<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Culture]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Daegu's Chicken and Beer Festival to Attract Thousands]]> Thousands of foreign tourists are expected at a chicken and beer festival in the southeast city of Daegu this week.  According to city tourism authorities, some two-thousand visitors from Asia, Oceania, Europe and other parts of the world will participate in the festival between Wednesday and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:11:51 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Disney's 'Aladdin' Reaches 10 Million Ticket Sales]]> American musical fantasy film "Aladdin" by Walt Disney has drawn more than ten million viewers on Sunday. According to box-office figures from the Korean Film Council, the cumulative number of audience members watching the film was tallied at ten million and 20-thousand-967 as of 10 a.m. Sunday. The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 14 Jul 2019 12:28:26 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Korean Cultural Center in New York Features Korean Ink Art Exhibition]]> The Korean Cultural Center in New York announced Friday it is holding a special exhibition on Korean ink art titled "One Breath - Infinite Vision." It is taking place at Gallery Korea, located within the cultural center in Manhattan, through August 16th. The exhibition, organized by New York-based curator ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 13 Jul 2019 14:12:17 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Jeonju International Sori Festival to Kick off on Oct. 2]]> An annual music festival aimed at introducing Korea's music traditions will be held in the city of Jeonju in October.  The organizers of the Jeonju International Sori Festival unveiled details about this year’s event at a press conference on Thursday at the Sori Arts Center of Jeollabuk-do.  To be held ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 11 Jul 2019 18:01:39 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS Ties for 43rd on Forbes' 100 Highest Paid Entertainers List]]> Forbes magazine says BTS is the world's highest-paid boy band and K-pop act.  Forbes said on Wednesday that South Korean super group BTS made its debut tied at number 43 on its Celebrity 100 list of the world's highest-paid entertainers. It said the seven-member crew took home 57 million ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 11 Jul 2019 17:04:43 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Japanese Beer Sales Plunge Due Likely to Boycott]]> Sales of Japanese beer at large retail and convenient stores have sharply declined despite an increase in overall beer sales. The drop is likely due to a growing campaign to boycott Japanese products in the wake of Tokyo's retaliatory export restrictions against Seoul. Retail giant E-mart said ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 08 Jul 2019 17:10:06 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Korean Confucian Academics Added to UNESCO World Heritage List]]> Nine Korean Confusion academics, or seowon, have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage List. The UN World Heritage Committee made the decision on Saturday in a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, recognizing the "outstanding universal value" of the academics. The nine academies include Sosu Seowon in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 07 Jul 2019 12:15:43 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Film Council: Tuesday Release of 'Spider-Man' is Regrettable]]> The Korean Film Council has criticized the Tuesday release of the latest Marvel film "Spider-Man: Far From Home" at local theaters. The council's fair environment coordination center issued a statement Friday and said the Tuesday release goes against the industry norm and commercial ethics. It ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 06 Jul 2019 13:20:59 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Dozens of S. Korean Films to Be Screened in Brussels ]]> More than 30 South Korean films will be screened at Belgium’s annual film festival set to kick off next week.  Korean Cultural Center Brussels announced on Friday that L’Heure D’ete, or The Summer Hour, has chosen South Korean films as the theme of its forthcoming edition to mark the 100th ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 05 Jul 2019 18:52:22 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Thai Nat'l Park Requests Probe into S. Korean TV Crew for Consuming Endangered Clams]]> Officials of a Thai national park have reportedly requested police to investigate a crew of a South Korean broadcaster for consuming giant clams that are endangered species.  According to the Bangkok Post on Friday, the chief of Hat Chao Mai National Park and the supervisor of Koh Kradan in southern ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 05 Jul 2019 15:18:21 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[International Korean Language Educators to Gather Next Week in Seoul]]> Korean language instructors and administrators from around the world will gather in Seoul next week to discuss how to teach the language and measures to spread its popularity.   The Education Foundation for Koreans Abroad announced a plan on Thursday to hold the 2019 International Conference of Korean ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 04 Jul 2019 18:33:04 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS' Three-track Album Tops Oricon Charts in Japan]]> The South Korean K-pop group BTS topped Japan's Oricon music charts with their three-track album released Wednesday. The Korean and Japanese language "Lights/Boy With Luv" topped Oricon's daily single chart on Thursday just a day after its release. The short album recorded over one-million ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 04 Jul 2019 12:34:39 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Hospital Renews Contract to Manage UAE Medical Center]]> Seoul National University(SNU) Hospital will continue to run a specialist hospital in the United Arab Emirates(UAE) for five more years.  The hospital said on Tuesday that it renewed a contract with the UAE Sheikh Khalifa Speciality Hospital(SKSH). The South Korean hospital has been managing the 248-bed ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 02 Jul 2019 17:46:21 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Actor Lee Min-ho to Promote King Sejong Institute for Korean Learners ]]> The government plans to designate South Korean actor Lee Min-ho as an ambassador to promote the state-run King Sejong Institute, or Sejonghakdang, which teaches Korean language and culture overseas. The culture ministry and the Seoul-based King Sejong Institute Foundation announced that they will hold a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 02 Jul 2019 14:45:41 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Park Yoo-chun Receives Suspended Sentence in Drug Use Case]]> A local court on Tuesday sentenced Park Yoo-chun, actor and former member of the K-pop group JYJ, to ten months in prison, suspended for two years, on drug use charges.  The Suwon District Court also put Park under probation, fined him one-point-four million won and ordered he receive drug treatment. In ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 02 Jul 2019 12:24:20 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS Again Tops Concert Ticket Sale Rankings]]> K-pop boy band BTS has again topped the concert revenue chart, selling over 50-thousand tickets on average in each of their recent stadium shows. According to rankings issued by Pollstar, a publication for the concert industry, BTS sold an average of 51-thousand-106 tickets in each of their shows held in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 29 Jun 2019 13:32:50 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS Ranks as Top Grossing Tour in May, Surpassing $50 Mn]]> K-pop boy band BTS has topped the monthly concert revenue list for the month of May, grossing over 50 million dollars.  Billboard announced Thursday citing figures from Billboard Boxscore that from only eight shows in four cities in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Sao Paolo, the South Korean ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 28 Jun 2019 16:54:25 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Baritone Wins Silver Medal at Int'l Tchaikovsky Competition]]> South Korean baritone Kim Gi-hoon has won a silver medal in the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition.  Kim achieved the honor on Thursday at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia after ranking second out of four male competitors in the voice category of the world-renowned competition. Also ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 28 Jun 2019 11:26:12 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[News of Song-Song Couple's Divorce Viewed 1.6 Bn Times on Weibo]]> News of the divorce of a top South Korean celebrity couple is drawing keen interest in China. Actors Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo were famous among Chinese fans as the "Song-Song" couple and news of their divorce trended online in China as the number one searched word from early Thursday. As of 2 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 27 Jun 2019 16:53:36 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Seoul Summer Sale 2019 to Be Held Throughout July ]]> Foreign tourists visiting Seoul next month will be able to enjoy discounts at many stores across the capital city.  According to the Seoul Tourism Foundation on Thursday, "Seoul Summer Sale 2019" will kick off next Monday and run through the end of July.  Around one-thousand-180 stores representing ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 27 Jun 2019 16:46:09 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Ex-YG CEO Questioned over Sex Favors Scandal]]> The former head of a major South Korean entertainment and media firm has been questioned by police on allegations that he provided sexual services to investors from Southeast Asia. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency called in former YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun-suk at 4 p.m. Wednesday and questioned him ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 27 Jun 2019 09:29:50 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korea to Speed Up Building 2nd Airport in Jeju]]> The South Korean government is looking to speed up a provisional project to build a second airport in Jeju by 2025.  The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport held a meeting at the government complex in Sejong City on Tuesday, where officials compiled detailed views from the ministry and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:38:12 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Foreign Tourists to S. Korea Up 20% in May ]]> The Korea Tourism Organization(KTO) has released data showing a 20 percent jump in the number of foreign tourists to South Korea in May compared to the same month last year. More than one-point-48 million foreigners visited Korea last month with Chinese tourists accounting for the largest group at over ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:54:40 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[More than Half of S. Koreans Positively Assess 'Moon Jae-in Care']]> A new survey shows that over 50 percent of the South Korean public positively evaluate the Moon Jae-in administration’s drive to extend national medical insurance coverage.  In the survey released on Wednesday by the National Health Insurance Service, 53-point-nine percent said the government is doing ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 19 Jun 2019 15:49:52 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Survey: 40% of S. Koreans Acquire News on YouTube]]> A survey shows that South Korea is among the countries with the highest dependence on YouTube as a source of news or current affairs-related knowledge.  Digital News Report 2019 released on Friday by the Korea Press Foundation showed that 40 percent of the South Koreans polled responded that they watched ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:03:59 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[U-20 World Cup Final to Be Cheered, Watched at Sangam Stadium]]> The World Cup Stadium in Seoul will be open over the weekend for those who want to cheer on the South Korean men's football team as it looks to secure its first-ever FIFA Under-20 World Cup championship.  According to the Korea Football Association and the Seoul Metropolitan Government, a joint cheering ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:15:39 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Asia's Largest Entertainment Theme Park to be Built in Korea by 2023]]> South Korea plans to build Asia’s largest entertainment industry-based theme park near the inter-Korean border. The government of Paju City in Gyeonggi Province and CJ ENM on Wednesday signed a deal to build CJ ENM Contents World in the northwestern city that borders the demilitarized zone that separates ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:57:13 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Event to Promote Korean Literature To Kick off Next Week]]> A five-day event will be held in southern Seoul to promote Korean literature beginning June 18th. The Culture Ministry said Tuesday it is hosting the 2019 Korean Literature Showcase together with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. Overseas publishers who are interested in the translation of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:41:53 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS Songs To Be Played During NASA's Next Lunar Journey]]> Three BTS songs will be played during NASA's next journey to the moon, scheduled to take place by 2024. NASA's Johnson Space Center said in its Twitter feed on Tuesday that three BTS songs -- "Moonchild," "Mikrokosmos" and "134340" -- will be added to a playlist for the six-day round trip journey. The U.S. ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 07 Jun 2019 11:46:50 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Culture Minister Vows Full Gov't Support for Nation's Gaming Sector]]> South Korea's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism has vowed full government support for the nation's gaming sector.  Park Yang-woo made the pledge Wednesday after touring an e-sports stadium in Seoul’s Jongno District.  He said gaming is a culture and leisure activity the entire ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 06 Jun 2019 14:06:10 +0900 Culture