<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Culture]]> 15 en <![CDATA[ASEAN Cultural Event Launches Tuesday in S. Korea]]> A major cultural event will be held in four South Korean cities from Tuesday to mark next month's special summit between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) in Busan. The “ASEAN Culture Roadshow-Viva ASEAN” event will feature performances by the Best of ASEAN Performing ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:54:13 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Entertainers, Fans Mourn Death of Sulli]]> Anchor: Music artists, actors and fans in South Korea and abroad are mourning the death of singer-actor Sulli, who was found dead in an apparent suicide. As entertainment events are being cancelled, there are increasing suspicions that cyberbullying may have contributed to her death. Celina Yoon has ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:12:51 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[New K-Pop Group SuperM Ranks No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart]]> A new K-pop group called SuperM has ranked atop Billboard's 200 albums chart following the U.S. release of the group's first mini-album. Billboard said in a preliminary announcement on Sunday that SuperM's "The 1st Mini Album," released via SM/Capitol Records on October fourth, topped the chart in the week ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:16:28 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Changwon K-pop World Festival Draws Record Competition]]> The Changwon K-pop World Festival took place on Friday in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province.  In its ninth edition, the K-pop world fest staged some 60 finalists from 13 countries in the main round. The finalists went through a cutthroat preliminary at a 490 to one record competition ratio among ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:32:38 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[21st Bucheon Int'l Animation Festival to Open Oct. 18]]> The 21st Bucheon International Animation Festival will open October 18 for a five-day run.  A total of 166 animated films from 38 countries will be screened in seven theaters in the city of Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, some 25 kilometers southwest of Seoul.   The opening film selected for this year is ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:14:58 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Seoul City Government to Host First K-Pop Festival Next Week]]> Seoul will host its first K-pop festival next week as part of a multi-year plan to make the South Korean capital a global music hub. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said on Tuesday that the First Seoul Music Festival(SMUF) will take place from September 28 to October sixth at Gwanghwamun Plaza in the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:50:02 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[August Audience Figures for Korean Films Lowest in 7 Years]]> Audience numbers for South Korean movies recorded a seven-year low for the month of August. According to a report by the Korean Film Council released Saturday, Korean films drew 18 million moviegoers last month, down by four-point-two million from the same period last year. It's the first time in seven ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:26:06 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Environment Minister Criticizes Ex-Japanese Counterpart over Fukushima Water]]> Environment Minister Cho Myung-rae has criticized comments by his former Japanese counterpart regarding Tokyo's possible discharge of radioactive water into the ocean. Writing on social media on Friday, Cho said he read a media report citing Japan's former Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's remark that ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 14 Sep 2019 13:57:15 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[California Designates October 9th as 'Hangul Day']]> The California State Legislature on Monday unanimously passed a bill designating “Hangul Day” as a way of recognizing the Korean American community’s contribution to the state.  According to State Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva on Wednesday, resolution ACR 109 designates October ninth as a day ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:13:57 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korea Plans to Foster Confucian Academies to Become Leading National Brand]]> South Korea plans to foster major relics of ancient Confucian academies into the country’s representative cultural heritage brand.  The Cultural Heritage Administration(CHA) announced the plans on Thursday at an event in Seoul aimed to celebrate the UNESCO’s recognition of nine Confucian academics, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:18:31 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[DMZ Peace Concert to Open Next Month]]> A concert will be held early next month near the Military Demarcation Line(MDL) to mark the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Pyongyang Joint Declaration.  The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization announced on Tuesday that they will hold the DMZ Peace Concert ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 27 Aug 2019 14:22:51 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korea Selects 'Parasite' As Its Oscar Contender]]> South Korea has selected "Parasite" by director Bong Joon-ho as its contender for the best international feature film category at the 92nd Academy Awards. The Korean Film Council(KOFIC) said on Thursday that its juries picked the highly-acclaimed film out of eight candidates following deliberation and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:32:45 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS Nominated for 5 Titles at 2019 MTV Video Music Awards]]> K-pop super group BTS is in the running for five prizes at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.  The organizers on Monday put BTS on a shortlist of candidates in the 'Best Group' category. Earlier, the seven-member boy band was nominated for four other awards, including 'Best ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:52:18 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Isadora's Children' Wins Best Director Award at Swiss Film Festival]]> "Isadora’s Children," a film co-produced by South Korean and French moviemakers, won the award for best director at the 72nd Locarno International Film Festival held from August seven to 17. Directed by France’s Damien Manivel, the film depicts four women presenting Isadora Duncan's dance piece "Mother" ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:49:25 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Comfort Women' Statue Unveiled on Seoul's Namsan Mountain]]> A new statue has been erected near the former site of a Japanese imperial shrine on Seoul's Namsan Mountain to commemorate victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery. Marking the International Memorial Day for Comfort Women on Wednesday, which was designated by the Moon Jae-in administration ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:54:49 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Civic Group Promotes New York State's Guidance on East Sea]]> A South Korean civic group has started a campaign to promote the U.S. state of New York's guidance for public schools to refer to the body of water between the Korea Peninsula and Japan as both the "East Sea" and "Sea of Japan." The Voluntary Agency Network of Korea(VANK), a civic group that ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:28:26 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Gov't Ceremony to be Held Wed. to Remember Victims of Wartime Sexual Slavery]]> A government-organized ceremony marking the Memorial Day for Victims of Japanese Forces' Wartime Sexual Slavery will be held on Wednesday. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said Tuesday that the ceremony, the second of its kind, will be held at the Kim Koo Museum and Library in Seoul’s ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:33:58 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Upgraded Version of DMZ Tour Train on Test Operation]]> An upgraded version of the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) tourist train started test operations with plans for its official launch on September 1. According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea Tourism Organization and and Korail Tourism Development on Tuesday, the new the DMZ tourist train is ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:13:19 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS Wins 4 Awards from US Teen Choice Awards ]]> K-pop super group BTS has bagged four awards from a prestigious popular culture awards show in the United States. According to the group’s management agency, Bit Hit Entertainment, BTS won the most awards out of all the nominees for the Teen Choice Awards 2019 held in Los Angeles on Sunday.  They ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Aug 2019 18:15:42 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korea Selects 20 Industrial Tourism Sites]]> The South Korean government selected 20 industrial tourism sites where visitors can look into the economy, diverse businesses and the industrial development of the country.  According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization on Monday, the list was prepared for ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Aug 2019 12:03:34 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Joseon Era Throne Hall to Open to Public for First Time]]> The inside of Geunjeongjeon, the main throne hall of Seoul's Gyeongbok Palace, will soon be open to the public for the first time.  The Cultural Heritage Administration announced on Wednesday that the interior of Geunjeongjeon, which is listed as national treasure No. 223, will be open to the public for a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 07 Aug 2019 11:55:18 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Parasite' Draws More than 10 Mln Moviegoers]]> The South Korean film “Parasite,” directed by Bong Joon-ho and winner of this year’s Cannes Film Festival top Palme d'Or prize, has attracted more than ten million domestic moviegoers.  According to data from the Korean Film Council on Monday, the dark comedy-thriller surpassed the threshold as of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:11:34 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS Makes Time's Most Influential Online Figures List for 3rd Consecutive Year]]> South Korean boy band BTS has been selected as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential figures on the internet for the third consecutive year.  The list announced on Tuesday also includes U.S. President Donald Trump, the British royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and American singer Ariana ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:54:35 +0900 Culture
<![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