Pastimes

Ever been interested in finding out what Go / Baduk is all about? If you’re around in London later this month, that’s your chance. If you play, you can register to participate. Or you can just go along to watch. 41st London Open Go Congress 2014 28th – 31st December 2014, International Students House 229 […]

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The Guardian hikes the Baekdu-daegan

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2013
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There’s a nice piece in The Guardian this week about hiking the Baekdu-daegan. The author starts at Cheonwangbong peak, Jirisan, in Sancheong County (Gyeongsangnam-do) and walks north, ending his hike in the Deogyusan national park in Muju County, Jeollabuk-do. Koreans have long believed that a current of life-energy, or gi, runs between [Jirisan in the […]

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2012 Travel Diary #17: On hiking in Korea

by Philip Gowman 21 September 2012
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29 March 2012. “Have you got proper hiking boots?” That’s the standard question from concerned Koreans when I told them I was going to walk up Jirisan. I was familiar with the Korean custom of dressing properly for hiking. You can’t miss the hikers on the subway, and indeed heading out to Gwacheon on line […]

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Good luck to Oxford in the Varsity Baduk tournament

by Philip Gowman 18 February 2012
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Good luck to underdogs Oxford in the Baduk tournament against Cambridge tomorrow. Time to start leveling the scores. http://t.co/LIUozlO0

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Korean Fighting Kites – part 1

by Dominick Jenkins 22 February 2011
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Dominick Jenkins explains his passion for Korean kites. Suddenly, he was there. Peter Nam. His icon, a Black, White, Panda. It dances, manically, on the screen. Thirty years earlier. Late 1970s England. The Cotswolds. A full gale. The wind bends great beech and oak trees. Rain imminent. I am alone in a car parking lot. […]

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Your online resource for Korean kite-building

by Philip Gowman 22 August 2010
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I never thought there would be an English language forum about making traditional Korean fighting kites, but here it is: Fighter Kite Central. http://bit.ly/crTvaZ #

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There’s such a thing as a world skipping championship?

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2010
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Yes, and Loughborough is hosting it. So, welcome to the schoolchildren from Ulleungdo, who have come to the UK to compete in the world skipping championships 2010. http://bit.ly/96KgFT #

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Korean philatelist wins London prize

by Philip Gowman 1 June 2010
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The History of Taste: Korean philatelist wins London expo prize for stamp collection showing development of epicurism. http://bit.ly/bVlObu #

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