<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Culture]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Large S. Korean Buddhist Delegation Makes Pilgrimage to Indian Temple]]> A large delegation of Buddhists from South Korea visited the site of a new Korean-style temple in India on Wednesday. According to the Jogye Order, the largest Buddhist sect in the country, participants are making a pilgrimage to the holy site of Bodh Gaya in India to attend the opening ceremony of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 May 2022 15:29:13 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Early Ticket Sales for 'The Roundup' at 310,000, Highest since 'Parasite']]> Early ticket sales for South Korean action film "The Roundup," starring Ma Dong-seok, were the highest for a local film since director Bong Joon-ho's 2019 Oscar-winning black comedy "Parasite." According to the Korean Film Council, some 313-thousand tickets were sold in advance as of 8 a.m. ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 May 2022 16:02:48 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS Scoops up Three Billboard Awards]]> K-pop sensation BTS has won three prizes at this year's Billboard Music Awards, winning honors at the event for the sixth straight year. According to Billboard on Sunday, BTS won Top Duo or Group, Top Song Sales Artist and Top Selling Song. The finalists of this year's awards were determined by their ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 16 May 2022 08:25:10 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[K-pop Artist AleXa Wins NBC's 'American Song Contest']]> A rising K-pop star from Oklahoma, AleXa, was declared the winner of “American Song Contest” on Monday, becoming the first K-pop artist to win a major U.S. audition program. “American Song Contest” is NBC's music competition series featuring 56 contenders representing each U.S. state, territory and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 10 May 2022 16:43:11 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korean Film Icon Kang Soo-youn Dies at 55]]> Iconic movie star Kang Soo-youn died on Saturday at the age of 55. Kang, the first South Korean actor to win a Venice International Film Festival award, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at a hospital in southern Seoul at around 3 p.m. Saturday, two days after suffering a cardiac arrest. She had been ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 08 May 2022 12:02:06 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Squid Game' and Director Ryoo Seung-wan Win Top Honors at Baeksang Awards]]> The hit Netflix series "Squid Game" and Ryoo Seung-wan, director of the film "Mogadishu," have won grand prizes at this year's 58th Baeksang Arts Awards.  "Squid Game" and Ryoo each clinched the highest honor in TV and film respectively at the awards held Friday night in Ilsan.  This year in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 07 May 2022 14:06:40 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Culture Minister Proposes Military Exemption for BTS]]> The culture minister has raised the need to exempt K-pop group BTS from compulsory military conscription.   During a press conference in Seoul on Wednesday, Culture,Sports and Tourism Minister Hwang Hee called for allowing pop culture figures to substitute their mandatory military service for other ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 04 May 2022 18:56:33 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Exhibit Displaying Immersive Korean Content Opens in New York]]> An exhibition has opened in Manhattan that has put on display 16 types of immersive content relating to Korea, including one that enables visitors to virtually experience concerts of K-pop sensation BTS. The culture ministry and the Korea Creative Content Agency put together the exhibition which also ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 04 May 2022 11:30:30 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[International Visitors to S. Korea Jump 30% in March]]> The number of overseas arrivals to South Korea jumped by nearly 30 percent last month.  The Korea Tourism Organization on Friday reported 96-thousand-768 international travelers visited the country in March, up 29-point-seven percent from a year earlier.  The agency attributed the growth to a base ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 29 Apr 2022 18:48:00 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[23rd Jeonju Int'l Film Festival to Kick off Thurs.]]> The 23rd Jeonju International Film Festival(JIFF) will kick off on Thursday for a ten-day run in the southwestern city of North Jeolla Province. The nation’s largest showcase of indie and art house films will be held offline this year, unlike the two previous years, amid the easing of quarantine ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 28 Apr 2022 11:32:58 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[4 S. Korean Music Agency Execs Named to Billboard's International Power Players List]]> Four executives of major entertainment agencies in South Korea have been named among Billboard's 2022 International Power Players.  SM Entertainment co-CEOs Lee Sung-su and Tak Young-jun, Hybe CEO Park Ji-won and Big Hit Music President Shin Young-jae were included on the annual Billboard list of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 26 Apr 2022 19:08:18 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[TWICE to Launch 3-Day Sellout Concert at Tokyo Dome ]]> K-pop girl group TWICE will kick off a three-day concert at the Tokyo Dome stadium from Saturday. The concert was originally scheduled for two days but thanks to fans' enthusiastic response, a third day was added, and tickets for all three days have been sold out, according to its agency JYP ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 23 Apr 2022 13:51:08 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS' 'Boy With Luv' Music Video Surpasses 1.5 Bln YouTube Views]]> The music video for K-pop boy band BTS' 2019 hit song "Boy With Luv" has become the group's first video to surpass one-point-five billion views on YouTube. According to their management agency Big Hit Music on Friday, views for the video hit the one-point-five-billion mark at around 4:43 p.m., ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 22 Apr 2022 15:42:24 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[BTS-themed Photo Exhibition, Pop-up Store in U.S. Draw Over 110,000 Visitors]]> A photo exhibition and a large pop-up store featuring the theme of K-pop sensation BTS, timed with the global group's recent concerts in Las Vegas, drew more than 110-thousand visitors.   HYBE, the agency behind BTS, said on Thursday that 114-thousand flocked to the two events, arranged as part of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 21 Apr 2022 19:19:41 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA['Next Sohee' Picked as Closing Film in Cannes’ Critics Week]]> The 75th Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week will feature South Korean film "Next Sohee" as its closing film, according to the movie's production company Twin Plus Partners. Directed by Jung July, “Next Sohee" is a gripping feminist crime film starring actress Bae Doo-na. It is ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 21 Apr 2022 15:31:51 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[15 S. Korean Landmarks Turn Purple to Mark WeThe15 Campaign]]> Fifteen famous landmarks in the nation were lit up purple to celebrate the nation’s inaugural participation in the WeThe15 campaign, a global human rights movement that aims to raise awareness about people with disabilities. The Korea Paralympic Committee made arrangements for South Korea to take part in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 21 Apr 2022 11:37:44 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Royal Palaces and Tombs to Showcase Spring Events]]> With COVID-19 curbs lifted, royal palaces and tombs in the capital region are preparing to welcome visitors as they host spring events. The Cultural Heritage Administration announced on Wednesday that Deoksu Palace will be offering an evening program called "Seokjojeon at Night," from May 3 through June ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 20 Apr 2022 15:23:34 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[S. Korea Attending The Int'l Book Fair of Bogota as Guest Country of Honor]]> The International Book Fair of Bogota(FILBo) 2022 kicked off on Tuesday with South Korea taking part as the guest country of honor. The fair’s opening ceremony was held with some 200 dignitaries in attendance, including Colombian President Iván Duque, South Korean culture minister Hwang Hee and Korean ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 20 Apr 2022 11:16:11 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Big Hit: Over 620,000 Fans Joined BTS' Vegas Concerts On, Offline]]> More than 620-thousand people engaged with the latest series of four BTS concerts that took place in Las Vegas this month, both in person and virtually. According to its management agency Big Hit Music, the septet sold out all four shows at Allegiant Stadium, bringing in a total of 200-thousand fans who ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 18 Apr 2022 11:44:00 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Two S. Korean Films Invited to 75th Cannes Film Festival]]> Two South Korean films have been invited to this year's Cannes Film Festival. The organizing committee on Thursday announced the full official lineup of the 75th Cannes Film Festival set to open May 17. "Decision to Leave" by Korean director Park Chan-wook and "Broker" by Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Apr 2022 08:29:52 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Lead actors of 'Kim's Convenience' Win Canadian Screen Awards]]> Two actors of Korean descent have clenched Canada’s major acting honors this year for their performances on the CBC sitcom, “Kim’s Convenience.” Paul Sun-hyung Lee and Jean Yoon were named the best lead actor and best lead actress in comedy during the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday for ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 12 Apr 2022 19:36:33 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[46 Countries Oppose Russia's Hosting of UNESCO World Heritage Session]]> Dozens of countries are calling for the change of venue for the upcoming UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Russia, citing that Moscow is destroying cultural assets in Ukraine in its ongoing invasion.  According to the cultural community on Monday, a group of 46 countries who are parties to the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 11 Apr 2022 18:56:13 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Novelist Sohn Won-pyung Receives Her 2nd Japan Booksellers' Award]]> South Korean novelist Sohn Won-pyung’s “Counterattack of the Thirty” has won the Japan Booksellers' Award in the category of translated fiction novel. The book’s publisher, EunHaeng NaMu Publishing Company, unveiled the writer’s latest achievement on Wednesday. Sohn had won the same award two ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 07 Apr 2022 10:54:54 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Nation's First Locally Manufactured TV Set to be Online Auctioned]]> The country's very first locally made TV model, the VD-191, is set to go under the hammer later this week to the highest bidder.  According to online auction house Kobay Auction on Wednesday, the 19-inch black and white television set, first released in August 1966 by the now-defunct electronics ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 06 Apr 2022 14:04:08 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[3 Documents Nominated for UNESCO's Regional Memory of the World Register]]> South Korea will nominate three historic documents to be inscribed on UNESCO’s ​Memory of the World Register for the Asia-Pacific. The Cultural Heritage Administration said Tuesday the three items it selected are “Samguk Yusa” translated as “Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms,” “Naebang Gasa” ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 05 Apr 2022 15:52:38 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Grammy Win Eludes BTS in 2nd Straight Year of Disappointment]]> K-pop sensation BTS fell short of winning a prize at the Grammy Awards for the second consecutive year with their global smash hit, "Butter." The seven-member group, who performed at the 64th Grammy Awards ceremony in Las Vegas Sunday night, was nominated for best pop duo or group performance. It was ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 04 Apr 2022 14:22:43 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Annual Lantern Parade Marking Buddha's Birthday to Resume after 3 Yrs.]]> The country's largest Buddhist sect will resume the full-scale lantern parade as a part of an annual lantern lighting festival marking Buddha's birthday, following a two-year suspension and scaledown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jogye Order announced on Thursday that the parade on April 30 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 01 Apr 2022 15:32:21 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Musical 'KPOP' to Debut on Broadway This Fall ]]> The musical, "KPOP" will hit Broadway in New York this fall. Producers of the show held a press conference in New York on Wednesday, announcing that the high-energy musical about the global K-pop phenomenon will be staged at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theater from November 20.  Luna, a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 31 Mar 2022 15:35:55 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Actors Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin to Wed Thurs.]]> Actors Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin will tie the knot on Thursday after dating for two years. The wedding will take place at the Grand Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul at 4 p.m. The ceremony will be held privately with just family members and close friends in attendance. No details of the event have been revealed ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 31 Mar 2022 11:17:50 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Stray Kids Become 3rd K-Pop Act to Top Billboard 200 Chart]]> K-pop boy band Stray Kids debuted at number one on Billboard's main albums chart with their latest record "Oddinary," becoming the third K-pop act to top the chart. Billboard announced on Tuesday that the seven-track album topped the Billboard 200 chart dated April 2. This is the eight-member group's first ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 29 Mar 2022 13:26:32 +0900 Culture