A memorial service for Confucius
A ritual specialist takes ancestor tablets at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul on May 11 during a memorial service for Confucius, who died 2,563 years ago. / Korea Times photos by Shim Hyun-chul
By Shim Hyun-chul
"Seokjeon Daeje" meaning grand Confucian ceremony is a traditional rite that pays tribute to Confucius and other ancient sages and scholars.
The event is held every year on Confucius' birthday on Sept. 28 and the day of his death, May 11, at 234 Confucian temples nationwide to commemorate him and other historical figures from both Korea and China. Confucian philosophy and lessons are thought to be one of the foundations of Korean society over thousands of years. Cohosted by Sungkyunkwan University and the Cultural Heritage Administration, the ceremony was held at the school's Seoul campus on May 11. Culture Minister Choe Kwang-sik took part in the event, along with some 200,000 worshipers.
The ceremony is characterized by observances of ritual etiquette and order with performances of traditional music and dance such as "Palilmu" based on Confucian ideals.
The ceremony, designated as the nation's 85th important intangible cultural heritage, is passed down through apprenticeships, lectures and courses given at two institutions.
For the music, traditional instruments are used, which do not exist in other countries. This well-preserved rite is a work of great artistic merit with traditional clothes and a solemn procedure.
For 44 consecutive weeks, the program “Superman Returns” gets the highest position among programs rated by audience
KBS’ child-rearing variety program “Superman Returns” has continued to prove its immense popularity through viewer ratings for 44 weeks in a row!
According to Nielsen Korea, the most recent broadcast of “Superman Returns” on May 3 recorded a nationwide viewership rating of 14.9%, taking charge of the top spot during its time slot. With this latest ranking, the show has maintained its position at number one for 11 months running. . ... Read more
Nam Tae Hyun is gearing into preparation for his debut as an actor.
On the picture revealed on May 1, Nam Tae Hyun can be seen wearing a school uniform and a padded jacket while looking over the script for “Midnight’s Girl.” . ... Read more
On the May 22 installment of JTBC“s “Witch Hunt“, Sung Si Kyung revealed that he has previously befriended people he met online.
The show featured a woman who met a man through a blog and couldn”t figure out whether he had real romantic feelings for her. Sung Si Kyung said, “In the past, I”ve met some people who I”ve come to know from playing go-stop on the internet. We played a game with three people, and they seemed like very kind and good people. That”s why I asked if we could meet [in person].” . ... Read more
On May 21st, MONSTA X dropped a special video version of their debut track “Trespass.”
MONSTA X created and revealed the “prison break” version of “Trespass.” Although they didn”t showcase their choreography, they still provided their best energy and effort to give satisfaction to their fans.. ... Read more