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Wed, May 18, 2022 | 22:11
Jogye Order apologizes for drinking monks violating distancing rules
The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, the largest Buddhist sect here, has apologized for its monks violating social distancing rules by holding a “drinking party,” pledging to take action in response to the misdeed. “We apologize to the people and the members of our sect for the inappropriate incident while COVID-19 is spreading throughout the nation and threatening people's li...
Former president-publisher of The Korea Times dies at 79
Yoon Kook-byung, former president-publisher of The Korea Times, died of cancer Thursday. He was 79. Born in 1941, he began his career in 1965 as a staff reporter for the Hankook Ilbo, the sister paper of the country's oldest English daily.
More than 7,000 indie musicians active in Korea, most of them in Seoul
There are around 7,000 indie musicians in Korea and most of them are active in Seoul, according to a study published Wednesday. According to data compiled by the Record Label Industry Association of Korea based on performances and albums released between 2017 and 2020, there are 2,814 indie bands in Korea, including 7,004 musicians.
Classical musicians feel the pinch as corporate donations fall
After the coronavirus pandemic hit, corporate donations for the arts have dropped sharply and classical music has been hit especially hard. According to the survey conducted on 695 companies from March to June by the Korea Mecenat Association, corporate donations fell 14.6 percent from the previous year. The number of companies donating to support the arts also dropped to 390...
First Asian etoile at Paris Opera Ballet shares her journey
June 10 this year was a historical day for Korean ballet, as the Paris Opera Ballet (POB) promoted ballerina Park Sae-eun to become its principal dancer, or “danseuse etoile,” literally meaning “star dancer” in English, shortly after she performed the role of Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet.” She is the first Asian to be given the position in the 352-year-old French ballet compan...
National theater unveils this year's performances to be staged in renovated theater
The National Theater of Korea (NTOK) is set to present up to 56 performances, including 22 new hits for the upcoming 2021-22 season from September 2021 to June 2022, in its newly renovated Haeoreum Grand Theater, which has been optimized for traditional Korean performing arts.
Church court dismisses pastor's appeal against suspension for LGBTQ blessing
Rev. Lee Dong-hwan, a Methodist pastor in Suwon south of Seoul, who was suspended from his duties as a pastor for two years by the ecclesiastical court of the Korean Methodist Church (KMC) for holding a “blessing prayer” at the 2019 Queer Culture Festival in Incheon, hoped to have the decision overturned, but the court reportedly dismissed his appeal. Lee criticized the decis...
Jeju World Heritage Festival to open restricted UNESCO sites to public
JEJU ISLAND - In 2007, an area consisting of three sites - Geomunoreum Lava Tube System, Mount Halla and Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone, accounting for about 10 percent in the island - was designated as a UNESCO Natural Heritage site known collectively as “Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes.” It was the first UNESCO natural heritage site in Korea, while the country has 13 cul...
[INTERVIEW] Japan-born ethnic Korean musician comforts minorities with music
For some, music is just something to enjoy. But for Park Soon-a, a 52-year-old player of the Korean traditional string instrument named gayageum, who was born in Japan as a third-generation ethnic Korean, largely referred to here as “Zainichi” Korean, and who learned the instrument in both Koreas, music is a way to find her identity and communicate with the world.
Theaters change show schedules, seating following tighter social distancing rules
As the government is set to tighten social distancing rules for the greater Seoul area to Level 4, the highest level, from Monday to July 25 for two weeks, theaters are also rearranging their show schedules and seating plans.
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