News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/rss/rss_news.htm?lang=e&id=Cu 15The latest news from home and abroad, with a close eye on Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula in particular en <![CDATA[Historical Books Registered as National Treasures]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=134123 Complete books of South Korea's oldest surviving history texts have been designated as national treasures. The Cultural Heritage Administration said Wednesday that two 'Samguk Sagi' books designated were designated as National Treasures Number 322-1 and Number 322-2, respectively.  The two artifacts ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:10:24 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=134123
<![CDATA[Park Chan-wook's 'The Handmaiden' Wins Best Foreign Film at BAFTA]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=134033 South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook's erotic thriller "The Handmaiden" won the best foreign language film award at the 71st British Academy Film Awards on Sunday.  The Korean movie was selected as the winner at the Royal Albert Hall in London among five nominees including "Elle" by Paul Verhoeven and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:21:05 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=134033
<![CDATA[PyeongChang Olympic Torch Arrives in Host Province]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=133330 The torch for the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, that arrived in the nation from Greece on November first, has finally arrived in its host province.   After 82 days of circulating the country, the Olympic torch on Sunday finally arrived in the northern province of Gangwon. Starting with Cheorwon ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:15:39 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=133330
<![CDATA['Along With the Gods' Tops 12 Million in Ticket Sales]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=133065 The South Korean fantasy blockbuster "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" has surpassed 12 million in ticket sales, becoming the first movie to reach the milestone this year.  According to the film’s distributor Lotte Entertainment, the film's ticket sales topped 12 million on Thursday, 23 days after ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:44:11 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=133065
<![CDATA[Satisfaction of Korean Food Over 80% Among Foreigners Abroad]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132969 A new survey finds that the level of satisfaction of Korean food stood at some 80 percent among foreigners living abroad.   The Korean Food Promotion Institute surveyed six-thousand foreigners in ten major cities around the world aged between 20 and 59 online between September 29th and October 20th of last ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:31:40 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132969
<![CDATA['Along With Gods' Tops 10 Million in Attendance]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132878 The South Korean fantasy blockbuster "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" has surpassed ten million in ticket sales, becoming the first movie this year to reach the milestone.  According to the film’s distributor Lotte Entertainment, the film sold ten million and 198 tickets as of midnight ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:22:41 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132878
<![CDATA[Survey: Figure Skater Kim Yu-na is No.1 Role Model Among Elementary Students]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132776 A new survey finds that figure skating champion Kim Yu-na is the top role model among elementary school students. Korea Educational Broadcasting System, or EBS, and a mobile contents platform for elementary school students 'School Jam' asked two-thousand-17 elementary students between November ninth and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:56:53 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132776
<![CDATA[S. Korean Movies Likely Take up Majority Share for 7th Year]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132646 The market share of South Korean movies hit 50 percent, thanks to major films released this month. ​ ​According to the data compiled by the Korean Film Council on Sunday, local movies recorded a 50 percent share as of Saturday. ​ ​Fantasy blockbuster "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" has ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 24 Dec 2017 14:06:04 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132646
<![CDATA[Bucheon Animation Festival Becomes Official Partner of AMPAS]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132639 Short films that win the top prize at South Korea's Bucheon International Animation Festival will be nominated for the American Oscars from next year.

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 23 Dec 2017 14:25:37 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132639
<![CDATA[Faith Groups Issue New Year Messages ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132636 Religious leaders have offered wishes for solidarity in their messages ahead of the new year.

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 23 Dec 2017 13:55:05 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132636
<![CDATA[Funeral Held for SHINee's Jonghyun]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132576 Family members, friends and K-pop fans bade their farewells at a funeral for singer Kim Jonghyun of K-pop group SHINee.  The funeral service was held at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Asan Hospital in Seoul with the singer's family, friends and performers from the group's agency SM Entertainment in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:16:08 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132576
<![CDATA[Jonghyun's Suicide Note Made Public]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132518 Anchor: A suicide note written by Kim Jong-hyun of K-pop group SHINee has been revealed a day after he was found dead. Police said Tuesday that no autopsy would be performed.  Our Bae Joo-yon has more. Report: The suicide note left by Kim Jong-hyun, widely known as Jonghyun, was disclosed on Tuesday. It ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:47:01 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132518
<![CDATA[Nobel Laureate French Writer Publishes New Novel Set in Seoul]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132430 A French writer who won a Nobel prize in literature in 2008 has published a new novel set in Seoul.  Jean Marie Gustave Le Clezio said on Thursday in a news conference in Seoul that his new novel "Bitna: Under the Sky of Seoul" contains diverse stories of Seoulites that he witnessed and heard ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:02:20 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132430
<![CDATA[Most Googled Search Word This Year is Japanese Movie 'Your Name']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132414 The most googled search word by South Koreans this year is the Japanese animated film "Your Name."  That's according to Google Korea, which announced the top search terms for 2017 Thursday. "Your Name," directed by Makoto Shinkai, was Japan's biggest-ever box office draw for a Japanese animation ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:57:46 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132414
<![CDATA[Korean Proficiency Test Takers Top 2 Million]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132399 The cumulative number of people who took the Korean proficiency test has surpassed two million since the test was introduced in 1997. <br />

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:03:47 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132399
<![CDATA[Roh Moo-hyun Picked to Be No. 1 Literature Lover among S. Korean Presidents]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132362 A survey of South Korean readers has named late President Roh Moo-hyun as the biggest literature aficionado of all South Korean presidents.

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:51:39 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132362
<![CDATA[Annual Movie Ticket Sales Top 200 Million for Fifth Year]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132302 The accumulated number of moviegoers has surpassed the 200-million mark for the fifth consecutive year this year. According to the Korean Film Council on Sunday, the number of moviegoers stood at 200 million, 367-thousand-700 as of Saturday, topping the landmark figure for the fifth straight year. The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:03:32 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132302
<![CDATA[Bong Joon-ho Receives Top Director's Cut Award for "Okja"]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132255 Bong Joon-ho has been named director of the year by his fellow South Korean directors for his action adventure film “Okja.” The Directors Guild of Korea(DGK) handed its top award to Bong on Thursday during the annual Director’s Cut Awards in Seoul. It marks the fourth time for the 48-year-old ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:16:31 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132255
<![CDATA[Sales of Vitamin Smoke Sticks to Youths Banned from Next Week]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132238 The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said Thursday that vitamin inhalers which are consumed in a similar way as smoking a cigarette will be designated as a harmful item to youths from December eleventh.

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:39:31 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132238
<![CDATA[UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee Begins 6-Day Talks on Jeju Island]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132143 A UNESCO committee on preserving intangible cultural heritage opened its 12th round of discussions on South Korea's Jeju Island on Monday.   South Korea's Cultural Heritage Administration(CHA) said that the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage will be held for ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:09:11 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132143
<![CDATA[BTS Performs on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132111 South Korean boy band BTS has appeared on another U.S. late night talk show, further cementing its growing popularity in the West. During the latest episode of "The Late Late Show with James Corden" on CBS, which aired Friday, Korea time, the seven-member group performed the title track of its new album ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:54:29 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132111
<![CDATA[BTS Performs at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132074 South Korean boy band BTS has performed for the popular U.S. late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The seven-member group performed two songs in its debut stage at the show, including “Mic Drop,” sending the one-thousand-member audience, filled with their fans, into a frenzy.   The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:10:11 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=132074
<![CDATA[22-Year-Old S. Korean Composer Wins Swiss Composition Award]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131994 South Korean composer Choi Jae-hyuck has won first place in the 72nd Concours de Genève in Switzerland.

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:59:01 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131994
<![CDATA[Psy's Hit Single 'Gangnam Style' Surpasses 3 Bln Views on YouTube]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131960 Five years after Psy's Gangnam Style took the Internet by storm, the music video for the smash hit reached three billion views on Youtube on Sunday morning. That's the highest view count for any Korean singer in history.    Since its release in July 2012, the catchy song has swept up a number of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:52:53 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131960
<![CDATA[Kim Min-hee Wins Best Actress Prize at Gijón Int'l Film Festival]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131958 Kim Min-hee has won the best actress award at the 55th Gijón International Film Festival.   The event’s organizers said Monday that Kim received the AISGE Award for Best Actress on Saturday for her acting in the film “On the Beach at Night Alone.”   The film, directed by Hong Sang-soo, depicts ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:38:42 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131958
<![CDATA['A Taxi Driver' Wins Best Picture at Blue Dragon Film Awards]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131942 The South Korean movie "A Taxi Driver" won best picture at the 38th annual Blue Dragon Film Awards, one of the two major film honors in South Korea. The movie on the country's May 18th democracy movement grabbed best film and best actor awards during the ceremony held at Kyunghee University in eastern ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 26 Nov 2017 12:31:57 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131942
<![CDATA[S. Korean Boy Band BTS Added to Guinness World Records ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131850 South Korean boy band BTS has been added to this year’s Guinness World Records for having the world’s most Twitter engagements for a male music group.

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:00:34 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131850
<![CDATA[TOPIK to be Conducted in 72 Countries Next Year]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131747 The Test of Proficiency in Korean, or TOPIK, will be administered in 223 regions in 72 countries next year.   South Korea’s National Institute for International Education said Friday that the exams will be conducted five times in April, May, July, October and November.   Out of the five exams, the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:57:45 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131747
<![CDATA[Kimchi Making Culture Becomes Intangible Cultural Asset]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131667 The culture of making kimchi has been recognized as an intangible cultural asset.

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:23:30 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131667
<![CDATA[Boy Band BTS to Appear on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131496 South Korean boy band BTS will appear on the popular U.S. late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this month. The band's agency BigHit Entertainment said on Wednesday that all seven members will perform in a prerecording of the show while they visit Los Angeles for the 2017 American Music Awards to be ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:41:08 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=131496