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Communion between East and West, old and new

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

A moon jar from the late Joseon Dynasty and "Dark Side of the Moon" by Yee Sookyung create an odd harmony. "Dark Side of the Moon" is made of fragments of black ceramic and pottery produced in Hoeryeong, Hamgyeongbuk-do (North Hamgyeong Province). It contrasts with the white moon jar but their round shapes are similar. The "Beyond and Between" exhibit at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, in Seoul takes a fresh approach to art through such harmony and contrast. The exhibit is now underway in celebration of the museum's ten-year anniversary.

There are over 230 ancient Korean works of art and modern art pieces from across the world on display at the exhibit, which kicked off on August 19. Visitors will be able to see some 50 artifacts officially registered as "national treasures" or "treasures" including "The Diamond Mountains" (Geumgangjeondo) and "After Rain at Mt. Inwang" (Inwangjesaekdo) by Jeong Seon, a late Joseon painter who went by his pen name of Gyeomjae...More

Namhansanseong celebrates UNESCO listing

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

A traditional rite to notify the ancestors has taken place at Namhansanseong, the mountain fortress south of Seoul, in honor of its registration on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Kishore Rao brought the official certificate himself to the Namhansanseong fortress on August 28. The traditional dedication ceremony took place at the Sungyeoljeon, Gyeonggi-do Province's Tangible Cultural Property No. 2, the site where during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) all the affairs happening within the fortress were discussed...More

Fashionista Choi Ji-woo in 'Temptation'

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

*This series of articles about celebrity fashion is published in partnership with K-Star Fashion. Click here for previous parts.

The fashion style of actress Choi Ji-woo, currently starring in the soap opera "Temptation" as a smart, beautiful and rich female CEO, has recently come under the spotlight.

Choi has been showcasing an exceptional sense of fashion in each episode, from the beautiful feminine to the high-end graceful.

Today we will take a look at the clothes and accessories she features on the small screen and provide styling tips to our readers. This coming fall, we can all dress like fashionista Choi Ji-woo...More

'Let's walk Seoul'

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

Participants in the 442nd Turtle Marathon yell out a cheer and start the race on August 24 at the Cultural Plaza of the National Theater of Korea located on Namsan Mountain, Seoul. (photo: Jeon Han)

The Turtle Marathon involving overseas tourists was held on August 24. The race began at the Cultural Plaza of the National Theater of Korea situated on Namsan Mountain, Seoul. The course spanned the National Theater of Korea, N Seoul Tower and both the north and south sides of the road surrounding the mountain. The marathon participants included overseas tourists and 2014 beauty pageant winners...More

Amid safety concerns, Koreans get prepared

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

Left: Moon Chang-wuk, 10, learns how to float on his back in preparation for emergencies at Daejeon Expo Diving Center late last month. Above right: A young woman who fears water joins the class to learn how to survive in the open sea. By Kwon Hyuk-jae

A woman in her 20s stood on a diving board 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) above the ground at the Daejeon Expo Diving Center late last month.

She was learning how to survive a maritime accident after the entire nation was traumatized by the April 16 Sewol ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people, but she still had not decided whether to jump into the five-meter-deep pool or not...More

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