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'A Geek' guides readers on latest in Korean pop culture

Source | 2014/10/19 | | Permalink

Looking to learn about the latest in Korean pop culture? "A Geek in Korea" by Daniel Tudor, a former Korea correspondent for The Economist, will fill you in.

Tudor, who is currently a regular columnist for the JoongAng Ilbo, the mother paper of the Korea JoongAng Daily, arrived on the peninsula a day before the 2002 Korea-Japan FIFA World Cup match between Korea and Italy. He was a tourist, but was so inspired that he returned here to work not long after.

The author's book is more than a guide to K-pop. It examines various facets of Korea and is, in fact, more of a guide to the nation. It includes his personal suggestions on where to go, how to behave and how to understand Koreans, and it also explains the country's Confucian and Buddhist roots...More


Source | 2014/10/19 | | Permalink


Horim Art Center, Gangnam District

To Saturday: Pots estimated to have been used as vases or as storage in the Joseon era (1392-1910) are now on display at this museum, for its second exhibition on white porcelain goods this year.

While the first show focused solely on showing pure white jars, the newest exhibit features those decorated with blue ink...More

Embroiderer weaves craft into art

Source | 2014/10/19 | | Permalink

Son In-sook, left, an embroidery artist, explains her artworks to visitors at her house yesterday. Her guests included Choi Chung-hwa, second from left, director of the Corea Image Communication Institute, and Jerome Pasquier, second from right, French ambassador to Korea. Son's works will be shown at the Guimet Museum in Paris next year. Provided by the CICI

Son In-sook is an embroidery artisan.

But she refuses to call her works "embroidery", instead preferring the term silgrim, which means "thread art" in Korean...More

Beyond Closet designer talks fashion week prep

Source | 2014/10/19 | | Permalink

Ko Tae-yong

How do designers prepare for Seoul Fashion Week (SFW) up to three days before a show?

Ko Tae-yong, 33, the man behind fashion label Beyond Closet, says no matter how experienced they are, most designers will stay up late at night right up to the day before their latest looks take to the runway.

"I do four shows a year", said Ko. "As soon as I finish the Fall/Winter Seoul collection, I prepare for the New York Spring/Summer collection. Then I prepare for the Spring/Summer Seoul collection and then Fall/Winter New York again"...More

Lotte Group's aquarium is Seoul's biggest

Source | 2014/10/19 | | Permalink

Lotte Group opened an aquarium yesterday in its new tower in Jamsil District, southern Seoul. It is now the largest marine observatory in Korea's capital.

The Lotte World Aquarium houses approximately 55,000 sea creatures from 650 different species. And to stand out from the others in the country, Lotte has brought in three Beluga whales, a breed of white mammal found in the Arctic...More

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