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Korean Peninsula was 'a land of leopards'

Source | 2014/12/21 | | Permalink

One may think of tigers as the fiercest animal that ever lived on the Korean Peninsula. There was, however, another species of large cat that was just as fierce as tigers, and even outnumbered them. They were leopards.

In Joseon times (1392-1910), the number of leopards was large enough to enable royal families to bestow leopard skins as gifts for their retainers...More

Charity changes perceptions with trips abroad

Source | 2014/12/21 | | Permalink

Children in the Philippines who are sponsored by Compassion Korea welcome participants of a trip organized by the charity at its Compassion Center in October. Provided by Park Ae-ran, Compassion Korea

Carol Yi, 30, who works at a financial company in Seoul, said she used to be "very skeptical" about how donations are spent by nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Korea. She said she felt like these charity groups were using "sick and dying children in starvation and poverty at the forefront as a marketing strategy to collect donations from others".

Yi also added that she was concerned about how her cash was being spent.

"I always thought the money was not being used as much for the actual causes but rather for the organizations' operational costs", said Yi...More

Photographer dedicates life

Source | 2014/12/21 | | Permalink

A man fishes with a long boat hook at Upo swamp, the biggest inland wetland in the country and a popular tourist spot.

A wet fog lingers over Upo Wetland at night. Even the dazzling stars are hidden by the milky white rising mist. In the darkness, a small boat in one corner of the swamp starts to move, piercing through the haze...More

Painter's unique landscapes bring nature to life

Source | 2014/12/21 | | Permalink

Lee  Kwang-ho's oil painting "Untitled 2356"(2014) is part of the artist's solo show at Kukje Gallery in central Seoul. Due to his unique brush strokes and the skill of scratching the canvas with a needle, the bushes appear raised, as if they are about to touch the viewer.

Lee  Kwang-ho's latest landscape paintings, though realistic and created in oil on canvas, differ from similar art in the Western classical style...More


Source | 2014/12/21 | | Permalink

The Korean production of the musical "Once", which is based on the film of the same name, is being staged at the Seoul Arts Center...More

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