<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Culture]]> 15 en <![CDATA[S. Korean Documentary 'In the Absence' on Sewol Sinking Nominated for Oscar]]> The South Korean documentary "In the Absence" on the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster has been nominated for an Academy Award. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday unveiled its final list of nominations for this year's Oscars, naming the Korean film as a nominee for best documentary short ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:50:49 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Parasite' Makes History, Earns 6 Oscar Nominations]]> Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" has been nominated for six Academy Awards, becoming the first South Korean film to compete at the U.S. film event.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday unveiled its final list of nominations for this year's Oscars. "Parasite" was nominated for ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:30:36 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Parasite' Wins Top Awards from Georgia Film Critics Association]]> The South Korean film "Parasite" has swept the top awards from the Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA) in the United States.   Bong Joon-ho's film, which recently won the country's first Golden Globe award, took home four awards from the association on Saturday – Best Picture, Best ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:22:00 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Composer Wins Top Honor at Berlin Art Prize ]]> Germany-based South Korean composer Pagh Young-hi has won the top honor in the 2020 Berlin Art Prize (Berliner Kunstpreis) granted by the city's Academy of Arts.   She is the first ever Asian recipient and the first female winner for music in the award's history.    The prize has six ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 11 Jan 2020 14:14:33 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Special Law Enacted on Preservation of UNESCO Heritage Sites]]> A legal foundation has been established to better preserve and oversee UNESCO world heritage sites in South Korea. The Cultural Heritage Administration said on Friday that a special law on the preservation, management and use of world heritage sites was passed in parliament on Thursday. The special ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:47:16 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Film 'Parasite' Likely to be Made into HBO Series]]> Director Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" is likely to be made into an HBO series.  CJ ENM, which invested in and distributed the film, announced on Friday that though it has yet to sign a final contract, it virtually agreed with the American premium cable and satellite television network to make “Parasite” ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:50:01 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Private High Schools to File Court Petition over Gov't Abolition Plan]]> Foreign language and private high schools nationwide have begun taking steps to oppose the government's plan to convert them into regular high schools. A defense team representing private foreign language high schools on Monday visited the government complex in Sejong city and submitted a letter of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:47:48 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Bong's 'Parasite' Bags 1st Golden Globe for S. Korea]]> Anchor: Director Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" has won a Golden Globe award. After receiving South Korea's first Golden Globe for best foreign language film, Bong said he never expected such popularity in the U.S., but many believe the top-tier Academy Award contender may also bring home an Oscar. Our Moon ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:01:50 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Parasite' Wins Best Picture Award from US' National Society of Film Critics]]> The South Korean film "Parasite" continues to rack up awards in America.  The National Society of Film Critics named Bong Joon-ho's latest the best film of 2019 at an awards ceremony on Saturday.  The film took the top prize with 44 votes, defeating "Little Women" and "Once Upon a Time in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 06 Jan 2020 09:00:57 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Koreans Continue to Refrain from Trips to Japan]]> Major South Korean travel agencies have reported sharp decreases in demand for trips to Japan last month amid South Koreans’ continuing boycott of Japanese products and services in protest of Japan’s trade restrictions on their country.  Hana Tour said on Thursday that demand for its tour packages to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 02 Jan 2020 19:01:46 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[CNN Says BTS One of 10 Most Influential Music Acts of 2010s]]> Global K-pop sensation BTS was named one of CNN's ten most influential artists who transformed music in the 2010s. On its website on Tuesday, CNN listed ten music acts who "reinvented their genres and themselves to earn impressive influence and staying power." Recognizing BTS' contribution to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:54:30 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Folk Art Festival Begins in Central Seoul]]> A cultural festival in honor of Korean folk art master Zo Za-yong is under way in central Seoul. The 7th Daegal Cultural Festival organized by Gahoe Museum features exhibitions of diverse Korean folk paintings in the Insa-dong area in Jongro from Wednesday through Sunday.  A traditional performance is ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 01 Jan 2020 00:08:04 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Welcoming 2020: S. Koreans Believe 'Year of the Rat' to Bring Prosperity, Opportunity]]> Anchor: The year 2020 has begun in South Korea with the first sunrise of the year at 7:46 on this Wednesday in Seoul. It is the Year of the Rat, according to the Chinese zodiac. Many Koreans and others in Asia believe 2020 will bring prosperity, hope and new opportunities. In our first story, Arius Derr has ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 01 Jan 2020 00:08:00 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[No. of Annual Moviegoers Tops 220 Mln to Hit Record in 2019]]> The annual number of audiences at South Korean movie theaters surpassed 220 million to hit a record high this year.   According to data by the Korean Film Council on Sunday, the cumulative number of viewers from January first to December 28th came to 224-point-63 million.   If the pace continues into ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 29 Dec 2019 14:10:26 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Pyeongchang Trout Festival Kicks off Saturday]]> The Pyeongchang Trout Festival, in its 13th year, opened on Saturday in the Odae Stream area in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. This year, the leading winter festival in South Korea has ice fishing holes, snow sleigh sites, rest areas and eateries on a 90-thousand square meter venue for visitors to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 28 Dec 2019 14:23:55 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[New Year Sunrise Event to Take Place at Namsan Park]]> An event to welcome the first sunrise of 2020 will take place at Namsan Park in central Seoul. Seoul Metropolitan Government said on Friday that it is inviting the public to take part in the event starting at 7:00 a.m. next Wednesday to wish for good health and well-being in the upcoming "Year of the Rat" ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 27 Dec 2019 11:25:06 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Churches Hold Christmas Services Across Nation]]> Christians across the nation held services and masses Wednesday to celebrate Christmas.   Catholics held a Christmas mass at Myeongdong Cathedral in downtown Seoul at midnight Tuesday.   Presiding over the mass, Archbishop of Seoul Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung urged people to spread love even with people ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 25 Dec 2019 14:05:26 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS' 'I Need U' Music Video Generates Over 200 Million YouTube Views]]> Global K-pop sensation BTS' music video for their 2015 track "I Need U" has generated more than 200 million YouTube views. According to the group's management agency Big Hit Entertainment on Tuesday, the music video for "I Need U" surpassed 200 million views as of 8:35 p.m. on Monday, Korea time. The track ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 24 Dec 2019 11:10:20 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS Tops KBS World Radio's Singer of Year List for 4th Yr in Row]]> BTS have retained their position as the world’s most beloved K-pop singers for the fourth consecutive year.  KBS World Radio on Thursday announced the result of its annual K-pop fan survey reflecting the views of thousands of its listeners from around the world.  The seven-member boy band has ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Dec 2019 17:57:32 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Film "Parasite" Scoops up More Awards in North America]]> Anchor: The South Korean film "Parasite" continues to rack up awards in North America, most recently earning three on Monday from the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle, including best director. Attention is being drawn to whether the film will continue to win at the upcoming Golden Globe and the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 Dec 2019 11:48:03 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Parasite' Wins 3 Awards from San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle]]> The South Korean film "Parasite" continues to rack up awards in North America. The San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle on Monday announced their 2019 award winners, naming Bong Joon-ho as the best director for his black comedy thriller.  "Parasite" also topped the best foreign film and best ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 17 Dec 2019 08:56:15 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Parasite' Wins Top Awards from Chicago Film Critics Association]]> The South Korean film "Parasite" collected four awards at this year's Chicago Film Critics Association Awards(CFCA), tied for most of any single film. The CFCA announced Saturday that Bong Joon-ho's black comedy thriller won the awards for best picture and best director. "Parasite" also topped the best ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 16 Dec 2019 10:34:32 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Twice's 'Heart Shaker' MV Tops 300 Million YouTube Views]]> The music video for "Heart Shaker” by K-pop girl group Twice has exceeded more than 300 million views on YouTube.  JYP Entertainment, the group’s management agency, announced the accomplishment Tuesday. “Heart Shaker” is the title song of the group’s repackaged album “Merry & Happy,” which ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:07:22 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Parasite' Nominated for Three Golden Globes]]> The South Korean film "Parasite" has been nominated for best director, best script and best foreign film at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for next month's award show on Monday. Director Bong Joon-ho joins Martin Scorsese, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:35:18 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Parasite' Wins Top Awards from LA Film Critics Association]]> The South Korean film "Parasite" has been chosen as the best picture of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Bong Joon-ho's black comedy thriller took the awards for best picture and director, beating out Martin Scorsese's crime epic “The Irishman” in both categories. Actor ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 09 Dec 2019 10:42:28 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Frozen 2' to Top 10 Million Viewers Saturday]]> The Disney animated film "Frozen 2" is expected to surpass ten million in attendance on Saturday, on the 17th day of its release.  According to box-office tally from the Korean Film Council, the sequel to Disney's mega-hit "Frozen" marked over nine-point-55 million viewers as of Friday.  If ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 07 Dec 2019 14:30:26 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Traditional Mask Dance Aims for UNESCO Heritage Status]]> South Korea is bidding to put its folk mask dance on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.  The Cultural Heritage Administration said on Friday that it designated Talchum as the country’s potential entry for the 2020 representative list of the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of humanity.  The South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:04:54 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Paik Nam-june's Works on Display at Korean Cultural Center in New York]]> Major installation works by the video art pioneer Paik Nam-june are on display at the Korean Cultural Center in New York. The special exhibition, titled "Nam June Paik: The Maestro of Time," opened Thursday and runs through the end of January in celebration of the center's 40th ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:00:16 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Parasite' Wins Five Trophies at Blue Dragon Awards]]> The South Korean black comedy "Parasite" has won five trophies at one of the country's most prestigious award shows.  At the 40th annual Blue Dragon Awards ceremony held at Paradise City casino resort in Incheon on Thursday, "Parasite" clinched five prizes, including best film and best art ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:45:42 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Music Artists Unveil Song for Children of the World]]> A number of artists represented by the agency SM Entertainment have collaborated on a song devoted to the children of the world. The song, called “This is Your Day,” was released Wednesday along with a music video. Among the singers who contributed to the song were BoA, Siwon from the K-pop group Super ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:07:35 +0900 Culture