Arts & Culture

Hadong and Gurye

  Countryside charms and nature's beauty await along the banks of the Seomjingang River   Gazing southeast, the sun rises slowly but surely over the horizon. The Seomjingang River’s pristine waters reflect the morning light…

Old Is New Again

Young entrepreneurs use old buildings to give Seoul new life   “Dull, inert cities, it is true, do contain the seeds of their own destruction and little else. But lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration,…

The White Book

Nominated for the Booker Prize, Han Kang’s latest novel asks if literature can heal real-life tragedy Korean novelist Han Kang became an international literary sensation after the English translation of her novel “The Vegetarian” was published…

Inter-Korean Relations on the Big Screen

South Korean depictions of North Korea evolve as times and conditions change Of late, the relationship between South and North Korea has dominated the news wires both home and abroad, though not because of the escalation of tensions that many…

Are Idol-Making Reality Shows An Exploitive Bust?

“Mix Nine” cancellation reveals contracts mean nothing Last month, YG Entertainment released an official statement apologizing for the cancellation of the debut of the final group from JTBC’s “Mix Nine.” The reality show, much like…

Streaming Disruption

Netflix makes waves in the Korean entertainment industry It’s hard to deny that Netflix has revolutionized the way we consume media, and the deep-pocketed streaming service provider is giving conventional broadcasters here in Korea a run…
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For Jonghyun

Fans create and curate a memorial for late Shinee frontman
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Local Titles Compete for Lunar New Year Box Office Crown

Studios hope for hits during the financially pivotal holiday season
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The Problem With Korean Music Award Shows

No, you shouldn’t get a trophy for showing up
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Can You Fall in Love with a Robot?

Dramas examine what it means to be human
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Diverse Themes to Feature in 2018

Korean films deal with inter-Korean issues, organized crime and more