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South Korea’s Suwon, a special fusion of old and new, puts people at center of all policies

South Korea’s Suwon, a special fusion of old and new, puts people at center of all policies

By Habib Toumi SUWON: Showcasing an astonishing and harmonious fusion of old and new, Suwon rightly claims special fame as a historical landmark and the biggest city in the province of Gyeonggi. The centrally-located city where UNESCO World Heritage-listed treasures and royal relics co-exist with a modern skyline asserts itself as one of its kind […]

Mongolia’s museums offer free admission to people under 18

Mongolia’s museums offer free admission to people under 18

ULAANBAATAR: An order by Culture Minister S.Chuluun stated that all state-owned and local museums are to offer free entrance to children under the age of 18 starting from September 1. The move that covers permanent and temporary exhibition halls of all museums aims to encourage patriotism in the younger generation, promote traditional culture and customs […]

BTS’ new single ‘Dynamite’ celebrates spirit of happiness, confidence in pandemic era

BTS’ new single ‘Dynamite’ celebrates spirit of happiness, confidence in pandemic era

SEOUL: Sometimes a small slice of comforting, feel-good entertainment, whether it be music, television or film, can go a long way in dealing with stress and fatigue, especially now more than ever amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic. And that’s exactly what global K-pop sensation BTS had in mind when preparing to bring out its latest […]

First Black K-pop singer Reid writing ‘against-all-odds’ memoir on idol life

First Black K-pop singer Reid writing ‘against-all-odds’ memoir on idol life

SEOUL: From BLACKPINK and NCT 127 to GOT7, the K-pop industry as of late has seen a noticeable boost in diversity in respect to members’ nationalities and racial backgrounds. But still, the ethnic and regional makeup of international K-pop talents today is largely oriented towards East and Southeast Asia. All things considered, it wouldn’t be […]

BTS fans raise $1 million in Black Lives Matter donations

BTS fans raise $1 million in Black Lives Matter donations

SEOUL: International fans of K-pop giants BTS have raised over $1 million in donations for the Black Lives Matter cause in the United States, matching the amount donated earlier by their idols toward the human rights movement, according to a fan charity project Monday. One In An ARMY, an organization of BTS fans involved in […]

In a first for Saudi Arabia, virtual “Art of Isolation” exhibition launched

In a first for Saudi Arabia, virtual “Art of Isolation” exhibition launched

  By Habib Toumi RIYADH: Saudi artists now have the opportunity to display their artwork created during the kingdom’s lockdown on virtual platforms and allow visitors to enjoy exhibitions from the comfort of their homes. “The Art of Isolation” virtual exhibition was launched on Saturday with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Saudi […]

Kyrgyzstan marks 75th anniversary of World War II victory

Kyrgyzstan marks 75th anniversary of World War II victory

BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek has made a festive flower arrangement on the Victory Square of the city to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Bishkek Mayor’s Office reported that employees of the Bishkekzelenkhoz enterprise were behind the arrangement. Employees planted flowers in the form of a red star, figures […]

Free book ATM supports reading culture in Hanoi amid virus outbreak

Free book ATM supports reading culture in Hanoi amid virus outbreak

  By Phong Lan Dantri Online Newspaper, Vietnam HANOI: Following the recent success of the rice ATM project, a free book ATM machine has been set up in Hanoi to help people continue their reading habits amid the difficult time caused by the Covid-19 epidemic. The first-ever free book ATM machine was launched on April 24 […]

Time to be humbler, more human as we deal with coronavirus fallout

Time to be humbler, more human as we deal with coronavirus fallout

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: A Tunisian superstar has called on people to draw lessons from the coronavirus tragedy that has befallen the world to engage in introspection, work on ways to get rid of their arrogance and become humbler. “We are going through a worldwide tragedy, and people have to look carefully into their lives […]

South Korea’s culture minister vows utmost help to revive coronavirus-hit arts, tourism

South Korea’s culture minister vows utmost help to revive coronavirus-hit arts, tourism

  SEOUL: South Korean Culture Minister Park Yang-woo has vowed utmost efforts to help the recovery of the country’s arts, sports and tourism sectors, among the worst hit areas in the COVID-19 pandemic. “The sectors that are getting a particularly acute impact from COVID-19 are culture, sports and tourism. The pandemic has made it impossible […]

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