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Weird and Wonderful Korea: Book Features Offbeat Look at Unusual Travel Destinations in Korea

One of Korea's more popular travel guides is finally available in print. Written by veteran travel blogger Chris Backe, Weird and Wonderful Korea covers...

Busan City to Establish Lee Ufan Gallery Annex to the Busan Museum of Art


BUSAN, South Korea -- Lee Ufan Gallery will be established in the Busan Museum of Art.  Lee Ufan (born 1936 in Haman-gun, South Korea) is the renowned Korean minimalist painter, sculptor, and academic. He says that Busan, where he went to high school during the Korean War, is his second home. 

Busan City Mayor Hur Nam-sik and Lee Ufan signed an overall cooperation agreement to establish the Lee Ufan Gallery as an annex to the Busan Museum of Art on July 15 at Busan City Hall.  Busan City will complete the gallery by the end of 2014 and open it to the public in the first half of 2015. The gallery will exhibit about 15 art works donated by Lee Ufan.

A City official said, The opening of the Lee Ufan Gallery will provide an opportunity for Busan residents and visitors to see his world-renowned art works. We expect it will improve Busan's status in the international community.   

Exhibition: Former Player Park Chan Ho Turns Artist While Being Turned into Art

One minute you're standing on the mound facing some of the world's best hitters, the next minute you're tossing paint covered balls at a canvas and being dubbed an artist.

Preview: What to Look for at this Weekend`s New Zealand Wine Festival in Busan

While New Zealand is ranked 18th in wine production, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, its prominence and reputation in the wine...

A Thousand Rays of Light: Samgwang Temple Illuminates Busan Leading up to Buddha’s Birthday

Om mani padme hum, or "Praise to the jewel of the lotus," plays on the speakers outside a temple in Busan.

The History of Medicine on the Korean Peninsula

The history of Korean medicine and its early innovations can be traced back as far as 3000 B.C.

Busan City to Add Extra Local Buses for National Maritime Museum Visitors During Weekends


BUSAN, South Korea -- To provide convenient access via public transportation for National Maritime Museum visitors, Busan City is adding more buses to local bus route no. 66 traveling from Busan Station to Taejongdae via Jungang-dong Station and the National Maritime Museum. The five extra buses operate every weekend from March 16 to the end of May. Weekend museum visitors can use local bus no. 66 at 10-minute intervals. Bus no. 66 usually operates during weekdays at 20-minute intervals.

The National Maritime Museum also plans to operate two shuttle buses between Busan Station and the museum from April. In addition, the Busan Regional Maritime Affairs & Port Office plans to provide ferry service for museum visitors. The ferry will operate between the Coastal Ferry Terminal and the National Maritime Museum from the middle of May after a docking facility has been installed near the museum.

Interview: Busan Israel House Opens Featuring the First Holocaust Museum in Asia


BUSAN, South Korea -- Jay and Keum-won Kronish were looking for flights out of Korea when the Israeli ambassador called. There was a problem, he told them. Keum-won knew immediately what was wrong—the ambassador had asked her, a Korean native and American resident who'd retired in Israel, to find someone in Busan to lead the city's first Israeli cultural center. And she had done this—two years ago. Unfortunately, the person she recruited for the position had backed out, leaving the ambassador with a headless operation and many gears already in motion. So he asked her, flat-out, over the phone: Why don't you and your husband do it?

The Culture of Things: What Our Everyday Objects Say About Us


BUSAN, South Korea -- As I was combing through the last two year's worth of grad school notes and writings, I came across this short piece I wrote for a course called Integrating Culture into the Language Classroom. One of the main ideas in that course was that in order to be better guides to culture in our classrooms, we need to see and better understand ourselves as cultural beings, and this short assignment is addressed to that. We were asked to look around our work space and talk about three cultural artifacts that say something about who we are culturally. It was a fun exercise, and I thought I'd share the results with you.

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