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When Kimchee Restaurant opened up in Holborn in 2011 it was one of the few Korean establishments in London to invest really heavily in the decor and fittings. Their second restaurant, recently opened behind St Pancras station, continues the trend. It also has table-top BBQs, and I hear they had some half-price deals to celebrate […]

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The world’s first newspaper?

by Philip Gowman 18 April 2017
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“Why did no one inform me that this was being made?” said King Seonjo (r. 1567–1608) on 28 November 1577. Concerned “that information about the court could potentially be circulated to wider circles in the elite” the king exiled the people responsible for the news-sheet. Jieun Choi of Korea Exposé has the fascinating story. Kim […]

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Event news: Concert for Alex – Yoon Chung (piano)

by Philip Gowman 8 April 2017
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Riverhouse Barn | Manor Road | Walton-on-Thames | Surrey KT12 2PF | riverhousebarn.co.uk Saturday 22 April 2017, 8pm Tickets £20 (£5 students) | Book here A concert in memory of Alex Matusiczky, given by the young South Korean pianist Yoon Chung. Yoon has performed throughout the UK, Japan, Korea and the USA. In 2016 he undertook […]

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Free screening: SEWOL documentary

by Philip Gowman 30 March 2017
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Three years ago on 16 April, the Sewol ferry sank and 304 passengers died. As one of the events to mark this sad anniversary, there’s another chance to watch the documentary by Ok-Hee Jeong, which was screened at Birkbeck in January. Details: 8 April 2017 at 14:00–16:00 Venue: Room B20, Birkbeck University of London main […]

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Event news: Escapee Kim Young-il talks at King’s London

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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News of an upcoming talk by North Korean escapee Kim Young-il: My Escape from North Korea Hosted by King’s College Londond Amnesty International Society 24 March at 18:00–20:00 K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand campus, King’s College London Register via Eventbrite KCL Amnesty International will be hosting a panel discussion with Young-II Kim, a North Korean […]

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The advance of Korea’s longevity

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2017
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According to a study by Imperial College London and the World Health Organisation, “average life expectancy is set to increase in many countries by 2030 – and will exceed 90 years in South Korea.” The press release accompanying the report revealed: The five countries with the highest life expectancy at birth for men in 2030 were: […]

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So now you know

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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You couldn’t make this up. Or maybe you could. Even though I suspect it’s a fake cover posted online to make people go out and buy the paper itself (which I would do if it weren’t cold outside), it’s still too good not to share. Thanks to Paul Matthews for spotting this gem (also to […]

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Suh Do-ho: a popular local attraction

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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It was good to see people queuing to get into Suh Do-ho’s solo show at Victoria Miro yesterday, a pleasant stroll along the Grand Union Canal from the Angel. I was going to go to the exhibition myself, but it’s the sort of work where you’re better off with only one or two people in […]

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Choe Il presents his credentials as DPRK ambassador

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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Embed from Getty Images From the Court Circular page of the Buckingham Palace website: 9 February 2017: His Excellency Mr. Choe Il was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to […]

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The KCC’s first literature night of 2017 is The dog who dared to dream

by Philip Gowman 11 February 2017
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The KCC’s first Korean Literature Night of 2017 features another of Hwang Sun-mi’s short novels. And this year, the nights don’t clash with the film screenings. The Dog Who Dared To dream Hwang Sun-mi Tuesday 28 February 2017, 18.30-20.30 @KCCUK The Korean Literature Night (KLN) is a monthly discussion group that explores various themes and […]

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Exhibition news: Korean show at Albemarle Gallery

by Philip Gowman 1 February 2017
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Albemarle Gallery is hosting a group show of some of their regular Korean artists (and those of their sister gallery, Pontone) from 2 February – 4 March Albemarle Gallery | 49 Albemarle Street | London W1S 4JR T: +44 (0)20 7499 1616 | E: info@albemarlegallery.com | www.albemarlegallery.com Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm | Saturday: […]

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Korean language classes in Raynes Park

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2017
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If you were unsuccessful in your application for the language classes at the KCC this year, don’t despair: there’s a similar set of classes down in Raynes Park, organised by another branch of the Korean embassy, the Korean Education Centre. More details here: lkl.ink/2kCa5CV Apply by 3 February for this term’s classes.

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Event news: Jogakpo workshops at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2017
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Supplementing the workshops hosted by Kingston Adult Education is a four-week Korean patchwork project at the Sunbury Embroidery Gallery commencing 1 February. Korean patchwork ‘Jogakbo’ Workshop The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery The Walled Garden | Thames Street | Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 6AB We welcome The Korean Cultural Centre to the gallery with a unique opportunity to learn […]

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Event news: a Sungji Hong flute premiere, at the RCM

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2017
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Coming up tomorrow, a premiere performance of new flute work by Korean composer Sungji Hong. The Royal College of Music website bills it as Concerto for alto flute and chamber ensemble; the composer’s website calls it Transfiguration for alto flute and chamber ensemble with electronics. Carla Rees plays alto flute with the Manon Quartet and […]

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Exhibition news: Korea Town, at Wimbledon Space – and a Korea Day

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2017
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It’s a bit difficult to tell from the below announcement what artists are participating in this Wimbledon College of Art show. The accompanying blog post assumes almost a similar amount of insider knowledge. But it may be of interest to this readership. There is a Korea Day at the college on 4 February in the […]

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The reviews of ZICO’s London gig

by Philip Gowman 12 January 2017
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The general verdict is that ZICO’s 5 January gig in Camden was 40 minutes of excellence, but as for the rest of it, well it wasn’t what people paid for. A couple of vlogs below, first from KpopSteve: and second from GZBKarma: … and a couple of reviews – from KondaKorea | MACG Magazine | […]

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Choigate and Park Geun-hye’s censorship of the arts – contd

by Philip Gowman 11 January 2017
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A couple more links relating to censorship under Park Geun-hye, which will be updated as news breaks. First, a re-post of the pdf purporting to be the blacklist of 9,473 names, first posted here. 10 Jan 2017: Via Br Anthony comes the “appalling news … that [Park] personally gave orders that the two most important […]

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