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Mini Buddhist statuette retains an air of mystery

Source | 2015/05/23 | | Permalink

This tiny statuette is one of the two gold Buddha images - the other being the standing Buddha designated as National Treasure No. 80 - discovered at a Buddhist shrine excavated from the Three-Story Stone Pagoda at Hwangbok Temple site in Gyeongju (National Treasure No. 37) when it was demolished and rebuilt in 1934.

According to an inscription engraved at the site, a gold Amitabha statuette was put in it in 706, leading some historians to believe that this is that Amitabha...More

Chunhyang festival champions women

Source | 2015/05/23 | | Permalink

Left: One of the highlights at this year's Chunhyang Festival is the new stage with the scenic Gwanghallu Pavilion as its backdrop. Top right: As usual, a beauty pageant to find the year's Miss Chunhyang will take place. Bottom right: There will also be a gugak (traditional music) competition, as has been the custom for many years. Provided by the organizer

Most traditional ancestral rituals in Korea revolve around men.

But there are two notable ceremonies that are exclusively for women...More

Top vlogger shares tips on making it big

Source | 2015/05/23 | | Permalink

Yang Ji-young has formed the unusual habit of filming every trivial incident that happens in her daily life.

But because of her goofy and lighthearted personality, even making ramen or feeding her dog becomes worth watching, and this is proven by the fact that she easily attracts more than 200,000 views for each of the homemade videos she uploads to her YouTube channel...More

North demands to host liberation event

Source | 2015/05/23 | | Permalink

Pyongyang is demanding to host the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule on Aug. 15 this year, claiming that Seoul is trying to hold the event exclusively in the South despite previously agreeing that it would be held in the North.

"The North and South agreed last March that in order to bring a breakthrough in inter-Korean relations, a commemoration for the June 15 joint declaration be held in Seoul and the Aug. 15 liberation be held in Pyongyang", said the North's Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration in a statement published by the North's state-run media Korean Central News Agency on Saturday...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 3

2015/05/22 | | Permalink

It would appear that "Orange Marmalade" has decided to take the more sensible route of having one normal-length episode instead of airing two somewhat shorter ones air right after the other. Well, good. The last two episodes only had about one episode worth of plot anyway, and this episode moves along quite zippily. By the end the particulars of the romance are clearly established, as well as countless other important, intriguing plot points...More

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