Philip Gowman

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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Event news: an introduction to the UK Exceptional Talent visa

by Philip Gowman 26 November 2016
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The KCC is hosting a talk aimed at a Korean-speaking audience on the UK’s Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa on 29 November. Full details on the KCC website.

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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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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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BBC Korea Service expected to start as early as 2017

by Philip Gowman 16 November 2016
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It was confirmed today that Korean would be one of the 11 additional languages in which the BBC World Service will broadcast. An accompanying interview with a BBC official on this morning’s Today programme said that the Korean content is likely to be a half-hour daily news programme focused on regional current affairs, though world […]

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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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Gangnam Style remembered on Strictly

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2016
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Thanks to would-be Labour finance minister Ed Balls for brightening up our dull Autumn on the BBC’s celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing. Consistently at the bottom of the scoreboard, he is saved by the popular vote. In the most recent episode he had the guts to do a Gangnam Style inspired Salsa, choreographed (with […]

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