Arario Group Chairman Ci Kim, an art collector and artist himself, poses in his studio in Cheonan, South Chungcheong. By Moon So-young
CHEONAN, South Chungcheong - It is a busy year for Arario, one of Korea's leading commercial galleries. Tomorrow, it will open a new Seoul branch, relocating from Cheongdam-dong in the city's south to the art zone east of Gyeongbok Palace in the city's center. It also plans to open a new Chinese branch in Shanghai in May.
In addition, the gallery is working on creating an art museum out of the historical complex by Changdeok Palace that used to be occupied by Space architectural firm, with the goal of opening it in September. It will be Arario's first art museum purely for exhibition and research, not for dealing art. The gallery will also open several museums around the southern island of Jeju in October, made from old buildings...More
JTBC has released an annual campaign song, "Colorful", which features Tae-yeon of Girls' Generation.
In the video clip for the song, JTBC depicts the importance of taking a different perspective in everyday lives, under the catchphrase "The world becomes more colorful if we celebrate the difference in us"...More
Fine-particle dust is increasingly becoming an early sign of spring in Korea, as the nation has been blanketed by pollution. [JoongAng Ilbo]
Budding flowers, yellow dust and a sudden, short spell of cold weather often herald spring in Korea. But these days, one more item should be added to the list: fine-particle dust.
Seoul and other cities across the nation have been hit hard this winter by fine particulates called PM2.5, meaning particles 2.5 microns in diameter or smaller. Since PM2.5 particles are small enough to pass through the membrane lining the lungs and enter the bloodstream, Korea's health-related ministries, such as the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, have been advising people stay inside and wear face masks whenever they go out...More
Readers at Samcheong Forest Library, which was formerly a store in Samcheong Park. It was transformed into a small library as part of Jongno District Office's "Lovely Library" project. By Oh Jong-tack
Things have not been looking good for books for a while. Paperback books, once ubiquitous, have become replaced by digital gadgets, and visits to local libraries have given way to movies, Internet cafes and other noisy diversions.
But for fans of the written word, all is not lost. Several extraordinary libraries have recently opened across Seoul. These new libraries are not the huge, dreary boxes of the past, but instead are being reborn in a variety of sizes, designs and specialties...More
As the chilly winter begins to wane, warm weather and a balmy breeze are slowly showing up across the country.
As everything from the frozen water to the snow-laden trees begins to thaw and slowly comes alive, people are more eager to take advantage of a spring getaway with their family, friends or loved ones.
It would surely be tantalizing for the travelers if there were a chance for them to view the whole range of tourist destinations at a single glance and, at the same time, to sample the range of spectacles available at their disposal and to sample the number of delicacies there for them to taste. That would definitely be the way to go when planning a successful spring trip...More
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