S. KOREAN GOV'T PUBLISHED AN ENGLISH BOOK TO FEATURE TRADITIONAL LIQUORS
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Source: Korean Culture and Information Service
The South Korean government has published a book in the English language featuring the country's traditional alcoholic drinks, collectively called Sool, to help foreigners better understand the unique charms of Korean liquors.
Entitled "Hidden Charms of Korea: Sool", the book is published by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), a department of the South Korean Ministry of Culture.
The 112-page book introduces not only the famous green-bottled Korean alcohol Soju, but also the traditional liquors that are not widely known around the world, as well as foods that pair well with the different categories.
The book consists of 16 articles and interviews written by reporters of Korea.net, an internet portal that promotes Korea in 10 different languages run by KOCIS, and contributions to the site from experts.
The articles are classified under three headlines: “Soothing the soul", "Fusion of traditional and hip". and "Loved by Koreans and the world".
The book introduces various Korean drinks to the readers, on top of the well known Soju, the book also features Munbaeju – a grain spirit which has the aroma of pears; Gamhongno – a light pink liquor with medicinal herbs; and Makgeolli – a milky and fizzy sweet rice wine.
There are also interview articles on the master distillers of these liquors, who have worked hard to sustain the tradition.
Hard copies of the book will be available at overseas Korean embassies and cultural centres, and foreign embassies in Seoul.
The book will also be available online on KOCIS’ official website of Korea.net in 10 foreign languages.
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