Suncheon chosen as East Asia Culture City 2020

The southwestern coastal city of Suncheon has been chosen as the South Korean city to represent the Culture City of East Asia 2020, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Thursday.

The program, which started in 2014, is aimed at promoting cultural exchanges and tourism between South Korea, China and Japan and introducing the colorful culture of East Asia to the wider world.

The three neighboring countries agreed upon the launch of the program during a ministerial meeting in Shanghai in 2012 in order to narrow their differences and enhance mutual understanding.

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Two Koreas jointly list traditional wrestling as UNESCO heritage

 "Ssireum," traditional Korean wrestling dating to the Three Kingdoms period (A.D. 220–280), was inscribed Monday as an intangible cultural asset by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said.

The decision was made during the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, currently taking place in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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Templestay programs near Seoul

As autumn draws to a close, it's time for people -- especially students who devoted themselves to studying for the recent state-run college entrance test and their devoted parents -- to look deep into themselves through meditation in serene places like temples.

Here are several temples near Seoul that provide templestay programs, in which participants experience Buddhist culture and speculate on the meaning of their life through meditation:

Beomnyunsa Temple 

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S. Korea's biggest game fair closes

South Korea's largest computing game expo wrapped up Sunday after attracting its largest-ever number of visitors to see a wide range of new computer and mobile games and virtual reality technology, its organizers said.

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About 235,000 people had visited the four-day G-Star Global Game Exhibition in the southeastern port city of Busan as of 5:00 p.m. Sunday, according to the Korea Association of Game Industry.

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Festivals, Celebrations and Holidays

Festivals 

Until the mid-20th century, Korea was primarily an agricultural society, and the seasonal rhythms of daily life were organized by the lunar calendar. As a society where farming was hugely important for the subsistence of its members, it developed a great variety of semi-religious events where prayers were offered for a good harvest and abundant food, and which gradually developed into communal celebrations and festivals. 

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Enjoy Hanbok Culture Week from Oct 15 to 21

Hanbok, with its elegant lines and splendid displays of color, has been receiving worldwide attention in recent years. In Seoul, it's easy to spot fashion aficionados and tourists dressed in Hanbok garments, strolling the palace grounds. 

This October, those visiting Korea will be able to experience an entire week of cultural events during Hanbok Culture Week 2018. 

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Korea's biggest art fair wraps up with record artwork sales

 The Korea International Art Fair (KIAF), the country's biggest annual art market, posted record sales, partly boosted by the participation of renowned galleries overseas and a bigger number of visitors, the organizer said Monday.

According to the Galleries Association of Korea, the KIAF organizer, the 17th event attracted around 63,000 visitors and garnered record sales of 28 billion won (US$2.47 million), bigger than last year's 54,000 visitors and 27 billion won worth of sales. The fair was held at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul from Oct. 3-7.

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Who exactly was King Sejong the Great?

King Sejong the Great was inaugurated as the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty in 1418.

As a leader, he put his passion for intellectual pursuits, love for his people, and keen interest in improving the lives of the common people into action. Consequently, the Joseon Dynasty made great strides in various fields during his reign (1418-1450), improving the lives of his subjects in all aspects.

What does Hangeul mean?

The name Hangeul is made up of two words: han (한) and geul (글). Han means either “big” or “great,” and geul refers to a writing script; Hangeul, therefore, means “great alphabet.”

The original name of the Korean alphabet was “Hunminjeongeum,” which translates to “the proper guiding alphabet of the people.”

When Hunminjeongeum was first created, it consisted of 28 letters. From its original system, four letters have been dropped and the remaining 24 letters are now commonly referred to as Hangeul.

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