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Koreans take part in more cultural events, study says

Source | 2014/12/20 | | Permalink

Seven out of 10 Koreans attended cultural or artistic events at least once in 2014, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said yesterday.

Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 12, the ministry and the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute surveyed 10,000 Koreans aged 15 and older. The survey, one of the major and most costly studies conducted by the ministry, has been held biennially since 2003. According to the survey, 71.3 percent of Koreans participated in cultural or artistic activities such as watching movies, attending an art exhibition or taking part in a literary session. The figure has risen from 69.6 percent in 2012...More

CrossFit mixes yoga, dance music in one-off workout

Source | 2014/12/20 | | Permalink

CrossFit Sentinel hosts "Midnight Flow" on Dec. 26 at IFC Mall in Yeouido, western Seoul, where people can dance, work out and mingle. Provided by the brand

Do you want to party but worry about skipping out on your exercise regime? You won't need to choose between the two for at least one day with a workout that's bound to get your body moving...More

Three ballet theaters welcome X-mas with 'Nutcracker'

Source | 2014/12/20 | | Permalink

Three versions of "The Nutcracker" are coming soon to the stage. Each ballet production has, at first glance, some similarities, but upon closer inspection are subtly different.

With Christmas just around the corner, three ballet companies -- the Korean National Ballet, Universal Ballet and the Seoul Ballet Theatre -- will showcase their own productions of the beloved holiday story...More

Two year-end movies to warm your heart

Source | 2014/12/20 | | Permalink

The year end is just around the corner. Two recently released heart-wrenching movies are being recommended for the season. The two movies share one thing in common, that both are documentaries based on the daily lives of real people.

The first is "My Love, Don't Cross That River", a story revolving around an old couple that has been together for as long as 76 years. The other is "The Hospice (목숨)". It deals with patients in a hospice preparing for their final moments in life. It's long been believed in both the box office and among movie-goers that documentaries can rarely succeed. These two films, however, have broken those perceptions and are on a steady rise.

"My Love, Don't Cross That River" tells the story of an old couple who have loved each other for their whole lives. The protagonists are husband Jo Byung-man, 98, and wife Kang Kye-yeol, 89. Wherever they go, the couple wears Hanbok in matching colors and walks with hands tightly clasped...More

Enjoy the Seoul winter skating, sledding

Source | 2014/12/20 | | Permalink

As a cold snap descends over the whole city of Seoul, the biting cold wind keeps many people indoors, bundled up, avoiding the outside.

For those who are looking for something exciting to do, however, and wish to fully enjoy the season, there are two options available in the city that they can enjoy with their family, friends and loved ones.

People skate on the ice rink opened in December last year at Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall, giving them a respite from the forest of buildings...More

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