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Quarrels continue over crumbling treasures

Source | 2014/10/18 | | Permalink

The Cultural Heritage Administration invited journalists earlier this month to take a look at Cheomseongdae, a 1,400-year-old observatory that some people argue is collapsing. The structure is one of many Korean treasures presumed to be at risk.

GYEONGJU - It remains one of Korea's biggest mysteries.

Was Cheomseongdae, the seventh-century stone structure in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang, really an astronomical observatory? Or was it something else - perhaps an altar or a memorial for the people of the Silla Dynasty (57 B.C.-A.D. 935), as some historians argue?...More

'Small Cinema' project brings life to small town

Source | 2014/10/18 | | Permalink

On October 10, recent films like "Whistle Blower", "Slow Video" and "Scarlet Innocence" were already playing at the Masil Cinema in Buan-eup, Buan-gun, in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province).

The intimate movie space was filled with the scent of nutty sweet popcorn and the spacious, cushioned seats would not be lacking in any big city cinema house.

It was unbelievable for visiting Seoulites, and even for locals, too, that they were actually enjoying the facilities. It was certain that movie-watching conditions had improved and that locals could now easily enjoy movies and could share happy conversations with their newly acquired conveniences. The faces of the movie-goers overflowed with expressions of happiness...More

Actress and artist Kim Hyeon-jeong-III invited to Chinese exhibition

Source | 2014/10/18 | | Permalink

Recognized as an artist who is capable of crossing the genres of traditionalism, modernism and postmodernism, Kim Hyeon-jeong-III, who is also an actress, will be showcasing her works in the exhibition "One Divided Into Three: The Exhibition of Three Korean Artists", scheduled to take place at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, China, from November 9 to 19. It's a collaboration with Paik Nam June, the late video art pioneer, and Lee Wol Chong, known for his modernized style of art.

Artist Kim Hyeon-jeong-III takes part in the "One Divided Into Three: The Exhibition of Three Korean Artists" exhibition that will take place at the Today Art Museum in Beijing from November 9 to November 19...More

Take a moonlight stroll through Seoul's ancient palaces

Source | 2014/10/18 | | Permalink

To mark autumn's arrival, the Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces, as well as the National Palace Museum of Korea, will be open at night. Night openings are scheduled from October 22 to November 3 for Gyeongbokgung Palace and from October 21 to November 2 at Changgyeonggung Palace.

Visitors will be limited to 2,000 people per night session for Gyeongbokgung Palace and 2,200 for Changgyeonggung Palace. The night session runs from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and entry to the palaces is only allowed until 9 p.m. During the period, Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on October 28 for a regular day off and Changgyeonggung Palace is closed on October 27...More

Red bean traces found to be oldest in Northeast Asia

Source | 2014/10/18 | | Permalink

Recently discovered traces of red bean have been found to be some of the oldest such archeological samples in Northeast Asia.

After analyzing earthenware excavated in Osan-ri, Yangyang County, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), researchers realized that the traces date back to the Neolithic Era, some 7,000 years ago, announced the Natural Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, part of the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), on October 14.

In addition, archaeologists also came across a piece of clay found in Songjeon-ri, Yangyang County, that contains traces of insects from the mid-Neolithic Age...More

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