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South Korean Culture

South Korean toilet park in stark relief to your usual museum

It's no holes barred at the Toilet Culture Park in Suwon, South Korea.

From its bowl-shaped exhibition hall to the bronze figures - immortalised in mid-squat - outside, everything about a new theme park in South Korea points towards the smallest room in the house.

Monday, 12 November, 2012, 3:38am

South Korean treasure set to rise again from ashes

The structure's 22,000 roof tiles were handmade. Photo: AFP

Five years ago, as he watched TV images of South Korea's foremost historical treasure being engulfed in flames lit by a lone arsonist, Hong Chang-Won remembers having to turn his head away.

"It was too heartbreaking to see such beautiful architecture being destroyed like that," said Hong, a registered master craftsman who specialises in traditional Korean ornamental painting.

10 Nov 2012 - 1:01am

'Gangnam Style' star Psy receives prestigious South Korean honour

Psy performs his hit song Gangnam Style in front of a flash mob crowd in Paris on Monday. Photo: AFP

South Korea has awarded one of its highest cultural honours to rapper Psy for taking the world by storm with his Gangnam Style hit.

The culture ministry announced yesterday that the 34-year-old singer, whose real name is Park Jae-sang, would receive the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit, awarded for "outstanding meritorious services" to the arts.

7 Nov 2012 - 2:07am


Nick has a lesson we can all learn

15 Aug 2012 - 11:16pm

Mid-life crisis prompts Sunny reunion

Directed by Kang Hyeong-cheol, the Korean dramedy Sunny tells the story of seven middle-aged women as they reunite after 25 years to relive their memorable high school years.

Middle-aged housewife Na-mi (played by Yoo Ho-jeong; teen version by Shim Eun-kyung) lives a comfortable life with her husband and daughter. But beneath the luxury and wealth she feels alone and unhappy.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Reach for the stars

How far can star power take you? South Korean fashion designers are keenly aware that many of their customers look to celebrities as trendsetters, and have long scrambled to have top stars spotted in their outfits, in movies, television dramas and at glamorous parties.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Pop culture wins star billing as means to broaden economy

Central bank chief looks to Korean model in injecting life and money into China's cities

South Korea can provide a model for China in promoting vibrant cities on the back of a successful entertainment industry, the central bank governor says.

6 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Stand by for next Korean invasion - and $150,000

The Korean wave will continue after TVB airs its final episode of Jewel In The Palace, with rival ATV rolling out its own Korean drama and a marathon screening challenge boasting a $150,000 prize.

To launch Woman's World, a Korean period drama about women's survival games in the palace, ATV is recruiting up to 150 TV fans for the marathon screening.

29 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Cultural leaders

As South Korea's pop culture spreads across the whole of Asia, with a huge following everywhere, the question one has to ask is: what made this once culturally backward nation so strong in everything from TV dramas to dance music? Even the locals have trouble answering.

24 Dec 2004 - 12:00am