Retail Therapy

LKL is delighted to hear of a new venture specialising in bringing the best 녹차 to Britain. Kevin Church, the man behind the venture, introduces White Mountain Tea Company. If you’ve read Philip’s article on his trip to Hadong Tea Festival, you’ll already know a bit about the history of tea in Korea, how it’s […]

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No Artificial Flavour: an upcoming online gallery for Korean artists and designers

by Philip Gowman 16 January 2013
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At LKL we hadn’t realised, until Hanmi Gallery drew our attention to it in December, that the vitality of the London Korean art scene had been dealt a damaging blow by the closure of the Tier 1 (Post-study work) Visa to new applicants from 6 April 2012, which pretty much means that overseas students have […]

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Korea’s metrosexuals lead the world

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2011
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Korea is the metrosexual capital of the world, accounting for 18% of global sales of male beauty products and potions http://t.co/mrcSq7PJ

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Premium Korea at Harrods

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2011
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A high profile four-week exhibition of some of Korea’s luxury brands is just coming to an end. I can only speculate as to how much KOTRA paid to hire the Exhibition Gallery at Harrods for four weeks. But space at the UK’s premier luxury department store doesn’t come cheap, and it must have taken a […]

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A showcase Premium Korea event at Harrods

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2011
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Top London store Harrods hosts Korean Embassy / KOTRA “Premium Korea” event to promote Korean products ranging from food to traditional china. Famous Korean fashion designer Lie Sang-bong showcases his collection in one of the showrooms. via @UKinKorea #

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Two Korean T-shirts

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2011
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How do you show off your affiliation with Korea through what you wear? For women, a nice silk scarf – though inevitably this restricts you to formal wear and non-summer months. For men, maybe an understated way is through your necktie – but who wears ties nowadays? Plenty of ties and scarves are available in […]

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Rain Rain, Come Again

by Bella Frey 26 January 2011
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Bella Frey gets star-struck. And who can blame her? Rain in London in January, nothing unusual there. However Rain, as in Jung Ji-hoon, South Korea’s delightfully handsome mega pop star and actor, in London is definitely a once in a blue moon event. As soon as the news hit Facebook that he would be here […]

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Sarah Chang to play the Barbican: check out her shoes

by Philip Gowman 29 September 2010
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Sarah Chang is a fairly regular visitor to London – she was at the Barbican in February this year doing a chamber music recital as part of the Great Performers series. She’s also a fairly regular soloist with London orchestras. She has just been on tour in Korea with the London Philharmonic. She’s returning to […]

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Bobowrap – a nice gift idea

by Philip Gowman 19 April 2010
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Bobowrap has been giving away free wrapping scarves. @bobowrap Sounds like I need to become one of your Facebook fans in reply to bobowrap #

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Will the Samsung NX10 become LKL’s official camera?

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2010
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In the all-too-distant days of my youth, I had a budget SLR camera with a couple of lenses and a collection of filters, and I like to think that I took a few good snaps with it. Life moves on, and priorities change, and after a while I found that instead of taking the SLR […]

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Special K-Drama deal at YesAsia for North Americans

by Philip Gowman 21 March 2010
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If you’re a K-drama fan based in the US or Canada there’s loads of special offers available on the YesAsia US site. Here’s their blurb: Enjoy up to 84% off English-subtitled Korean Dramas at YesAsia.com! Our extensive selection includes K-Drama classics like Dae Jang Geum, My Lovely Sam-Soon, Happy Together, and more. Some titles are […]

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Pojagi wrapping cloths take off in America

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2010
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Pojagi wrapping cloths get a new lease of life in America with the Bobo Wrapping Scarf, created by Korean-American Patricia Lee. # Described as “eco-luxe reusable wraps,” the bobos are now available in luxurious Asian-inspired brocades, trendy animal prints, quirky stripes and floral patterns. Source: Korea Times

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Boost your DVD collection

by Philip Gowman 17 August 2009
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Thanks to Saharial for pointing out that Play.com has a few bargains right now. Here’s a selection of some of the Korean films on offer, starting with the cheapest: £1.99 Once upon a time in High School Typhoon special 2 disc ed £2.99 Doll Master £3.99 Arahan Memories of Murder The Host City of Violence […]

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Han Style in a necktie

by Philip Gowman 14 August 2009
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We’ve all seen modern reinventions of the hanbok, maybe worn by a western celebrity. We’ve seen t-shirts and other items of female clothing and accessories adorned with hangeul, Korea’s script. But, short of wearing hanbok – which maybe is not the thing to wear at chic cocktail parties in Primrose Hill – what is a […]

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It’s finally happened: Housemaid on DVD

by Philip Gowman 30 July 2009
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It had to happen eventually. It’s been at the top of every Korean film buff’s most-wanted DVD release for longer than we can all remember. They’ve been working on polishing up the print and subtitles for rather too long. Versions of the film have been available at film festivals for a while – we saw […]

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Recent music award winners

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2009
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March was a month in which two separate music awards were announced. Here are the winners.

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Nom Nom Nom gets DVD release

by Philip Gowman 20 February 2009
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Kim Ji-woon’s The Good the Bad and the Weird makes it to DVD, in both Korean and International cuts.

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