A review of the London Korean year 2016

As is traditional at this time of year, we look back at some of the highlights of the London Korean Year. Exhibitions Is it my imagination, or was there less going on this year? Certainly from the perspective of contemporary art, we have been through a lull this year. With HADA Contemporary gone, Mokspace reborn […]

Festival Film review: Spirit’s Homecoming

With the signing of the Comfort Women “deal” between Japan and South Korea in December 2015 – a deal signed without consulting the victims themselves – the issue of the wartime sex slaves once again came to the fore. While the inter-governmental negotiators were reaching the final stages of their deal-making, Cho Jung-rae’s long-term project […]

Season’s greetings to all our readers

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all of LKL’s readers, friends and contributors. Have a peaceful break. As in previous years, thanks are due to Jieun Kim aka The Drawing Hand for the London Korean Christmas design which adorns the cards that some of you will have received. This year thanks are […]

Event news: 43rd London Open Go Congress 2016

If you’re looking for something different between Christmas and the New Year and are in the Great Portland Street area, why not look in at the London Open Go (Baduk) Congress? This year it’s sponsored by DeepMind, the company whose AlphaGo computer beat 18-time world champion Lee Se-dol earlier this year. There’s a strong chance that the […]

Event news: Sewol documentary screening at Birkbeck, 9 Jan

A special screening of the newly released documentary film ‘SEWOL’ by Director Ok-Hee Jeong, hosted by the Birkbeck International Documentary Society. Sewol Director and Producer: Ok-Hee Jeong, 2016, 79mins Monday, 9 January 2017 at 18:30–20:30 Room B34 | Birkbeck | University of London | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HX Admission free. No registration required. […]

Event news: Practical Engagement with DPR Korea

News of a one-day conference in Cambridge early in the New Year: Practical Engagement with DPR Korea: Progress and Prospects Pyongyang University of Science and Technology UK Scholarship Programme You are invited to a Symposium to be held at Cripps Court | Magdalene College | 1-3 Chesterton Road | Cambridge CB4 3AD Saturday 7th January […]

HTB warns against Korean “cult”

An exclusive in yesterday’s Telegraph reports that Holy Trinity Brompton, among other evangelical churches, is warning against a group called Parachristo which is said to have links to ‘a controversial South Korean group known as Shincheonji (SCJ) – or the “New Heaven and New Earth” church (NHNE) – whose founder Man-Hee Lee is referred to […]

In praise of Sancho and Flat Three

When you tuck into your bowl of warming chueotang muddy loach soup, with its tangle of green vegetables, shoots and mysterious fishy bits suspended in a tangy reddish-green-brown broth, the condiment you reach for to give it that extra taste sensation is a liberal sprinkling of sancho powder. The pungent, fragrant taste rounds out a […]

Exhibition news: Jinhee Park — Surface Layer Time, at Clerkenwell Gallery

News of Jinhee Park’s upcoming exhibition in Clerkenwell. Jinhee Park: Surface Layer Time Clerkenwell Gallery | 20 Clerkenwell Street | London EC1R 0DP 6th – 11th December Opening Hours: 11-6 Vestiges of the ever-changing intensity of sunlight, hues, and shadows, clocks without conventional functions, arrows of an asymmetrical branch, awkwardly disconnected landscapes. Jinhee Park’s second […]