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Contemporary art drives Hyundai Motor

Source | 2014/11/01 | | Permalink

"Aubade III" by Korean artist Lee Bul is currently at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul as part of the first "MMCA Hyundai Motor Series" exhibition, a 10-year program sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company to promote local artists in their 50s. [NEWSIS]

Since the French word "mecenat", which means art patronage, suddenly became a buzzword in Korea around 20 years ago, corporate sponsorship of culture in the nation has rapidly increased, becoming more diverse as a result. The Korea JoongAng Daily is launching a series that profiles each major company's ongoing cultural activities.

A large-scale installation currently hangs from the ceiling of a room at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA)'s central Seoul branch. The work, "Aubade III" by artist Lee Bul, is inspired by monuments and vehicles of the early 20th century such as the Hindenburg airship. At regular intervals it becomes surrounded by fog while its LED lights flicker...More

Singapore Korea Festival, enthralled by 'Soul Mate'

Source | 2014/11/01 | | Permalink

Every loving couple worldwide cherishes the same kinds of feelings for each other, whether they are from the East, the West, the past, the future or even from a different country.

A man and a woman are joined by fate as husband and wife. Nannies continue to bring in babies wrapped in blankets, shouting out, "It's a boy", or, "It's a girl", representing grandchildren. Then, several dozen children take to the stage and the theater resonates with bursts of laughter and applause from the audience...More

Korean literature in English: 'The General's Beard'

Source | 2014/11/01 | | Permalink

The first novella penned by Lee Oyoung, who has had a successful literary career as a critic, novelist and poet, was "The General's Beard".

It is a detective story that is made complex by the presence of quotations from a novel written by a young man in the story, Kim Chol-hun...More

Countryside offers bounty of organic produce, cultural immersion

Source | 2014/11/01 | | Permalink

Interested in organic farming and/or getting your hands dirty while exploring rural Korea? Ever want to practice your Korean far from the curious ears and eyes of urbanites? World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms Korea ( offers 64 such chances through farms, temples and guesthouses in all nine provinces. WWOOF ( started in the UK in 1971. The South Korean branch opened in 1997, and the organization now has offices in over 60 nations.

Kayleigh Burgess an American colleague blazed my WWOOF trail while interning in Seoul this summer. She paid the required W50,000 registration fee, contacted six listed hosts, received two invitations and opted to work at Nanumteo, a samulnori retreat/organic farm (WWOOF Host # CN 105) in Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province). She explained that while the alternative soil institute offer sounded fascinating, she preferred staying with a family since she was traveling solo...More

Hanbok Day brings new styles

Source | 2014/11/01 | | Permalink

Various Hanbok outfits are showcased at a fashion show on October 25.

From traditional to modern designs, Seoul Station has been indulged in the beauty of Hanbok, traditional Korean attire.

A ceremony and related events were held at Culture Station Seoul 284, the old Seoul Station building, on October 25 where people were able to enjoy the beauty of various Hanbok designs.

The gathering was held on the theme, "Blooming of Hanbok: From must-wear to wanna wear". About 100 people, including representatives from Hanbok related organizations, attended the ceremony. Ceremony attendees included Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism Kim Jongdeok and Director of Korea Craft & Design Foundation Choi Jeongcheol...More

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