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Kakao TV launches this month, takes on Netflix

Kakao M, which produces music, films and videos, is entering the highly competitive over-the-top (OTT) streaming business by launching Kakao TV this month.

[TURNING 20] In a sea of hate, change flourishes

Korea remains a hostile land for sexual minorities in 2020, but the queer festival has paraded through 20 years of hardship, spreading love and pride with its rainbow flags. This year marks the festival’s 20th anniversary, and, as always, it’s ...

Criticism of sex ed books for kids raises more questions than answers

Last month, seven children’s books on sex and gender education among 199 books that were distributed to schools by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family were recalled after they were criticized by the conservative party for being...

Food & Travel

Everland's Forest Camp offers foliage and food

Everland, one of the most popular theme parks for Seoulites, offers more than just thrill-filled rides. Making the most of its location close to nature, Everland has decided to promote its Forest Camp more, which used to only open on weekends.

Fall Travel Week gets the chop, safe travel promoted instead

Think once more about safety if you are planning to take a trip anywhere to soak up the fall spirit — this is the message from the Korean government.

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Books

Korean literature continues to find its footing overseas

Ever since "The Vegetarian" by Han Kang won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize, work to improve translated Korean literature even further continues.

2020.9.24 News Arrivals

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Games & Webtoons

Storywiz eyes long-term success by nurturing talent

KT's content creator subsidiary Storywiz is here for the long run, promising to find and nurture new talent in the webtoon and web novel market to create content that can further be developed into dramas and movies in the future, according to ...

Universes collide when IP is expanded across sectors

Games, music and television are the three staples of Korea's cultural exports that also fulfill the people’s needs for entertainment. While the respective business sectors continue to grow in both local sales and exports, a rising trend has ...

In the new BTS game, power comes at a price

BTS Universe Story, the second collaboration between game publisher Netmarble and K-pop megastar BTS, is definitely worth all the minutes and money any ardent ARMY member will spend on playing it — because they will have to spend both. The ...

Arts & Design

Everyone can sit in the coveted front row at S/S Seoul Fashion Week

Get ahead of the fashion game by taking a peek at next season’s collections now and getting your hands on the must-have items at a discounted price during the 2021 S/S Seoul Fashion Week. The most sought-after front row is now available to everyone..

An insight into K-pop's obsession with Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) started as a defiant street artist, became an art star sought after by established art institutions and then died young. He might be one of the most influential visual artists for K-pop bands and their fans...

Ambiguity is inevitable according to renowned contemporary artist Haegue Yang

Haegue Yang, who is now one of the world's most influential contemporary artists, but often faces complaints that her works are too difficult to understand, expressed the view that her works are not actually erudite but are "ambiguous."

Life & Style

For the A/W season, vest is best

As the seasons slowly change, choosing what to wear can become a chore. Low temperatures in the mornings give way to bright and warm afternoons but evenings turn chilly again. It's the season for layering and this season's must-have layering item?

Audio device shop shows how cool things used to be

A tall yet shabby building in the Anguk-dong neighborhood of Seoul seems mundane. But another world opens up when the elevator deposits a visitor on the 12th floor. The space is jam-packed with consumer electronic treasures from as long as 30 years..

French-Japanese designer Kenzo Takada dies at 81

Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81. The family said Sunday that Takada died from complications from COVID-19...

Korean Heritage

Video game developer Riot Games to host online exhibit for Hanbok Day

To mark Hanbok Day on Oct. 21, Riot Games, an American video game developer, publisher, and Esports tournament organizer, will host a special online exhibition.Together with four Korean holders of the national intangible cultural ...

This year's Royal Culture Festival delivers the palaces to your doorstep

When it comes to promoting the country’s tradition and culture, the Korean government goes all out. It allowed K-pop act BTS to jump up and down on a state-designated treasure and gave the green light for a 275-ton crane to enter a royal palace ...

Monthlong Korean royal palace festival kicks off this weekend

A monthlong heritage festival that explores Korea's royal palaces and culture kicked off this weekend, with some of this year's events scheduled to be held online amid the new coronavirus, officials said Friday. The sixth Royal Culture Festival ...

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