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'City of Light' shines with food, arts festival

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

A college press corps covering the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism poses with a smile on their faces on October 17 as the Gwangjang Festival is underway at the May 18 Democracy Square to mark the "Month of Culture" in Gwangju, Jeollanam-do.

Gwangju is alternatively known as the "City of Light", with gwang meaning "light" in Korean and ju from the word for "province". The southern city now abounds with cross-cultural activities that involve traditional food, arts and performances.

Recently, this "City of Culture", another nickname for Gwangju, has been playing host to a special festival going on around the Asian Culture Complex, focusing especially on the cultures of East Asia...More

Childhood reminiscence via old stamps - Part 4. The Heavenly Maiden and the Woodcutter

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

The 'Heavenly Maiden and the Woodcutter' stamps were printed on March 5, 1970. (From top to bottom) The woodcutter hides one of the heavenly maiden's sets of clothes. The couple have two children. She takes the two children up to heaven. The woodcutter is reunited with his family. (images courtesy of Korea Post)

One day, a woodcutter saves a deer that is being chased by a hunter. The deer rewards the woodcutter by telling him of the secret location where the heavenly maidens descend from the skies to bathe. The deer also gives him advice on how to marry one of the heavenly maidens by hiding one of their wing-like sets of clothing and never giving it back...More

Seoul Citizens Walk Less Than Those in Berlin, Tokyo

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

People living in Seoul walk less than their counterparts in Berlin or Japan, if an experiment by the Chosun Ilbo among 10 people in each of the three cities gives any indication.

People in Seoul walked 39 minutes on an average weekday, but in Berlin they walk for 52 minutes and in Tokyo 50...More

Has Korea Gotten Any Safer in the Last 20 Years?

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

Twenty-years ago from today, 32 people were killed when the 17-year-old Seongsu Bridge over the Han River collapsed. The press at that time lamented that it seemed anywhere outside home in Korea was a way to the grave.

Things do not seem to have improved much 20 years on, as recent tragedies from the April 16 ferry sinking to last Friday's death of 16 people at a pop concert make only too clear...More

We Are Brothers (2014)

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

"We Are Brothers"

Genres: Comedy and Drama

Running Time: 102 min.

Directed by: Jang Jin

Starring: Kim Seong-gyoon, Jo Jin-woong

Synopsis: A pastor and a shaman, brothers who separated during childhood, leave on a trip together to find their missing mother...More

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