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Seoul city eyes to add Yongsan park to UNESCO list

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- The Seoul municipal government plans to push for adding an envisioned park to be created in a U.S. military base in central Seoul to UNESCO's world heritage list, officials said Thursday. In accordance with the plan to promote historical features of the city, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been working to register the park to be built in the Yongsan District as UNESCO's World Heritage Sites after the U.S. military camp there is relocated in 2016 .

Gov't to carry out special monitoring of cultural assets

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- The government will launch an extensive on-site inspection into thousands of the nation's cultural assets in the wake of allegations that they have been poorly managed, the culture ministry said Wednesday. A total of 6,752 cultural heritage items, including 1,447 state-designated ones, will come under scrutiny by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Cultural Heritage Administration beginning next month, the ministry said.

Cultural heritage chief fired over poor restoration of ancient Seoul gate

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Yonhap) -- The chief of the Cultural Heritage Administration has been sacked over the poor restoration of an ancient Seoul gate that is the country's National Treasure No. 1, officials said Friday. The presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae has informed Byun Young-sup, head of the government agency, of its decision to fire her over the shoddy restoration and management of Sungnyemun, they said.

Buddhist scripture festival concludes

HAPCHEON, South Korea, Nov. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's only Buddhist cultural festival featuring historical woodblocks "Tripitaka Koreana" came to an end on Monday, drawing more than 2 million visitors, organizers said. The 2013 Tripitaka Koreana Festival was held for 45 days in a venue near Haeinsa, or Haein Temple, in this southern county with the goal of spreading awareness of the rare 13th-century Buddhist scriptures. Hapcheon is located 354 kilometers south of Seoul.

Tripitaka Koreana Festival expects to draw 1.6 mln spectators by this weekend

HAPCHEON, South Korea, Nov. 3 (Yonhap) -- The Tripitaka Koreana Buddhist cultural festival is expected to draw a total of 1.6 million spectators by this weekend, the event organizer said Sunday. This year's festival commemorating the "Tripitaka Koreana," or "Palmandaejanggyeong," woodblocks kicked off on Sept. 30 for a 45-day run in the area near Haeinsa, or Haein Buddhist Temple, in Hapcheon, 354 kilometers south of Seoul.

New York hosts ancient Korea debut in West

Drawn to bling? A fan of gold jewelry? Keen on Buddha? If so, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art offers the newest ticket to fend off the winter chill. An exhibition of exquisite treasures from ancient Korea opens in New York next week, marking the first display anywhere outside Asia of the little known Silla kingdom. The most famous export from Korea, a territory split in two by war, are the TVs, tablets and phones of South Korea multinational Samsung, the exhibition's sponsors.

S. Korean netizens seek to change English name for 'Palman Daejanggyeong'

HAPCHEON, South Korea, Oct. 17 (Yonhap) -- A group of South Korean netizens are campaigning to change the official English name for a Korean collection of Buddhist texts carved on more than 80,000 wooden blocks. Tripitaka Koreana, or Palman Daejanggyeong in Korean, is considered the most comprehensive set of Buddhist scriptures found to date. The Haein Temple, where the texts are kept in Hapcheon, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Buddhist scriptures festival draws over 80,000 visitors

CHANGWON, South Korea, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's only Buddhist cultural festival themed on "Tripitaka Koreana" has attracted more than 80,000 visitors in the first three days of opening this year, the event's organizers said Monday. The 2013 Tripitaka Koreana Festival kicked off on Friday in the southern city of Hapcheon for a 45-day run until Nov. 10, with the goal of increasing the world's awareness of the Buddhist scriptures.

Tripitaka Koreana Festival kicks off

HAPCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- A Buddhist cultural festival has rang up the curtain in this South Korean southern city to commemorate the "Tripitaka Koreana," or "Palmandaejanggyeong" in Korean, the 's organizer said Monday. The 2013 Tripitaka Koreana Festival kicked off on Friday in Hapcheon, 354 kilometers south of Seoul, for a 45-day run until Nov. 10, said the organizing committee for the event dubbed the Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana.

Haein Temple holds rituals ahead of Tripitaka Koreana festival

HAPCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 25 (Yonhap) -- A Buddhist temple in the southern city of Hapcheon held two rituals Wednesday ahead of the opening of this year's global Tripitaka festival, the event's organizer said. This year's Tripitaka Koreana festival will kick off on Thursday for a 45-day run in Hapcheon, 354 kilometers south of Seoul, said the organizing committee for the event dubbed Millennial Anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana.
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