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London embraces Korean wave

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London embraces Korean wave

Marking the 30-day countdown to the London Olympics 2012, supporters of Korea gathered on June 26 to take part in an outdoor campaign to publicize "All Eyes on Korea", the 100-day Korean culture summer festival. Nearly 50 British-national "Korea supporters" marched underground in downtown London, making stopovers at Waterloo and Oxford Circus tube stations. The ardent volunteers then flocked to Southbank Centre -- the largest single-run arts center in the world where most of the festival events take place -- and Trafalgar Square, home to the Korean Cultural Centre in the UK. Posters emblazoned with the colorful "K" juxtaposed symmetrically were prominently featured on screens at 30 London tube stations the same day, reaching a large population of over 3 million daily commuters.

Throughout the festival, the advertising posters for "All Eyes on Korea" may be found around tube and train stations in London, alongside promotional videos shown at multiple venues (photo courtesy of KCCUK).

"We are trying to make people associate Korea and Korean culture when they hear the letter 'K'", says Jeon Hye-jung, Project Director of the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK), who planned the festival. With this in mind, the poster was designed to remind people of Korea with each K representing the different genres of cultural content presented at the festival from K-Music and K-Film to K-Classics, K-Arts, K-literature, K-Fashion, and K-Food. As the festival sheds light on both the traditional and modern sides of Korean culture, it also incorporates elements of the practice of "dancheong", Korea's colorful decorative patterns painted on architectural forms such as wooden buildings, executed in a delicate manner. Moreover, the use of the traditional five-colored scheme, dubbed obangsaek, which can be found in every facet of Korean culture from art and Hanbok to food, also connotes a connection with the Olympic emblem, composed of five intertwined rings.

Korea supporters march around the host city of the 2012 Summer Olympics to promote All Eyes on Korea (photo courtesy of KCCUK).

The participants, wearing colorful patterned dancheong T-shirts designed by Lie Sang Bong, staged a promotional event for the festival around city, communicating with audiences at London's iconic Big Ben and Golden Jubilee Bridge, which connects Southbank Centre and the KCCUK. The supporters handed out custom-made bracelets in obangsaek colors, arousing the interest of Londoners and travelers alike and inviting them to discover diverse aspects of Korean culture and traditions.The KCCUK's Summer Festival has received attention from both the British and Korean press, featuring an extensive series on Korea's cultural and creative programs at multiple venues across the capital's iconic artistic sites, such as the Southbank Centre among others.

Korean Artist Choi Jeong-hwa's outdoor installations Time After Time (above) and Life-Life (below) forge a cheerful path and joyful atmosphere around the multi-level architecture of the Southbank Centre site. The installations were made possible with the participation of supporters and volunteers, who were involved in the final preparations (photo courtesy of KCCUK).

Korean artist Choi Jeong-hwa's outdoor installations were unveiled on June 1 as the first series of the months-long event garnered positive response from both audiences and local media. Maev Kennedy from the Guardian took note of the spectacular transformation, saying that Choi had wrapped hundreds of bright green plastic colanders around the grey columns, instantly transforming them into exotic plants.Korean contemporary art seems to be enjoying ever-growing enthusiasm from UK audiences. Art aficionados and professionals flocked to a lecture by Korean artist Lee Bul on June 15 given as part of the Southbank Centre's Wide Open School -- an experiment in learning devised and delivered by over 80 artists. Another acclaimed Korean artist, Haegue Yang who is currently staging a project at Documenta Kassel, is also hosting a day-long knitting and origami workshop on July 7, as part of the relay of classes led by world-renowned artists. From July 6 to September, a solo exhibition by Kim Beom called "The School of Inversion" will be open at the Hayward Gallery Project Space.

Hundreds of people filled up the lecture room at Southbank Centre's Hayward Gallery on June 15 to attend Korean artist Lee Bul's class "From Me, Belongs to You Only", named following the title of her recent solo exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (photo courtesy of Hayward GalleryKCCUK).

For those interested in the traditional sides of Korean culture, the KCCUK offers an unconventional exhibition showcasing nearly 50 traditional funeral biers along with wooden figures. "Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World" takes place from July 11 to September 8 at the KCCUK. In close partnership with the Southbank Centre, the summer-long festival will also showcase a number of traditional Korean music performances from July 23 to 31. On July 31, Korea's foremost classical artists take the stage at the Royal Festival Hall for the one-night-only performance "Shining K-Classics". Joining the Philharmonia Orchestra will be Avery Fisher Prize-winning violinist Sarah Chang and soprano Sumi Jo, dubbed the Queen of the Night. A concert not to miss if you are keen to appreciate the "divine voice" of the opera diva and the tremendously gifted violinist. A Gala Reception titled "Korean Shining Bright" will bring the latest collections by Lie Sang Bong to a special runway at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 30. The dancheong-inspired motifs, colorful prints, and intricate construction designs will appear on the catwalk. The fashion show is expected to mesmerize some 300 invitees in a fully dimensional and textural experience, with a vibrant mix of original works created upon a modern and creative reinterpretation of Korean cultural heritage.

Models on the catwalk at Lie Sang Bong's Spring-Summer 2012 collection display an eclectic array of modern styling and colorful costumes, showing an inspiration from the genuine aesthetics of the classic Korean architectural element dancheong, the traditional multicolored paint of the royal palaces (photo courtesy of Lie Sang Bong).

As for the K-Film series, the upcoming special screening of Battlefield Heroes slated for June 28 at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly will be followed by a QA session with Director Lee Joon-ik. This free-of-charge event will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In August, a remake of "Crossroads of Youth" (1934, Director Anh Jong-hwa) -- Korea's oldest surviving black-and-white silent movie -- comes to London and will be screened accompanied by a narrator and live orchestra. The festival wraps up its 100-day journey on September 9, with the two-day highlight of a full program of events for families as part of the 2012 Mayor's Thames Festival at Tate Modern. Held in conjunction with the closing of the Paralympic Games, the two intensive days of outdoor festivities will be embellished with a wide variety of Korean culinary delights and a selection of Korean arts and crafts along the riverbank. All Eyes on Korea invites you to discover some of the best of what Korean culture has to offer at venues across the capital from June 1 to September 9. As part of the celebrations, the KCCUK also presents a series of seven "Global Korea" lectures with a focus on the genres represented in All Eyes on Korea. Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, and Keith Howard, professor of Music at the University of London, among other experts on Korean culture are set to stand at the podium throughout the summer. For more information and online booking, visit the official website of Korean Cultural Centre UK at: Hwang Staff Writer

Hyeri Tries To Bite Kang Min Hyuk’s Hand On “Entertainer” Set

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Hyeri Tries To Bite Kang Min Hyuk’s Hand On “Entertainer” Set

Hyeri Tries To Bite Kang Min Hyuk’s Hand On “Entertainer” Setnotclaira Might 1, 2016 0 SBS’s newest drama “Entertainer” these dayspublished some behind-the-scenes cuts of Hyeri and Kang Min Hyuk.

In the drama, Hyeri and Kang Min Hyuk play Jung Geu Rin and Jo Ha Neul, who don't appear to be blood-related siblings yet accept a close noona-dongsaeng relationship. Jung Geu Rin worries about Jo Ha Neul a lot, whilst Jo Ha Neul pretends to regard her coldly but secretly looks out for her.

In the behind-the-scenes cuts, Hyeri is fooling around with any person whose face is off-camera (Kang Min Hyuk), pretending to bite their closed fist. Kang Min Hyuk is expounded to have burst into laughter at the small joke.

BTS’s Jin And J-Hope Proportion Mind On Wrapping Up “The Most pretty Moment In Life” Trilogy

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BTS’s Jin And J-Hope Proportion  Mind On Wrapping Up “The Most pretty Moment In Life” Trilogy

BTS’s Jin And J-Hope PercentageMind On Wrapping Up “The Most lovely Moment In Life” Trilogynotclaira Might 1, 2016 0 On May just 1, BTS held a are living countdown broadcast at the Naver V app to commemorate the free upin theirnewest album, “The Most Gorgeous Moment in Life: Young Forever.”

“Last year we unveiled Phase 1 and Component 2 and now we’re wrapping up the trilogy,” Jin acknowledged on the broadcast. “We’ve been doing it for a year so I used to beeither excited and nervous. It used to be a new feeling.”

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TTS-Girls' Generation, CNBLUE Added to KCON 2016 L. a. Line-up #KCONLiveChat

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KCON 2016 presented via Toyota printedthese days that the Billboard-topping ladycrew TTS and the pop-rock boy community CNBLUE could be joining the KCON 2016 Los Angeles lineup!Celebrating its 5th anniversary, KCON United states of america is the world's biggest Korean culture conference and track festival. KCON The giant apple is returning to the Prudential Middleand mayenlarge to two nights of concerts running June 24-25. KCON L. a. kicks off a month later and takes position July 29-31 at the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center. Beneath are trailers and bios for each and every artist:- TTS

TTS (also referred to as -, Girls' Generation-TTS, and TaeTiSeo) is a womanorganization consisting of 3contributors of the preferred K-pop group Girls' Generation, adding members Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. The crowd debuted in 2012 with their prolonged play "Twinkle", which used to bethe primary album by a Korean artist to rank number 1at the Billboard World Albums chart. Their 2d extended play, "Holler", also debuted at number one on the Billboard World Albums chart, making them the 3rd Korean artist, and the 1stfeminine artist, to have more than one number one with this honor.- CNBLUE

CNBLUE (also is named ) is a pop-rock boy group under CJ EM that debuted in Japan in 2009 with their extended play "Now and Never", and South Korea in 2010 with "Bluetory", which turned intoa big success, topping quite so much of music and album sales charts inside of five days of release. The members of CNBLUE consist of Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Kang Min-hyuk, and Lee Jung-shin. They have got nine songs that experience charted the Gaon Chart in the pinnacle 10, with ("Intuition") and "Hey You" achieving issue one. Either one of their Korean albums have long gone number one on the Gaon Charts, in addition six extended plays reaching number one.For a complete list of artists announced so far, talk over with Further artists will be announced in the approaching weeks.Tickets for KCON New yorkmove on sale startingWould possibly 13, and KCON LA go on sale birth June 3:- 5/13 1PM EST KCON NY Combo/Platinum Tickets- 5/16 1PM EST KCON NY Unmarried Tickets- 6/3 1PM EST KCON LA Combo/Platinum Tickets- 6/6 1PM EST KCON LA Single TicketsPrices will variety from $50 to $250 for single tickets and $800 for platinum price tagthat providesget admission to to all concerts and the convention.For additional information and the newest KCON news, we invite lovers to stopover at and observe @KCONUSA on Twitter, where artist lineups and ticket data volition be announced.

Jin Goo and Kim Ji Won Don’t Take note Lee Kwang Soo Attending “Descendants of the Sun” Dinner

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Jin Goo and Kim Ji Won Don’t Take note Lee Kwang Soo Attending “Descendants of the Sun” Dinner

Jin Goo and Kim Ji Won Don’t Consider Lee Kwang Soo Attending “Descendants of the Sun” Dinnernotclaira Would possibly 1, 2016 0 On May just 1, “Descendants of the Sun” stars Kim Ji Won and Jin Goo were special visitors on SBS’s “Running Man” at the facet of David McInnis and Cosmic Girls’ Eun Seo.

On the display Haha said, “Lee Kwang Soo is the president of Song Joong Ki’s fanclub. He also went to the ‘Descendants of the Sun’ dinner with the remainder of the cast.”

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The Sunday Social, 5/1: Are You In a position for May?

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The Sunday Social, 5/1: Are You In a position for May?

The Sunday Social, 5/1: Are You Able for May?Written via Gaya On Might 1, 2016Hi readers, and welcome to May!

K-pop has been teasing a huge number of new releases for this month in particular, and now we are in spite of everything here! BTS just dropped the MV for their repackaged album, and we can exist getting new tune from AkMu and more this week.

Later on in the month, Woohyun may be making his solo debut.  SM and Coridel have also deigned to check up solo releases for Tiffany and Jessica freeing music all through this time, please take into accountto stick hydrated and no longer to overload at the drama. You'll be able toselect up spilt popcorn (five 2nd rule!) yet spilt words are tougher to mop up especially online.

Korea Circuit to Host Int'l Supercar Race

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The ill-fated Korea World Circuit hosted the Formula One Korean Grand Prix from 2010 to 2013, but snowballing losses triggered South Jeolla Province to prevent IT and update it with the AFOS race, a purely advertisement event.

Hyundai, GM Korea and the Korea CarGeneration Institute are latelythe use of it as a checking out ground, as are tire makers Hankook and Kumho. Smaller racing occasionsalso are held there.

Provincial officials are webhosting other partiesso as to lend a handscale back the approximately W190 billion in accumulated losses, adding a festival earlier than AFOS. The festival from Would possiblyfiveto fourteen volition give traffica possibility to ride in a supercar.

Public Servants' Wages Stay Rising

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According to govt data, the president's salary this year is W212 million, whilst the top minister makes W164 million. Ministers earn W120 million, while vice ministers make W117 million. The lowest-ranking government employee makes around W2 million a month.

Cho Joon-mo at Sungkyunkwan University warned that increasingly young other people are taking the civil providerchecks lured by processsafety and emerging pay.

Watch: EXO’s Xiumin and Chen Attempt to Hit Difficult Top Note on “Fantastic Duo”

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Watch: EXO’s Xiumin and Chen Attempt to Hit Difficult  Top Note on “Fantastic Duo”

Watch: EXO’s Xiumin and Chen Try and gainDemandingPrime government note on “Fantastic Duo”ilmare42 Might 1, 2016 0 Participants of EXO seem as visitors on May just 2’s episode of “Fantastic Duo,” where they get the danger to blow their own horns their vocal skillsin addition their aegyo!

During the show, the panel talks about fellow guest Jo Sung Mo’s song “Immortal Love,” which functionsa surprisingly high note that a lot of the contestants battleto drag off. When EXO is asked if they could also beready to do it, Chen nominates fellow member Xiumin and explains, “Xiumin in point of fact likes this song.”

Xiumin warms up his voice first, but if he makes his first attempt, his voice cracks earlier than he gets to the high note. A member of the panel says he has a cold, and the crowd cheers him on before he makes his 2d attempt, which he pulls off!

TWICE Individuals Experience Massaging Every Other At The Spa

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Aired on April 19th, members Jihyo, Nahyun and Momo spend some quality time with one every other as they awaited for their relaxing massage. Given some curativeyetsour tea, their room was oncein the endin a position where the rub downprosstarted to do their paintingsto chill the idols muscles to the point all 3Two times members fell asleep.

Then began the serious stretching for each and every members despite the truth that to onlookers would possiblyglancemoderately painful, its wonderful for the blood flow.

Laying down in their bed, Nahyun convinces Momo to give her a back massage who complies ahead of plopping down like a rag doll on Nahyun with a adorable hug. Jihyo joins in by capability of giving Momo a massage before giving one to Nahyun.

Graphic Novel Brings Ancient Naval Combat to Life

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American gaphic novelist Onrie Kompan has illustrated the noted naval Fight of Myeongnyang in which Admiral Yi Sun-shin defeated a 330-strong invading Eastern fleet ships with just a dozen of his famous turtle ships.

A preview of "Yi Soon Shin: Fallen Avenger" is published Thursday, which marks the birthday of Yi, at thesite of the Seoul WorldCool animated film Animation Festival and on YouTube.

Sales of Kompan's trilogy, "Warrior and Defender", which first featured Yi's feats, totaled around 50,000 copies in the U.S. alone. It used to be published in Korean closing year.