<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Culture]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Renowned Writer Choi In-hun Dies of Cancer]]> Renowned South Korean novelist Choi In-hun has died at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer.  Choi passed away at a hospital in Gyeonggi Province on Monday morning. He had been receiving treatment after being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in March. His funeral will be organized and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:17:20 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138029
<![CDATA[K-pop Competition Rocks Brazil ]]> K-pop is taking root in the pop culture scene in Brazil. This year’s iteration of an annual K-pop competition took place in downtown Sao Paulo on Friday evening. The event saw 71 teams from across Brazil take part in the preliminary rounds, with 16 teams, eleven dance and five vocal teams, making ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 21 Jul 2018 14:00:25 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138002
<![CDATA[KORAIL Launches Travel Packages for 7 UNESCO-designated Buddhist Temples]]> The Korea Railroad Corporation(KORAIL) has developed train tour packages for seven Buddhist mountain temples that were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list last month.  KORAIL unveiled on Friday the packages where travelers can visit the temples as well as nearby tourist attractions.  The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:59:08 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137972
<![CDATA[Seoul to Seek to Add Candlelight Protests to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register]]> The Seoul Metropolitan Government will seek to include massive candlelight protests held in the capital in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.  On Thursday, the city government said that it has put up a notice to select experts who will produce a detailed strategy to achieve the goal.  The city said ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:15:15 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137963
<![CDATA[KBS Remains Most Influential Broadcaster with 28% Viewership Rate ]]> The Korean Broadcasting System(KBS) has retained its top position in viewership ratings.   According to the Korea Communications Commission, KBS led 270 other broadcasters in viewership share in 2017, receiving 27-point-89 percent.  It marks the third year in a row KBS was atop the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:34:26 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137929
<![CDATA[S. Korean Novelist Receives Shirley Jackson Award]]> A South Korean novelist has won the Shirley Jackson Award, a renowned American prize given to the best horror and suspense stories.  The Literature Translation Institute of Korea said on Tuesday that “The Hole” by Pyon Hye-young was named the winner of the prestigious prize on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:10:54 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137919
<![CDATA[Survey: 6 of 10 S. Koreans Support Equal Gender Representation at Parliament]]> A new survey shows six out of ten South Koreans support equal gender representation at the National Assembly.  The Korean Institute for Gender Equality Promotion and Education said on Tuesday that 62-point-three percent of respondents to a recent nationwide poll would support legislation that raises ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:36:59 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137895
<![CDATA[World Championships of Magic Wraps up in Busan]]> The curtain has closed on the World Championships of Magic in Busan.  The organizing committee for the Busan International Magic Festival said on Monday that around 200-thousand people attended the two-week-long event that wrapped up on Sunday with a closing gala show for the World Championships of Magic ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:44:52 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137863
<![CDATA[Boryeong Mud Festival Opens]]> The Boryeong Mud Festival, one of the most popular festivals in Korea, opened at Daecheon Beach on the west coast Friday.  This year's event, which runs until July 22nd, features some 60 activities and events, including perennial favorites such as mud slides, an air bounce and mud baths, as well as ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:54:51 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137801
<![CDATA[Record No. of Foreigners Arrived to Study in S. Korea in 2017]]> A record number of foreigners came to study in South Korea last year. Statistics Korea issued a report on Thursday which showed that 58-thousand foreigners arrived in the country last year for academic purposes, the highest figure since related data began to be compiled.  Of the total, thirty-thousand ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:48:32 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137778
<![CDATA[Vietnam Film Festival to Kick off in Seoul Next Week]]> The Korean Film Council has announced it will hold a second Vietnamese film festival in Seoul next week.  The Vietnam Film Days in Korea event will be held at Lotte Cinema’s World Tower branch for two days from Wednesday of next week. This follows the inaugural event held last year to commemorate the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:15:12 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137749
<![CDATA[9 N. Korean Films to Be Screened at Bucheon Film Festival]]> Several North Korean movies will be screened at a South Korean film festival that kicks off this week.  The organizers of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival said on Tuesday that it received a grant from the government for the public screening of nine North Korean films.  The films, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 10 Jul 2018 18:52:24 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137719
<![CDATA[13th Busan Int'l Kids and Youth Film Festival to Open Wed.]]> The 13th Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival will kick off on Wednesday for a seven-day run.  The event will open with the Iranian film, “The End of Dreams” at the Busan Cinema Center. A total of 175 films from a record 55 countries will be screened at this year’s event, which aims ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:50:52 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137662
<![CDATA[K-Pop Group BlackPink Breaks Korean Record for Highest YouTube Views in 24 Hours]]> K-pop girl group BlackPink has set a new record for the highest ever 24-hour YouTube debut for a Korean music video. YG Entertainment said on Friday that the music video for Ddu-Du Ddu-Du, the title track for BlackPink's first mini album SQUARE UP, was viewed more than 36-point-2 million times in the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 07 Jul 2018 12:56:49 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137637
<![CDATA[Fourth Hangeul Idea Awards to be Held]]> The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Friday that it will host the fourth Hangeul Idea Awards to discover new values of the Korean alphabet.   Comprising of three sections, content, IT and design, the competition is open to anyone with bright ideas to develop new products based on hangeul, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 06 Jul 2018 13:41:32 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137614
<![CDATA[Activist Calls on Adidas Not to Use Japan’s Rising Sun Flag in PR Video]]> South Korean activist Seo Kyoung-duk says that he has sent a complaint to Adidas about its use of Japan’s Rising Sun flag in a promotional video for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Seo, a professor at Sungshin Women’s University, also said that he requested the multinational sportswear company to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:34:10 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137515
<![CDATA[Seven S. Korean Buddhist Temples Added to UNESCO World Heritage List]]> Seven Buddhist mountain temples in South Korea have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The World Heritage Committee on Saturday announced the unanimous decision during its 42nd session in Manama, Bahrain, recognizing the temples as a universal cultural heritage. The seven temples belong to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 01 Jul 2018 12:00:08 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137462
<![CDATA[S. Korean Film Professionals Invited to Join Academy of Motion Picture Arts]]> Thirteen South Korean actors and directors have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Among the new inductees revealed on Tuesday are actors Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, and director Lee Chang-dong. This year, a record 928 film professionals from 59 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:43:21 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137370
<![CDATA[Mercer: Seoul Fifth Most Expensive City for Expats]]> A new survey says Seoul is the fifth most expensive city for foreigners to live in, up one notch from last year.   U.S.-based consulting firm Mercer revealed the findings for 2018 on Tuesday. Mercer determines the annual rankings based on the prices of around 200 benchmark goods and services including ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 27 Jun 2018 17:00:06 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137366
<![CDATA[Hwang Sok-yong Receives 2018 Emile Guimet Prize ]]> Renowned South Korean writer Hwang Sok-yong has been awarded the Emile Guimet Prize for Asian Literature.  The Guimet Museum of Asian Art in France announced on Monday that Hwang won the prize for his novel “At Dusk.”  Inaugurated last year, the Emile Guimet Prize honors some of the finest works by ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:45:58 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137334
<![CDATA[Oldest Stone Pagoda in Country Restored after 20 Years]]> A seventh-century Baekje-era stone pagoda at the UNESCO-registered Mireuksa Temple site in Iksan, North Jeolla Province has been restored after 20 years of repair work. The National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage unveiled the renovated Mireuksaji stone pagoda on Wednesday.  The institute took on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:00:27 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137172
<![CDATA[Seoul to Limit Visiting Hours for Bukchon Hanok Village]]> The Seoul city government plans to limit tourist visiting hours for the Bukchon Hanok Village, a popular tourist destination in downtown Seoul. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, tourists will now be asked to visit one of Korea's most popular tourist spots between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:37:59 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=137062
<![CDATA[Summit Working Lunch Menu Blend of Eastern, Western Cuisines]]> The menu at the working luncheon between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday was a blend of American, Korean and Singaporean cuisines. According to the White House, the attendees were served prawn cocktail with avocado salad, a Southeast Asian-flavored green mango ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:54:20 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=136955
<![CDATA[BTS Grateful that Pres. Moon Mentioned its Fan Club]]> K-pop sensation BTS appeared on a KBS TV show aired Friday and thanked President Moon Jae-in for his message congratulating the boy band on their album topping the Billboard 200 Chart. Appearing on KBS' Entertainment Weekly, BTS said they were completely stunned by the president's message. The group's ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 09 Jun 2018 14:38:20 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=136893
<![CDATA[Festival Printemps Coréen Opens in Nantes, France]]> The Festival Printemps Coréen, also known as the Korean Spring Festival, will be held in the western French city of Nantes until Thursday. In its sixth year, the festival is themed on Korean cinema and will feature recent South Korean films that have a focus on stories of Korean women. Films such as ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 09 Jun 2018 14:07:30 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=136891
<![CDATA[S. Korean Ballerina Wins Best Female Dancer at Prestigious Award]]> A South Korean ballerina has won the best female dancer prize at one of the ballet world's most prestigious awards.  Park Sae-eun who is a "premier dancer," the second-highest tier at the Paris Opera Ballet, grabbed the honor at the Benois de la Danse awards ceremony held in Moscow on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:38:32 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=136815
<![CDATA[Keywords in Best Sellers for 1H 'Women's Feelings', 'Defending One's Rights']]> The two main keywords related to best sellers in Korea's bookstores during the first half of the year were "women's feelings" and "defending one's rights".  According to a tally by the country's two major bookstore chains, the Number One best seller in the year's first half was ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:43:43 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=136798
<![CDATA[Han Kang, Kim Ae-ran Nominated for German Literary Award]]> South Korean female writers Han Kang and Kim Ae-ran have been nominated for a literary award given by a German organization. Litprom, which honors works by female writers from Asia, Africa and South America through its Liberaturpreis prize, announced eight candidates for this year's award, including Han's ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 30 May 2018 13:33:29 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=136631
<![CDATA[BTS Enters Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart]]> BTS landed at tenth on the Hot 100 chart released on Tuesday, becoming the first K-pop group to enter the top ten on the chart.  The highly competitive Billboard Hot 100 chart ranks the most popular music in the United States based on radio plays, album sales and streaming activity data.  The only ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 30 May 2018 08:16:56 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=136621
<![CDATA[BTS Becomes First Korean Artist to Have Album Topping Billboard 200 Chart]]> Anchor: Boy band BTS has earned itself a place in K-pop history. Members of the K-pop group have become the first Korean artists to have their album topping the Billboard 200 chart. Choi You Sun has this report. Report: The seven-member K-pop group BTS' latest third album, "Love Yourself: Tear" ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 28 May 2018 13:56:37 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=136563