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Traditional music experiences a renaissance

Source | 2015/04/25 | | Permalink

Students at the intensive course on gayageum, Korea's zither-like traditional instrument, concentrate on its tones. The number of people attending gugak (traditional Korean music) performances has increased, and so has the number of people learning traditional instruments and dances. By Kim Gyeong-rok

Somewhere in between calls for modernization and admiration for the Western culture that began to sweep into Korea from the late 19th century, gugak, or traditional Korean music, has lost its place in contemporary society.

Young Koreans nowadays are rarely given the opportunity to experience gugak during school or even after they graduate...More

Rare photo of Paik exhibited

Source | 2015/04/25 | | Permalink

The portrait of Nam June Paik by Kim Yong-ho. Provided by Kim Yong-ho Studio

A rare photographic portrait of Nam June Paik(1932-2006), the Korean-born artist considered to be the founder of video art, will be on display at the G-Seoul 2015 International Art Fair.

The four-day art market opens on Thursday at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in central Seoul...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Unfortunate Boyfriend" Episode 5

2015/04/24 | | Permalink

The pace here is even slower than usual as most of the episode is simply dedicated to a long, awkward car ride between Tae-woon and Ji-na that somewhat predictably ends up with things going wrong because Tae-woon takes her instructions too literally. I've been a good sport about Tae-woon's slowness so far, but really, after a certain point it gets to be kind of contrived. Particularly since Tae-woon is evidently much smarter than he lets on...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 6

2015/04/24 | | Permalink

The pacing of the different storylines is "Unkind Women"'s strong suit. This is a large cast and the slow introduction during the first few episodes allows for all of them to develop individually. Where it weakens is how interconnected all of the characters are. It's easier to build an insulated world, but that becomes quite cliche.

At this point, we know the women of "Unkind Women" pretty well...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 9

2015/04/24 | | Permalink

"Heard It Through the Grapevine" is tackling social issues and injustices rather than attempting to break out of its mold. Each episode or pair of episodes takes on a new vice of Jung-ho's and Yeon-hee's. Luckily, this episode also highlighted the young married couple a little as well.

We got to see In-sang and Beom begin to dream about their future in a manner that is quite farsighted...More

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