foreign tourists to Korea breaks record

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo (sixth from the left) on Dec. 26 hosts a celebratory ceremony at Incheon International Airport with Indonesian national Eko Prasetio (fifth from left), the 17.25 millionth foreigner this year to arrive in Korea, to mark a...

‘Parasite’ director and actor receive nat’l culture awards

"Parasite" director Bong Joon-ho on Dec. 19 receives the Eungwan Order of Cultural Merit and actor Song Kang-ho the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit from Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo at the National Theater Company of Korea. (Heo Man-jin, Ministry of...

‘Peace on Korean Peninsula to bring more opportunities for Korean and Swedish companies’

President Moon Jae-in on Dec. 18 gives the keynote address at the Korea-Sweden Business Summit held at Lotte Signiel Seoul. (Cheong Wa Dae's Facebook page) By Lee Jihae President Moon Jae-in on Dec. 18 said peace on the Korean Peninsula will create new business challenges and more...

Forum discusses social policy in 1st half of president’s term

Assistant Deputy Minister of Education Seo Yoo-mi on Dec. 17 gives a keynote speech at a forum on the results and remaining tasks of the social policy of President Moon Jae-in's administration in the first half of his term at Seoul's Koreana Hotel. (Ministry of Education) By Oh...

Underground solar-powered garden opened at Seoul subway station

An underground solar garden on Dec. 13 is opened at Seoul's Jonggak Station featuring technology that transfers concentrated solar power from the ground floor to the basement level. By Xu Aiying and Lee Hana Photos = Kim Sunjoo Video = Choi Taesoon Seoul | Dec. 13, 2019 Seoul Metropolitan Government on Dec. 13 unveiled an underground solar-powered garden. Solar...

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