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Amateurs on the rise in arts industry

Source | 2014/11/23 | | Permalink

Members of amateur acting group Silgeuk pose. [JoongAng Ilbo]

As the music died down at Naru Culture and Arts Center earlier this month in Gwangjin District, eastern Seoul, a spotlight fell on one performer.

"I think I have always been concerned about how others would see me", said the woman on stage.

"I was living a life in which I could never relax because I believed that making myself look good for others was the right way to live life for my own sake"...More

Hotel Event

Source | 2014/11/23 | | Permalink

JW Marriott Hotel Seoul

Oct. 31: Bar Rouge at JW Marriott Hotel Seoul plans to celebrate Halloween this year with its "Lovely Witch" party. Featuring a DJ playing electronic music and a selection of Halloween cocktails courtesy of the bar's own mixologists, the event is the ideal way to celebrate the spookiest festival of the year. The bar will be decorated with pumpkins and spiderwebs, creating a truly ghostly atmosphere, while guests will be offered welcome drinks upon admission. JW Marriott staff will dress up in various ghoulish Halloween guises, while a range of fun activities such as a dressing-up event and casino games are set to spice things up further...More

Which axe is yours?: A tale of three axes teaches that honesty prevails

Source | 2014/11/23 | | Permalink

Once upon a time in a distant land, there lived an honest logger. His axe was not particularly valuable, for it was old, made of impure metal and was partly rusted, but it served its purpose well. On a regular day just like any other, the logger went up to the mountains and, after finding a nice spot next to a lake, began splitting logs.

A Serendipitous Day

The work must have been strenuous, for the diligent logger quickly tired. "Just a little while longer and I'll take a break", he thought, as his technique began to falter. Fatigue got the better of him, and the logger's hand slipped, sending his tool spiraling into the nearby pond...More

Korean literature in English - Poems of the Korean War

Source | 2014/11/23 | | Permalink

'Brother Enemy - Poems of the Korean War' Edited and translated by Suh Ji-Moon (White Pine Press)

A collection of poetry, "Brother Enemy - Poems of the Korean War", with entries spanning professional writers enlisted into the army through to common soldiers yet all writing about the Korean War, was translated and published in English in 2002.

Sometimes somber, morale-boosting or even showing compassion for the enemy, the poetry tells of the moments just before the war, its start and then its conclusion, all with different perspectives and writing styles...More

Tenor Lim Hyung-joo hosts celebratory concert

Source | 2014/11/23 | | Permalink

Tenor Lim Hyung-joo will host the "Finally & New Start" concert on November 26, the government's officially-declared "culture day" for the month, at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul.

His fifth album, "Finally", was launched in December 2013, his first in eight years. It drew huge amounts of attention, topping both the classical album sales charts and the total sales charts, proving the singer's 17-year long popularity...More

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