<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Culture]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Seoul City Unveils Tourism Promotion Plans ]]> The Seoul city government will foster 20 must-visit tourist destinations with a goal to attract 50 million tourists to the capital city per year by 2023.   The metropolitan government unveiled plans to promote tours to Seoul city on Thursday.   It aims to nearly double the number of tourists visiting ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:24:33 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139488
<![CDATA[BTS to Give Speech at UN General Assembly]]> K-pop sensation BTS will reportedly attend the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations next week. According to a source at the UN on Wednesday, BTS is scheduled to perform and give a three-minute speech in front of top officials and heads of state at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.  The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:49:43 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139479
<![CDATA[TWICE's 'TT' Reaches 400 Mln Views on YouTube]]> A recent music video by the girl group TWICE has surpassed 400 million views on YouTube. According to the group’s manager, JYP Entertainment, “TT” reached the milestone as of 1:55 p.m. on Monday, marking the first time a music video by a South Korean female group has attracted 400 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:43:52 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139407
<![CDATA[Seasonal Night Market at Seoul's Cheonggye Plaza to Open Fri. for Fall]]> A biannual seasonal night market at Seoul's Cheonggye Plaza is set to open for its fall season this weekend. The Seoul Metropolitan Government says the market, which offers a venue for aspiring entrepreneurs with hopes to expand their businesses globally, will run from Friday to Sunday, then for an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:36:54 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139341
<![CDATA[BTS Dominates Japan's Top Music Chart]]> "Love Yourself: Answer,” the latest album by K-pop sensation BTS has topped Japan’s leading music chart. According to the boy band's management agency Big Hit Entertainment on Tuesday, the new album released on August 24th ranked number one on Oricon’s weekly album chart for ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:45:23 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139243
<![CDATA[S. Korean Director's Animated Film Wins Best VR Experience Award in Venice]]> A virtual reality(VR) film directed by South Korea’s Chae Soo-eung received the award for Best VR Experience at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. The film, titled "Buddy," was the only Korean flick to be invited to the renowned festival that ended last Saturday. The film’s production company, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:43:24 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139211
<![CDATA[KBS, Gov't to Co-Host International K-Pop Competition ]]> The South Korean government and KBS are co-hosting an international K-pop competition next month in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province.  The 2018 K-Pop World Festival is scheduled for October fifth at 7 p.m. at at Changwon Sports Park.  It's an annual event, and one of the world’s ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 07 Sep 2018 18:00:29 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139178
<![CDATA[UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize Awarded to Uruguayan Edu. Ministry]]> A UNESCO literacy prize that is sponsored by the South Korean government has been awarded to Uruguay’s education ministry and an Afghan education project on the occasion of International Literacy Day which falls on Saturday. South Korea’s Culture Ministry said Thursday this year’s UNESCO King Sejong ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:02:33 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139130
<![CDATA["Beautiful Days" to Open Busan Int'l Film Festival]]> A South Korean film about a North Korean defector has been chosen as the opener for the 23rd Busan International Film Festival next month. At a press conference Tuesday, the festival's board of directors announced this year's lineup, which includes director Yun Jero's "Beautiful Days," a film about the life ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:12:15 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139070
<![CDATA[K-pop Sensation BTS Tops Billboard 200 for Second Time]]> Anchor: K-pop band BTS, who earlier this year marked history by topping the Billboard 200 chart, has earned yet another number one album with their latest release on August 24th. Hong Suhryung has more.   Report :   [Sound bite: BTS “Idol”]    The seven member boy band ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 03 Sep 2018 14:54:30 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139049
<![CDATA[BTS Tops Billboard 200 for Second Time with 'Love Yourself: Answer']]> K-pop band BTS has topped the Billboard 200 chart for the second time with their "Love Yourself: Answer" album, which was released on August 24th.  Citing Nielsen Music, Billboard said on Sunday that the compilation album, the third and final part of BTS' Love Yourself trilogy, hit the top spot with ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 03 Sep 2018 09:46:27 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139042
<![CDATA[S. Korea, China, Japan Hold Culture Ministers' Meeting ]]> The annual culture ministers’ meeting between South Korea, China and Japan kicked off in China on Wednesday.  The tenth ministers’ meeting will run for three days in Harbin, bringing together South Korean Culture Minister Do Jong-hwan, Chinese Culture Minister Luo Shugang and Japan’s Education, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:42:30 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138947
<![CDATA[Seoul to Resume Car-free Day Program for Sejong Street]]> With major heat waves no longer gripping the nation, the Seoul government will block cars from entering a major road in downtown Seoul every Sunday starting from this week.  The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on Wednesday that it will resume its “car-free road” program for Sejong ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:17:56 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138944
<![CDATA["Switch-off" Event to Mark Energy Day in Seoul on Wed.]]> Lights will be briefly turned off at government offices and other major buildings in Seoul on Wednesday to mark the 15th Energy Day.   The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Tuesday that the switch-off event will be held to promote and expand the culture of saving energy. For five minutes starting 9 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:04:16 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138743
<![CDATA[Ha Jung-woo Becomes 4th Actor to Draw 100 Million Moviegoers]]> Ha Jung-woo has become the fourth South Korean actor whose past films have attracted a combined 100 million moviegoers. The newly released "Along With the Gods: ” starring Ha has sold over seven-point-seven million tickets so far. As a result, Ha has joined the prestigious club of film stars holding the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 11 Aug 2018 14:31:44 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138539
<![CDATA[S. Korean Drama Viewing Event in Tokyo Draws Fans]]> A screening of South Korean dramas was held in Tokyo recently, attracting many Japanese fans.  According to the Korea Creative Content Agency on Thursday, the “Korean Drama Selection 2018 in Tokyo” was held at the Korea Center in the Japanese capital on Monday. Around 300 fans of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 02 Aug 2018 18:24:02 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138319
<![CDATA[ASEAN Ministers Show Interest in Korean Wave ]]> K-pop and Korean dramas have unwittingly become topics of discussion during serious ministerial meetings between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) in Singapore.  According to Seoul’s Foreign Ministry, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Myanmar’s Minister ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:00:49 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138291
<![CDATA[Korea Foundation to Promote Korean Culture to Guests from ASEAN]]> The Korea Foundation said Saturday it will host a program to promote Korean culture by inviting future cultural leaders from seven nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN. The event titled "ASEAN Next-Generation Leaders Visit Korea Program" will host 12 guests for a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 28 Jul 2018 14:14:09 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138187
<![CDATA[Corporate Financial Support for Artists Drops 1st Time in 6 Yrs]]> South Korean companies have reduced their financial assistance for culture and arts activities for the first time in six years.  According to the Korea Mecena Association on Friday, local companies spent at total of 194-point-31 billion won last year to support cultural figures and artists, down by ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 27 Jul 2018 18:56:05 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138175
<![CDATA[Seoul, LA Mayors Agree on Joint Tourism Promotion]]> The municipal governments of Seoul and Los Angeles have agreed to pursue joint marketing activities for the two cities’ tourism resources.  Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon signed the agreement with visiting Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at Seoul City Hall on Thursday.  Under the deal, the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:58:47 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138143
<![CDATA[Moon Administration Seeks to Maintain Obesity Rate at 2016 Level]]> The Moon Jae-in administration has set a target to maintain the nation’s obesity rate at 34-point-eight percent or less within its term.  The Ministry of Health and Welfare said on Thursday that nine government agencies confirmed a five-year plan to counter growing obesity-linked health ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:15:37 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138140
<![CDATA[Santa Claus' Post Office to Open in Korea ]]> South Korea will house a Santa Claus' post office in Hwacheon County, Gangwon Province.   Santa Claus' main post office is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Finland.  The county office said on Wednesday that it will open a Korean office of Santa's postal ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:35:44 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138130
<![CDATA[Bob Dylan to Visit S. Korea for Friday Night Concert]]> American folk music legend Bop Dylan will visit South Korea this week.   According to local entertainment agency Papas E&M, the 77-year-old singer-songwriter will arrive in Seoul early Thursday on a chartered plane from the U.S. He is scheduled to hold a concert at the Olympic Gymnastics ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:49:48 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=138111
<![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