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Asian Games torch lights up Seoul

Source | 2014/09/21 | | Permalink

One of the torch bearers runs along Sejongdae-ro with Gwanghwamun as a backdrop, in Seoul on September 16.

The torch for the Incheon Asian Games 2014 arrived in Seoul on September 16, three days ahead of the games' opening ceremony. The torch relay crossed 17 Korean provinces and cities and was finally handed over to film director Lee Min-yong, the first bearer in Seoul, at Sinchon Railway Station...More

Korea-Japan festival brings neighbors closer

Source | 2014/09/21 | | Permalink

Already geographical neighbors, Korea and Japan have now gotten much closer with a big festival that took place in Seoul on September 14.

The fair was launched in 2005, designated as the year of Korea-Japan friendship in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two modern countries in 1965. This year's event, the Korea-Japan Festival 2014 in Seoul, brought together many people, showcasing a variety of musical performances, dances, fashion parades and product samples...More

King Suro: Gaya founder was also a pioneer of multiculturalism

Source | 2014/09/21 | | Permalink

In Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do, there lies the royal tomb of King Suro, the first king of Gaya. Whether the tomb is really occupied by King Suro's corpse remains a matter of debate in academic circles, as there's a question of whether he actually existed. Whether fact or fiction, from what's stated in the Samgungnyusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms), King Suro is indeed a historical figure who played a significant role in Korea's history.

The oldest reference that allows us to trace the history of King Suro and the Gaya Kingdom is the "Garakgukgi" in Samgungnyusa. "Garakgukgi" was written by a writer who was dispatched to Gimhae, which was at that time known as Geumgwan, when King Munjong ruled the Goryeo Dynasty (918–1392). The story was then summarized by a monk and was rewritten in Samgungnyusa...More

Asian cuisine attracts people to Incheon

Source | 2014/09/21 | | Permalink

A food festival is attracting everyone to Incheon, as the city is offering the rare opportunity for people to enjoy delicious cuisines from across Asia, all in one place.

The Incheon Asian Games 2014 Organizing Committee will host the Asian Food Festival from September 19 to October 4 during the Incheon Asian Games. The festival will feature leading chefs from ten participating countries: Korea, China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Iran, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan. The invited chefs will introduce popular dishes from their home countries and give cooking demonstrations. The chefs will showcase as many as 50 kinds of menu items during the festival...More

Korea Maritime Silk Road Expedition begins journey

Source | 2014/09/21 | | Permalink

The Silk Road, the series of trade and cultural transmission routes that snaked its way across the Asian continent, played a critical role in linking East and West in ancient times. Along that route, not only trade items, such as silk and porcelain, were exchanged, but people carried political, economic and cultural thoughts, as well.

In recent years, there has been an effort to revive the ancient transmission route and to re-start the cross-cultural interaction.

Accepting the baton from last year's land route team, the Korea Maritime Silk Road Expedition began its journey on September 16 in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province)...More

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