Korea Times: Cultural artifact-inspired merchandise gets makeover

Korea Times: Cultural artifact-inspired merchandise gets makeover . “Traditional souvenirs filling the shelves of Korean museum shops have long been stereotyped as items that lack practicality and that often fail to go well with interior decor, due to their faithful yet outdated designs. Once purchased or gifted, it isn’t unusual for these products to be tucked away in a corner of a room, slowly forgotten as they gather dust. However, a recent string of makeovers of state-run museums’ relic-inspired merchandise have added a feeling of freshness to the shop’s vitrines.”

BBC: Hundreds of K-pop songs disappear from Spotify

BBC: Hundreds of K-pop songs disappear from Spotify. “Hundreds of popular K-pop songs have been removed from Spotify, amid a dispute with South Korean music distributor Kakao M. Releases by popular acts including Sistar, IU, Monsta X and Epik High have vanished, leaving fans frustrated.” Do you have favorite K-pop songs? I like bouncy stuff and I have no K-Pop in my standard Spotify list.

K-pop in 2021: Social media-friendly musicians survive pandemic (Korea Times)

Korea Times: K-pop in 2021: Social media-friendly musicians survive pandemic. “K-pop is tech-savvy. K-pop artists were able to build a global fandom thanks to their strategic use of YouTube and social media to interact with their fans abroad. Considering its tech-friendly nature, it’s no surprise K-pop is remaining strong despite the pandemic. K-pop musicians’ bonds with global fans are stronger than one might expect, partly because their decades-old relationships were built online, according to a K-pop expert.”

South China Morning Post: Korean pop music archive digitised and reissued for vinyl lovers – it’s ‘our living history of K-pop’, record company boss says

South China Morning Post: Korean pop music archive digitised and reissued for vinyl lovers – it’s ‘our living history of K-pop’, record company boss says. “Oasis Records Music Company is one such company that has been digitising and preserving its music collection. Established in 1952 during the Korean war, it owns more than 10,000 master tapes of Korean music recorded between the 1950s and 1990s, which it claims is the largest collection of its kind, unknown to the public until recently.”

Buddhistdoor: Freer and Sackler Galleries Launch Digital Catalogue of Goryeo Buddhist Art

Buddhistdoor: Freer and Sackler Galleries Launch Digital Catalogue of Goryeo Buddhist Art. “South Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration and the US-based Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have launched a new website titled Goryeo Buddhist Painting: A Closer Look, showcasing Buddhist art from Korea’s Goryeo dynasty. The new online catalogue serves as a digital repository for all Goryeo-era art currently held in the collections of museums in the United States.”

IndieWire: The Korean Film Archive Is Now Streaming Over 200 Movies for Free on YouTube

IndieWire: The Korean Film Archive Is Now Streaming Over 200 Movies for Free on YouTube. “After making history at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival by becoming the first South Korean director to win the Palme d’Or, ‘Parasite’ director Bong Joon-ho encouraged cinephiles around the world to seek out more works of South Korean cinema. Thanks to the Korean Film Archive’s official YouTube page, Bong’s wish could not be easier for American moviegoers to fulfill. The KFA is streaming over 200 feature films for free right now on YouTube, many of which have been uploaded to the platform in restored versions.”

Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: 1,443 titles including “Korean Metal/Stone Rubbings Collection” and others newly available (Kyoto University Library Network)

Kyoto University Library Network: Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: 1,443 titles including “Korean Metal/Stone Rubbings Collection” and others newly available. “The digital images newly released this time include 219 titles of ‘Korean Metal/Stone Rubbings Collection’, 850 manuscripts from ‘Kawai Collection’, 356 titles of ‘Modern Educational Wallcharts’. Other than these, transcriptions and explanations are added to ‘Meiji Restoration Collection’ and Nara Ehon Collection. As of January 29, 2018, 1,071,087 images of 12,793 titles are available in Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive.”