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Scholars' Village gives a Confucian education

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

An aerial view of the Scholars' Village, also known as Seonbichon, in Yeongju, North Gyeongsang. Provided by the Korea Tourism Organization

YEONGJU, North Gyeongsang - To learn about how traditional Korean seonbi, or scholars, attempted to live by Confucian teachings, visit Yeongju.

The city houses Sosu Seowon, the country's first Confucian academy, which specializes in recreating the everyday lives of historical scholars...More

2NE1 declines festival invites

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

Girl group 2NE1 said yesterday that the group would not take part in any end-of-year music festival, even though it released its second studio album in February and stayed on top of many music charts with the title track from the album earlier this year.

"It is an honor for a musician to be invited to a music festival, but we politely declined all the offers because we think it is time for [2NE1] to keep a low profile", said an official from YG Entertainment...More

Shin Hae-chul seriously ill

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

Musician Shin Hae-chul is in serious condition after suffering from cardiac arrest on Wednesday. According to his agency, KCA Entertainment, he is in need of further medical care.

According to Asan Medical Center, where Shin is in the intensive care unit, the 46-year-old could not communicate with his family or medical staff and was unable to breathe by himself as of 3:30 p.m. yesterday...More

Show me the way to the next whisky bar

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

A bartender takes an order from a customer in Vault +82, one of the most popular bars specializing in single-malt whisky in Seoul. By Park Sang-moon

With the rise of single-malt whisky in Seoul comes another trend: the speakeasy. While the abundance of bars and restaurants in the city suggests that using a distinct sign to stand out is crucial to attract patrons, certain establishments are going without, relying on a sense of intrigue and word of mouth to lure people in.

These bars tend to focus on single-malt whisky, a more expensive type of alcohol made with malted grains from one distillery. The high-end establishments pride themselves on stocking a variety of brands that cater to customers' needs, such as whiskies that come from prestigious distilleries in Scotland or Japan and those that have matured for more than two decades...More

Recovered relics

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

A pair of gilt-bronze shoes, far left, from Korea's Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. to 600 A.D.) have been found at a 1,500-year-old tomb in Naju, South Jeolla, the Cultural Heritage Administration announced yesterday. The pair is the most well-preserved gilt-bronze shoes from ancient Korea, with dragon-inspired imagery still intact on the toes of one shoe. Besides the footwear, Korean archaeologists have uncovered a host of rare relics such as gold accessories, jade, pottery, arrows and a harness, among other items (left middle and bottom pictures) at the Jeongchon tomb (top left) since early this year...More

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