What a great way to warm up for the London Korean Film Festival. Artist Talk: Think !n Literature Film Screening & Talk: Controversy in Korean Literature Wednesday 5 November │ 18:30-23:00 │ Korean Cultural Centre UK │ Speaker: Hailji, Author The Road to Racetrack RSVP to KCCUK on 0207 004 2600 or info@kccuk.org.uk We cordially […]

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Come celebrate the launch of the next 5 Dalkey K-Lit titles

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2014
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After last year’s release of ten titles, Dalkey Archive Press has a follow-up release of five new translations. If they all measure up to No One Writes Back from their first set, which was runaway winner of LKL’s Book of the Year 2013, there is treasure in store. So come and help celebrate, and encourage […]

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LKL’s latest must-see film of the LKFF 2014: The Road Called Life

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2014
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It’s taking a while to go through the LKFF 2014 programme to prioritise those films which I simply *have* to go to see. So thanks to Frances Yoo from Studio Meditation with a Pencil for alerting me to the title that instantly has gone from “when I get round to it, I’ll look to see […]

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DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition, at the DPRK embassy

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2014
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The details of the exhibition of works by artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios have now been released. The exhibition will be at the DPRK Embassy. DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition Hosted by Mansudae Art Studio, DPR Korea & Heather Arts and Exhibits Ltd. sponsored by The Embassy of DPR Korea in London 3rd November – […]

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BAKS Conference 2014 – full programme announced

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2014
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The programme for this year’s BAKS conference has been released. Book details are at the bottom of this post. British Association for Korean Studies Conference 2014 Korean Identities in a Global Age University of Sheffield, Halifax Hall, The Endcliffe Village, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield S10 3ER 21–23 November 2014 Schedule Friday (21 November 2014) Arrival […]

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Korea’s Economy in Transition – a report from the recent evening at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 24 October 2014
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Sometimes, when you go along to an evening talk, you are looking forward to the networking rather than the substance of what the speakers will be saying. Perhaps you think you won’t learn much, and you’re going along out of a vague sense of duty, because other people will expect you to be there. Well, […]

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Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits, at LKFF 2014

by Philip Gowman 23 October 2014
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This is one of the films that LKL will be looking forward to as part of this year’s Korean Film Festival: Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits 만신, Dir Park Chan-kyong (박찬경), 2013 Odeon Covent Garden, Monday 10 Nov, 8:30pm | Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Thursday 20 Nov, 5:30pm A documentary spanning a lifetime, Manshin centres on a […]

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London Korean Film Festival 2014: the schedule in detail

by Philip Gowman 23 October 2014
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Here’s the full schedule of the London Korean Film Festival 2014 for you to optimise your viewing pleasure. Full details will soon be up on the festival’s official website, www.koreanfilm.co.uk. And the tickets will be on sale at the relevant Odeon websites: Odeon West End | Odeon Covent Garden | Odeon Kingston. The 9th London […]

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John Stark: Witchcraft & Warfare, at Charlie Smith Gallery

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2014
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British artist John Stark has recently returned from Korea. His current exhibition at Charlie Smith Gallery includes some of his paintings from Korea, where he travelled extensively, in particular in Yeongyang County, Gyeongsangbuk-do, home of Ilwol san (“The Haunted Mountain”), said to be the final stronghold of Shamanism. John Stark: Witchcraft & Warfare Friday 10 […]

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Seduced by Yi Seong-gye: the first volumes in the Sillok are translated

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2014
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The Annals of King T’aejo, Found of Korea’s Choson Dynasty Translated and annotated by Choi Byonghyon Harvard University Press, 2014, 1,028 pp I wandered into the University bookshop last night for a browse. I’d just been to see Andrew Killick talk about Hwang Byungki at SOAS, and thought I might try to pick up his […]

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Minjung Baek in recitals at St Mary’s Perivale and LSE

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2014
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Pianist Minjung Baek has two recitals coming up: at St Mary’s Perivale on Wednesday 29th October and at the LSE on 13 November. More details below: St Mary’s Perivale Wednesday 29th October, 7.30 pm Perivale Lane, Perivale, Middlesex, UB6 8SS [Map] www.st-marys-perivale.org.uk Programme Beethoven: Piano sonata in C minor Op 111 Granados: ‘The Maiden and […]

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Ryu Seonghie is the last of the KCC’s film professionals

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2014
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The KCC brings their Year of the Film Professionals to an end with a focus on art director and production designer Ryu Seong-hie, who has worked on some of the top Korean movies of this century. The Year of the Film Professionals: Ryu Seonghie — Production Designer October – December 2014 One of the longest […]

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South Korea: An Economic Powerhouse in Transition, at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 17 October 2014
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News of an upcoming talk at Asia House: South Korea: An Economic Powerhouse in Transition 21 October 2014, 18:00 – 20:30 Asia House is delighted to invite you to join us for a stimulating discussion on the economic and foreign relations between the EU/UK and South Korea. The format will be a seated conference followed […]

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So now you can buy posh soju at Fortnums

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2014
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LKL’s soju of choice is 좋은데이, distilled in Sancheong County using the pure waters from Jirisan Mountain. You can’t get it in London as far as I’m aware, and it’s pretty hard to find in Seoul, the two most familiar brands being 참이슬 and 처음처럼. All these are entry-level brands, and the latter two are […]

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Jump returns to the Peacock

by Philip Gowman 14 October 2014
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There was a time when Ye Gam Theatre were coming to London once a year to do their outstanding production, Jump. They’ve had a break of a year or two, and now it’s time to welcome them back: Jump — Ye Gam Theatre Peacock Theatre Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT 28 Oct – 15 Nov […]

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The London Mansudae exhibition – the Kickstarter project

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2014
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A few weeks ago LKL broke the news of an upcoming exhibition of North Korean art in London later this yeaar. The exhibition is getting closer – and a venue in W1 has been earmarked. You can be part of the event by supporting the Kickstarter project launched by the exhibition organiser, David Heather. Here’s […]

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Gallery visit: Yun Sungfeel at Hanmi Gallery

by Philip Gowman 12 October 2014
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Here are a few installation shots of Yun Sungfeel’s current exhibition, Fields of Immersion, which closed on Friday. Working from the top down, a couple from his Chaos, Cosmos and Circulation series on the second floor – iron filings and glue. Next, his Energy series of metal sculptures, which were installed on the first floor: […]

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