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COVID-19 is ‘First Global Problem Recognized as Global Problem’: Jared Diamond

COVID-19 is ‘First Global Problem Recognized as Global Problem’: Jared Diamond

SEOUL, June 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Pulitzer-winning geographer Jared Diamond called the new coronavirus pandemic “the first global problem recognized as a global problem,” urging countries and cities to respond together to the virus that has infected more than 6 million globally. “The biggest change for the world is that the world for the first [...]

S. Korea’s ‘Peninsula,’ ‘Heaven’ Among Cannes’ 2020 Official Selection

S. Korea’s ‘Peninsula,’ ‘Heaven’ Among Cannes’ 2020 Official Selection

SEOUL, June 4 (Korea Bizwire) — “Peninsula” by South Korean filmmaker Yeon Sang-ho and “Heaven: To The Land of Happiness” by fellow Korean director Im Sang-soo were selected among the 73rd Cannes Film Festival lineup Wednesday (local time). The two Korean films made the list of the 2020 Official Selection, consisting of 56 movies, which [...]

Art of Conservation Science Takes Center Stage in Special Exhibition

Art of Conservation Science Takes Center Stage in Special Exhibition

SEOUL, June 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Conservation science, the discipline of conserving art, architecture and other cultural works, serves as a tool for restoring art as closely to the creator’s intended vision. The discipline combines aspects of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering — nerdy fields that are hardly considered romantic or associated with timeless beauty [...]

S. Koreans Mark Buddha’s Birthday After Monthlong Delay Due to COVID-19

S. Koreans Mark Buddha’s Birthday After Monthlong Delay Due to COVID-19

SEOUL, May 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans celebrated the Buddha’s birthday Saturday after a one-month delay caused by the new coronavirus outbreaks, with many praying for the Buddha’s wisdom to help weather the pandemic. Congregants held celebrations at more than 20,000 temples across the nation to mark the Buddha’s 2,564th birthday after a monthlong [...]

Museums, Art Centers Around Capital Close Again Due to Spike in Virus Cases

Museums, Art Centers Around Capital Close Again Due to Spike in Virus Cases

SEOUL, May 29 (Korea Bizwire) — State-run museums, galleries and theaters in Seoul and its surrounding areas will suspend operations for two weeks due to a recent resurgence in new coronavirus cases linked to a logistics center in the metropolitan region, the government said Friday. According to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, nine [...]

CGV Adopts System That Checks Whether Moviegoers Have Masks on Properly

CGV Adopts System That Checks Whether Moviegoers Have Masks on Properly

SEOUL, May 29 (Korea Bizwire) — CGV, South Korea’s largest multiplex chain, said Friday it has adopted camera systems that automatically check moviegoers’ temperatures and whether or not they have their masks on properly amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The company, an affiliate of Korean entertainment giant CJ Group, said it has introduced [...]

‘Spring of Democracy’ Exhibition Highlights Records, Emotions of Gwangju Uprising

‘Spring of Democracy’ Exhibition Highlights Records, Emotions of Gwangju Uprising

SEOUL, May 28 (Korea Bizwire) — To this day, the Gwangju Democratization Movement of May 18, 1980, against the then-brutal military dictatorship invokes in the hearts of many South Koreans emotions of horror and deep sorrow, as well as a profound respect toward hope for democracy. The movement, which ended with hundreds of people killed [...]

Jeonju Film Festival to Open Online amid Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

Jeonju Film Festival to Open Online amid Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

SEOUL, May 28 (Korea Bizwire) – The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), the country’s largest showcase of indie and art house films, opened without a public audience Thursday due to concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic. Rescheduled from the original April 30-May 9 slot, the 21st edition will run for 116 days with online screenings for [...]

Two Rare Buddhist Treasures Fail to Sell at High-profile Auction

Two Rare Buddhist Treasures Fail to Sell at High-profile Auction

SEOUL, May 27 (Korea Bizwire) — High-profile auctions of two ancient Buddhist treasures in Seoul on Wednesday failed to attract any bidders. The auctions of Gilt-bronze Standing Buddha and Gilt-bronze Standing Bodhisattva, both owned by Kansong Art Museum, were held at the K Auction headquarters in southern Seoul. Bidding began at 1.5 billion won (US$1.23 [...]