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Experts debate Seoul's elevated park

Source | 2015/05/30 | | Permalink

For the past 20 years, Seoul has been constantly transforming into a more walkable city. What this essentially means is that more roads have been paved over for pedestrians in places that were formerly for cars.

In 1998, boulevards solely dedicated to walkers were created in Myeong-dong and Insa-dong in bustling central Seoul, and traffic was banned. This move was followed by the establishment of Seoul Plaza, Gwanghwamun Square and Sungnyemun Gate Square...More

Exhibit provides taste of locally crafted tableware

Source | 2015/05/30 | | Permalink

The second "Craft Platform: Craft is Delicious" exhibition is being held at Culture Station Seoul-284 in the center of the city until June 2. In the "Planning" section on the first floor of the venue, an array of traditional and modern onggi (earthenware) are on display. It also introduces the special characteristics of these ceramics, known to deepen the taste of the food preserved in them such as Korean pastes gochujang and doenjang. Provided by the KCDF

It is expected for a certain type of cuisine to be served using a specific type of tableware, but it does not hurt to use a brassware bowl for a piece of cake or eat ice cream out of a porcelain tea cup...More

Homegrown horror loses edge

Source | 2015/05/30 | | Permalink

Horror movies were at their peak when "Whispering Corridors" (1998), bottom left, achieved box office success. But because of repetitive themes and implausible plotlines, films from the genre such as "The Wicked" (2013), bottom right, and "Black Hand"(2015), top right, have failed to draw in audiences. However, "The Silenced", top left, with a competent cast and an appealing plot, is hoping for a horror revival. It opens nationwide on June 18. Provided by each distributor

There was a time when watching a horror movie during summer was considered by Koreans an effective way to escape from the sizzling weather. Posters for scary films hung up at cinemas signaled the arrival of the summer season...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 4

2015/05/29 | | Permalink

First, a retraction. In my first review for "Orange Marmalade" I assumed, for no particularly good reason, that the drama is set in Seoul. This episode I finally realized that the setting is in fact the eastern portion of Jeju Island. This is an important clarification because let's be entirely honest here. The beautiful scenery is a pretty important aspect of the drama. Even when the actual plot hinges on the inherent tragedy of a teen vampire romance, it's the background ambience that's really beautiful and enchanting...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Unfortunate Boyfriend" Episode 15

2015/05/29 | | Permalink

The lack of an actual conflict is getting to be...well, not necessarily bad, but it's kind of messing around with my perceptions of how to evaluate "My Unfortunate Boyfriend" as a drama. There's really just not much actual drama here. As expected, the situation with Ji-na's father is cleared up simply by having Ji-na explain the situation. And after that, there's not even much in the way of obvious tension, because everything mostly goes along all right...More

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