London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Korean Culture Month: Illustrator Wooh Nayoung with Dr Yunah Lee

Celebrate Korean Culture Month with renowned illustrator Wooh Nayoung, known by her pen name ‘Obsidian’.as she explores the interplay between tradition and modernity in her work. Combining her training in both traditional-style Asian painting and game design, her illustrations have become a viral sensation and a unique way of promoting the beauty of Han-bok, Korea’s … [Read More]

October events 2023

It’s coming up to film festival season, which brings the customary diary clashes. But also watch out for tube strikes, which if I remember right torpedoed at least one of the K-Music performances last year and promise to do the same this year. Performance The K-music Festival kicks off with: Jung Jae-il and the LSO … [Read More]

Korean artists at START Art Fair

StART 2023 at Saatchi Gallery will this year present its signature array of exhibiting artists and galleries from around the globe, highlights include Singapore-based Premium Pages Gallery, sculptor Katya Emelyanova and London-based paper artist Lisa Lloyd. Projects this year include the Korean globetrotter Doowon LEE who has been taking the international art-world by storm with … [Read More]

V+A Symposium: Korean Photography – History and Practices

Join us for a day of talks dedicated to Korean photography. This symposium will highlight Korea’s vibrant photographic scenes looking back at its histories from the colonial period to the present day. You will hear from curators, publishers and contemporary artists and explore Korean photographs and postcards from the V&A’s permanent collection. There will also … [Read More]

Ilhwa Kim: Tactile Hands, at HOFA Gallery

Pioneering London-based contemporary art gallery, HOFA, are pleased to announce the highly anticipated 2023 solo exhibition of South Korean abstract expressionist artist Ilhwa Kim, who from 29 September to 11 October will unveil new works in her living architecture series at the Gallery’s Bruton Street flagship. Titled Tactile Hands, the show will enthral viewers in … [Read More]

Yugyeom European tour in London

YUGYEOM, a rising South Korean artist under AOMG, is a former GOT7 member who has transitioned into a dynamic solo career. His music effortlessly blends R&B, HIP-HOP, and POP, showcasing his smooth vocals and captivating choreography. With a magnetic stage presence, YUGYEOM is making a mark in the K-POP and R&B scene. [Read More]

Korean artists at Focus Art Fair

The awaited comeback of FOCUS Art Fair to London in 2023 promises an innovative blend of technology and traditional art, fostering harmony in the FOCUSPHERE (FOCUS-sphere). Serving as an incubator, FOCUS nurtures a mutual bond by uniting and nurturing young galleries, enabling their seamless integration into the FOCUS community and amplifying their creative expressions and … [Read More]

Healing Hearts: The stories and voices of North Korean refugees

Three North Korean refugees will share their experiences in North and South Korea through different voices. Co-founder of Freedom Speakers International will share his experiences meeting with more than 500 North Koreans refugees and why North Korean refugees speak out. After the forum, attendees will also be invited to watch “You Don’t Know,” a documentary … [Read More]

Korean movies at LEAFF 2023 (updated)

This year, LEAFF presents a special Retrospective strand dedicated to the works of Director Chung Ji-Young (1946-), known to be the Ken Loach of South Korea. The cinema veteran is known for compelling storytelling based on real-life cases. 2023 marks the 40th anniversary since his directorial debut. In order to celebrate, LEAFF brings 8 of … [Read More]

Music, dance, discussion and documentary: an evening with Freedom Speakers International

In support of North Korean human rights, join Freedom Speakers International, Ooberfuse, and the Seoul Larkspur International Film Festival for a concert in London on October 21, 2023 from 5-8 p.m. at St. Giles Hotel #6. Music by Ooberfuse Live Talk Show discussion with North Korean refugees. North Korean human rights documentary: Mom`s strange land … [Read More]

Hallyu Con 2023 at Samsung KX

Don’t miss the ultimate celebration of Korean culture at Hallyu Con 2023 – Where Korea Meets You! What to expect 👗 Try on beautiful Hanboks and strike a pose at our Korean-style photo zone. 📚 Get a unique customised bookmark in Korean calligraphy ‘Seoye’ art-style. 🛍️ Explore stalls with K-related products, delicious food, and more. 🎲 Have … [Read More]

2023 Kimjang Festival

Celebrate tradition, flavour and community at the kimjang festival! Embark on an unforgettable culinary journey as we honour the timeless tradition of kimjang! The Kimjang Festival is a vibrant celebration of Kimchi making, a tradition that has united families and communities for generations. This year, the festival gains even more profound meaning as we celebrate … [Read More]

Seong-Jin Cho plays Shostakovich

Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 Chopin Piano Competition, adds his ‘breathtaking nimbleness’ to the Philharmonia Orchestra in Shostakovich’s playful concerto. Cho has gone from strength to strength since winning the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015. Performing with the Philharmonia at last year’s Edinburgh International Festival, he won praise from The Scotsman for his … [Read More]