London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Choi Soowhan: A Positive Absence, at Pontone Gallery

Pontone Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new work by critically-acclaimed Korean artist, Choi Soowhan. He makes lightboxes depicting mysterious, atmospheric landscapes and flower arrangements. These refined structures are meticulously crafted from layers of black laminate. A multitude of finely drilled holes define the image, which is backlit by LED lighting. The pictures … [Read More]

Screening: Jang Yunmi’s Under Construction

Jang Yunmi’s award-winning first feature reflects on the routine of construction worker Sudeok. From a captivating, careful look, as he manufactures reinforcement bars, the film gradually uncovers the physical, emotional and mental impact of his forty-year career in construction. Jang’s compositions, as she delicately interlaces their discussions with her footage, explore the boundaries between the … [Read More]

Shadow Flowers screens at Bertha Dochouse

Revealing a rarely discussed but strongly enforced law in South Korea, Shadow Flowers follows Ryun-hee Kim, a North Korean woman, who finds herself trapped in South Korea, from where it is illegal to cross to the North. Desperate to return to her family and loved ones, Kim tried to smuggle herself out and even sought … [Read More]

June events

Things are getting busy again. The KCC’s in-house film screenings now seem to have got into their stride with five great movies this month; there are Platinum Jubilee and Dano Festival celebrations in New Malden on two consecutive weekends (including participation from the North Korean community); the Festival of Korean Dance returns to The Place, … [Read More]

Hanji: Paper Compositions, at the KCC

The Korean Cultural Centre, UK presents Hanji: Paper Compositions, an exhibition that explores the possibilities of traditional Korean paper, or hanji. The exhibition approaches hanji as a versatile material, and features the work of over 20 internationally recognised and emerging artists whose mastering of various hanji techniques allows them to push the boundaries of making … [Read More]

SOAS seminar: Making “Aristocracy” of Koryŏ Dynasty

Since the early twentieth century there has been an ongoing discussion regarding the ruling class in Koryŏ dynasty (918-1392). This debate is very much related to the arguments about the development of Korean history. In this talk I will discuss how the debate defining Koryŏ’s ruling class as the aristocracy has developed since the 1960s. … [Read More]

Yor-K 2022: Korea Day in York

Organised in collaboration with the York St John University Yor-K 2022 is a sustainability themed day-festival that celebrates contemporary and traditional Korean culture. The festival is packed with family friendly activities and opportunities to experience the food, music and art of Korea. All events take place on Saturday 28 May at York St John University’s … [Read More]

Walking tour: Where Belfast Meets Korea

A wonderful opportunity to discover a little bit of Korea in the city of Belfast. After the success of our previous walking tours, we are back by popular demand. This time, we explore the city of Belfast to commemorate the outbreak of the Korean War that began on the 25 June 1950. In partnership with … [Read More]

Dano celebrations in New Malden

The North Korean Residents Society UK and the National Unification Advisory Council invite you to a special celebration of the Dano Festival. Both North and South Korean communities in New Malden will be coming together to celebrate the start of summer with traditional Korean crafts and games. All are welcome but please have consideration for … [Read More]