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Thousands of people make kimchi with hands, heart

Source | 2014/11/22 | | Permalink

More than 2,300 people gather at the 2014 Seoul Kimchi Making & Sharing Festival, joining a giant kimchi-making event at Seoul Plaza on November 14.

During this time of the year, families, their relatives and next-door neighbors sit around together and prepare kimchi, the range of seasoned vegetable dishes based around the cabbage.

The making and sharing of kimchi, known as kimjang, has been part of people's lives for many generations. Indeed, last year the practice of kimjang was inscribed on the list of UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage items.

Making kimchi is more than just following a recipe. It embraces the spirit of sharing and one's sense of identity and belonging to the community...More

Be one with literature at a Hanok library on Inwangsan Mountain

Source | 2014/11/22 | | Permalink

On November 18, the Chungwoon Literature Library wraps up its final preparations for its grand opening on November 19.

A Hanok library has been recently built on the slopes of Inwangsan Mountain.

The library, located in Chungwoon-dong just northwest of Gyeongbokgung Palace, near the Yun Dong-ju Literature House and Yun Dong-ju Hill, has taken the name Chungwoon Literature Library. As its name suggests, it is dedicated only to books of literature, having more than 8,000 editions of poems, novels and essays. The collection is expected to be expanded up to 20,000 books...More

Korea via stamps : 'The Ownerless Ferryboat' fate unravels

Source | 2014/11/22 | | Permalink

'The Ownerless Ferryboat' (1932) is directed by Lee Gyu-hwan and produced by Yooshin Kinema.

'The Ownerless Ferryboat'

The protagonist, Soosam, had to leave his hometown for Seoul. He led a hard life as a rickshaw driver. One day, when his wife had to be admitted to the hospital due difficulty while giving birth, he had to steal to cover the bill. Eventually, he was caught and imprisoned for his crime.

Upon his release, however, he discovered that his wife had already found a new husband and had remarried. With his daughter, he returned to his hometown to become an operator of a ferryboat along the river...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "10 Minutes"

2014/11/21 | | Permalink

Ho-chan (played by Baek Jong-hwan) takes a part-time job at an office and mulls over his future career choices. As cinematic plots goes this isn't exactly the most inspiring one, and the camerawork doesn't make "10 Minutes" feel any more epic than it sounds. Early on I couldn't help but think that "Incomplete Life", a webtoon, was adapted as a television drama for a reason. Office life is day by day stuff experienced in small doses...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dear Dolphin"

2014/11/21 | | Permalink

Hyeok-geun (played by Lee Hee-joon) is a nurse in a long-term relationship with Cha-kyeong (played by Han Ye-ri). He also spends a lot of time, by proxy, with Cha-kyeong's best friend Gi-ok (played by Lee Yeong-jin). An accident ends up rupturing the combined freindship of the three, and from there, "Dear Dolphin" deals with the matter of grief. Specifically, how left to their own devices, the surviving characters really don't have any idea what to do, and resort to semi-elaborate means of self-punishment...More

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