Many LKL readers will remember Dr Sena Lee, the Traditional Korean Medicine doctor, and LKL’s medical correspondent. She was in London for three years taking a PhD in western medicine to add to her Korean qualifications. Her articles for LKL can be found here.
During her time in London she was a great ambassador for Korean medicine, helping the Korean Tourism Organisation with some of their promotional events. She even ended up giving acupuncture to legendary film director Im Kwon Taek when he visited the facilities at Team Korea House during the London 2012 Olympics. She could also be found at the Thames Festival in 2011 tirelessly promoting the Sancheong 2013 World Traditional Medicine Expo. Sancheong, in Gyeongsangnam-do, is her home county.
Sena died in Seoul of a long-standing heart condition on 22 April 2014. She passed away peacefully in hospital. LKL’s thoughts are with her family, who have been good friends to us over the past few years.
Update 11 May 2014: I will be attending Sena’s final memorial ceremony at the beginning of June in Korea. I shall be gathering together messages from people who knew her in London, to take to her parents. If you would like me to pass on any message, please email me at philip @ the URL of this site (londonkoreanlinks.net), or leave a comment below.
Update 26 May 2014: a lovely and moving tribute from John Kim, in a song written and performed by him in memory of his father in 1991, but which is equally suitable for Sena. The lyrics are appended in the comments section below.
We Never Really Have To Say Goodbye, 1991 – Lyrics and Music by John Peter Kim