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Buddhist Community Cancels Annual Lantern Parade amid Pandemic

Buddhist Community Cancels Annual Lantern Parade amid Pandemic

SEOUL, April 10 (Korea Bizwire) — An annual lantern parade celebrating Buddha’s birthday will be canceled for a second straight year amid the new coronavirus pandemic, the South Korean Buddhist community said Saturday. The Buddhist community here usually holds a three-day lantern lighting festival, called “Yeondeunghoe” in Korean, ahead of Buddha’s birthday. A parade across [...]

Park Chan-wook to Direct TV Adaptation of Pulitzer-winning Novel ‘The Sympathizer’

Park Chan-wook to Direct TV Adaptation of Pulitzer-winning Novel ‘The Sympathizer’

SEOUL, April 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Renowned South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook is set to direct a U.S. TV project based on the Pulitzer-wining novel “The Sympathizer,” a publisher here said Thursday. Park, the man behind iconic works like “The Handmaiden” and “Joint Security Area,” will work on the TV adaptation of Vietnamese American novelist [...]

Tongyeong Music Fest Opens After Year Off amid Pandemic

Tongyeong Music Fest Opens After Year Off amid Pandemic

SEOUL, March 26 (Korea Bizwire) – The Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF), an annual classical music gala, kicked off on Friday, a year after the annual event was canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 festival will run through April 4 in Tongyeong, on the southern coast, presenting 23 classical concerts and performances [...]

Korean Drama Stokes Controversy over Historical Distortions, Igniting Boycott Against Advertisers

Korean Drama Stokes Controversy over Historical Distortions, Igniting Boycott Against Advertisers

SEOUL, March 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Tension between South Korea and China is escalating as the latter presents groundless claims that elements of the former’s inherent culture such as hanbok, kimchi and pansori originated in China. Against this backdrop, a new South Korean drama is under fire for featuring a string of scenes that have [...]