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[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2017/05/28 | 318 views | Permalink

A recent survey shows Korea's arts and culture to be its biggest positives, North Korea to allowed its athletes to attend the Winter Games in 2018, opera singer Sumi Jo named honorary ambassador for Pyeongchang 2018, and do young Koreans have time for religion?

"Culture and Arts Are South Korea's 'Biggest Strength', International Students Say"

According to a recent survey that probed 751 students from 46 countries, South Korea's biggest strength is its arts and culture. "Through this survey, we found foreign nationals have great interest and love for many aspects of South Korean society", said the director of International Education, Jo Hyun-yong. The country's traditional culture, its alphabet, and Hallyu (the 'Korean Wave') were specifically mentioned.

...READ ON THE KOREA BIZWIRE

"NORTH KOREAN ATHLETES ALLOWED TO CROSS DEMILITARIZED ZONE TO SOUTH KOREA WINTER OLYMPICS IN PEACE GESTURE"

The DPRK will allow its athletes to attending the Winter Games that will take place in South Korea next year. The decision comes during politically trying times and has been viewed as a significant peace gesture by the parties involved. "Symbolically, to maintain peace in the Korean peninsula, their [North Korean athletes'] participation is very important, and for the success of the Olympic Games", said Hee-Beom Lee, the organising committee chief.

...READ ON NEWS WEEK

"Korean opera star named Pyeongchang 2018 ambassador"

Pyeongchang 2018 has recently announced its honorary ambassador for the upcoming Winter Games. The committee appointed the 54-year old opera singer Sumi Jo, a Seoul University and Sun Hwa Arts School graduate well known as a talented coloratura soprano. "To have the chance to help celebrate and promote Korean music, culture and sport to the world through the Games is a huge honour".

...READ ON INSIDER THE GAMES

"Why young South Koreans are turning away from religion"

Are young South Koreans becoming less religious? In this article on Al Ja Zeera, Steven Borowiec, a journalist based in Seoul, investigates why more and more young folk are turning away from organized religion in Korea. "Experts say that young South Koreans are too wrapped up in a demanding education system and job market to spend much time on religious activities".

...READ ON AL JA ZEERA

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