Philip Gowman

Pak Chiwon: The Jehol Diary Translated with notes by Yang Hi Choe-Wall Global Oriental 2010, 208pp The Jehol Diary is a contemporary account of one of the regular journeys from Joseon Korea to Qing China bearing tribute to the emperor. The journey described in this diary took place in 1780, and was ordered by King Jeongjo […]

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Korean girls on One Direction

by Philip Gowman 28 March 2015
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Last week one of the interviewees in Yoon Sungwon‘s video says Zayn Malik is “too buttery” and that he “reminds me of a camel.” A couple of days later it’s announced that he’s leaving One Direction. “I can’t do this anymore,” he told a tabloid newspaper. The same girl says that Harry Styles’s nostrils are […]

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Google Korea remembers Hwang Sun-won

by Philip Gowman 27 March 2015
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Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of Hwang Sun-won’s birth on 26 March, 1915. Google Korea celebrated with one of their doodles, illustrating Hwang’s most well-known story, The Shower (소나기, 1959). The story was adapted as a movie by Lee Jin-mo in 1978; and Studio Meditation with Pencil is currently working on an animated version, which […]

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Is it Really Korea? a photographic exhibition at Connect

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2015
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Andy McKillop, a person with aphasia, took photographs of his trip to South Korea to make a fascinating exhibition. The exhibition opens at Connect, St Alphege, King’s Bench Street, London SE1 0QZ (020 7367 0845) on Friday 27 March 2015 at 4.00pm till 8.00pm. Drinks and snacks provided. The exhibition continues in April: Wednesday 1 […]

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Concert notes: Sunwook Kim at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2015
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The Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series features some of the best known stars in the classical music world such as Maurizio Pollini and Mitsuko Uchida as well as those at an earlier stage in their musical careers. 2006 Leeds prizewinner Sunwook Kim made his first appearance in the series on 3 March 2015 in the […]

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Evelyn Glennie’s musical journey in Korea

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2015
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Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has just been in the news for winning the Polar Music Prize 2015 along with Emmylou Harris. The award, according to its website, is “one of the most prestigious and unique music prizes in the world, crossing over musical boundaries and awarded to individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of exceptional […]

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April’s TV Drama pilot episode screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2015
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The pilot episode screenings for April have been announced. RSVP to KCCUK at 0207 044 2600 or info@kccuk.org.uk to register. April TV Drama screenings Date / Time: Thursday 2 April 2015 / 19:00~22:00 Venue: KCCUK Multi-purpose Hall Kill Me, Heal Me (킬미, 힐미) Broadcasting: MBC (07.01-12.03.2015), 20 episodes Production: Pan Entertainment, Huace Media Cast: Ji […]

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Exhibition visit: Hur Shan at Gazelli Art House

by Philip Gowman 15 March 2015
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Hur Shan’s first solo show at Gazelli Art House highlights some interesting new directions in his practice. Hur has always been interested in what lies beneath the surface: his architectural installations hack away at concrete pillars or the plasterwork on a wall to reveal treasures embedded in the underlying fabric: an ancient ceramic or a […]

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Lee Ufan – The Art of Encounter, in conversation at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2015
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Coinciding with the opening of his latest exhibition at the Lisson Gallery, Lee Ufan will be in conversation at the KCCUK on 21 March: LEE UFAN – The Art of Encounter In Conversation with Dr. Lena Fritsch and Dr. Charlotte Horlyck Saturday 21 March, 2015 4-6pm followed by a Reception Korean Cultural Centre UK Grand […]

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“Icons of Rhetoric – Reading North Korea through its Images” returns for a second exhibition

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2015
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After a brief exhibition in Dalston last November, Icons of Rhetoric returns to a more central location for a two-week show at the Guardian offices behind Kings Cross: @The Guardian (News and Media Gallery), Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU. Exhibition opens 10am – 6pm every day from Monday March 23rd – Saturday 4th […]

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Adultery law – why was it ever a criminal offence in the first place?

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2015
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The recent news item that the adultery was to be decriminalised in South Korea, 62 years after it was written into the criminal code, got me wondering as to why, when a country is rebuilding itself after a devastating war, would it be considered a priority to add adultery to the list of criminal offences. […]

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Why Jeju Islanders don’t want Chinese to be allowed to drive?

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2015
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A while ago we noticed an article in the Korean press which suggested people in Jeju-do were unhappy about Chinese being allowed to drive rental cars on the island when on vacation. I wondered what it was that concerned them. Then, the other day, I came across this article in H’s Week in China publication, […]

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A day of art, documentary and music, all for free

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2015
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It always amazes me how much is on offer for free in London. I was determined to get to at least one of Joo Yeon Sir’s (free) Beethoven recitals at the Royal College of Music – but at 6pm, they are inconveniently early in the evening for someone working at Canary Wharf. So I booked […]

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Kim Ji-woon is March’s featured director

by Philip Gowman 10 March 2015
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For March, the programme of screenings is expanded: two at the KCCUK and one at SOAS. Tale of Two Sisters is a classic, and Foul King is a guilty pleasure. For me though, Takashi Miike’s remake of Quiet Family, the deliriously madcap Happiness of the Katakuris, is unusual in being an improvement on the original. […]

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Bada Song’s CASH or SMASH Cornflake Sale, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 8 March 2015
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An intriguing performance-cum-exhibition coming up at Mokspace on the weekend of Mothering Sunday. Bada Song’s CASH or SMASH Cornflake Sale Performance / Event at MOKSPACE 2015 by Bada Song Sat 14th & Sun 15th March 2015, 10 am – 6 pm 33, Museum Street, London WC1A 1LH For the weekend of 14th 15th March 2015 […]

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Lee Ufan returns to Lisson Gallery

by Philip Gowman 7 March 2015
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In his first solo show in the UK since 2008, Lee Ufan makes a welcome return to the Lisson Gallery this month. Look out, too, for a talk by the artist at the KCCUK on 21 March. Lee Ufan 25 March – 9 May 2015 Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm | Saturday: 11:00am – […]

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K-Culture lecture #1: Where did K-Pop come from?

by Philip Gowman 7 March 2015
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Professor Keith Howard has been following the Korean popular music industry for a while: he was in the SBS studio when Fin K.L. made their debut no.1 in 1999. His book Korean Pop Music – riding the wave (now sadly out of print) is highly enjoyable. So his upcoming talk should be a great way […]

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