Tongin Market draws tourists to the heart of Seoul
Traditional markets are the best place in Korea to experience the unique feeling of jeong, a speci,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 12
So I...guess this is just a romantic comedy now? That's about the only way I can interpret the eve,...More
The cover of the fourth "Arirang, The Name of Korean" album. (photo courtesy of the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Foundation)
What would the folk song "Arirang" sound like when mixed with elements of jazz, classical music, movie soundtracks and musicals?
With the addition of a bit more color, traditional tunes have now been packed onto a newly-released album, "Arirang, The Name of Korean vol. 4".
The "Arirang"-themed album, released on February 27, has a total of ten tracks and lasts about 45 minutes. The album features vocal and musical performances by 20 singers and performing artists...More
Traditional markets are the best place in Korea to experience the unique feeling of jeong, a special expression of fondness, warmth, bonding and attachment. Traditional markets across the nation have similar, but unique, characteristics, each with their own personality. The markets are more than just shopping places. You get a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people as you walk through the arched alleyways; you get a glimpse into Korea's soul.
(Left) Weaving the joeuldae; (middle, right) The dollimjul (100, 300)
*This is the sixth part in our series, "Gat, traditional headgear in Korea".
Various Types of Gat
Hats are distinguished according to the main material used in their production. The periodical changes in size and materials, combined with the emergence of various symbols and decorations, have given way to a variety of different styles, including the most common heukrip, or black hat. Even though they are manufactured based on the same materials and methods, hats can be classified by their purpose, with the addition of different colors and embellishments.
For instance, the baekrip, a white hat, was used for national mourning when a member of the royal house dies. The jurip, a red hat, was for civil and military offices of the senior third rank or higher, for envoys dispatched overseas and for the royal bodyguards. The jukjeonrip was worn by high-ranking military officials when the king was dressed in military uniform. Hats with jade ornaments are generally referred to as heukrip or jurip. Their tops were decorated with jade and they were worn by active and former civil and military officials as part of their military uniform...More
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So I...guess this is just a romantic comedy now? That's about the only way I can interpret the events of this episode. Chang-min appears to have just about completely forgotten the events that led up to his divorce. Jin-hee seems to have some vague memory of what happened, and is certainly putting up more resistance to the idea. But no matter how I try to cut it, "Emergency Couple" is definitely trying to make a case that these two works together as a couple...More
2014/03/07 | | Permalink
I think I've finally figured out why "Mimi" is so weird- it's not a drama, it's a music video. You know how most music videos use visuals that tell a story which kind of sort of has something to do with the lyrics- but not really? That's what "Mimi" is. It's why the drama spends so much time in Min-woo's dreamworld, and often doesn't bother telling us the difference between what's real and what's fantasy. The story is not the point- it's background noise to the music and visuals.
All of this works to put Eun-hye in a pretty strange place, because as far as I can tell she's the only character with motivations that make sense. I mean that relatively speaking...More
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