Asides

Micro posts, bite sized articles and links to stories on other sites that we find of interest.

So the first, and maybe the only, big live K-pop event in London this year is UKISS, at the Forum, a 2,300 capacity venue in Kentish Town, on 24 September. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

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Jewyo Rhii: solo show at Wilkinson Gallery

by Philip Gowman 23 August 2014
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For most of September and October you’ll be able to see the work of Korean artists at two galleries in Vyner Street: HADA Contemporary and Wilkinson Gallery: Jewyo Rhii 7 September – 26 October 2014 Wilkinson Gallery | 50-58 Vyner Street | London | E2 9DQ | 020 8980 2662 | www.wilkinsongallery.com Opening times: Wednesday […]

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Jee-Hyun Kwun: Cut Out Details, at Southfields Gallery

by Philip Gowman 19 August 2014
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News of an exhibition just north of the Toastrack in Southfields: Cut Out Details, by Jee-Hyun Kwun From Monday 18th – Friday 22nd August 2014 at Southfields Gallery 223 Wimbledon Park Road, London SW18 5RH (nearest Tube Station: Southfields – District line) Opening Times: Mon-Fri 11.00am-5.15pm | Sat 10.30am-1.30pm | Closed Wed and Sun www.southfieldsgallery.co.uk

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DJ Joonki’s K-pop mash-up

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
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For those of you who couldn’t make it to the opening event of the Korean Artists Association residency on 12 August, here’s the DJ set from Joonki, via his YouTube channel. He was only alotted 5 minutes, but did pretty well to cover 30 years of K-pop. I’d like to hear something a bit longer […]

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A video of Korean ceramic decorative techniques

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2014
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I just tripped over this lovely video on Facebook. It would be nice to have something a bit longer, showing a comprehensive range of all the various decorative techniques used in Korean ceramics. But this is a great sampler, from Icheon Ceramics: Post by Minkyu Jeon.

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Shin Meekyoung’s Plinth Project, two years on

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Almost exactly two years ago – on 23 July 2012 – Shin Meekyoung’s equestrian statue of the Duke of Cumberland was hoisted into position in Cavendish Square. I happened to be in the area on 24 July 2014 so I paid a visit. The soap from which the statue is made has shown itself to […]

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The Doctor Who roadshow comes to Seoul

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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In connection with a publicity screening of episode 1 of series 8 in Seoul on 9 August, the Beeb is running a little promotional campaign involving the Tardis. Here’s a sample of the photos from the hashtag #tardisinseoul. You can also try the hashtag #타디스인서울 or #닥터후. Download your own tardis here to cut out […]

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Gangnam’s Sherlock-themed cafe

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Check out Giacomo Lee’s post about a Sherlock-themed coffee shop in Gangnam called 221B. You can even order an Eggs Benedict to go with your Sherlock Coffee. Great attention to detail. Link: Gangnam’s Sherlock Themed Cafe, Medium.com, 4 July

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The Kimchi Slap (in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere)

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Here’s the full clip from the MBC TV Drama Everybody, Kimchi. The incident in question is at 1’30″: If you’re happy with .gifs, here’s the cut-down version. I wonder how many shirts were ruined rehearsing this scene…

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Latest UNESCO listings break the stereotypes

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2014
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A famine-ridden state that spends all its money on its army and its nukes; and a country that builds a green city and restores its rivers… Those are the stereotypes. Yet it’s the North that has just had a biosphere reserve registered at UNESCO, while the South’s latest registration is an impressive piece of military […]

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British Council signs MOU with DPRK Cultural Committee

by Philip Gowman 17 July 2014
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As trailed at the launch of the current photographic exhibition at the British Council, a memorandum of understanding has now been signed between the Council and the DPRK’s Cultural Committee. Not quite the ministerial level MOU that is in place between the UK and the ROK, but still a significant step. British Council forges new […]

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The Korean Hamlet: special seminar + performance ticket deal

by Philip Gowman 9 July 2014
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The nice people at the KCCUK have a special offer for you, whereby you can receive free tickets for Hamlet directed by Jung-Ung Yang by registering to attend the Artist Talk event. The play will be performed for one night only on 12th July at 7.30pm at the Peacock Theatre. To obtain your free tickets […]

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Brighten up your hangeul typeface

by Philip Gowman 5 July 2014
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Bored with the default hangeul font on your PC? The Korea Blog has a brief article on hangeul as compared with other scripts, explaining some of the difficulties with hangeul typography. But best of all, they provide a couple of links where you can download hangeul fonts for free: Naver’s Nanum font collection (4 varieties) […]

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The 2014 Korean Food Festival at the Fountain

by Philip Gowman 5 July 2014
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The Korean community in New Malden is often not very good at publicising events of theirs that might be of wider interest outside their community. Like their annual Food Festival. It normally happens the second Saturday in July at the Fountain Pub, during Malden Fortnight. But if you search on the Malden Fortnight website, you […]

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Eating yeot, or not

by Philip Gowman 1 July 2014
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Ask A Korean has a great post on the reason why a disgruntled fan might want to lob a few toffees at the returning Korean football team. He has a few explanations why “Eat Yeot” is considered an insult. The article promted an LKL reader to add a different story about eating yeot as a […]

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Namhansanseong joins Suwon fortress on UNESCO World Heritage list

by Philip Gowman 30 June 2014
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South Korea’s eleventh listing on the UNESCO World Heritage list is Namhansanseong. It was added to the list at the end of a 10 day meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee at Doha on 25 June. According to the summary on the UNESCO website: Namhansanseong was designed as an emergency capital for the Joson dynasty […]

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KCC to fund British Museum curator

by Philip Gowman 30 June 2014
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Interesting that it’s the KCC doing this. Normally I would expect a chaebol or an NGO like the Korea Foundation to fund this sort of post. Anyway, below is the official press release from the British Museum website. This is an additional curatorial post, working under the existing senior curator Sasche Priewe, who will continue […]

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