Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village  The fascinating Hanok village near by Seoul city center Direction: Jonggak Subway station, Exit #2, 15 mins walk Jongno 3ga Subway station, Exit #6, 10 mins walk  Story of it:  This village, located next to Gyeongbokgung Palace, was a neighborhood for nobility during the Joseon Dynasty. The traditional Korean houses of the…

Der Spiegel highlights K-pop

  Der Spiegel highlights K-pop   The German magazine Der Spiegel has shone its spotlight on K-pop and Korean hip hop and pop culture. In a three-page April 28 article, “Soundtrack eines Wunders,” or “Soundtrack of a miracle,” the magazine reported that stars like Girls’ Generation and PSY are sweeping Asia and that Korea now…

Children’s songs bring Asia together

  Children’s songs bring Asia together   Seven Asian countries — Korea, Mongolia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, and the Philippines — have recently made a children’s song book together.  “Singing Asia to Live Together” was recently published by the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), under the auspices of UNESCO and supported…