Korean Culture

Heart and Seoul of fashion: Korean opportunities

Looks from Juun G for Fall/Winter 2013/14. Photo: EPA

There was a time when the rest of Asia looked to Japan for fashion trends. That has changed over the past decade in the wake of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, a tide of Korean television dramas and pop groups which gained popularity around the world.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 11:20am

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

South Korean K-pop star Psy gives a thumbs up during a press conference before performing in a public appearance in Singapore. Photo: AFP

On calls for greater transparency over rents at West Kowloon arts hub:

Greg Carton - It's supposed to be a cultural district. So, yeah, you pay a premium to have a private wedding. On the other hand, an actual arts festival should be encouraged. You can't compare these two disparate types of events.

5 May 2015 - 11:40am

K-pop's dark side: little artistic freedom

Son Han-Byul, Musician

Girls' Generation, Wonder Girls, Rain, Big Bang. South Korea's major entertainment companies have, over the past decade, churned out some of the most familiar faces in Asian music. All are gorgeous - men and women with the perfect combination of sexy and wholesome.

30 Nov 2012 - 3:59am

How Korean culture stormed the world

Illustration: Stephen Case

With his slicked back hair, powder blue suit and goofy horse dance, South Korean rapper Psy, who is in Hong Kong today, turned Gangnam Style into one of the musical hits of the year.

1 Dec 2012 - 1:30pm

Detours: Jeju Island

Jeju Island, or Jeju-do as it is known in Korean, translates as Peace Island, and for good reason. A blanket of tranquillity seems to have descended over this tiny outcrop some 48km from the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula.

11 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Minority groups dress to impress

Fur hats, jingling metal headdresses, sweeping silk blouses and careful embroidery added much needed colour to the opening of the annual session of the National People's Congress yesterday, as minority groups dressed to impress.

6 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Trouble brewing on Witch Mountain

Seoul may be one of Asia's most unrelentingly modern cities, but on the upper slopes of Mt Inwhang, the peak that looms over the heart of the city, Seol Young-mi is carrying out an eerie ancient ritual.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Dare to bare

Residents of a northeastern province will soon get the chance to decide whether they want the country's first nudist beach to be set up in their backyard. If the proposal meets with approval, Kangwon province will select a secluded, undeveloped site for those who dare to bare.

17 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Korea unifications

United Korea

Donald Kirk's article on the scholarly conflict between both Koreas and China over the ancient state of Goguryeo ('Chinese history - a cause that unites the two Koreas', February 28) provides much food for thought.

5 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Barometer of graft shifts into high gear

Counting the number of new Mitsubishi Pajeros, Toyota Landcruisers and other costly four-wheel-drive vehicles on the streets of Yanji, in China's depressed northeast, is one way of measuring corruption levels.

6 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Tourists see some festivals, rituals for the first time

South Korea is celebrating 1998 as the 'Year of Historical and Cultural Tourism' with a host of festivals, rituals, sporting events and performances welcoming tourists for the first time.

Both serious runners and joggers from Hong Kong are being invited to join the Cherry Blossom Marathon on April 11 in Kyongju.

6 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Seoul showcases past and present

SOUTH Koreans are preparing to mark a significant milestone this year and will host the world to a celebration of the country's heritage.

On November 29, South Korea celebrates its 600th anniversary. To commemorate the historic date, several events are being held this year, designated ''Visit Korea Year''.

26 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

A clean sweep at the inn

TRAVELLERS to South Korea who find Seoul hotels too rich for their blood - many top hotels in the Korean capital now charge as much as those in Tokyo - should consider the attractions of Korea's traditional inns, yogwans.

Korean yogwans offer spotlessly clean accommodation at bargain basement rates.

They are especially cozy during the icy cold Korean winters.

3 Oct 1993 - 12:00am