<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Culture]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Culture, Art Events Attendance Surpass 80%]]> South Koreans' attendance rate at cultural and art events has surpassed 80 percent for the first time.  According to a survey released by the Culture Ministry and the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute, the rate of public attendance at cultural and art events rose to 81-point-five percent ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:41:27 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Comedy Film 'Extreme Job' Draws 12 Million Viewers]]> South Korean comedy "Extreme Job" has drawn more than 12 million viewers, getting a step closer to become the Korean box-office's No. 1 comedy film ever. According to box-office figures from the Korean Film Council, the film attracted 770-thousand in attendance on Saturday alone, bringing the cumulative ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 10 Feb 2019 12:42:07 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Extreme Job' Becomes First Movie of 2019 to Top 10 Mln in Moviegoers]]> South Korean comedy "Extreme Job" has become the first movie of 2019 to see ticket sales top ten million, drawing more than five million moviegoers during the five-day lunar New Year holiday.  According to box-office figures from the Korean Film Council and CJ Entertainment on Thursday, the film attracted ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 07 Feb 2019 11:34:01 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS to Attend Grammys as Award Presenters]]> K-pop boy group BTS are set to attend the Grammys as presenters.  Its management Bit Hit Entertainment confirmed on Tuesday that BTS will appear at the 61st Grammy Awards, set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.  BTS is also nominated this year for Best Recording Package for ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 05 Feb 2019 13:54:40 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[2 out of 3 Southeast Asians Watch Korean Broadcast Contents]]> A survey shows that about two out of three citizens of five Southeast Asian nations have watched South Korean broadcast contents with a particular preference of Korean dramas. The Korea Communications Commission and the Korea Information Society Development Institute surveyed two thousand people residing ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:25:32 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Korean Comedy Film 'Extreme Job' Draws 3 Million Viewers on 5th Day]]> South Korean comedy film "Extreme Job" has surpassed three million in ticket sales on the fifth day of its release.  According to box-office figures from the Korean Film Council on Monday, the film topped two million in attendance on Saturday and the cumulative ticket sales came to three-point-12 million ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 28 Jan 2019 11:08:06 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[2018 Sees Sharpest Increase in No. of Japanese Tourists in 9 Yrs]]> The number of Japanese tourists to South Korea increased at the fastest rate in nine years in 2018, even as conflicts over historical issues continue between the two governments. According to data from Statistics Korea, over two-point-nine million Japanese people visited South Korea last year, up ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 26 Jan 2019 12:34:45 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Film Festival Promoting Inter-Korean Peace to Take Place in Pyeongchang]]> An international film festival to promote world peace and unity will take place in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province this summer, the host county of last year's Winter Olympics. Provincial officials said Thursday that the 2019 Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival will be held from August 16th to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:03:08 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Annual Snow Festival to Open in Daegwallyeong]]> The annual Daegwallyeong Snow Festival in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province is set to open on Friday for ten days.  Held on top of the region's highlands 700 meters above sea level, one of the festival's highlights will be a 70-meter-long sledding hill and an ice slide for children. On Saturday, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:34:18 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Nine Foreigners Selected to Promote Jeonju's Culture, Tourism Programs]]> Nine foreigners residing in South Korea have been selected to spend a month at the Jeonju Hanok Village in North Jeolla Province to promote the city's rich culture and diverse tourism programs. Those selected by Chonbuk National University and the King Sejong Institute Foundation can communicate in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:52:20 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Film to be Turned into American TV Series]]> “The Villainess” is set to become an American TV series, marking a first for a South Korean movie.  Contents Panda, which is the overseas sales company of the film’s distributor, Next Entertainment World, said Tuesday that it clinched a partnership deal on producing the series with U.S. ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:27:47 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Korean Children's Song 'Baby Shark' Ranks 32nd on Billboard Hot 100 Chart]]> The Korean megahit children's song, "Baby Shark," has ranked on a Billboard chart.  [Sound bite: Baby Shark - Pinkfong]  The two-minute song released in 2015 by South Korean educational brand Pinkfong placed 32nd on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated January 12th. K-pop singer Psy's ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 11 Jan 2019 15:13:50 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Burning' Wins Best Foreign Language Film Award in France]]> South Korean director Lee Chang-dong's sixth feature "Burning" won the Best Foreign Language Film Award from the Club Media Cine earlier this week. Pine House Film, the production company of the film, said Friday that the mystery drama received the French award on Wednesday.  Adapted from Japanese author ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:31:30 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Jang Damgeugi' Designated National Intangible Cultural Asset]]> The process of using fermented beans to make soy sauce or soybean paste has been designated as a national intangible cultural asset. The Cultural Heritage Administration said Wednesday that the process known as "jang damgeugi" in Korean is the country's second culinary tradition to be designated an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:42:31 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Steven Yeun Wins Best Supporting Actor Prize for his Role in 'Burning']]> Korean-American actor Steven Yeun has won the U.S.-based National Society of Film Critics’ best supporting actor award.  Yeun won the award for his role in Korean director Lee Chang-dong's mystery drama "Burning." An adaptation of the short story "Barn Burning" by Japanese author Haruki ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:07:32 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Teens Spend 2 Hours Daily on Online Broadcasts]]> A survey finds that South Korean teenagers spend two hours a day watching online broadcasts streamed by individual creators, with YouTube being the most popular platform. The Korea Communications Standards Commission on Sunday released the results of a survey on over one thousand teenagers aged between 13 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 06 Jan 2019 14:00:25 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Billboard Cover Featuring BTS Vies for ASME Best Cover Award]]> A cover for Billboard magazine featuring South Korea’s boy band BTS is among the candidates in the running for the American Society of Magazine Editors'(ASME) annual best cover award.  The society on Thursday unveiled a total of 229 candidates on Facebook, including covers for famous current ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:30:23 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Terrestrial Broadcasters, SK to Launch Online Video Contents Service]]> South Korea's three terrestrial broadcasters and a leading mobile carrier have agreed to launch a local online video contents service. KBS, MBC and SBS signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday with SK Telecom to set up the over-the-top(OTT) service by June.   The two sides will launch the service ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:12:28 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[CCTV Reviews BTS as Among Global Sensations in 2018]]> A Chinese state-run television broadcaster has shed light on BTS as a global sensation, praising the K-pop boy group's positive influence on young people across the world.  In its World Weekly segment aired on Tuesday, China Central Television(CCTV) reviewed major issues in the global music ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 02 Jan 2019 17:08:42 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Wealth and Abundance Expected in the 'Year of the Golden Pig']]> Anchor: Two-thousand-nineteen is the “Year of the Golden Pig” according to the Chinese zodiac. As with many other Asian cultures, Koreans believe that the new year will be a prosperous one because both pig and gold signify wealth and abundance.  Lee Bo-kyung has this report. Report: According to the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Seoullo 7017, Busan's Marine City Added to Top 100 Representative Destinations]]> Seoul’s elevated road, Seoullo 7017, and Busan’s Marine City, which boasts beautiful nighttime scenery, have been included on a list of top 100 must-visit destinations that represent South Korea.  The Korea Tourism Organization(KTO) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism revealed the “Top ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 31 Dec 2018 10:50:01 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Eleven Selected for Year-End Bell-Ringing Ceremony]]> The Seoul city government has invited eleven people to participate in its annual bell-ringing ceremony to usher in the new year in downtown Seoul. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Friday that the head of Ajou University Hospital's regional trauma center Lee Cook-jong is among the eleven to join ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 28 Dec 2018 15:48:18 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Drummer Jeon Tae-kwan Dies of Cancer]]> Drummer Jeon Tae-kwan of the duo Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter died of cancer on Thursday, aged 56.  The band’s other member, Kim Jong-jin, unveiled on his blog on Friday that Jeon died on Thursday night after losing a six-year fight to renal cancer.   Jeon began his music career in 1986 as a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:55:35 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Speech by Independent Activist Confirmed For First Time]]> A 1919 speech by Kim Kyu-sik, the head of the Paris branch of Korea's provisional government, has been confirmed for the first time.  A Korean historian in Paris on Sunday, said he found an article by French daily La Lanterne, which reported on Kim's speech denouncing Western powers' ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Dec 2018 13:41:03 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Survey: Foreigners Want to Try Live Octopus Most out of Unique Korean Dishes]]> A new survey finds that the most unique Korean dish that foreigners want to try is “sannakji,” or live octopus.  The Korea Tourism Organization said Monday that last month it surveyed 944 foreigners and found that 26 percent of respondents were most interested in sannakji followed by “ganjang ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Dec 2018 11:49:48 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Bonghwa Santa Village Opens for Winter]]> A Santa Claus village in Bonghwa County, North Gyeongsang Province opened for the season on Saturday. This well known winter tourist destination will run through February 17th. Visitors to the Santa village can enjoy many Santa-themed activities such as train, carriage and rail bike rides.  This ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 22 Dec 2018 13:22:40 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink to Open Friday]]> The iconic ice rink in front of Seoul City Hall is set to open on Friday, starting at five p.m.  The Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink will operate through February tenth, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.  The admission fee of one-thousand won will be waived on opening day. Thereafter, people ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 21 Dec 2018 11:42:00 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Changgyeong Palace to be Open During Night Hours All Year Round]]> Starting from the first day of next year, Seoul's Changgyeong Palace will be open during night hours all year round.  The Cultural Heritage Administration announced on Tuesday that the popular tourist attraction, which was first built in 1483 as a residence for queens, will be open from nine a.m. to nine ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 18 Dec 2018 14:44:49 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Music Video of TWICE 'Yes or Yes' Attracts 100 Mln Views on YouTube]]> South Korea’s girl-group TWICE has once again garnered 100 million views on YouTube.  The nine-member group’s management agency, JYP Entertainment, said the music video of “Yes or Yes,” the title track of the group’s mini album released last month, surpassed that number Friday ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:35:44 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Burning' Wins LA Film Critics Association's Best Foreign Language Film Award]]> South Korean movie "Burning" has been picked as the best foreign language film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The film directed by Lee Chang-dong was one of two Best Foreign Language Films announced by the association. The other winner was the Japanese drama "Shoplifters." Earlier, the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 11 Dec 2018 09:12:09 +0900 Culture