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North Korea’s Growing Statue & Monument Business

While recent news reports on North Korea have focused on nuclear & rocket programs, the DPRK is also making headlines for its expertise in large statues & monuments both for domestic use & an increasing number of international clients. Korea FM spoke with Italian art collector & North Korean Mansudae Art Studio representative Pier Cecioni & Washington Post Tokyo Bureau Chief Anna Fifield to learn more about how Pyongyang’s monuments & statues have found increasing demand around the world.

Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Otto Warmbier Sentenced & Korea Invests In Artificial Intelligence

Chance Dorland & Robert Koehler discuss North Korea’s sentencing of Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor & the South Korean government’s new emphasis on artificial intelligence after Google computer program AlphaGo Lee Se-dol in the “ancient” board game Go.

Marmot’s Hole Podcast: War Of Words On The Korean Peninsula

Robert Koehler & Chance Dorland continue last week’s focus on rising tensions between North and South Korea.

The ROK is now questioning North Korea’s UN membership, President Park Geun-hye has called on the nation to remain on high alert over possible terrorist attacks, THAAD deployment as been delayed, & even name calling is taking place as North Korea has printed that President Park is a “crazy old b—-.”

Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Kaesong Closure & Conan O’Brien

Robert Koehler joins Chance Dorland to discuss the recent closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex & late night TV icon Conan O’Brien’s trip to South Korea.

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Feb 19 Korean News Update Podcast

Busan’s mayor stepping down as chairman of the Busan International Film Festival, new US sanctions to curb North Korea’s nuclear & missile programs, & Chinese tourists disregarding Seoul’s no smoking zones.

Marmot’s Hole Podcast: North Korean Rocket

Robert Koehler and Chance Dorland discuss North Korea’s rocket launch & other recent stories.
 The duo also discuss the recent resignation of the president of Arirang TV, the English translation of praised Korean novel “The Vegetarian” and the recent security failures and other problems that have plagued Incheon International Airport.

Only In Korea Podcast: American Detained In North Korea & Return Of Korean Gift Sets

Chance & Travis discuss the detention of a 21 year old American tourist in North Korea & the return of expensive Korean gift sets for the Lunar New Year holiday.
The duo also discuss the results of two polls from the Oink – Only in Korea Facebook group where members answered if they would ever travel to North Korea and what they think of Korean gift sets.

Marmot's Hole Podcast: South Korea World #1 For Innovation

2016_01_27 Jeju Flight Delays, American Held In North Korea, Nutrage Law, & Korea #1 For Innovation

Robert Koehler & Chance Dorland discuss Bloomberg's crowning of South Korea as the most innovative economy in the world. Other topics include this weekend's winter storm that left thousands stranded in Jeju, the American tourist being held captive in North Korea & the ROK's new "nut rage" law.

Colonial Korea: Anguksa Temple – 안국사 (Pyongsong, South Pyongan)


Anguksa Temple from Pyongsong, South Pyongan, North Korea in 1932.

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The second article in this series about Korean Buddhist temples during the Japanese colonial rule over Korea from 1910-45 is about another North Korean temple. This time, I’ll be focusing on the historic Anguksa Temple in Pyongsong, South Pyongan, North Korea.

Anguksa Temple was first constructed in 503 A.D. during the Goguryeo Dynasty. Throughout the years, Anguksa Temple has undergone renovation and reconstruction. First the temple was reconstructed in 1419, and then it was renovated in 1785 during the reign of King Jeongjo of Joseon.

Colonial Korea: Singyesa Temple – 신계사 (Kosong, Kangwon-do)


Singyesa Temple in Kosong, Kangwon-do, North Korea in 2007.

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This is the first article that photographically highlights Korean Buddhist temples from the period of the Japanese colonization of Korea that lasted from 1910 to 1945. In these pictures from the colonial period in Korea’s history, you’ll get a unique look into Korea’s religious and cultural past. Also of note, you’ll get to see pictures of temples from both north and south of the DMZ before the Korean peninsula was divided by the Korean War (1950-53).

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