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Ranch welcomes visitors to greener pastures

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

In the Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch, which opens Monday, children can run in the grass with sheep. By Ahn Sung-sik

In the highlands of Gangwon's Taebaek mountains there is a patch of farmland that has been closed off to the public for the past 40 years.

The area, which is three times the size of Yeouido, a 2.9-square-kilometer (1.1-square mile) island in Seoul, could previously only be viewed from a distance - until now. The Daegwallyeong pasture, a hilly pass that runs along the Korean Peninsula's eastern side, is part of Hanil Ranch, a farm owned by Hanil Cement. It will open to the public for the first time next month...More

Samsung, LG Unveil New Smartwatches

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

Samsung and LG both unveiled new smartwatches on Thursday. They are expected to be available in shops sometime in October.

The Samsung Gear S is an advance on the previous model by containing its own mobile communications chip. Its predecessors need to be hooked up to a smartphone to make calls or exchange texts, but the Gear S can carry out the functions independently...More

'Yi Sun-sin is my teacher': admiral comes to life on comic book pages

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

The cover of Onrie Kompan's graphic novel about Admiral Yi. In total, 33,000 copies of the constituent comic books have been sold in the U.S. (image courtesy of Onrie Kompan)

"People must understand that nothing is impossible. When you put your mind to something, you can achieve anything. Yi Sun-sin is a living testament to this belief".

So said Onrie Kompan, a 31-year-old U.S. comic book creator living in Chicago. He made the four-volume comic book miniseries "Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender" about the life of Admiral Yi, as he was impressed with the military man's story after watching a TV historical drama "The Immortal Yi Soon Shin" about the admiral when he was in college...More

Incheon games to show 'One Asia with Korean beauty'

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

Director Im Kwon-taek (left) explains his concepts for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Incheon Asian Games 2014 at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, on August 27.

"We will present a festival where all can enjoy, with sympathy and harmony", said Im Kwon-taek, one of Korea's top filmmakers, who will supervise and produce both the opening and closing ceremonies.
Director Im was speaking during a press conference held at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, on August 27.

"We have seen large-scale ceremonies for international sporting events hosted by superpowers. With the Incheon Asian Games ceremonies, however, we will differentiate from that model by putting on a gala with wit, humor and ideas which all Asian countries can enjoy", he added...More

Admiral Yi Sun-sin fever sweeps North America

Source | 2014/08/30 | | Permalink

The smash hit "The Admiral: Roaring Currents", a movie that has been watched by more than 1.5 million people in less than one month since its opening on July 30, has struck a chord with moviegoers across North America.

The official English-language poster of the film "The Admiral: Roaring Currents". (photo courtesy of CJ Entertainment)

The film opened in 30 major North American markets on August 15, including Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, New Jersey and Virginia. It has since hit a record high, becoming the highest-grossing Korean domestic movie ever in the region...More

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