Language and Culture

  • "Once a familiar sight across the country, traditional Korean houses, called hanoks, have been steadily disappearing since the 1990s. Despite government efforts to preserve them, these single-story courtyard homes have been replaced by modern housing, or destroyed to make way for large commercial developments and infrastructure. But just as K-pop grew from Korea's musical past to express newfound wealth and national identity, 'K-..
  • "Below is an arbitrary list of South Korea’s most impressive contemporary architectural buildings and spaces. They were chosen for their ability to impress and their relatively open access to the public. Each of the following spaces can be appreciated by the erudite architecture buff or the inquisitive tourist."
  • "Hanbok, the traditional attire of the Korean people, has a history as colorful as the garments themselves. Worn daily up until about a century ago, the hanbok remains an important icon of Korea, and is still donned on special occasions and holidays. We take a closer look."
  • "Antique Alive is dedicated to introducing great Korean master artists who are developing and bequeathing Asian artistic traditions, which have been handed down from generation to generation for several thousand years. We also aspire to provide an opportunity for visitors to purchase their exquisite works of art, handicrafts, home decor accessories, traditional music and unique Korean gifts at our online gallery and gift store."
  • "The greatest challenge facing anyone trying to introduce Korean writing to the outside world is the world’s general lack of knowledge regarding Korea’s recent history, which has had such a deep influence on its literature.

    Until the end of the 19th century, Korean poetry and fiction were mostly written in imitation of (Classical) Chinese models. The very simple 'Hangeul' alphabet, which had been invented in the 15th..
  • "For most of his life, record store owner Kim Ji-yun has battled against a feeling he has trouble describing; a mystery of the soul, a puzzle that many say helps define their culture — the ineffable sadness of being Korean.

    The concept is known as han. And for the nearly 50 million South Koreans it’s as amorphous a notion as love or hate: intensely personal, yet carried around collectively, a national torch, a badge of sufferi..
  • “The confident reach of South Korean culture follows that country’s emergence from a century of terrible upheaval. For Hyunsoo Woo, curator of Korean art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the moment was right to look beyond her country’s recent past to the era that informed it: the 518-year reign of the Joseon Dynasty, from 1392–1910, which gave Korea its culture of duty. What has resulted is an ambitious survey of one hundred fifty wo..
  • "This article is a short version of the research paper from South Korea included in the book 'Human Rights in Asian Cultures - Continuity and Change', 1997 published by HURIGHTS OSAKA. - Editor's note."
  • "The Korean language is unique, underscoring Korea's cultural legacy and the linguistic and historical connections among cultures of Northeast Asia."
  • "This curious ‘our’ or ‘we’ – in Korean, ‘uri’ – cropped up again and again. Out of all the words explained to me, it was the one to make the biggest impression and leave the deepest, most enduring mark. Because, as it turned out, uri wasn’t a mere grammar point, it was a cultural canon. It captured the very essence of a nation."
  • "Most would not agree that they, as individuals, should think of themselves as separate from their parents and families. Children incur a debt to their parents who gave birth to them and raised them. This debt lies behind the idea of filial duty: treating parents respectfully at all times, taking care of them in their old age, mourning them well at proper funerals, and performing ceremonies for them after their deaths. Even fulfilling thes..
  • "From birthday rituals that predict one’s destiny, to throwing chestnuts at a bride on her wedding day, we round up the most unusual Korean customs and traditions and find out what they all mean."
  • "When you are first introduced to Korean names, they are quite difficult to understand. They sound unfamiliar, and you might not know how they work, and the Korean people you meet might not know how to help you understand. How do you properly address a Korean person? There are many things you need to know before you can do it competently."
  • "Traditional Confucian teaching emphasized propriety in the five sets of human relationships, which included the relations between sovereign and subject, father and son, husband and wife, senior and junior, and friend and friend. Koreans are very status conscious, and their speech behavior reflects the hierarchical relationship between social actors. Koreans are generally courteous to the extent of being ceremonious when they interact with..

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