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The Cloud Dream of the Nine
The Cloud Dream of the Nine by Kim Man-jung is a 17th-century Korean novel set in the Chinese Tang Dynasty. It has been called “one of the most beloved masterpieces in Korean literature." It was the first literary work from Korea to be translated into English, by James Scarth Gale in 1922. The book is written in a philosophical style, expressing Confucianist and Buddhist concepts.
Hong Gildong jeon
Hong Gildong jeon is a Korean novel, often translated as The Biography of Hong Gildong, written during the Joseon Dynasty. Hong Gildong, an out-of-wedlock son between a nobleman and a lower class woman, is the main character of the story. Gifted with supreme intelligence and supernatural abilities, he steals from rich and corrupt aristocrats, which has drawn him comparisons to famous bandits like the English folk hero Robin Hood.
The Vegetarian (2007)
The Vegetarian is a South Korean three-part novel written by Han Kang and first published in 2007 that tells the story of Yeong-hye, a part-time graphic artist and home-maker, who decides to stop eating meat after a bloody, nightmarish dream. The Vegetarian was received as "very extreme and bizarre" by the South Korean audience. It has been translated into at least thirteen languages, including English, French, Spanish, and Chinese. In May 2016, it won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.
Please Look After Mom (2008)
Please Look After Mom is a novel by South Korean author Kyung-sook Shin. It sold a million copies within 10 months of release in 2009 in South Korea, and is critically acclaimed internationally. The English translation by Chi-young Kim won the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize. The book was also chosen by Oprah to be one of her "18 Books to Watch for in April 2011 and by Amazon as one of its "Best Books of the Month: April 2011".
Cursed Bunny (2022)
Cursed Bunny is a genre-defying collection of short stories by Korean author Bora Chung. Blurring the lines between magical realism, horror, and science fiction, Chung uses elements of the fantastic and surreal to address the very real horrors and cruelties of patriarchy and capitalism in modern society. Chung has written three novels and three collections of short stories. In 2022, the English edition of her short story collection Cursed Bunny translated by Anton Hur was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize.
BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is known to be the most famous boy band in Korea formed in 2010. The band consists of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. By 2017, BTS had crossed into the global music market and led the Korean Wave into the United States. In 2020, BTS became one of the few groups since the Beatles to chart four US number-one albums in less than two years.
BLACKPINK is a girl group consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa, who debuted in August 2016. Referred to as the "biggest girl group in the world," Blackpink is the most successful Korean girl group internationally. They have been acknowledged as one of the most powerful celebrities in South Korea by Forbes Korea (placing first in 2019, third in 2020, and second in 2021).
New Jeans, composed of Minji, Hanni, Danielle, Haerin, and Hyein, rose to prominence upon their debut in 2022. Their hit songs include Attention, Ditto, and ETA. They have become the most beloved girl group in Korea as well as in the world. After their successful debut, NewJeans received several rookie awards and were featured in listicles such as Time's Next Generation Leaders and Forbes's Korea Power Celebrity 40.
Gyeongju, historically known as Seorabeol, is a coastal city in the far southeastern corner of North Gyeongsang Province. It was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla (57 BC – 935 AD). The city has 31 National Treasures, and Gyeongju National Museum houses 16,333 artifacts. It is a major tourist destination for South Koreans as well as foreign visitors. It boasts the 1000 years of Silla heritage with vast number of ancient ruins and archaeological sites found throughout the city.
Hadong is a county in South Gyeongsang Province. During the Goryeo dynasty, the area was known as Hadong-hyeon. Nestled between the Seomjin River and Mount Jiri, the county is a popular destination for both domestic and foreign tourists who enjoy nature and traditional culture. Parts of the Jirisan National Park lie within the county and form the county's notable hilly, mountainous landscape. Hadong has been famous for its green tea since the Silla era, when an envoy brought green tea seeds from the Tang Empire to be planted locally.
Buyeo is a county in South Chungcheong Province. Buyeo-eup, the county's capital, was the site of the capital of Baekje from 538-660 AD, during which it was called Sabi Fortress. During the Three Kingdoms Era, the capital of Baekje was moved to present-day Buyeo-eup (then called Sabi) on account of crowding in the former capital, which was near present-day Seoul.
Gongju is a city in South Chungcheong province which was the capital of Baekje from AD 475 to 538. There are cultural heritages designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Gongsanseong and Magoksa. In addition, there are several historical sites of Baekje, Gongju National Museum as a facility, and Gyeryongsan National Park as a resort area.
Jeju Island is South Korea's largest and most populous island situated one hour from Seoul by flight. Jeju is a volcanic island, dominated by Hallasan: a volcano 1,950 meters (6,400 ft) high and the highest mountain in South Korea where there is a crater lake on Hallasan called Baengnokdam, meaning "white deer lake". It is formed by the collapse of the top of the ridge by the movement of magma underground. The island contains a natural World Heritage Site, the Jeju Volcanic Island, and Lava Tubes. Jeju is also famous for its beautiful beaches including Geumneung, Jungmun, and Hado where people enjoy surfing and swimming.
Jeonju Hanok Village
Jeonju Hanok Village is a village in the city of Jeonju. The village contains over 800 Korean traditional houses called 'Hanok'. It is famous among Koreans and tourists because of its traditional buildings that strongly contrast with the modern city around it. It was designated as an International Slow City in 2010 in recognition of its relaxed pace of life where traditional culture and nature blend harmoniously.
Kyobo Bookstore Gwanghwamun Branch
The Kyobo Bookstore is the largest bookstore chain in South Korea. The flagship store Gwanghwamun branch is located in the basement of the Kyobo Building in Jongno-gu, Seoul's central business district. Kyobo also hosts a variety of events, including a book of the month event where authors come and meet with readers to discuss their work. There's also a character shop, a stationery store, and a music store where you can listen to your favorite album. The foreign book corner is popular among foreigners because there are numerous books written in various languages.
Mount Kumgang is a mountain massif, with a 1,638-metre-high (5,374 ft) peak, in Kangwon-do, North Korea. It is located on the east coast of the country, in Mount Kumgang Tourist Region, formerly part of Kangwŏn Province, and is part of the Taebaek mountain range which runs along the east of the Korean Peninsula. Starting in 1998, South Korean tourists were allowed to visit Mount Kumgang, however, the tourism was suspended after an unexpected tragic accident occurred.
Busan is South Korea's second most populous city after Seoul. It is the economic, cultural and educational center of southeastern South Korea, with its port being South Korea's busiest and the sixth-busiest in the world. Busan is a center for international conventions, hosting a APEC summit in 2005. It is also a center for sports tournaments in Korea, having hosted the 2002 Asian Games and FIFA World Cup. It is home to the world's largest department store, the Shinsegae Centum City. Busan was added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a "City of Film" in December 2014.
Among Busan’s various beaches, Haeundae Beach is the best-known destination. Not only in summer but all year round, it attracts many tourists seeking Busan's dynamic atmosphere. Haeundae is associated with cinema, due to the Busan International Film Festival and the 2009 disaster film Tidal Wave.
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