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Finding sacred images in the wood of Korea

Source | 2014/04/19 | | Permalink

The bulmo, or Buddhist artist, Heo Kil-yang carves a "Heavenly Maid" sculpture in his atelier in Paju, Gyeonggi. To create Buddhist sculptures, he goes through an elaborate process, including cutting, trimming and chiseling.

Throughout time, many Korean artists have found artistic inspiration from Buddhism. For more than 1,000 years, Buddhism permeated into the everyday life of Korean people, and thus Buddhist art prospered all around the peninsula.

Those who carve the statue of Buddha are called the bulmo, which literally means "the mother of Buddha". The name came from comparing the strenuous process of carving a statue of Buddha to a mother giving birth to a baby...More

Charlie and Seoul's underground

Source | 2014/04/19 | | Permalink

Usher and his friend, photographer Groeshn, recently published a travel book about Seoul's subway system. (photo: Jeon Han)

A pair of Americans has discovered Seoul's subway system. Dongdaemun is their favorite station and they know the related history and the hidden attractions of subway stations across the metropolis.

They are Charlie Usher and Elizabeth Groeshn. The two recently published "Charlie and Liz's Seoul Subway Travelogue" in Korean and are receiving positive reviews. Usher wrote the story and Groeshn took the photos.

Usher, a 32-year-old native of Wisconsin, began his life in Korea in 2005. In 2009, he returned to Korea after finishing some long travels and rediscovered the convenience and organization of Seoul's subway system. It was then that he decided to learn more about the city, following the theme of "the subway", and began his travels with Groeshn, uploading the travel stories to their blog. Every week, the two visited one or two subway stations and looked around the neighborhood. Usher said he will never be able to visit all the subway stations in Seoul, but that the two have visited nearly 140 stations so far...More

Jeju Island: haven for tropical fish

Source | 2014/04/19 | | Permalink

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The number of tropical fish inhabiting the shores of Jeju Island, south of the Korean Peninsula, has been increasing every year and now accounts for half of the type of fish living in the area.

Tropical fish account for 51 percent, or 48 types, of the 95 species of fish caught along the coast of Jeju Island during quarterly test harvests, according to the Subtropical Fisheries Research Center, part of the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Little Monk" + Giveaway

2014/04/18 | | Permalink

This movie depicts the dark side of Buddhism. I don't mean anything so cliched as monks driven mad by spiritual rights, jumping headfirst into the most grotesque hedony imaginable. "A Little Monk" goes into much more ambiguous territory, by giving us characters who don't actually seem to like Buddhism all that much, and yet they appear to have been forced into the faith by circumstance and don't really have any way of getting out...More

[Photos] Added new stills and updated cast and images for the upcoming Korean movie "A Girl at My Door"

Source | 2014/04/18 | | Permalink

Added new stills and updated cast and images for the upcoming Korean movie "A Girl at My Door"...More

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