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KOMACON, Lyon Comics Festival agree on exchanges in comics industry
The Korea Manhwa Contents Agency (KOMACON), which hosts the country's largest annual comic book festival, known as the Bucheon International Comics Festival (BICOF) in Gyeonggi Province, has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Lyon Comics Festival in France. The signing ceremony was held in Lyon on June 10 during the opening event of the French festiv...
Yoido Full Gospel Church hopes to resume construction of cardiac hospital in Pyongyang
Establishing a cardiac hospital in the heart of Pyongyang, North Korea has long remained an unrealized goal for the Yoido Full Gospel Church, the largest church in South Korea. Since the ambitious project to build an eight-story hospital with 280 beds for cardiology and heart surgery began in December 2007, it was met with a series of hurdles, as could be expected.
Yoo Young-kuk's abstract world of colorful nature revisited
Dubbed as a “magician of colors,” Yoo Young-kuk (1916-2002) is best known for distilling the Korean natural landscape - characterized by roaring waters, rugged mountains and the blazing sun - into the basic formal elements of dots, lines, plane and color. While nature was undeniably his muse, he made no attempt to depict these elements realistically. Instead, his dynamic visu...
FEBC-Korea prepares for 50th anniversary of historic 1973 Billy Graham Seoul Crusade
The summer of 1973 became a defining moment for the history of Christianity in Korea. From May 30 to June 3, prominent American Christian evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, who is best known for having preached the Gospel to millions in packed stadiums in 85 countries during his lifetime, led what became his largest ever “crusade” at the then-empty Yeouido Plaza in Seoul. An estim...
Friendship forged among Kim Whanki and young artist couple in NY
Hailed as one of Korea's greatest abstract masters, Kim Whanki (1913-74) forged his legacy when he birthed a series of pointillist paintings during his final years spent in New York (1963-74). While the painter's earlier focus in Korea lay in depicting classical East Asian motifs like moon jars, apricot flowers, cranes and deer, his so-called “New York period” ushered in a ne...
World's oldest TV music talent show host Song Hae dies at 95
Veteran entertainer Song Hae, whose signature voice as emcee of KBS' “National Singing Contest” made him an icon of Korean television, died Wednesday. He was 95. He passed away in the morning at his residence in Gangnam District, southern Seoul, according to police and medical officials.
Seoul's landmark 'Hammering Man' celebrates 20th anniversary
Just west of central Seoul's bustling Gwanghwamun area, a 22-meter-tall black steel giant striking down a hammer tirelessly in his right hand is enough to grab the attention of any rushing pedestrian. “Hammering Man,” a towering kinetic sculpture that serves as one of the iconic landmarks in the city, celebrates the 20th anniversary of its creation this month.
Korean fusion folk-pop band ADG7 to perform in New York
Korean fusion folk-pop ensemble Ak Dan Gwang Chil, also referred to as ADG7, will perform at the Lincoln Center in New York in the coming weeks. The nine-piece act, which draws inspiration from Korea's shamanic ritual of “gut” and “minyo” (folk songs), also brings in elements of modern K-pop to create its signature danceable melodies that suit the musical taste of contemporar...
Italian illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli's multihued wonderland lands in Seoul
Italian illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli's appetite for highly saturated color blocks and their playful mixes have given birth to some immediately recognizable designs that found their way into publications, fashion houses and art galleries around the world. Her bold and fresh palette has popped up everywhere ― the covers of The New York Times and The New Yorker, inside the New Yo...
String of events to celebrate first Korean cardinal's birth centennial
A string of masses and cultural events are set to take place this summer in celebration of the birth centennial of Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, Korea's first Roman Catholic cardinal who was regarded as a moral beacon during the country's tumultuous era of military dictatorship.
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