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December 2, 2013

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Monday, December 2, 2013

   

Good morning, Excellency!
Here are The Korea Post news, African proverbs, humor from Korean-language economic dailies, and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:
/s/
        
Lee Kyung-sik
Publisher-Chairman
Korea Post Media
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The Korea Post news

'One of Seven Wonders of Winter' for a 22-day run

Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival opens Jan. 4

Named one of the 'even Wonders of Winter' by CNN and Lonely Planet, the Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival is probably the most famous winter event in Korea. During the month of January every year, more than 1,000,000 people swarm Hwacheon in Gangwon province hoping to catch mountain trout bare-hand or ice fishing.

Mayor Chung Gap-cheol invites the Ambassadors and families to attend of Festival on Thursday January 17, 2014 and The Korea Post is transmitting the Invitation of Mayor Chung to the Excellencies with a detailed schedule of the Festival. (Further details and photos are toward the end of this Headlines.)

1.4 million persons reportedly visited Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival last year having their fill of the joys of the winter--ice-fishing mountain trouts and treating their eyes to the colorful lanterns of the angels at the Seondeung Candle Light Festival that takes place in the night.
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At the KUK Cultural Foundation Building behind Ritz Carlton Hotel

KUP hosts Year-end Concert with famed World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea

The Korea United Pharmaceutical Co. (KUP), hosts a Gala Year-end Dinner and Concert at the Cultural Foundation Building of the Company in Seoul (located behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel) on Dec. 26, 2013. It is presented by the famed World Vision of Korea Children’s Choir. Chairman Kang Duk-yung of the KUP invites the ambassadors and madams to the prestigious concert.

Members of the Sunmyung-hoe World Vision Children’s Choir in performance

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Dr. Sang-Ki Hahn's African wise-saying:

The God’s Time is the Best.
-An African proverb

Hat is cumbersome when one has headache.
-A Nigerian proverb

A plant loses it’s blossoms as it bears fruits.
- A Kenyan proverb
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Humor from Korean-language economic dailies this morning:

Seoul Kyungje

The morning after an all-night honeymoon extravaganza in bed, the newlywed wife snuggles up to her hubby and asks, "Sweetheart, how many others were there before me?"
After a few minutes of silence, the wife says, "Well, I'm waiting."
And the guy takes a deep breath and says, "Well, I'm still counting.”

Hankuk Kyungje
A Man in Agony
By every appearance the man sitting on a park bench was in great agony. A stranger sitting nearby tried to console him.
“You look quite in trouble, mister. What’s gnawing you so much?”
“Well, I had it all,” he began to complain to the stranger. “I had money, I had a beautiful house, I had a big car, I had the love of a beautiful woman… Then, it was all gone!”
“What happened?” the stranger asked.
“My wife found out.”
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KBS (
http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)
Gov't Reviewing Ways to Expand of Air Defense Zone
A senior official of South Korea’s ruling party says the government has decided to expand its air defense zone to include Ieodo Reef.

Biden Leaves for Northeast Asia Trip
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has left the U.S for a trip to South Korea, China and Japan.

S. Korean, Japanese Lawmakers Reaffirm Murayama Statement
South Korea and Japan's lawmakers held their annual meeting and agreed to step up efforts to form common understanding of their history.

S. Korean, Japanese Lawmakers Reaffirm Murayama Statement
South Korea and Japan's lawmakers held their annual meeting and agreed to step up efforts to form common understanding of their history.
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Yonhap (
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr)
In Asia, Biden to address China's air zone, N. Korea problems
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left Sunday for Northeast Asia on a trip expected to focus on easing regional military tensions heightened by Beijing's declaration of its new air zone to include disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Failure to pass budget bill will result in 650,000 job loss: finance minister
Failure to pass next year's budget bill on time will result in the loss of 650,000 jobs, the finance minister claimed Sunday, as the rival parties remained locked in a standoff over scandals involving last year's presidential election.

S. Korea's consumer price growth hits 14-year low in Nov.
South Korea's consumer prices grew at the slowest pace in 14 years in November, affected by falls in costs of farming products, a government report showed Monday.

Dublin welcomes investment from S. Korean firms: official
Ireland, which has made large strides in recovering from a financial crisis, seeks to emerge as a favorable investment destination for Seoul-based firms, a chief investment official from the country said Monday.

S. Korea holds national security meeting over China's air zone
The South Korean government held a national security policy meeting on Sunday to discuss the latest developments regarding the overlapping air identification zone with China.
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The Korea Herald (
http://www.koreaherald.com)
China seen bolstering anti-access strategy
China’s recent demarcation of an air defense zone appears to be part of its move to lay the institutional framework for...

Seoul considers southward expansion of air defense zone
Korea’s top security officials discussed expanding its air defense zone on Sunday amid international disputes kindled by China’s new airspace policy, the presidential office said.

Assembly to miss budget deadline amid political impasse
The National Assembly is set to miss the deadline to approve the government budget for the 11th consecutive year with a long-running partisan impasse over political issues showing ...

Samsung Group braces for annual personnel reshuffle
Korea’s largest conglomerate Samsung Group is expected to conduct its year-end personnel reshu...

Early Goryeo lacquer box under spotlight at global symposium
An early Goryeo lacquer incense box was highlighted at an international symposium at the Nation... 
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The Korea Times (
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)
Hyundai, Mercedes in 'turf battle'
Hyundai Motor Group and Mercedes-Benz are in a “turf war” to take away each other’s prized segment, with the outcome set to affect their future in the long run.

Korea plans to double Aegis power
Korea plans to build three more Aegis destroyers to double the total number to six at a time when the country faces multiple challenges including the North Korean threats and lingering territorial disputes with both Japan and Ch...

Will Park condemn China? 
Will President Park Geun-hye openly criticize China over its surprise announcement of an air defen... 

Saenuri to review budget plan alone  
The ruling Saenuri Party plans to unilaterally convene the National Assembly Special Committee on ... 

Troubled Tongyang boss hides fat paycheck 
Major conglomerates have slashed their executives’ annual salary this year in an apparent bid to c... 

Court rules in favor of copyright of streaming music 
The Seoul High Court ruled Sunday that copyright of streaming music belongs to singers and produce... 

Rep. Moon calls Park 'scary President'  
Rep. Moon Jae-in of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) stepped up his attack on President P... 

High schools to offer essay writing as selective subject 
The government said Sunday that essay writing will be included as an optional subject at high scho... 

MB's energy diplomacy proves unviable 
The government is coming under growing pressure to downscale or scrap state-led overseas energy de... 

9 public firms earn less than interest payments  
Many heavily-indebted state-owned firms have failed to make interest payments with their operating... 

Samsung, LG to unveil flexible TVs 
Samsung and LG will unveil prototypes of remote-controlled flexible OLED TVs ㅡ considered the next... 

Concerns over ultrafine dust seen as overrated 
Concerns have been growing over the recent increase in the concentration of ultrafine particles in... 

Should SK hynix raise dividend payouts? 
SK hynix, the world’s No. 2 supplier of computer memory chips, is facing growing calls to boost di...
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Dong A (
http://english.donga.com)
Young players from two Koreas learn football in Spain
Young football players from two Koreas ran into each other in Spain, one of the football powerhouses. 54 South Korean players aged 11 or 12 were sitting in a stadium in Spain last Saturday (KST) to watch the youth...

Park In-bee and caddie
South Korean golfer Park In-bee (right) and her Australian caddie Brad Beecher (left) are pictured in this file photo taken at the British Open Championships in August. The duo, who remains a team for the sixth year, is...

N. Korea publicizes US detainee’s letter of apology
North Korea made public on Saturday a letter of apology allegedly written by American Merrill Newman, 85, who is detained in Pyongyang. Reporting on the release of the letter, the North’s Korea Central news Agency said,...

Korea’s 1st HIV patient survives for 28 years under treatment
Despite revolutionary development of treatment, misunderstanding and prejudice against AIDS remains unabated. On the occasion of World AIDS Day which fell on Sunday, The Dong-A Ilbo sat down with Prof. Lee Seon-hee of...

Washington vows to continue patrol flight into Beijing`s ADIZ
Three countries, including Korea, the U.S. and Japan, continued to fly their military planes into the Air Defense Identification Zone unilaterally defined by China for the third day Sunday. After having their military...

Korea`s trade surplus marks 22nd consecutive month 
Korea`s trade surplus is expected to reach a record high this year. It is also certain that annual trade amount will reach one trillion U.S. dollars for three consecutive years.
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Chosun Ilbo (
http://english.chosun.com)
Suicide Soars Among Older People
Koreans are more likely to kill themselves the older they get, a phenomenon unique to the country. In 2011, 35.5 out of every 100,000 Koreans in their late 40s committed suicide, but the rate went up to 40.6 for those in their early 50s, 46.9 in their early 60s, 76.5 in their early 70s.

Korea Caught in a Bind Between China and U.S.
China's unilateral announcement of an air defense identification zone has heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington and put South Korea in a bind since it relies on the two superpowers for business and security.

Who Are the Executives with 6-Figure Salaries?
A growing number of Korean executives earn more than W900 million a year, or the equivalent of a six-figure salary in dollar terms. They include 108 Samsung executives who earned more than W78.1 million in May, according to data lawmaker Kim Hyun-sook received from the National Health Insurance Service on Thursday.

Top U.S. Lawmakers Want Additional Iran Sanctions
U.S. lawmakers of both major political parties are expressing skepticism over last month's interim accord on Iran's nuclear program.  Congress' appetite for boosting sanctions against Tehran has not waned, despite Obama administration warnings that heightened measures could torpedo delicate diplomacy.

China Launches Moon Rover Mission
China has launched its first robotic expedition to the moon's surface, the latest step in an ambitious space program seen to reflect the country's rising global stature.

8 Killed in Scotland Helicopter Crash
Rescuers in Scotland have confirmed that eight people are dead after a helicopter crashed into a crowded pub.
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Hankyoreh (
http://english.hani.co.kr)
Religious organizations turn up pressure seeking Pres. Park’s resignationGroups say they have little faith that the government will responsibly deal with illegal election interference
As some Protestant organizations join calls for the President Park Geun-hye to step down, it appears that religious organizations are shifting from efforts to investigate the unfair presidential election toward putting pressure on the president to step down. This reflects a sense of hopelessness about reasonable calls for an investigation to be carried out into state institutions’ interference in the election and for those responsible to be punished being repeatedly blocked by the state powers.

‘Baby box’ struggles with more abandoned newborns
“What am I going to do?”
The 18-year-old mother kept repeating the words over and over, her body shaking. At her bosom, a newborn baby girl struggled to let out a cry, her body covered by gym clothes. Her body was splattered with amniotic fluid, the umbilical cord dangling down. Her lips were bright blue.
“She looks like she has hypothermia,” said the frantic pastor, 59-year-old Lee Jong-rak. “We need to bathe her in warm water right now.”

Emotional laborer can’t forget being kicked to the floor by a customer
The woman, surnamed Lee, cannot forget what happened to her three years ago while she was working as a salesperson at a clothing store. Approaching a male customer who was trying on a pair of pants, she kneeled down and started adjusting the trouser cuffs. But the man told her to take her hands off of him and kicked her, knocking her to the floor. Her face red with embarrassment, Lee looked around at the coworkers nearby for help, but no one did anything.
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Joong Ang (conservative): (
http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/)
Row over China’s bigger air zone keeps escalating
Gov’t starts to study impact of expanding Korea’s own ADIZ
Tensions continue to rise between China and its closest neighbors - Japan and Korea - as well as with the United States after Beijing’s unilateral declaration to expand its East China Sea air defense identification zone nine days ago…

Gov’t gives a formal nod to U.S.-led trade pact
Korea finally made it official that it is highly interested in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a U.S.-led multilateral trade pact…

Most clinics fail to uphold after-hours care policy
Ms. Kim’s heart sank when her young daughter suddenly became sick on the evening of Nov. 22. Ms. Kim was paying a visit to her parents’ house…

Moon hints at possibility of a 2017 presidential run
Democratic Party lawmaker and failed presidential candidate Moon Jae-in hinted at the possibility of a presidential run in 2017 …

Protests over Jeju naval base lose some virulence
JEJU - After China included the waters around Ieodo, also claimed by Korea, in its new air defense identification zone, the southern waters off Korea are becoming …

Detained vet admits ‘war crimes,’ says North Korea
North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month has apologized for alleged crimes …

Man is found dead at Kaesong park
A South Korean man was found dead Saturday at a jointly-run factory park in North Korea, officials said…

Hospitals operate a dialysis racket
Mr. Sim, 46, has suffered from diabetes for the last five years. A year ago, doctors said he was suffering from kidney failure and …

Tongyang boss earned $3.2 million
The chairman of debt-ridden Tongyang Group, Hyun Jae-hyun, and his wife, Vice Chairwoman Lee Hye-kyung, took remuneration of 4.5 billion won ($4.3 million)…

Samsung Group leadership to see major reshuffle
Many in the Korean business community will be eyeing Samsung Group this week, as the conglomerate is expected to make changes in its top leadership…

Old mobile phone prefixes finally phased out
Mobile carriers will start automatically converting the first three digits of mobile phone numbers among subscribers of 3G and LTE to 010 from today…

Companies team up to give help to disabled
Representatives of the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) and the liquefied petroleum gas importing company E1 visited…

Chile deal for Kospo, Samsung C&T
A consortium by Korea Southern Power (Kospo) and Samsung C&T has been awarded a contract to develop a $600 million BHP Billiton natural gas plant in Chile…
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Edaily (
http://eng.edaily.co.kr/Stock/)
[Table- Weekly Market] Weekly Fluctuation of World Index
11.25~11.29 this is the weekly fluctuation of world index. [table] Weekly fluctuation of world index ...

[US the closing price]The U.S. Dow Jones Index, -10.92p(-0.07%) slightly down.
The U.S. Dow Jones Index Closing (At 2013.11.29) The Dow closed at 16,086.41p, slightly down -10.92p(-0.0...

[Table- Weekly Market] Weekly Fluctuation of Interest Rate
11.25~11.29 this is the weekly fluctuation of interest rate. [table] Weekly fluctuation of interest rate ...

[Table]Exchange Rate Quotation
This is Exchange rate Quotation offered by Korea Exchange Bank. [table] Exchange Rate Quotation Offered by KEB ...

[Table- Weekly Market] Weekly Fluctuation of Exchange Rate
11.25~11.29 this is the weekly fluctuation of exchange rate. [table] Weekly fluctuation of exchange rate ...
Table]Exchange Rate Currency Crossrate
2013.12.02 08:10(Korean time), this is Currency Crossrate of major 12 countries. [table] FX Cross Currency ...
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Maeil Kyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (
http://news.mk.co.kr/english/)
Finance Minister: China also mulls joining TPP
China is said to consider participating in Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP), which could prompt seismic changes in the global trade order. If China joins the TPP, its potential impact would be tantamount to that of the Free Trade agreement among the US, Japan, South Korea and China. Korea’s electronics and steel-making industry will stand benefit from Korea’s possible participation in TPP, but the auto and agricultural/ livestock i..

Yen’s slide hits S. Korea exporters
The Japanese yen’s sharp fall is taking its heavy toll on the South Korean economy.

Starting salary for new graduates at large firms surpasses $2,800
The average starting pay of South Korea’s entry-level workers at large conglomerates with over 1,000 employees exceeded three million won ($2,800) for the first time in history. The average pay at companies which reached wage negotiations grew four percent this year, the lowest level unseen since 2009.
S. Korea’s exports for Nov. reach $47.9bn
South Korea’s exports for November logged $47.9 billion, up 0.2 percent year-on-year (yoy), said the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy Sunday.

KEPCO to reduce workforce by 10%
The Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO), South Korea’s largest public company, announced on November 29 that it will slash its workforce by 10 percent or 120 personnel in a bid to boost its management efficiency.

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'One of Seven Wonders of Winter' for a 22-day run

Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival opens Jan. 4

Named one of the 'even Wonders of Winter' by CNN and Lonely Planet, the Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival is probably the most famous winter event in Korea. During the month of January every year, more than 1,000,000 people swarm Hwacheon in Gangwon province hoping to catch mountain trout bare-hand or ice fishing.
(Mayor Chung Gap-cheol invites the ambassadors and families to attend the Festival on Friday 17, 2014.)

1.4 million persons reportedly visited Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival last year having their fill of the joys of the winter--ice-fishing mountain trouts and treating their eyes to the colorful lanterns of the angels at the Seondeung Candle Light Festival that takes place in the night.

Who said Hwacheon offers only ice-fishing? You can land mountain trouts also from the water standing on the river bank (top left). Koreans, expats, young and old, all enjoy various events of the Festival.

Left: Visitors pass through the colorfully lit ice tunnel. Right: You can also enjoy a 'sky ride' down the river.

Nestled between the town of Hwacheon and the mountains, the Hwacheon River is not only covered by a thick layer of ice, but also by thousands of festival participants.

The Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival will be taking place in Hwacheon County in Gangwon-do province on Jan. 4-26, 2014. This virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice.

Visitors can try out ice fishing, and those who are feeling brave can try to catch mountain trout with their bare hands. Along with fun activities and performances, there is also an exhibition of ice sculptures that usually take 20 weeks to prepare. Visitors can sample raw and grilled mountain trout, both of which are delicious.

A foreign visitor said: “Unlike some Korean festivals I have been to, there is a lot to do at this festival. You can ride an ATV or go kart on the ice, go sledding, ice skating, push a metal cart on the ice, or do some regular reel fishing.”

The events that are most popular are ice fishing and bare-handed fishing. For the ice fishing, you are provided with a hole in the ice and a bag for putting your catch for 10,000 won of which you get 10,000-won Love Gift, money you can spend around the festival grounds on food and souvenirs. “If you aren’t Korean, make sure to head to the foreigner only section. It is not only less crowded, but there is English-speaking help and you are given a free fishing pole,” said the foreign visitor.

When you get on the ice, pick a hole, let out enough line to get your lure to the bottom of the river. Then, quickly flick your wrist upwards and let it float back to the bottom. Some persistence is required, he stressed.

Hwacheon is considered a “clean region” where mountain trouts and otters live. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is opened in every January under the slogan of “Unfrozen Hearts, Unforgettable Memories” at Hwacheon that has geographical features of the fastest ice freezing in the country because of cold valley wind and clean water.

This is a unique theme experience festival full with good shows and 40 or about various experience programs, such as ice sledding, snow sledding, snow sculpture and ice soccer, Sancheoneo experience programs combined with the image of Hwacheon that has clean natural environment with the first grade clean water in Bukhangang (river) for catching Sancheoneo by hand, Sancheoneo fishing on the ice to catch the fish easily and enjoy the fishing by everybody, breaking the ice with 40cm thickness and above and looking at Sancheoneo in the deep water for your exciting play available for experiencing at Hwacheon only and heart-warm memory in winter.

Winter Sancheoneo! Sancheoneo Fishing! To mention about ice fishing, you need to catch at least one Sancheoneo. It is an elegant fish underneath ice out of comparison to the other fishes due to moderate size and beautiful shape.

Sancheoneo is hard to catch as it is rare but everyone can catch one or two Sancheoneo at Hwacheon with somewhat good luck and knack since 32 or 3 tons of fresh Sancheoneo are being put just under the fishing place every day for visitors for Sancheoneo festival. It is just the reason why a child or young girl without fishing experience is indulged in Sancheoneo ice fishing. K
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At the KUK Cultural Foundation Building behind Ritz Carlton Hotel

KUP hosts Year-end Concert with famed World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea

The Korea United Pharmaceutical Co. (KUP), hosts a Gala Year-end Dinner and Concert at the Cultural Foundation Building of the Company in Seoul (located behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel) on Dec. 26, 2013. It is presented by the famed World Vision of Korea Children’s Choir. Chairman Kang Duk-yung of the KUP invites the ambassadors and madams to the prestigious concert.

The repertoire consists of three parts, which include:

Part I:
Han-River Taryung (arr. Lee, Hyun Chul)
This is an arrangement of Korean folk song 'Han River Taryung' and winner of '2013 Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival' in Folk song category. Using Korean traditional musical techniques and colors, it demonstrates the beauty and prosperity of Han river. Also fan dance emphasizes its beauty.

Surround A-Ri-Rang (arr. Lee, Sun Taek)
One of most famous Korean folk song in Korea would be 'Arirang', and this piece is an arrangement with this song in unique way. Divided into three groups, it starts with echoes and developed more dramatically. The final climax with Arirang is a breathtaking moment in this piece.

Gagopa (arr. Lee, Hyun Chul)
Originally composed by Kim Dong Jin, this famous Korean Art Song is re-arranged to emphasize its beauty. Longing for homeland and old friends, lyrical melody line shows the emotion of sadness and also happiness.

Part II:
Gloria (A. Vivaldi)
This is the first piece from 'Gloria' by baroque composer A. Vivaldi.

Laudate Dominum (W. A. Mozart)
This solemn and holy with full of beauty piece is composed by one of the most famous composer W.A. Mozart. Pure melody line and beautiful harmony fills the air as the song of angels.

As dew in Aprile, This little (B. Britten)
(from 'A Ceremony of Carols')
This two songs are from 'A Ceremony of Carols' by British composer B. Britten. It sings that Jesus was born in mother's womb and came to earth to win a battle with Satan. Rhythmic variety and repetitive pattern emphases the meaning of this carol.

Part III:
When I Sing (B. Henderson)
"When you feel blue or depressed, sing a song, then you will feel much better and be happy"
Bright melody and joyful rhythm makes our face smile.

Champs-Elys?es (M. Wilsh, M. Deighan)
Composed by Mike Wilsh and Mike Deighan, this chanson sings the beauty and free-and-easiness of Champ-elysees avenue in Paris. Many pop singers have sung this chansons and it is arranged for choral to sing in choir.

Blessing
OST Medley (arr. Shin, Sang Woo)
Moon River / Over the Rainbow / Under the Sea / Sing / I Have a Dream
Moon River, Over the Rainbow, Under the Sea, Sing, I have a dream. These are most famous O.S.T. to all. Pianist and composer Shin Sang Woo, who perform in various fields, arrange this piece and he will play piano today.

Blessing (arr. Lee, Hyun Chul)
Famous CCM Artist Twila Paris composed this blessing based on Moses final blessing in Numbers 6 in the bible. Simple, but sincere melody fills with love and blessing.

About the World Vision Korea Children’s Choir
Throughout its 53-year history, various professional musicians in Korea and around the world compliment the Children’s Choir, praising the Choir as “Echoes of the Heaven.” The Choir’s achievement and quality have been proven by thousands of successful worldwide concerts.

World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea (led by Artistic Director Kim Hee-Churl) has been bringing messages of hope and love to children around the world since 1960.

After the Korean War (1950-3), the World Vision Children’s Choir brought aid from foreign sponsors to the orphans and war widows of Korea. Founded by Rev. Dr. Bob Pierce, the Children’s Choir was formed by those helped by the World Vision.

Their mission was to sing on hope and love through God, and to seek more sponsorship. After winning the highest award at the prestigious 'Let the Peoples Sing' competition organized by the BBC of the United Kingdom in 1978, the World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea has gained international fame.

For the past 53 years, the Choir has sun to give hope and love to the helpless and voiceless children in Korea and around the world.

The Choir also performed for combined traditions and fresh ideas to create the best choral music that the Choir is proud as it plays a role model in sharing peace, hope, and love.

About the Artistic Director Kim Hee-Churl
Hee Churl Kim studied choral conducting under worldly renowned conductor Hak Won Yoon in Chung-Ang University. In Georgia State University, he studied with Dr. John Heberlen, who was the president of ACDA. In 1993, Mr. Kim conducted Vancouver Chamber Choir in Eric Ericson Master Class as a representative of Asia in World Choral Symposium held in Canada. From 1995 to 1997, he joined Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus to sing with Robert Show, who was one of the best choral conductors in the world. He conducted Atlanta Korean Children's Choir and Atlanta Master Chorale, and he served as a president of Atlanta Korean Musician Association. From 1994 to 1997, while he was a visiting professor of Georgia Theological Seminary, he had served as a coordinator in 'Music and Worship Conference’ held by PCUSA. After returning to Korea in 1997, he had conducted many choirs, such as, World Vision Korea Children's Choir, Gwang-Myung City Women's Chorale, and Sung-Nam City Teacher's Choir. He also taught in Chung-Ang University. He also served as a board member of the Korean Church Music Association. Currently, he is the conductor of Gwacheon City Women's Choir, which is the only professional women's choir in Korea, had concert tours in Manila, Philippine by invitation of Philippine Madrigal Singers in 2004. Also, the choir was invited from Vancouver to celebrate the Winter Olympic Games in 2009. In 2004, he became an Artistic Director and Administrative Director of World Vision Korea Children's Choir. In 2009, he made a film called 'You and You' with World Vision Korea Children's Choir under director Je Hyun Park, who is one of the famous movie directors in Korea. As an artistic director, he has been hosting International Children's Choir Festival every three years by inviting the most prestige choirs from all around the world to help poor and devastated children in the world. As an opening concert of 2007 ICCF, he conducted a contemporary piece 'Gana and Dara' composed by In Sun Cho, worldly renown contemporary composer who served as a professor in Chung-Ang University. Mr. Kim made several CDs and DVDs, such as, 'Blessings', Songs of Love', 'Winter Sonata', and etc.
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