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Some like it hot

Source | 2014/09/20 | | Permalink

Summer has arrived, and with it, thoughts of ice cream, ice-cold drinks and exulting under a spray of cool water. In Korea, however, locals embrace a more unorthodox approach: Food that makes you sweat away the hots. One American expat abandons her misgivings, heads off to a chicken broth restaurant and fights fire with fire.

All of the signs are here; long days, warm air and humid nights. Summer has, once again, found the Korean peninsula and as I sweat, live and struggle to breathe, I am searching for my own piece of siwonhada to ease the pains of summer. Siwonhada is a Korean term bearing similarity to the English expression "cool". That is, in a literal and figurative sense, as well as an internal feeling of revitalization and refreshment. So, on my quest for summer coolness I promised myself I would try anything at least once, in hopes of banishing the heat and reaching a new level of "cool"...More

'Safe Travel in Korea' published for overseas visitors

Source | 2014/09/20 | | Permalink

To help international visitors enjoy a safer and better trip to Korea, a new travel book, "Safe Travel in Korea", has been recently published.

The book contains a variety of information aimed at non-Korean travelers, helping them to cope with unexpected losses, danger or emergencies during their stay here, from when they arrive until the day they depart.

'Safe Travel in Korea' contains information and tips to help international visitors enjoy a safe time while in Korea...More

Istanbul in Gyeongju: an encounter between two ancient cities

Source | 2014/09/20 | | Permalink

Turkey's Istanbul has met with Korea's ancient city of Gyeongju at the recently opened "Istanbul in Gyeongju" festival. The celebration enables Turkey to bring its vibrant and colorful cultural elements, infused with both Eastern and Western features, to the far end of the Silk Road.

Opening on September 12, the "Istanbul in Gyeongju" festival has already been visited by more than 250,000 visitors, according to the event's organizing committee...More

Masks & the Mask Dance

Source | 2014/09/20 | | Permalink

*This is the third part in our series, "Masks & the Mask Dance" published in partnership with the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage

1. What is the mask dance?

The traditional Korean mask dance, or talchum, is a form of drama featuring the wearing of masks, singing and dancing. It was originally a regional term only applied to mask dances traditional to Hwanghae Province. It eventually became a general term referring to all forms of the art after the Hwanghae Province style of mask dance received extensive publicity.

Mask dances are referred to by different names depending on where they originate. The mask dances from Hwanghae Province are known as talchum, whereas those from the Seoul and Gyeonggi Province areas are known as sandae nori. The region of Bukcheong, North Hamgyeong Province, located in nowaday's North Korea, is famous for its saja noreum, meaning lion dance performance...More

'Tournament' opens new season at National Theater

Source | 2014/09/20 | | Permalink

The National Dance Company of Korea's modern dance extravaganza "Tournament" will be opening the National Repertory Season 2014-2015 at the National Theater of Korea.

"Tournament" will be opening the season 2014-2015 at the National Theater of Korea.

The season's opening show will put on dazzling dance performances in the theater's main "Hae" hall between September 17 and 20...More

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