Bloggers and newspeople

London Korean Links went online 10 years ago, on 1 March 2006. What has changed over that time, and how might things change over the next 10 years? For a start, there’s more of everything. More people following Korean culture in London, more events to follow. When London Korean Links started, it was a reasonable […]

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Looking back at 2015: Domestic news

by Philip Gowman 8 January 2016
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Our final look back at 2015: mainly domestic news stories from South Korea. In the news After 62 years of adultery being a criminal offence in the ROK, the constitutional court decided to decriminalise it by a vote of 7 to 2.  Four out of ten married Korean males heaved a sigh of relief  and shares […]

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Sylvia Park receives her MBE

by Philip Gowman 1 March 2015
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Although Sylvia Park was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June last year, the actual investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace did not take place until 30 January 2015. Resplendent in red and green hanbok, Sylvia received the honour from the Prince of Wales. She commented: So very thrilled, happy and proud […]

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The Massive reports from this week’s UKISS gig

by Philip Gowman 28 September 2014
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Many of us were torn on Wednesday between the IRIS screening with Q&A at the Curzon Soho and the UKISS concert at the Forum. Those who chose to go to screening instead of the gig should see what they missed by reading the Korean Class Massive’s review of the evening. They’ve got some great photos […]

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Looking back at 2013: the Register – anniversaries, marriages, deaths

by Philip Gowman 1 February 2014
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In the first of five articles, we look back over some of the milestones of 2013. Here we list some of the significant anniversaries, marriages and deaths. The Donguibogam was published 400 years ago. The Korean War armistice was signed 60 years ago The Marmot’s Hole started 10 years ago Marriages Footballer Ki Sung-yueng, to […]

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A new trend in Korean-speaking Brits?

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2013
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As an inspiration to the many British Koreaphiles out there who don’t speak the language, look no further than X-factor winners Little Mix. According to the Chosun Ilbo, a contestant performing a cover version of their song Wings on K-pop Star prompted them to release their own Korean version: Rather more proficient is 영국남자 or […]

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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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Ten years of The Marmot

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2013
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There’s a nice feature on Robert Koehler of The Marmot’s Hole in the Joongang Ilbo (along with a couple of other bloggers too), marking 10 years of the blog’s existence. Here’s to the next ten.

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2012 Travel Diary 3: Bugaksan to Daehakro

by Philip Gowman 30 April 2012
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Seoul, Saturday 24 March 2012. There’s time to kill before our evening appointment in Daehakro, so we go for a stroll in Samcheong-dong, along with most of the rest of Seoul. It’s 5pm on a pleasant Saturday afternoon, and young couples amble with an charming lack of purpose, getting in your way if you want to […]

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A look back at 2011 – part 3

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2011
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In the final part of our look back at 2011, we summarise some of the news stories which caught our eye. China This year the region’s biggest economy continued flexing its muscles: it conducted the first test flight of its new stealth fighter, announced that it had deployed stealth missile speedboats in the East China […]

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Modern Korean Cinema features gangsters for a week

by Philip Gowman 9 December 2011
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Check out Jopok Week on Modern Korean Cinema for reviews of Im Kwon-taek’s classic General’s Son 1 2 and 3, Kim Sung-su’s Beat, Song Neung-han’s No 3, Jang Hyeon-su’s Born to Kill, guest essays by Darcy Paquet and Connor McMorran on gangster comedy, by Rowena Santos Aquino on Masculinity and Beauty, plus box office reports […]

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Korea Times website “malicious”

by Philip Gowman 24 November 2011
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It had to happen sooner or later. My office now regards the Korea Times website as malicious, and I can no longer access it from work over my lunchtime sandwich. http://t.co/dMSFWNIm

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Some Follow Friday recommendations

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2011
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Some Follow Friday recommendations: @HangulCelluloid @miniminimovies @newkoreancinema @pierceconran @KoreanFIlmBiz @koreanfilmfest @koreanindie @lucywilliamson @kcreport @kimchisoul

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Ajosshi visits the Jeju Teddy Bear Museum

by Philip Gowman 31 October 2011
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A select group of bloggers are being taken on a tour of Jeju Island by Korea.net. Paul Ajosshi reports from the unlikely but cute attraction of the Teddy Bear Museum: Too Much To Bear http://bit.ly/soBby4

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Kimchi Soul featured in the Korea Herald

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2011
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Congratulations to Anna-Marie Cole, @kimchisoul, for feature in the Korea Herald: “London K-blogger returns for another taste of Korea” http://t.co/wrJTIiuj #southkorea

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Where to find English muffins in Seoul

by Philip Gowman 7 September 2011
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If you find yourself in Seoul craving toasted muffins with your Earl Grey, contact @ajosshi. A feature on an Itaewon shop catering to westerners. Prominent bloggers are quoted. bit.ly/qelORa

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Frustrating experiences at the new Yongsan Art Hall, Seoul

by Philip Gowman 27 August 2011
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The tragic tale of why I walked out of a show before it even started… http://bit.ly/q1ERFt. Could only happen in Korea (#). Via @Ajosshi

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