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Jeju National Museum exhibits rare mother-of-pearl lacquerware

Source | 2014/04/27 | | Permalink

For time immemorial, people have been making all kinds of ornaments using the natural resources they find around them. Among the many materials regarded as special and precious have been pearled seashells, recognized for their beautiful gleam. People would cut the shells into various shapes and sizes and embed them into craftworks. These were called najeonchilgi, nacre lacquerware or simply mother-of-pearl. Each country and era had its own shape and design for these beautiful handicrafts.

Recently, the Jeju National Museum has opened a special exhibit that brings nacre lacquerware into the light. Held as part of a special exhibition that introduces Korea's national treasures, "The Art of the Shimmering Light, Traditional Korean Lacquerware" (unofficial translation) focuses only on lacquerware produced during the Joseon era (1392-1910) and used at the royal palaces...More

Chuncheon beckons for recreation in spring

Source | 2014/04/26 | | Permalink

Rail bikes are the perfect way to see all that Chuncheon has to offer. By Ahn Sung-sik

Chuncheon in Gangwon is aptly named for its ties to spring. Chun means spring in Chinese, and the city is the only one in the nation with the Chinese character in its name.

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Those who went to college in Seoul in the 1980s and 1990s are bound to have fond memories of Chuncheon. It was a popular place to take a date and a destination for rowdy college initiation trips called MT, which stands for members training. The place is a rite of passage for most, but when the Gyeongchun line was upgraded in 2010, the Gangchon train closed down...More

Best 10 walking trails of Korea

Source | 2014/04/26 | | Permalink

With warm weather and beautiful sunshine, the season for walking has overtaken the peninsula.

For those who are looking for a place where you can enjoy hiking and day walks while appreciating nature and the surrounding scenery, the Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) has recently published a list of its ten best walking trails in the country. The selected routes are further subcategorized into either "easy" or "normal" courses.

Daejeonsa Temple is located on the slopes of Juwangsan Mountain in Cheongsong-gun County, Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province). The walking trail along the Juwang Valley begins at this temple...More

'The Fatal Encounter' deathly boring

Source | 2014/04/24 | | Permalink

Hyeon Bin as King Jeongjo and Han Ji-min as step-grandmother Queen Jeongsun make an odd pair in "The Fatal Encounter". Provided by Lotte Entertainment

Back on the big screen as a ripped king of Joseon, Hyeon Bin may have been a little bit too ambitious with "The Fatal Encounter".

Playing the 22nd Joseon monarch Jeongjo (1752-1800), Hyeon tries to hone in on action, drama and history in an intricate plot that depicts the 24 hours leading up to an attempted assassination...More's list of must-see films 1 : Pieta

Source | 2014/04/19 | | Permalink

When do you think movies were first introduced to Korea?

The debate is still ongoing, but it is reasonably fair to say that regular public screenings of movies existed in major cities by 1903, even though somewhat sporadically. At that time, people were very curious about this new thing called a "movie". Indeed, "the pictures are moving all by themselves", people exclaimed.

By around 1910, the first cinema was built, in one of the most Japanese-concentrated neighborhoods of Seoul, or Gyeongseong as it was then called. In 1912, the Wumigwan Cinema in Jongno-gu began screening movies regularly. Until the 1920s, however, the movies screened at Wumigwan were mostly foreign fair, from Hollywood and Europe. Finally in 1919, the movie "Fight for Justice", or "Uilijeog guto", was released, the first Joseon film, marking the meaningful birth of the Korean film industry...More

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