Concert news: Han-na Chang at the Festival Hall

Lorin Maazel, the man who took the New York Phil to Pyongyang last year, has had a long association with music in London. It’s 50 years since he first conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra, and to celebrate he’s doing a series of three concerts which contain an “emotionally-charged trilogy of concertos” composed by Maazel himself. In […]

The Gwanghwamun and its many rebirths

When General Yi Song-gye founded the Joseon dynasty and moved Korea’s capital to Seoul, he needed a palace of suitable magnificence. The Gyeongbokgung (경복궁) was carefully sited by the royal geomancers to benefit from the perfect Pung Su (풍수), and at its southernmost point, in direct alignment with the main throne room, the Gwanghwamun (광화문 […]

Hangul=Spirit: Inspired by Korean Characters

Notice of the upcoming show at the KCC. An Exhibition of Hangul featuring four very different Korean Artists ranging from Fashion to Typography AHN Sang-Soo, CHUN Kyung-Woo, KIM Jong-Won and LIE Sang-Bong 30th March 2009 ~ 16th May 2009 Centred around and inspired by the Korean writing system Hangul, the Korean Cultural Centre is pleased […]

Kowoon Yang at the Wigmore

The second Wigmore debut by a young Korean artist this week: First prize-winner in the Max Rostal International violin competition in Berlin in 1998 and winner of major prizes in a number of international competitions, Kowoon Yang (양고운) has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, including the Moscow Philharmonic and the Beijing Central Orchestra. […]

Upcoming Haenyo film screening

Notice of a screening of a documentary on Cheju Island’s famous haenyeo (해녀) in a double bill of groundbreaking documentaries by celebrated lesbian experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer, as part of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival: For hundreds of years women on the South Korean island of Jeju-do have sustained themselves by diving to […]

LKL meets Jasmine Choi

“I’m not used to having my photograph taken without my flute” laughs Jasmine Choi. She decides to fold her arms as I take her picture in the foyer of the Wigmore Hall. We have met to talk a little about her musical career. She is in London briefly for her Wigmore debut – a big […]

Being and nothing-ness at Nolias Gallery

Notice of a group show by three Korean artists in Bankside: Being and Nothing-ness 27 March – 7 April 2009 (10.30 am – 6 pm) Venue: Nolias Gallery, 60 Great Suffolk St SE1 0BL Bankside Participant Artists: Youngmi Kim 김영미, Kiwoun Shin 신기운, Seunghyun Woo 우승현 curated by JW Stella 구정원 ‘Being and nothing-ness’ will […]

Event news: Jasmine Choi at the Wigmore

Notice of an upcoming recital at the Wigmore, including a rare opportunity to hear a work by Korean composer Yun Isang, and an exclusive deal for lucky LKL readers. Jasmine Choi – flute Ashley Wass – piano Debussy – Syrinx Reinecke – Sonata for flute and piano Op. 167 ‘Undine’ Yun – Garak Bartók – […]

Cooking with Kie-jo, part 3

Kie-jo Sarsfield continues her series of cookery lessons in April. Here’s the menu: 4th April Haemul Pajeon. (해물파전: Seafood and Spring onion Pancake) Ojingeojeot (오징어젓: Pickled Squid) Haemulggim (Seafood Stew) 18th April Sangsun Gui (Grilled fish) Sangsun Jeon (Pan-fried Fish Fillet) Bibimbab (Rice mixed with Vegetables and Beef) Korean Miso Soup with Tofu Classes generally […]

The ambassador’s blog

In honour of the Four Ambassadors evening next week, I’ve recently introduced a section into the sidebar called The Ambassador’s Blog. In this section you can find the recent headlines from the blog maintained by the UK’s ambassador to Seoul, Martin Uden (right). Well worth a visit. He recently hosted his colleague north of the […]

Two seminars at SOAS

This week SOAS Centre of Korean Studies offers a double-helping of seminars: Thursday March 19th, 5pm, **ROOM 459** Prof. Nam-lin Hur (The University of British Columbia): “Military Duty in Late Sixteenth-Century Chosŏn Korea: A System for Everything but Defense?” Friday March 20th, 5pm, ROOM G52 Dr. Howard Reid (West Park Pictures Ltd): “The History of […]

Escaping North Korea book launch

At the book launch of Escaping North Korea last week, author Mike Kim explained that he wanted the book to be “inspirational”. Having seen the huge obstacles faced by North Korean escapees, he found hope in each of their stories: “If the North Koreans can overcome their mountains, I can overcome my hill”, is the […]

Why is the British media so “negative”?

A recent article in the Chosun Ilbo, Why is the British Media Most Critical of Korean Markets? (3 March) asked why  British news organisations are so negative: Following the global financial crisis last year, most of the foreign media reports that shook the Korean economy were from British news organizations. Seven out of 10 foreign […]

Korea Yearbook 2008

Korea Yearbook 2008 Eds Rüdiger Frank, James E Hoare, Patrick Köllner, Susan Pares Brill, 2009 The 2008 Korea Yearbook – Politics, Economy and Society does many of the things that a reader might expect: it contains a collection of papers which review the key developments in its chosen subject areas for the past year. At […]