2011 travel diary – the index

30 April Arrival: Rain in Samcheongdong 1 May The Changdeokgung and Biwon Korean Rhapsody at the Leeum 2 May The hangover in Busan, including a brief visit to Beomeosa 3 May The private side of Sancheong: Jeongchwiam and Suseonsa 4 May Sanshinje by the sacred stones and the opening of the annual herbal medicine festival […]

The Royal Wedding – the Tweets

Ambassador Martin Uden blogs about the view of the Royal Wedding from South Korea http://t.co/RNKAQo5 via @AddThis # North Korean Ambassador Ja Song-nam has been invited to the Royal Wedding http://bit.ly/ljPJmJ # ROK Ambassador Choo Kyu-ho will also be at the wedding. At least the Royal protocol people got that bit right. # Nice to […]

AKS members-only visit to Standard Chartered HQ

Here’s your excuse to join the Anglo-Korean Society, which you have been meaning to do for a while. Tour of Standard Chartered Bank 1 Basinghall Avenue, London, EC2V 5DD Wednesday 18th May 2011. 6.00pm for 6.30pm Walk into Standard Chartered’s London Head Office; you will find a piece of Asia transplanted into the Square Mile. […]

Korean Rockets Part 1 – the Singijeon

As stated previously (in Korean Naval Firepower Part 1), there is evidence to suggest that gunpowder was in use in Korea during the Three Kingdoms period (57~668 AD). If, as some scholars believe, saltpeter firearms were invented in Korea in the 7th century, this would place the invention 100 years before it is believed to […]

Victoria gets Korean

Yesterday I had a spot of luck. I was venturing into central London via my usual train terminus, London Victoria and whilst negotiating my way around the busy junction where Vauxhall bridge road meets Victoria Street when I spotted something rather interesting, a new Korean eatery. I may have a sixth sense when it comes […]

Korean Culture Report – the podcast you’ve been waiting for

Here’s something that deserves your attention. The latest podcast to arrive in the K-blogosphere is focused without being too brief, and informative and discursive without outstaying its welcome: The Korean Culture Report is run by the Korean Modern Literature in Translation blogmeister Charles Montgomery, with partners in crime Paul “Ajosshi” Matthews – often to be […]

Summer 2011 Korean studies seminars at SOAS

Two Friday evening seminars have been announced so far – see below. I’ve posted a brief review of Chris Springer’s book here. Date: Friday, 6 May 2011 Time: 17.00-19.00 Title: Representations of colonial Korea in print and in visual imagery Speaker: Dr Susan House Wade (University of Brighton) Venue: Room G50, Ground Floor, Main Building […]

Obama lauds South Korean education

Most people who have had contact with South Korean culture, especially in a teaching context, know that Koreans take education seriously. I asked a Korean friend for chapter and verse on this, and she told me the following. Elementary schools start at 8:30 and finish between 12:30 (first grade) and 2:30 (sixth grade). Pupils usually […]

Win a honeymoon on Jeju Island

Here’s a nice little promotion which brings together a celebration of the UK Royal Wedding and the promotion of Jeju Island, that favourite of honeymoon destinations, as a candidate for New 7 Wonders. Plan your ideal honeymoon itinerary, and then get a chance to realise it. There’s lots to see on Jeju-do, but one of […]

3rd Terracotta Festival, 5-8 May

Two Korean films are included in the Terracotta Festival: Man of Vendetta 파괴된 사나이, Friday 6th May 19.35. A thriller directed by Woo Min-Ho about Pastor Ju Young-su (Kim Myung-Min), a man of rock solid faith whose life is shattered when his 5-year-old daughter is kidnapped. He seeks God with desperate prayers for her safe […]

Yun-Kyung Jeong: Axonometric, at Sumarria Lunn

AXONOMETRIC / 11/05/11 – 04/06/11 YUN-KYUNG JEONG Exhibition runs: 11th May to 4th June 2011 Location: 36 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 5AB SUMARRIA LUNN is proud to present a solo exhibition of work by Yun-Kyung Jeong. Axonometry has played a part in artistic practice for centuries. In essence, it means to ‘skew’ perspective. […]