Thursday, June 27, 2019

Autumn deepens with operatic tunes

The 13th Daegu International Opera Festival kicks off on Oct. 8. Pictured is a scene from the festival opener, Verdi’s ‘Aida.’ A special festival will fill the city of Daegu with the sounds of opera, bringing a deeper autumn vibe to opera lovers across Korea's...

Praying for peace, good harvest

On the morning of Oct. 4, a reenactment of the Sajikdaeje rites takes place at the Sajik Altar. The rites are performed in the hopes of peace and a good harvest, and they have been held every autumn since 1988. The term Jongmyo-Sajik (종묘-사직, 宗廟-社稷)...

French leader to visit Korea next month

French President François Hollande will make a state visit to Korea next month to attend a summit with President Park Geun–hye. The above photo shows the two leaders ahead of the Korea-France summit that took place in Paris in 2013 du ring President Park’s...

Hangeul in digital times

A stenographer types on a computer screen in Korean. Visitors to the National Hangeul Museum learn about the 'informatization' of Hangeul in a new special exhibit there, ‘A New Name in a Digital World, Code-Named_Hangeul: D55CD AE00.’ Korean words appear on a computer screen as...

70 years of Korea through ‘Arirang’

The Arirang Festival is held at the Heungryemun Gate at Gyeongbokgung Palace on Oct. 5. “Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo.” The lyrics of the song "Arirang" spread across the walls of the Heungryemun Gate at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul on Oct. 5 during the Arirang Festival, held to...

President thanks overseas Koreans for role in national development

President Park Geun-hye gives the congratulatory speech during a ceremony to mark the ninth anniversary of Overseas Koreans Day, in Seoul on Oct. 5. “Koreans who have made successful lives overseas are valuable assets of the nation,” said President Park Geun-hye in her congratulatory speech...

Korea, G20 map new tourism plan

Tourism ministers from the G20 nations pose for a photo during the sixth T20 Tourism Ministers Meeting on Sept. 30 in Antalya, Turkey. Second Vice Minister Kim Chong of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism stands in the front row on the far...

Korea to host global forest fire conference

The International Wildland Fire Conference is made up of both official events focusing on extinguishing wild fires and various sideline events. The photo above shows a firefighting demonstration at the previous conference in 2011 in Sun City, South Africa. Firefighters and forest fire experts from...

Korean cuisine ideal for healthy eaters worldwide

'Korean food is good for your health, and knowledge of this is spreading around the globe," says Director Yoon Sook-ja of the Institute of Traditional Korean Food. Director Yoon Sook-ja of the Institute of Traditional Korean Food explains that there is a good reason that...

Autumn is in the air

On the morning of Oct. 2, the Hangang River flows toward the sea underneath a clear, blue sky. After a day of rain, the coldest morning of the season so far was on Oct. 2. Indeed, this year the word ‘cold’ is not inappropriate for...

Korea, Russia celebrate 25 years of diplomacy

President Park Geun-hye and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at Cheong Wa Dae in 2013. President Park and President Putin exchanged congratulatory letters on Sept. 30 celebrating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Seoul and Moscow. President Park Geun-hye and Russian President Vladimir...

Goesan-gun County seeks green future with organic farming

Chungcheongbuk-do Province (North Chungcheong Province) is the nation's only landlocked province, situated inland and away from the three coasts of the Korean Peninsula. Among its neighboring counties, Goesan-gun County is nestled almost in the middle of the province and is gifted with topographic features that...

Hangawi festivities loved across the nation

Actor Lee Min-woo performs in the 'Royal Ancestral Ritual and Music With Narrative' performance the day before Chuseok, on Sept. 26 at the Jongmyo Shrine in Seoul. The feeling and importance of Chuseok, the traditional mid-autumn harvest festival that also goes by the more traditional...

President backs efforts to boost UN peace operations

President Park Geun-hye delivers her keynote speech on Sept. 28 at the leader's summit on peacekeeping at United Nations headquarters in New York. President Park Geun-hye has announced that Korea will deploy additional engineering units and that it will assist with reconstruction and humanitarian activities...

Baekje historic sites become UNESCO treasures

A ceremony to commemorate the designation of the Baekje Historic Areas as UNESCO World Heritage sites was held on Sept. 22 at the site of the ancient Mireuksa Temple in Jeollabuk-do Province (North Jeolla Province). The Baekje Historic Areas are home to some of the...

‘Being busy is okay. May every day be like Hangawi.’

Rice cake with a sweet filling, songpyeon, is one of the main foods enjoyed during Chuseok. Mangwon Market in Mapo-gu District, Seoul, serves up various colored songpyeon filled with sweet sesame seeds, mashed chestnuts, red beans and beans. People in Mangwon Market, a traditional market...

President pledges worldwide help for nuke-free North

President Park Geun-hye held an interview with Bloomberg on Sept. 25 in Seoul. Pictured is the president hosting an interview with the Wall Street Journal in May 2014 at Cheong Wa Dae. "If North Korea decides to give up its nuclear weapons program, South Korea...

Presidential Hanbok draws attention in Paris

Traditional Hanbok dresses worn by President Park Geun-hye have attracted the attention of the French people. An exhibition on Korean fashion opened on Sept. 19 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibition is a part of the "Korea Now! Craft, Design, Fashion...

Travel back in time through Buddhist sculpture

Visitors take photos of two pensive bodhisattvas at the special 'Masterpieces of Early Buddhist Sculpture, 100 B.C.-A.D. 700' exhibition on Sept. 24. From Gandhara to Seorabeol. The special "Masterpieces of Early Buddhist Sculpture, 100 B.C.-A.D. 700" exhibition started welcoming visitors on Sept. 24. The exhibition shows the...

Mangwon Market overflows with deliciousness, warmth

Mangwon Market near Mangwon Station along subway line No. 6 in Mapo-gu, is popular for its cheap and delicious street food. TV shows have been known to go there to film celebrities sampling the snack and other foodstuffs on offer at the market. Some of...

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