Seoul opens Korean dessert pop-up store ‘Sweet Seoul’ in Paris over weekend

A special pop-up store opened in two spots in Paris over the weekend showcasing Korea’s traditional desserts.
“Sweet Seoul” opened for two days at the Galeries Lafayette department store and at a two-star Michelin Korean restaurant in Paris.
Five Korean dessert chefs presented traditional desserts made from sticky rice, nuts and fruits.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is holding the event to introduce Korea’s culture and food during Seoul Week, which runs from November 14th to 21st.
The pop-up store will also open in New York for two days starting Wednesday.

Seoul, a special city for you and me!

The world-renowned Soprano Sumi Jo will introduce you to diverse charms of Seoul city. Seoul, a city of infinite possibilities where everyone wants to stay, live and invest. Let’s meet the beautiful scenery of Seoul, which is in harmony with jazz, fusion Korean traditional music, and modern music.

Korean grandpa artist taking over Instagram

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When 75-year-old Lee Chan-jae was living in Brazil, he started using Instagram to keep in touch with his grandsons, who lived in South Korea and the United States.

It started as a small family project, but after less than three years, he now has more than 300,000 followers around the world.

Lee Chan-jae shares his story with Al Jazeera.

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For grandpa, watching the Winter Olympics everyday has been increasingly fun and amazing. Amongst all, I thought it was specially beautiful to watch Chloe Kim fly in the air. She’s the youngest medalist at 17 and it’s been impressive to watch a young girl who’s enjoying her sports life with a bright smile. But when I learned her parents were Korean, I felt the warmth in my heart. They immigrated to the USA at a similar time as we did. #snowboarding #chloekim #wintergames O dia a dia das olimpíadas de inverno, o vovô vem acompanhado os jogos e a diversão, o espanto e a emoção só têm crescido a cada dia. Meninos, o mais lindo de tudo foi ver a Chloe Kim do snowboard voando ao céu. A medalista de ouro mais jovem, uma menina de apenas 17 anos, quando vi em seu rosto aquele sorriso tão brilhante curtindo a vida de esportista, me senti orgulhoso. Mas assim que soube que os pais da Chloe eram coreanos, meu coração esquentou. Parece que eles foram para os EUA na mesma época de quando partimos para o Brasil. 겨울 올림픽의 하루하루, 경기를 보는 할아버지도 재미와 놀라움, 감동이 점점 커져가고 있단다. 얘들아, 그 중에서도 스노우보드의 클로이 김이 하늘을 나는 모습은 참 아름다웠어. 제일 어린 금메달리스트, 열일곱 살밖에 안된 소녀에게서 스포츠의 삶을 즐기는 밝은 웃음을 봤을 때 대견했단다. 그런데 클로이의 부모님이 한국인이라는 것을 듣자 가슴이 뜨거워졌어. 우리와 비슷한 때 미국으로 이민 갔대. #동계올림픽 #평창올림픽 #스노우보드하프파이프 #클로이김 #미국이민가족

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Berlinale: Grass

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The owner of this cafe in a traditional district of Seoul is never shown. But we do discover he likes classical music. To the sound of Franz Schubert, Richard Wagner, or Jacques Offenbach, Hong Sangsoo offers another variation on the recurring motif of all his films – when happens when men and women meet.

A young woman accuses a young man of being responsible for her girlfriend’s suicide. A little later, she pays him a compliment. He stares at the floor, embarrassed. In the middle of the conversation, there’s a whip-pan on to the neighbouring table where a woman is sitting at her laptop. She overhears snatches of dialogue and develops them further. Is she the author of the subsequent relationship portraits in miniature whose stories and themes mirror one other? At times, she gets involved in the plot; at others, characters seek her advice. In this Hong Sangsoo film too, soju, Korean schnapps, is served at the table. At this moment, the camera pans out, capturing a young couple in traditional costume, taking photos of each other. Resignation or a new beginning? In the games that play out between the sexes, perhaps you must sometimes look back before you can move forward.

Cast:

Kim Minhee (Areum)
Jung Jinyoung (Kyungsoo)
Ki Joobong (Changsoo)
Seo Younghwa (Sunghwa)
Kim Saebyuk (Jiyoung)
Ahn Jaehong (Hongsoo)
Gong Minjeung (Mina)

Written and directed by Hong Sangsoo

Berlinale: Old Love

Final screening: Saturday, February 24, 10pm. (Zoo Palast)

After a long time away, Yoon-hee returns home from Canada to look after her mother, who has Alzheimer’s. As she smokes a cigarette while waiting for the bus at the airport, she recognises the voice of her love from student days, Jung-soo. The two arrange to have dinner.

Airports are places of reunion and thus point to these two lives in transit, to the feeling of being a mere visitor in one’s own life. As the two walk through Seoul in winter, there is mainly silence, with only a few facts exchanged. Now in their late 40s, they were part of a theatre group when they met and the film succeeds in bringing their lives back to the stage without seeming static or theatrical. It is not grand words, but much more the lowering of eyelids, the nuances of emphasis, the open and reserved gazes, which betray the sense that their lives haven’t gone as they would have liked. Sometimes looking back into the past reinforces the melancholy, sometimes it creates clarity. And sometimes a film needs nothing more than an attentive camera and the director’s empathetic gaze.

Cast:

Yoo Jung-ah (Yoonhee)
Kim Tae-hoon (Jungsoo)
Kim Moonhee (Moonhee)

Written and directed by Park Kiyong

Berlinale: Last Child

Final screening: Saturday, February 24, 8pm (Colosseum 1).

A married couple who run a small interior decorating business have yet to get over the death of their son Eunchan, who drowned while trying to save a friend’s life. One day, the boy’s father watches as the surviving boy, Kihyun, is bullied by his friends. He intervenes and befriends the seemingly rootless boy, and gives him a job in his store.
This directorial debut looks at how grief works. As the three protagonists paint, put up wallpaper, and cook together, everyday tasks become a matter of course once again, and the three develop a shared rhythm; they could almost be mistaken for a family. But the closer the trio becomes, the guiltier Kihyun feels. Finally he confesses the truth about Eunchan: he was not the noble saviour everyone believes him to have been. Sadness curdles into a desire for revenge. But the film retains its calm, and its hugely focused visual compositions provide space for all kinds of emotional outbursts. The provincial setting, precisely drawn, becomes a stage where questions of vengeance and atonement are played out.

Cast:

Choi Moo-seong (Sungcheol)
Kim Yeo-jin (Misook)
Seong Yu-bin (Kihyun)

Written and directed by Shin Dong-seok

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Tasty Korean cuisine

In her restaurant ‘Kimchi Princess’, Young-Mi Snowden-Park serves authentic Korean dishes. A particularly popular one is Bibimbap, made with mixed rice, vegetables and marinated beef.

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