Korean garden designer Jihae Hwang won gold medals at Chelsea in 2011 and 2012. It’s a tough act to follow, but let’s hope Hay Joung Hwang also wins success with her LG Smart Garden, entered in the Show Garden category this year. Her style is very different from Jihae’s, with clean, modern lines rather than […]

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2011 Korea Trip: The Stories of the Stones – an introduction

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2016
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When I started writing up my 2011 Korea trip a few days after returning to London in May that year, I said “the write-ups are going to take a while to put together and will involve rather more legwork than last year, but I’ll get them done over the next few weeks.” Five years later, […]

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May events 2106

by Philip Gowman 1 May 2016
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Music Giriboy plays the Miranda in Shoreditch on 1 May Joo Yeon Sir has recitals at St John’s Smith Square on 5 and 22 May and joins a concert by Karl Jenkins at the Festival Hall on 6 May B.A.P’s World Tour hits the Coronet on 13 May Jambinai performs at Corsica Studios on 16 […]

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Event news: Dead Buttons and others play The Forge

by Philip Gowman 30 April 2016
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Is this Dead Buttons’ third UK trip? Whatever, it’s nice to see them back, at a good venue. K-Rock Showcase Wednesday 25 May 7.30pm The Forge | 3-7 Delancey Street | Camden | London NW1 7NL Tickets: £10 | Book tickets: http://www.forgevenue.org From Korea: Dead Buttons | DTSQ | We Are The Night From UK: […]

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A way to make sure you never have enough time in Korea

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2016
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I’ve just discovered a great way to help plan a trip to a particular part of Korea to make sure you get maximum value from your time in the area. Go to the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) website, go to Heritage Info, and then General Search. In the search form, select the Location (province or […]

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Wanted: actors for short film on North Korean refugee in Britain

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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Having enjoyed In-Sook Chappell’s two stage plays, I’m delighted to hear that she has a short film planned. She is looking for actors, with or without experience or training, to cast. Here’s the brief. Do please volunteer, because I want to see this film! KOCHEBI: A short film written and directed by In-Sook Chappell. It’s […]

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Exhibition news: Sacred Art – an international group exhibition at Aberglasney House, Carmarthen

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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A reason to explore Carmarthenshire over the Mayday bank holiday weekend: curated by May Kim (whom many may remember from her time as curator at Mokspace) and co-curated by Nick Taylor, this exhibition features a number of Korean artists and performers: Bupjeon Sunim | Chae Hee Jung | Chang Sook Lee | Jeon Je-woo | […]

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Event news: an evening with Korean authors Han Yujoo and Cheon Myeong-kwan

by Philip Gowman 23 April 2016
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Cheon Myeong-Kwan and Han Yujoo are being made to work hard during their visit to London in support of the special Korea issue of the Asia Literary Review. Asia House on 10 May (with Deborah Smith), SOAS on 12 May (again with Deborah Smith), and KCC on 13 May (with Kelly Falconer): Korean Literature Night: […]

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Lee Joon-ik’s The Throne: a familiar tale made a believable tragedy

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
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The first of the KCCUK’s “Teaser Screenings” for the London Korean Film Festival 2016 took place on Monday in the presence of Director Lee Joon-ik and the recently-arrived Korean ambassador. The chosen film was The Throne (사도) – a movie which was #5 in the 2015 Korean box office and deals with an incident in […]

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Last Thursday’s screening at the KCC – Sunny – was an unexpected delight

by Philip Gowman 16 April 2016
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Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed Kang Hyeong-cheol’s Sunny at the KCC this week. I shan’t bore you with the details – Paul Quinn has articulated it on Hangul Celluloid much better than I could. Based on the trailers I had been kind of expecting a bit of an offbeat teen comedy. When it featured in the […]

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Event news: “Cruel State” documentary screening and 2nd anniversary Sewol Silent Protest

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2016
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As we reach the second anniversary of the Sewol sinking, two special events are planned in London. First, the monthly Sewol Stay Put silent protest will be in Trafalgar Square on 16 April in front of the National Gallery, 2pm – 4pm. Later that afternoon will be a free screening of Cruel State (나쁜나라) at […]

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Event news: Sunny and Barking Dogs are April’s KCC screenings

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2016
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The KCCUK’s series of screenings featuring different aspects of Korean humour continues this month with Sunny and probably my favourite Bong Joon-ho movie. Will we come face to face with the mysterious Boiler Kim? The screening on 14 April will include an introductory talk by Jinhee Choi, starting at 7pm. Note also the additional screenings […]

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Event news: K-Lit in the age of Korean Cool

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2016
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For those who are lucky enough to get to the Korean Literature Night at the KCC this month, the author of the featured book will be at Asia House a couple of weeks later: K-Lit in the age of Korean Cool 10 May, 2016, 18:45 – 20:30 Asia House | Book here Hallyu – the […]

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KCC’s April Korean Literature Night features Cheon Myung-kwan’s Modern Family

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2016
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Cheon Myung-kwan is definitely author of the month – he’s appearing at Asia House in May as well as being the subject of this month’s Korean Literature Night. The novel was made into the movie Boomerang Family by director Song Hae-sung, which was the closing gala screening of the 2013 London Korean Film Festival. Korean […]

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Gig news: Giriboy, DJ SQ, Illustrious One in Shoreditch

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2016
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There was a time when the bank holiday weekend at the start of May used to feature a host of Korean B-boys coming to London. As far as I know, that hasn’t happened in the last couple of years, but instead this year there’s some Korean hip-hop in Shoreditch. Check out the tracks below – […]

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April events 2016

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2016
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Film Lee Jun-ik’s The Throne (a treatment of the life and death of Crown Prince Sado) screens at the Regent Street Cinema on 18 April (with Director Q+A) as part of a teaser for this year’s London Korean Film Festival. The KCC film screenings this month are Sunny (Kang Hyoung-chul, 2011) (14 April) and the wonderful […]

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Event news: Jambinai returns to London

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2016
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One of the highlights of 2015 was Jambinai’s gig at the Rich Mix as part of the K-Music festival. So we’ll definitely be going to their 2016 appearance at the Elephant and Castle. Baba Yaga’s Hut Presents: Jambinai Monday 16th May 2016 Show: 7:30 PM Doors: 7:30 PM Corsica Studios | 4/5 Elephant Road, London, […]

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