<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Culture]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Jin of BTS Completes Mandatory Military Service]]> Jin of K-pop sensation BTS completed 18 months of mandatory military service and was discharged on Wednesday. As he stepped out of the gates of the Army’s 5th Infantry Division in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province, Jin was greeted by fellow group members, RM, J-Hope, V, Jungkook, and Jimin who had used their ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 12 Jun 2024 18:50:45 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[NewJeans' Double Single 'How Sweet' Sells Over 1 Mln Copies]]> K-pop girl group NewJeans' latest double single "How Sweet" has sold more than one million copies, with all four of the quintet's albums released since their debut in 2022 becoming million sellers. NewJeans' management agency ADOR said on Saturday that "How Sweet" has sold one-point-085 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 08 Jun 2024 16:04:25 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Agency Receives 361 Applications for Public Contest to Select Preparatory Cultural Heritage]]> The state heritage agency said on Tuesday that it has received 361 applications in a public contest to select potential cultural heritage from modern times and the present day. According to the Korea Heritage Service, the applicants include an automatic matchstick maker built in 1982, the last-remaining ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 05 Jun 2024 15:26:55 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Netflix to Correct 'Sea of Japan' Reference in Subtitles for 'The 8 Show']]> Netflix will correct the Spanish subtitles of original Korean series "The 8 Show," after they referred to the East Sea as the "Sea of Japan." According to a representative from the world-leading streaming service on Tuesday, the company has begun to correct the subtitles in some languages, where a character ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 04 Jun 2024 14:53:11 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[K-Pop Girl Group NewJeans Makes Billboard's '21 Under 21' List]]> K-pop girl group NewJeans has landed a spot in Billboard's list of "21 Under 21" most innovative and influential young artists in the music industry. The five-member group is the only K-pop act to make the annual list announced on Friday. Billboard selects artists in consideration of album and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 01 Jun 2024 15:15:17 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[ADOR CEO Extends Olive Branch to HYBE]]> Entertainment management agency ADOR’s CEO Min Hee-jin has extended an olive branch to the agency’s parent company HYBE, saying she hopes to find a compromise.  In a news conference held in Seoul on Friday, Min said that with NewJeans she accomplished in two years what would take most boy groups seven ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 31 May 2024 17:05:46 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korea, UAE Sign MOU on Enhancing Bilateral Cultural Cooperation]]> South Korea and the United Arab Emirates(UAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding(MOU) on enhancing bilateral cultural cooperation. According to Seoul's culture ministry on Thursday, the MOU was signed the previous day as President Yoon Suk Yeol held summit talks with visiting UAE President Mohamed ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 30 May 2024 16:35:02 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[King Sejong Institute Foundation Launches Comprehensive Korean Learning App]]> The state-run King Sejong Institute Foundation overseeing Korean language education abroad has launched a comprehensive mobile app designed to assist foreigners seeking to learn the Korean language. According to the foundation on Thursday, the app called "King Sejong Institute in Your Hands" is an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 30 May 2024 15:26:43 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[1 in 10 Households in Seoul Owns Pet Dogs]]> One in ten households in Seoul has a pet dog, with figures showing a total of 612-thousand dogs living in the capital. According to a report released by the Seoul Digital Foundation on Thursday, Seoul accounted for 17-point-five percent of the three-point-five million registered dogs nationwide. Maltese, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 30 May 2024 15:12:36 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Culture Ministry Vows to Improve Quality of Korean Information Distributed Online]]> The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism vowed to promote the country's image overseas with the integrated concept of a "global hub nation" by improving the quality of Korean information distributed online. The announcement comes as the ministry unveiled its "Digital Transformation Era, Overseas ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 28 May 2024 16:44:13 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Joseon Dynasty Buddhist Paintings at Songgwangsa Temple Designated National Treasure]]> Joseon Dynasty Buddhist paintings depicting the life and teachings of Buddha have become a national treasure. According to the Korea Heritage Service on Monday, it has designated the paintings Yeongsanhoesangdo and Palsangdo at Songgwanga Temple in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province as a national treasure, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 27 May 2024 15:59:19 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Record-High 3,418 Entries Submitted to 28th Bucheon Int'l Fantastic Film Festival]]> A record-high number of entries have been submitted to the 28th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival(BIFAN) set to open in July. According to festival organizers, a total of three-thousand-418 entries have been submitted over the course of four months since January, up 20 percent from last ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 25 May 2024 14:08:58 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korea, Mongolia Sign MOU to Modernize Mongolia's Address System Based on S. Korean System]]> South Korea and Mongolia have signed a memorandum of understanding(MOU) for a project to modernize Mongolia's address system based on a system used in South Korea. According to Seoul's interior ministry on Friday, the MOU signing was preceded by its introduction of the country's address ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 15:26:24 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[King Sejong Institute Foundation to Conduct 5th Korean Language Assessment from Saturday]]> The state-run King Sejong Institute Foundation overseeing Korean language education abroad announced that it will conduct the fifth Sejong Korean Language Assessment(SKA) for nine days from Saturday through June 2. The SKA for proficiency in the Korean language developed by the foundation is a comprehensive ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 24 May 2024 13:31:48 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Gov't to Strengthen Role of Overseas Korean Cultural Centers]]> The government announced plans to strengthen the role of Korean cultural centers around the world by making them cultural outposts. Under its international cultural policy strategy put forth on Thursday, the culture ministry pledged to strengthen the functions of the cultural centers currently operating in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 23 May 2024 13:55:34 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Movie "I, The Executioner" Screened at Cannes Film Festival]]> Director Ryoo Seung-wan's “I, The Executioner” premiered globally via the Midnight Screenings section of the 77th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday.  “I, The Executioner,” also known as "Veteran 2,” is one of just two South Korean films that have been invited to out-of-competition sections ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 22 May 2024 16:45:05 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[New K-pop Girl Group Agency Files Complaint Against ADOR Chief for Making Plagiarism Claims]]> The management agency of new K-pop girl group Illit has filed a complaint against Min Hee-jin, the head of NewJeans’ agency ADOR, for making claims of plagiarism.  In a statement released on Wednesday, Belift Lab accused Min of obstruction of work and defamation, saying she unilaterally spread false ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 22 May 2024 15:09:18 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Police Seek Warrant for Singer Kim Ho-joong, 2 Entertainment Agency Officials in DUI Hit-and-Run Probe]]> Police have sought a pretrial detention warrant for singer Kim Ho-joong and two others at his management agency regarding allegations that Kim was driving under the influence at the time of a hit-and-run accident this month. The Seoul Gangnam Police on Wednesday filed for a warrant to detain Kim on charges ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 22 May 2024 13:38:02 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Singer Kim Ho-joong to Appear for Police Questioning in DUI Hit-and-Run Probe]]> South Korean singer Kim Ho-joong, accused of driving under the influence in a hit-and-run case earlier this month, is scheduled to appear for police questioning on Tuesday. According to Yonhap News Agency, Kim agreed to appear for questioning at the Seoul Gangnam Police Station starting at around 2 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 21 May 2024 14:03:59 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Singer Kim Ho-joong Admits to DUI Hit-and-Run Crash]]> South Korean singer Kim Ho-joong confessed that he was driving under the influence of alcohol in a hit-and-run crash earlier this month. Kim said on Sunday through his management agency, Think Entertainment, that he had driven after drinking, adding that he deeply regrets what he did and is taking time ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 20 May 2024 13:16:09 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[NewJeans Members File Petitions amid Hybe-ADOR Legal Dispute]]> The five members of K-pop girl group NewJeans have each submitted a petition to the court amid a legal dispute between Min Hee-jin, head of their management agency ADOR, and parent company Hybe. According to industry insiders on Saturday, Minji, Hanni, Danielle, Haerin and Hyein submitted petitions on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 May 2024 15:07:12 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Cultural Heritage Agency Chief Calls for Hanbok to be Kept According to Customs]]> The head of the state cultural heritage agency has called for the beauty of traditional Korean clothing, or hanbok, to be maintained according to tradition. Ahead of the Cultural Heritage Administration’s relaunch as the Korea Heritage Service on Friday, agency chief Choi Eung-chon said collaborations ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 May 2024 15:04:55 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['The Roundup: Punishment' Surpasses Ten Million Admissions]]> The crime-action film 'The Roundup: Punishment' starring Ma Dong-seok surpassed ten million viewers on Wednesday, just 22 days after its release. This marks the first time in Korean cinema history that a film franchise topped more than ten million admissions with three different films.  Ma ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 15 May 2024 14:23:57 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Ceremonies to be Held at Temples Nationwide for 'Buddha's Birthday' on Wednesday]]> During Buddha's Birthday on Wednesday, ceremonies will be held at temples across the country, including at Jogyesa Temple in Seoul. The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism announced Tuesday that it plans to hold a ceremony on Wednesday at Jogyesa Temple to mark Buddha's birthday of the 2568 Buddhist Era, with ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 14 May 2024 15:52:09 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Detective Ma Breaks Korean Box Office Record with Sledgehammer Punches]]> Anchor: The Korean crime action film "The Roundup: Punishment" is soon expected to reach the ten million admission milestone, selling a total of nine-million-824-thousand tickets in the Korean box office, shortly ahead of a holiday Wednesday. The combined number of tickets sold for "The Roundup" crime action ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 14 May 2024 15:28:06 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[2 S. Korean Films Invited to Out-of-Competition Sections of 77th Cannes Film Festival]]> Two South Korean films have been invited to out-of-competition sections of the 77th Cannes Film Festival which will kick off on Tuesday for a 12-day run. Director Ryoo Seung-wan's “Veteran 2,” also known as "I, The Executioner" starring Hwang Jung-min and Jung Hae-in, will be screened during the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 13 May 2024 18:24:44 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Entry to 76 National Heritage Sites to be Free of Charge for 5 Days to Celebrate State Agency's New Name]]> Entry to over 70 national heritage sites will be free of charge this week from Wednesday through Sunday to mark the opening of the state heritage agency under a new name. According to the Cultural Heritage Administration(CHA) on Monday, access to 76 national heritage sites, including the four royal ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 13 May 2024 15:20:10 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[RM's Latest Song 'Come Back to Me' Debuts Atop iTunes Charts in 82 Countries]]> "Come Back to Me," the latest song released by RM of K-pop group BTS, has debuted atop iTunes Top Songs charts in 82 countries around the world. According to the artist's management agency Big Hit Music, the track topped the charts in numerous countries including Germany, France, Japan and Brazil as ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 11 May 2024 15:04:50 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Traffic Controls in Place for Central Seoul during Buddha's Birthday Celebrations]]> Traffic controls will be in place for Seoul's Jongno area this weekend, as a large-scale lantern parade and other events are planned to celebrate Buddha's Birthday, which falls on next Wednesday this year. According to the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and other Buddihst orders, the parade is scheduled to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 11 May 2024 14:00:46 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Citizens Choose Han River as Seoul's Representative Landmark ]]> Seoul citizens chose the Han River as the capital's key landmark, while foreigners residing in the city picked Gwanghwamun Square as its symbol. The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Thursday disclosed the results of the "2023 Seoul Survey" of 35-thousand-881 Seoul citizens from 20-thousand households, which ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 May 2024 16:28:31 +0900 Culture