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Vintage Korean photographs

Posted by rod - 18.03.2013

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100 years ago life in Korea was different as it is today. The two Koreas, North and South were still one country, occupied by the Japanese. The above pictures document the daily lives of the Korean people back in the late 19th – early 20th centuries. via vintag

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Korean typography poster

Posted by rod - 22.02.2013

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Seoul designer Joonghyun Cho created this Korean typography poster explain Korean character (Hangule) for foreigner who study design in South Korea.

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Photographing North Korea

Posted by rod - 17.01.2012

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Award winning British photographer Charlie Crane had the chance to take some photos of North Korea, one of the world’s most closed off countries. The photos above are all taken in the capital city Pyongyang.

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Greetings from North Korea! Infographics

Posted by rod - 01.12.2011

Greetings from North Korea! Infographics

Recently North Korea eased its travel restrictions making it easier for tourists to get into the country. So what could you expect in North Korea, a country which is such a secretive destination? Click onto the image to see the statistics and places to do and see. via good

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Museum of Communism – Kim Jong Il

Posted by rod - 13.09.2011

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Rafael Silveira got commissioned by Y&R, Prague, Czech Republic to illustrate a pair of ads for the Museum of Communism. The concept is to keep communism alive and therefore Fidel Castro (Cuba) and Kim Jong Il (North Korea) are shopping at the gift shop for some souvenirs to take home.

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Unique look at North Korea

Posted by rod - 05.07.2011

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VBS got a “unique” look at North Korea and captured it all on camera. Check out these videos.

“Getting into North Korea was one of the hardest and weirdest processes VBS has ever dealt with. After we went back and forth with their representatives for months, they finally said they were going to allow 16 journalists into the country to cover the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang. Then, ten days before we were supposed to go, they said, “No, nobody can come.” Then they said, “OK, OK, you can come. But only as tourists.” We had no idea what that was supposed to mean. They already knew we were journalists, and over there if you get caught being a journalist when you’re supposed to be a tourist you go to jail. We don’t like jail. And we’re willing to bet we’d hate jail in North Korea. But we went for it. The first leg of the trip was a flight into northern China. At the airport, the North Korean consulate took our passports and all of our money, then brought us to a restaurant. We were sitting there with our tour group, and suddenly all the other diners left and these women came out and started singing North Korean nationalist songs. We were thinking, “Look, we were just on a plane for 20 hours. We’re jet-lagged. Can we just go to bed?” but this guy with our group who was from the LA Times told us, “Everyone in here besides us is secret police. If you don’t act excited then you’re not going to get your visa. So we got drunk and jumped up onstage and sang songs with the girls. The next day we got our visas. A lot of people we had gone with didn’t get theirs. That was our first hint at just what a freaky, freaky trip we were embarking on

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Korean Hangeul typography project

Posted by rod - 19.05.2011

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Korean designer Ki-chul Song created this amazing Hangeul Typography project.

“Have you heard about the Hangeul writing system that Koreans use? Koreans have used Hangeul since its invention in 1443 by King Sejong. Hangeul is quite different from the written character sets of neighboring countries such as China and Japan. Hangeul consists of 14 consonants and 10 vowels; these 24 characters can cover almost every spoken sound. In particular, the consonants of Hangeul are easy to learn because the characters were patterned after human speech organs and the stroke-adding principle, which adds strokes to basic characters to create new characters. Thanks to these features, Hangeul is recognized as one of the most scientific and logical character sets of the information era. I can feel this feature when I send text messages in Hangeul through cell phones, one of the representative information devices of our time.”

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Mandu Korean Dumplings

Posted by rod - 25.02.2011

These Mandu (Korean Dumplings) look interesting. Created with kimchi, tofu, sesame salt and pork mince fillings. via tasteologie

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North Korea is Best Korea

Posted by rod - 27.10.2010

North Korea is Best Korea featuring Kim Jong-il via FFFFOUND!

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US Crimes Sinchon-Ri Museum in North Korea

Posted by rod - 29.06.2010

These paintings are the North Korean point of view of the Korean war which are displayed at the Sinchon-Ri Museum in North Korea. More pictures can be seen here. via BoingBoing

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North Korea Kim Jong by Morten Mørland

Posted by rod - 11.04.2010

Great illustration depicting North Korea’s leader Kim Jong. Created by Morten Mørland who is a political cartoonist for The Times.

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Korean Fonts

Posted by rod - 04.12.2009

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If you ever need some Korean fonts this website could help you further yoonfont.co.kr

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Korean typography

Posted by rod - 20.11.2009

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I found an interesting article on Korean typography. One of the things they mention is that the world’s first typefaces cast in metal were made in Korea and one of the Greatest inventions in history of typography is the Hangul alphabet. Korea celebrates its incredible innovation as Korean Alphabet Day or also called Hangul day. Check out the article her.

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Eric Lafforgue – North Korea

Posted by rod - 07.09.2009

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Photography by Eric Lafforgue in North Korea

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Korea Stamps

Posted by rod - 15.04.2009

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Korean stamps found via. commons.wikimedia.org crwflags.com iomoon.com flickr.com

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