By Robert Neff previously published: The Korea Times featured picture: Mrs Emberley and her garden in Seoul, circa 1900. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the descriptions of Seoul were filled with complaints of streets packed with oxen, ponies and people all trying to avoid falling into the open sewers or stepping in … Continue reading Odors give way to fragrance in 19th century
The Roots of Modern K-pop The Influence of the US Military and Underground Clubs By Kyuhee Baik Photos by Namjin Kim & Aston Husumu Hwang Amidst the 25 sprawling districts of Seoul lies a colourful neighbourhood called Itaewon and it is the country’s crossroads for all things foreign. The roots of K-pop are here. Accordingly, the area is home to most … Continue reading Roots of K-pop
The KOREA Times Posted: 2021-04-19 13:41 By Kwon Mee-yoo Special relation South Korea - the Netherlands. I am happy that I take a tiny, little part in this Special relation South Korea - the Netherlands. I am visiting South Korea now since 2003 and it was a real adventure. So, almost one-third of the 60 … Continue reading Netherlands seeks sustainable future with Korea
Hallyu (Korean Wave). From the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, South Korean TV dramas and popular music gained great popularity in Asian countries such as China and Japan. In 1997, when the TV drama entitled What Is Love, aired by the Chinese major state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), it ranked second in China’s all-time imported … Continue reading Hallyu (Korean Wave)
Does Confucianism have a role in Korea today? Some 2,500 years after the death of Confucius ...Does Confucianism have a role in Korea today?The teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius have had a profound influence on South Korea. So much so, that the nation is sometimes referred to as the most Confucian society on earth. An … Continue reading Does Confucianism have a role in Korea today
Unbelievable umbrellas A look at a man, his craft and an obscure art. Of the myriad inventions from antiquity that have forged their way into the modern day, the umbrella (伞 sǎn) is one of the few to have retained its shape, function and beauty. Known to many ancient civilizations, the umbrella has garnered mythological, … Continue reading Unbelievable umbrellas
What makes the countries of East Asia somewhat funny is that their architecture and culture, in general, can be defined by which period the country had the most interactions with Ancient China.
Dutch words in Korea and Japanese Language. On August 24, 1609, the feudal ruler of Japan, the shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu, accorded a group of Dutchmen a pass which allowed them to trade in Japan. This fact as such would not be so noteworthy, were it not that between 1640 and 1854 — a period of … Continue reading Dutch Influences on the Japanese Language: With an Appendix on Dutch Words in Korean
Zen Gardens & Asian Garden Ideas We handpicked for you an impressive collection of ideas and visions all inspired from the Eastern philosophy that explores the connection between nature and human beings. We will commence with the brightest and most mesmerizing examples of 68 images, and we will explore the key elements which compose such … Continue reading Zen Gardens & Asian Garden Ideas
Read this Korean New Year celebration guide to the best places to spend the New Year's Eve and the New Year's Day in Korea!