British Korean Soceity (formerly Anglo-Korean Society)

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If you’re not already a member of the British Korean Society, this is a good reason to join. Membership details can be found here. Update on the UK–Korea relationship Monday 6 July 2015, 6.30pm for 7.00pm Korean Cultural Centre. A talk by H.E Charles Hay, British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and H.E Michael […]

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A private tour of the British Library’s Korean manuscripts with the BKS

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2015
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We’ve had private tours of the collections at the V&A and British Museum. Now comes a not-to-be-missed opportunity to go behind the scenes at the British Library. But you’ll need to join the British Korean Society first Tour of the British Library 96 Euston Road | London NW1 2DB Thursday 23 April 2015 6.15 pm […]

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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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Life in the Dolphin Pool – an illustrated talk on North Korea at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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Last year, the British Council held an exhibition of photographs of North Korea, a body of work that was the output of a long-planned collaboration with the DPRK authorities. LKL reviewed the exhibition here. If you had gone to the exhibition on a Friday lunchtime, you might have had a guided tour of the works […]

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The BKS Diners celebrate Seollal

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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The first 2015 get-together of the British Korean Society diners is on 18 February to celebrate the lunar new year: Celebrating Seollal: The Korean Lunar New Year Wednesday 18 February 2015, 7.00pm Kalbi Korean Restaurant, 36, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 5HP (Nearest Underground stations are Chancery Lane & Farringdon; Bus Routes, 19, 38 & 341) […]

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Unsuk Chin’s Piano Etudes committed to disk

by Philip Gowman 11 January 2015
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The fiendishly difficult Etudes by Unsuk Chin have been recorded by British pianist Clare Hammond in a disc sponsored by the British Korean Society. It will be released by BIS Records on 2 February and there is a launch event (including a short recital of works from the CD) at the Guildhall School of Music […]

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The British Korean Society annual House of Lords event

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2014
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A reminder to British Korean Society members of the upcoming House of Lords reception. And if you’re not a member yet, this is your excuse to join. British Korean Society Reception at the House of Lords Cholmondeley Room and Terrace, London SW1A 0AA Thursday 20th November 2014 Starting 7pm – Carriages 9pm Hosted by Baroness […]

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Q: What do Sylvia Park and Angelina Jolie have in common?

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2014
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A: They were both honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on 13 June. In the Diplomatic and Overseas listing, within the list of those honoured with an MBE, there is the following: Mrs Sylvia Chong-Ae Park, Events secretary, Anglo-Korean Society. For services to strengthening links between the UK and Korea. Sylvia marks 20 […]

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The Anglo-Korean Society annual dinner

by Philip Gowman 5 November 2013
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This year’s Anglo-Korean Society dinner in the Houses of Parliament will be on 21 November. Details below and in the attached pdf (which must be completed in order to reserve your seat) ANGLO – KOREAN SOCIETY JOINT PRESIDENTS HE The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Sungnam Lim Dr Robert Hawley CBE CHAIRMAN Warwick Morris […]

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Inside Kim’s Kingdom: John Everard talks to the Anglo-Korean Society

by Philip Gowman 12 October 2013
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John Everard will be introducing his book Only Beautiful Please to the Anglo-Korean Society on 16 October: Inside Kim’s Kingdom A talk by John Everard Former British Ambassador to North Korea Wednesday 16th October 2013 6.45pm for 7.00pm Korean Cultural Centre Grand Buildings, 1-3 The Strand, London WC2N 5BW (nearest underground stations–Charing Cross & Embankment) […]

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AKS Diners at Kalbi Restaurant, Rosebery Avenue

by Philip Gowman 3 February 2013
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A reminder of the informal gathering of Anglo-Korean Society members on 7 Feburary: AKS Diners You are invited to join our informal get together on Thursday 7th February 2013at 7.00pm at Kalbi Korean Restaurant, 36 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 5HP (Nearest Underground stations are Chancery Lane & Farringdon) This is an ideal and unique opportunity […]

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Celebrate Chuseok with the Anglo-Korean Society

by Philip Gowman 23 September 2012
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Celebrate Chuseok this Friday with the Anglo Korean Society. Note that this event is for AKS members and their guests only. You need to pre-book (and also pre-pay) using the form at the bottom of this post. CHUSEOK CELEBRATION With a screening of “The Arch of Enlightenment” Friday 28th September 2012 6.30pm for 7.00pm Korean […]

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Places still available on AKS guided walk of Inns of Court

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2012
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A reminder of the interesting guided walk of the Inns of Court with the Anglo-Korean Society on 8 May. Guided by an experienced Blue Badge guide, this should be a fascinating and fun evening. Details on the AKS website

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Anglo-Korean Society annual dinner

by Philip Gowman 21 September 2011
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Members of the Anglo Korean Society have a number of privileged events during the year. And probably the most special is the annual dinner in the Houses of Parliament. Members and guests only. It’s worth joining simply for the dinner. And even if you’ve done it before, the tour of parliament before the dinner is […]

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Rumours about SC First Bank sale can’t be true

by Philip Gowman 28 May 2011
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“Rumors say Standard selling SC First”. Doesn't sound right. Standard Chartered sounded very bullish about SC First the other day when the Anglo-Korean Society visited for a viewing of their art collection. http://bit.ly/jWBtPV # Companies: SC First

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AKS visit to Standard Chartered art collection

by Philip Gowman 18 May 2011
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Just returned from Anglo-Korean Society visit to Standard Chartered art collection. No Korean art. But learned about their hot-desking and recycling policies #. Evening rescued by interesting talk by AKS treasurer about the development of SC First Bank since Standard Chartered acquisition. # Companies: SC First

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AKS members-only visit to Standard Chartered HQ

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2011
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Here’s your excuse to join the Anglo-Korean Society, which you have been meaning to do for a while. Tour of Standard Chartered Bank 1 Basinghall Avenue, London, EC2V 5DD Wednesday 18th May 2011. 6.00pm for 6.30pm Walk into Standard Chartered’s London Head Office; you will find a piece of Asia transplanted into the Square Mile. […]

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