Beauty

I’ve always wondered what benefits snail secretion filtrate brings to your daily cosmetic regime. I’m hoping to find out this week. As always, registration is necessary for this event, and note that the RSVP is to the embassy, not the KCC. Discover Korea Event: K-Beauty matters Introduction of Korean beauty tips and products 8 December 18:30 […]

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Gangnam Style? Plastic Surgery and Biopolitics in South Korea

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2014
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A new addition to the list of SOAS seminars this term: Gangnam Style?: Plastic Surgery and Biopolitics in South Korea Dr So Yeon Leem (Sociology, LSE) Date: 28 February 2014 5:15 – 7:00 PM Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room G50 Abstract South Korea is a plastic surgery nation, where the biopolitics of plastic surgery […]

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Looking back at 2013: Domestic news

by Philip Gowman 5 February 2014
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Our final look back at 2013, including a random collection of news stories, mainly domestic, that caught our attention. In the news Asiana Airlines flight 214 from Incheon crashed on landing at San Francisco airport on 6 July. The Boeing 777 had approached the runway too low and too slow. An American local TV station […]

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Exhibition visit: Lotions and potions in old Joseon

by Philip Gowman 20 March 2013
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The current exhibition at the KCC gives us an historical overview of the methods used by Korean womanhood to beautify themselves. Clearly it’s not possible to exhibit the original ancient cosmetics themselves, but the containers used to store them have survived: from Silla and Baekje kingdom earthenware powder bowls and oil jars, via beautifully inlaid […]

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Invitation to gallery tour of the current cosmetics exhibition at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2013
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Many of you might have this notice in your email inbox direct from the KCC, but for the record here are details of an exhibition tour tomorrow: Gallery Tour of the Exhibition Inspired by Nature, the Traditional Cosmetics of Korea at the Korean Cultural Centre UK We are currently presenting Inspired by Nature, the Traditional […]

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Inspired by Nature – The Traditional Cosmetics of Korea

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2013
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An interesting exhibition coming up at the KCC: Inspired by Nature – The Traditional Cosmetics of Korea February 19, 2013 ~ April 6, 2013 The Korean Cultural Centre UK and the Coreana Cosmetics Museum present Inspired by Nature, The Traditional Cosmetics of Korea, a compelling exhibition that brings traditional korean makeup tools and accessories each […]

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Wonder Girls rapper in top 25 beauty list

by Philip Gowman 6 May 2012
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Nice to see the Wonder Girls in the news. I wonder how JYP managed to get Yu-bin onto the list of 25 Sexiest Musicians Under 25, compiled by US website Complex Music. Yu-bin, who replaced the band’s previous main rapper Hyuna, comes in at number 20. Judge for yourself, but I think she should be […]

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“Thank you, Jeon Ji-hyun! And Sorry”

by Philip Gowman 10 December 2011
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“Thank you, Jeon Ji-hyun! And sorry.” Interesting piece on the use of celebrity models in Korea’s cosmetics industry, as Kim Tae-hee replaces Jeon for the Elastine brand http://t.co/3xWVg32V

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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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Arirang TV on healthy legs. Ugh.

by Philip Gowman 26 March 2011
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Ghastly, cheap, trashy Arirang TV piece on “healthy” legs (http://bit.ly/ektinf) (for which of course read “fat”) causing lively debate at Korean Studies portal http://bit.ly/ebT4F4 #

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A last look back at 2010

by Philip Gowman 23 January 2011
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We’ve digested the albums, films, sporting events and books of the year, and reviewed some of the memorable stories of 2010 in our Quiz of the Year. Here are some of the other things we noted in 2010 which didn’t quite make it into any of those articles. 2010: a year of anniversaries It was […]

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Brule’s Brilliant Korea

by Philip Gowman 8 January 2011
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Tyler Brule waxes lyrical in today's FT (8 January): The secrets of my brilliant Korea (http://bit.ly/e9uOkn) … including Sulwhasoo skin cream #. He also has some K-pop recommendations.

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The instant six-pack

by Philip Gowman 7 November 2010
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I heard that in Korea you can get 6-pack implants like you get breast enhancement. Can anyone confirm? Won Bin's was impressive in Ajosshi – but I’m sure his was natural.

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The search for beauty through cosmetics

by Philip Gowman 29 October 2010
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According to L'Oréal, Korean women apply more potions and cosmetics to their faces than anyone else – 25 at any 1 time, compared with 20-25 in Japan and more than double the amount used by American or European women. http://bit.ly/cWD4XA #

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A little corner of Korea in India

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2010
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In the tiny state of Manipur NE India, separatists have banned Bollywood films. Korean film is all the rage, as is TV drama, and even hairstyles. BBC video. http://bbc.in/atIjfJ #

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British-raised Korean in Miss Universe hopes

by Philip Gowman 17 August 2010
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Korean beauty raised in England is in the running for Miss Universe 2010. http://bit.ly/bafwll # Miss Korea Kim Joori (22) is 172.5cm tall. She was born in Seoul, but raised in England studying ballet since she was five. Kim majored in ballet at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia, and hence is fluent in both […]

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Jang Dong-gun and Song Hye-kyo top plastic surgery templates

by Philip Gowman 10 August 2010
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Times change. 6 years ago Hyolee & Jeon Ji-hyun were top of the list. Now Song Hye-kyo is top Plastic Surgery Template. And guys want to look like Jang Dong-gun http://bit.ly/adsPKV #

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