Traditional shoes wear thin, but last hwahyejang carries on 2012/06/09, Source,
Hwang Hae-bong, 60, makes traditional leather shoes with floral decorations. By Kwon Hyeok-jae
In "Wedding Shoes" by Kim Yong-ik (1920-95), a short story that ran in Harper's Bazaar in 1956, the protagonist is bewildered as he watches a hwahyejang, or shoemaker, craft traditional footwear. He describes the hammering of silver nails into leather soles and the bright, colorful silks that are glued onto the sides. The story about the son of a butcher who falls in love with the daughter of a leather shoemaker was later translated into Korean with the title "Ggotsin" ("Floral Shoes") and became a widely read and talked about piece on the peninsula,...More
Indie album hopes to set the record straight 2012/04/10, Source, Songs spell out artists' everyday lives for fans
Lee Bong-su, Lee Sung-bae and Kim Min-gyu, heads of three indie music labels in Seoul, brought 27 local bands together to create the "Seoul Seoul Seoul" compilation album. By Kwon Hyeok-jae
For 27 local indie bands, life in Seoul isn't too hard to define. It's what they sing about: from music parties in Itaewon to pretty ladies walking the streets of Hongdae. But some leaders of the genre came to realize recently that music fans might not know what the indie scene here is really about, and so have set out on a project to set the record straight, with music, of course,...More
The next K-pop sensation... could be you 2011/09/13, Source, Public ravenous for stars from their midst as reality TV shows saturate market
Kim Yong-bum, chief producer of "Superstar K3", said the popularity of eliminator TV shows here is a welcome development, but one that makes his job more pressurized. By Kwon Hyeok-jae
After the third episode of Mnet's reality show "Superstar K3" aired on Aug. 26, online portals were brimming with postings trying to guess the secret of one of its contestants, American Chris Golightly.
During the preliminary rounds of the eliminator show, which promises to produce Korea's next singing star, clips from Golightly's past were shown from his time as a contestant on another show, "American Idol",...More
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