Korea’s Sports

From baseball to speed skating via football and of course Taekwondo, Korea is passionate about its sports. Here you’ll find LKL’s articles which touch on Korea’s sports. Most of the in-depth sporting coverage is written by Aashish Ghadvi. You can find all his articles here.

In the first of four articles looking back over 2014, we recall some of the culture, sports and heritage stories that made the news. Arts Dansaekhwa emerged as flavour of the year. Following the MMCA exhibition in 2013 and Joan Kee’s book, Kukje Gallery had a monochrome retrospective, and dansaekhwa artists were included in MMCA […]

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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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Watch the Red Devils in the 2014 World Cup in Central London

by Philip Gowman 31 May 2014
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All three group stage South Korea games will be screened at Tiger Tiger bar in Haymarket, Piccadilly Circus. The event is primarily for those living in London, who want to see the game with other Korea supporters but who might find it difficult to travel to New Malden, especially for the first game, which starts […]

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Amazon Adventure! – how will Korea perform in the 2014 World Cup?

by Aashish Gadhvi 19 May 2014
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Aashish Gadhvi assesses Korea’s chances of success in Brazil The summer is here, the birds are chirping and it feels like an age since we went red with support for our favourite team south of the DMZ! It can only mean it’s World Cup time again! Brazil will this summer host another carnival of the […]

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No medals for the BBC’s Sochi closing ceremony coverage

by Philip Gowman 24 February 2014
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As the Olympic flag was passed from Sochi to the mayor of Pyeongchang, it was time for a brief preview of the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. The BBC voiceover was done by sports commentator Hazel Irvine, who had been handed a press briefing but no more. Helpfully, she identified that the bird characters on […]

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Yuna is still Queen

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2014
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Regardless of the controversy, Kim Yuna bowed out with dignity: “The judges give points and I can’t do anything about that,” she is reported as saying. “I did all I wanted to do, like I wanted to do it. … I’m just glad it’s over.” A few relevant links: The Change.org petition: Open Transparent Scores […]

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2013 Travel Diary #31: We are all heroes – Baseball and the Bull at Seoul Museum

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2013
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Seoul Museum, Buamdong, Seoul, Saturday 14 September, 4pm. Seoul Museum’s current exhibition focuses on Park Chan-ho, an inspirational baseball player who played in the US, including at the LA Dodgers, in a career that spanned 18 years from 1994 to 2012. An oversized sculpture of him in Gwon Osang’s familiar style greets you as you […]

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Design a flag for the joint Olympic team for the two Koreas

by Philip Gowman 20 July 2013
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This is your chance to design a Unification Flag for Korea, for the Gwangju Design Biennale 2013. Who knows, it could be the flag used by a joint Korean team in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Korean-style, there’s not much time before the submission deadline. And the instructions aren’t very clear. Make of it what […]

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The Good Friday transatlantic K-blog meetup

by Philip Gowman 29 March 2013
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9 o’clock in the morning on the Good Friday bank holiday at a Hammersmith coffee shop might not seem the likeliest place for a K-blog meetup. But Roy Ghim, from the Tavern of the Taekguk Warriors, a US-based Korean football site, had just arrived at Heathrow and was on his way into town. And as […]

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Kim Yu-na wins again

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2013
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Congratulations to Kim Yu-na on regaining her world figure-skating championship title in effortless style. Sadly, her next big contest, at the Sochi Winter Olympics, will be her last. “The reigning Olympic champion looked as if she’d never been away, with an exquisite and elegant performance that left the audience spellbound. The crowd was on its […]

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Aashish Gadhvi assesses Korea’s poor performance against Croatia with the help of Ki Sung-yueng

by Aashish Gadhvi 5 March 2013
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South Korea were back in rainy old London Town to have their now annual friendly against Croatia at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC. After previous visits to London to play Greece, Serbia and Ivory Coast, Korea has now made London a decent stop in their international calendar. Although some cynics would see these […]

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QPR launches new Twitter account for their Korean fans

by Philip Gowman 18 February 2013
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Queens Park Rangers has just launched a Korean-language Twitter account targeted at Korean fans, now that it has two high-profile Korean players. Park Ji-sung and Yun Suk-Young gave fans a welcome message on the club’s YouTube channel: The Twitter feed launched on Saturday, and 48 hours later it already has 1,700 followers. “The new @OfficialQPR_KR […]

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Korea’s training day, and interview with Lee Chung-yong

by Aashish Gadhvi 12 February 2013
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When I first found out Korea were again coming to London to play a friendly against Croatia I was determined to report the match for LKL in the way I had done for their previous friendlies. This also reminded me of the training session the team had prior to the Ivory Coast friendly which I […]

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Korea v Croatia – the live tweets

by Aashish Gadhvi 6 February 2013
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The as-it-happened commentary on South Korea’s defeat at the hands of Croatia, live on Twitter (Craven Cottage wi-fi permitting)… 2:09pm #koreaVcroatia kicks off… Come on Korea! 2:11pm A rainy but lively Craven Cottage: 2:14pm Son Heung min with a wide long shot which makes the crowd go wild! 2:14pm A narrow misses header from Ivica […]

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Follow South Korea v Croatia live on LKL’s Twitter feed!

by Philip Gowman 5 February 2013
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Ash is back! Aashish Ghadvi, LKL’s sports correspondent, is back on duty for South Korea’s friendly with Croatia at Craven Cottage tomorrow (Wed 6 Feb, kick-off 2pm GMT). Internet access in Fulham permitting, he’ll be tweeting live from the match on LKL’s Twitter feed (@lklinks), and there’ll be a full write up with interviews on […]

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South Korea play Croatia at Craven Cottage

by Philip Gowman 4 February 2013
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Fulham Football Club seems to be the favoured venue for South Korea’s friendly internationals. 2007 it was Greece (a 1-0 victory). 2009 was Serbia (another 1-0 victory). They moved to the QPR ground at Loftus Road for their 2-0 victory over Ivory Coast in 2010. This Wednesday, 6 February, at 2pm, they return to Craven […]

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Looking back at 2012: Culture, tourism and branding stories

by Philip Gowman 22 January 2013
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The first of four articles in which we look back at some of the stories which caught our attention during the course of 2012. In this first article we look at cultural promotion, heritage, tourism and related topics. Heritage and Cultural Promotion Korea’s national folk song, Arirang, was listed as world Intangible Cultural Heritage by […]

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