The LKL Korea Trip 2009 pt 6: Haeinsa

Monday 20 July 2009 The trip to Haeinsa is via Daegu. A quick tube journey to the inappropriately named Busan Central Bus Terminal – at the northernmost extremity of the Busan public transport system (Nopodong), and then the express bus to East Daegu station takes nearly two hours. Another tube to the Seobu bus terminal […]

Kingston Korean Festival 2009: 15 August

After a break in 2008, the Kingston Korean Festival is back this year on 15 August, timed to coincide with the liberation of Korea from Japan in 1945. As usual, the event is at the Fairfield Recreation Ground in Kingston, and there will be lots of food stalls. Here’s the provisional running order, though as […]

It’s finally happened: Housemaid on DVD

It had to happen eventually. It’s been at the top of every Korean film buff’s most-wanted DVD release for longer than we can all remember. They’ve been working on polishing up the print and subtitles for rather too long. Versions of the film have been available at film festivals for a while – we saw […]

Korean Literature essay contest

Now here’s the kind of initiative I like. The Korean Cultural Centre has teamed up with the Korean Literature Translation Institute to bring you the inaugural Korean Literature Essay Contest. In what I hope will be the first of many contests of this nature, the subject text is the novel on which Jang Sung-woo based […]

Many ways to enjoy Korea

The language classes at the Korean Cultural Centre attract a really interesting spectrum of people, from English businessmen to Bae Yong-joon besotted Japanese housewives, via museum curators and people married to a Korean. In my own language classes, apart from the above, was Jo, a TVXQ-obsessed party animal, who was good enough to review their […]

The Shining Fortress part 1: its construction

by Matthew Jackson The official report by the advisors to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee concluded that the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress “represents the pinnacle of 18th century military architecture, incorporating the best of that from Europe and from the Far East. As such it has a unique historical importance”. What makes Hwaseong special? Following the editor’s […]

Two versions of the significance of 27 July

First, a press release from the White House, issued on 24 July: NATIONAL KOREAN WAR VETERANS ARMISTICE DAY, 2009 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Fifty-six years after the signing of the Military Armistice Agreement at Panmunjom, Americans remain grateful for the courage […]

Kim Ayoung: Ephemera at I-MYU

Notice of I-MYU’s current show, featuring one of LKL’s favourite photographer-artists: Ayoung Kim: Ephemera 24 July – 15 August 2009 Returning to the Scene of the Crime Review by Lucy Soutter (2008) Weegee was the first photographic ambulance chaser, the first to get his hands on a police radio and follow its calls through the […]

The LKL Korea Trip 2009 pt 1: Arrival

Wednesday 15 July 2009 Unaccustomed to long-distance standard class travel, I arrive in Seoul a little tired. All the previous times I’ve been to Korea, I’ve been in the area on company business, and this is the first time I’ve had to pay my own way: hence the downgrade in comfort. The evening bibimbap is […]