When you tuck into your bowl of warming chueotang muddy loach soup, with its tangle of green vegetables, shoots and mysterious fishy bits suspended in a tangy reddish-green-brown broth, the condiment you reach for to give it that extra taste sensation is a liberal sprinkling of sancho powder. The pungent, fragrant taste rounds out a […]

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Event news: an introduction to Korean beauty tips and products

by Philip Gowman 4 December 2016
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I’ve always wondered what benefits snail secretion filtrate brings to your daily cosmetic regime. I’m hoping to find out this week. As always, registration is necessary for this event, and note that the RSVP is to the embassy, not the KCC. Discover Korea Event: K-Beauty matters Introduction of Korean beauty tips and products 8 December 18:30 […]

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Exhibition news: Jinhee Park — Surface Layer Time, at Clerkenwell Gallery

by Philip Gowman 3 December 2016
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News of Jinhee Park’s upcoming exhibition in Clerkenwell. Jinhee Park: Surface Layer Time Clerkenwell Gallery | 20 Clerkenwell Street | London EC1R 0DP 6th – 11th December Opening Hours: 11-6 Vestiges of the ever-changing intensity of sunlight, hues, and shadows, clocks without conventional functions, arrows of an asymmetrical branch, awkwardly disconnected landscapes. Jinhee Park’s second […]

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December events 2016

by Philip Gowman 1 December 2016
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After a hectic autumn, the start of winter is a bit quieter. But there are still some things to enjoy: Performance At King’s Place, the final Korea Sounds concert of the year is on 7 December. Exhibitions At the KCC, Son Hyemin’s and John Reardon’s show entitled Flat Flat Shiny Cat lasts until 22 December. At […]

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The folding plug makes it on to the high street

by Philip Gowman 29 November 2016
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Seen in Maplins Canary Wharf branch yestserday: The electrical and gadget retailer is stocking the folding plug designed by Choi Min-kyu. Fantastic news that the product has made it onto the high street. We first noticed the idea back in 2009, and saw the next iteration in 2013. Looking at the elegant USB chargers I […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds Christmas Concert, at Kings Place

by Philip Gowman 28 November 2016
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The final Korean Sounds concert of the year brings some seasonal music into the programme: Korean Sounds – Christmas Concert Wednesday, 7 December 2016 – 7:30pm Hall Two | King’s Place | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG | www.kingsplace.co.uk Book tickets Daeung Baek Monggeumpo Taryeong for Five Instruments Byungki Hwang Soyeopsanbang for Geomungo […]

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Exhibition news: Hyemin Son + John Reardon — Flat Flat Shiny Cat, at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 26 November 2016
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The KCC’s final exhibition of 2016: Flat Flat Shiny Cat by Hyemin Son & John Reardon 2016 KCCUK Open Call II 1–22 December 2016 Korean Cultural Centre UK | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW | Main Entrance on Northumberland Avenue The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) presents Hyemin Son & John Reardon’s […]

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Exhibition news: Hwang Seontae — Between Light and Space, at Pontone Gallery

by Philip Gowman 25 November 2016
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News of Pontone Gallery’s December exhibition: Hwang Seontae: Between Light and Space 25 November – 24 December 2016 Pontone Gallery | 43 Cadogan Gardens | London SW3 2TB | www.pontonegallery.com Monday by appointment | Tues – Fri: 10am – 7pm | Sat: 11am – 7pm | Sun: 12pm – 6pm Hwang Seontae was born in South […]

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Liberation Day gets international premiere at IDFA

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2016
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Morten Traavik, the man who brought us a North Korean accordion quintet covering a Norwegian synthpop track, now gives us a documentary about a Slovenian art-rock band performing versions of songs from The Sound of Music in North Korea. Read a review of the “documentary musical” Liberation Day in the Guardian. More info on Morten […]

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Book review: Park Wan-suh — Lonesome You

by Philip Gowman 21 November 2016
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Park Wan-suh: Lonesome You Translated by Elizabeth Haejin Yoon Dalkey Archive, 2015, 252pp Originally published as 너무도 쓸쓸한 당신, Seoul, 1998. I came to Lonesome You with fairly neutral expectations. I had read Who Ate All the Shinga, the story of Park’s childhood in the late 1940s and through the war years. It was an interesting […]

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The KCC announces its 2017 Call for Artists

by Philip Gowman 20 November 2016
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The official Call for Artists for 2017: Call for Artists: 2017 KCCUK Open Call Submission Deadline: 16 December, 2016 Please send the application materials via email to kcc.projectteam1@gmail.com (Submissions by post will not be accepted) T +44(0)20 7004 2600 www.kccuk.org.uk The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) is looking for artists of Korean origin to present […]

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K-indie on BBC World Service

by Philip Gowman 20 November 2016
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Bernie Cho of DFSB Kollective (@DFSB_Kollective) presented a 50-minute programme for BBC World Service Radio this weekend highlighting some of the freshest indie sounds from Korea. Bernie interviews all the musicians and we get a few videos as well on the BBC website. The playlist is as follows: Goonam: Jangdan, from their 2011 album Woojung […]

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Festival film review: Yourself and Yours

by Robert Cottingham 18 November 2016
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Hong Sang-soo (홍상수) Yourself and Yours (당신 자신과 당신의 것, 2016) Review by Robert Cottingham. You can tell from the opening titles exactly the kind of film this is going to be. Black Korean calligraphy on a white background suggests an intelligent and possibly artistic film and the lively classical music hints at a sophisticated comedy on […]

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Book Review: The Story of Hong Gildong

by Philip Gowman 18 November 2016
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Anon (attr Heo Kyun): The Story of Hong Gildong Translated with an introduction and notes by Minsoo Kang Penguin, 2016, 100pp Penguin has done us a favour by bringing us this new translation of a classic Korean tale, along with a useful introduction and notes. Hong Gildong is often described as the Korean Robin Hood […]

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BFI Festival Film Review: Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2016
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Na Hong-jin can sure put you through a mental wringer. Mysterious and very bloody murders, extremely nasty skin conditions: who or what is to blame? The choice seems to be between a mind-altering magic mushroom concoction and a strange Japanese guy who lives in the forest, fishing and living off the land. And what of […]

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Review: Bongsu Park’s Crossing Over – Ritual of Grief

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2016
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Bongsu Park’s two-part work, Crossing Over – Ritual of Grief, is an ambitious piece lasting for almost two hours which saw its first performance spread over two weekends in two different locations during August. It blends contemporary electronic music with traditional Korean music, and contemporary dance with traditional Korean dance such as Salpuri. Appropriately enough […]

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Festival report: Park Hong-min Q+A after the screening of “A Fish”

by Robert Cottingham 12 November 2016
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Park Hong-Min was in London yesterday for a 3-D showing of his first film A Fish (2011). He gave a short Q-and-A after the screening. Transcribed by Robert Cottingham. Tony Rayns: I’ll get things going. I take it this film is not based on your own experience? Park Hong-min: Yes, it’s definitely not based on […]

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