Koreans help create a garden for London’s Royal Free Hospital 

“What a strange thing,” you may think, “to do a spot of volountary service when you are on holiday.” But that’s exactly what four Korean travellers did this weekend in response to Kim Minho’s Korean online request for volunteers to help with the hospital garden. Kim Moon-sun came to learn English in London ten years […]

Another Korean Chopin expert…

All eyes are currently on Cho Seong-jin, winner of this year’s Chopin competition. But while we wait for the reviews of his debut Deutsche Grammophon release, let’s not forget other Korean pianists with an affinity for Chopin. In this months’s Grammophone one of the Editor’s Choices is a disk of Chopin preludes by Lim Dong-hyek: […]

Book review: Han Kang — The Vegetarian

Han Kang: The Vegetarian Translated by Deborah Smith Portobello Books, 2015, 183pp Originally published as 채식주의자, Seoul 2007 Sometimes, reading translated Korean literature can be a bit of a private affair. You read it, you maybe enjoy it and appreciate it, but you think twice about recommending it to a non Koreaphile; or if you […]

Festival Film Review: Lee Kwang-guk focus

If I had seen no other films at the 2015 London Korean Film Festival, the evenings of films by Lee Kwang-guk would have made the whole festival worthwhile. The first evening featured his second film, the short Hard to Say (2013), along with his debut feature Romance Joe (2012), while the second evening followed up […]

Event news: TV Drama screening and Panel discussion

The last of this year’s TV drama pilot episode screenings also includes a panel discussion: TV Drama screening and Panel After months of preparation, we will finally have our panel talk, at our 10th London Korean Drama Screening. PANEL TALK 18:30-19:30 Moderator: Georgia Brown: SVP Scripted at FremantleMedia. Panelists: Marc Lorber, Intl CoProduction & Formats […]

Festival film review: Love And…

Two years ago the revered Korean film critic Tony Rayns asked Moon Sori an awkward question. The question was followed by a sharp intake of breath from the audience who couldn’t believe what they had just heard, and by a few false starts at a response by Ms Moon before she answered fluently. At the final […]

Event news: Fashion Korea Pop-up Store

Your chance to pick up some Korean fashion at bargain prices. A few familiar names here from the London Fashion Week catwalks. Fashion Korea Pop-Up Store / Showcase Date : 20th Nov – 25th Nov 2015 Location : 22 Calvert Avenue | London E2 7JP | calvert22.org | [Map] Opening hours: 11:00 AM – 17:00 […]

Event news: Prof Keith Howard lecture and book launch

SOAS’s Professor Keith Howard is launching two books next week at one of the regular free Friday evening seminars. There will be refreshments and the opportunity to buy the books at half the normal price. Sounding Korea Professor Keith Howard (SOAS, University of London) Friday 27 November, 17:15 – 19:00 B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University […]

Event news: Discover Korea lecture series

Similar to this time last year, the South Korean embassy is sponsoring a series of informative introductory lectors on culture, education, science and economy. While admission is free, booking is required. To reserve your place, email press@koreanembassy.org.uk with the title of the talk you would like to attend, guest names and numbers. A Korean buffet […]

Festival Film Review: Socialphobia

Socialphobia, a debut film from Hong Seok-jae, was one of the fifteen sold-out screenings at this year’s LKFF. For an indie film, it had a strong reception at the Korean box office, aided in part by the actor Byun Yo-han who played in the hit TV drama Misaeng, but also because of its contemporary theme: […]

Festival Film Review: Sleepless Night

There is something slightly hypnotising about seeing a movie which seems to aspire to do nothing more than lovingly record the daily lives of a couple who face the same everyday challenges and questions that most of us face. How and whether to stand up to the boss at work when he seeks to make […]