Some regional foods in Tongyeong

Korea is a foodie paradise, and while you can get by very nicely on bibimbap and bulgogi, there’s so much more to discover. Here’s some of the treats I discovered down south on my recent trip – and thanks to Suzy in Seoul for some of the recommendations for Tongyeong, given over some splended smoked […]

Park Kyung-ni’s tomb in Tongyeong

For peope who like to track down literary landmarks, the tomb of Park Kyung-ni, author of the sweeping epic T’oji (Land) can be found on Mireukdo, Tongyeong, just above a memorial hall dedicated to her life and work. And for those who are short of time (like me), and like to tick off a number […]

New Indie Music collaboration album

The Joongang Ilbo features an interesting new K-indie compilation double album – a collaboration between three indie labels – featuring almost 20 years of K-indie. “Seoul Seoul Seoul” has got to be worth checking out at YesAsia

ID Please: a Korean group show in Peckham

News of an upcoming group exhibition by young Korean artists, in a Peckham gallery: ID, please. New Gallery London (92 Peckham Road, London, SE15 5PY) 9 – 14 April 2012 (Monday to Saturday) Private view: 6 – 9pm, Monday, 9 April 2012 Curated by Dani Daeun Kim & Yovi Jisun Song Organised by Alpha Art […]

A big thank you to all those who made my recent Korea trip so special

I’ve just come back from an action-packed 10 days in Korea: contemporary art and Joseon dynasty architecture in Seoul; contemporary music, Joseon dynasty naval prowess and great scenery in Tongyeong; mountain hiking, fine Korean tea-bowls, Koryo dynasty cotton cultivation, Kaya kingdom tombs, one of highest temples in South Korea and much more in Sancheong County. […]

National Pension Service to open London office

The Korean National Pension Service (NPS), one of the world’s biggest pension funds, is to set up a new base in London. The NPS announced the decision after a meeting between its chairman, Jun Kwang-woo, and the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, who is visiting Seoul for the Nuclear Security Summit. http://bit.ly/HBfyx3

Korea’s National Museum in top 10

The National Museum of Korea makes top ten most visited global art venue, according to The Art Newspaper (via the BBC) http://bbc.in/GOytcN. The same article gives a special mention to the National Folk Museum of Korea in the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung for four exhibitions attracting more than 9,000 visitors a day.

OK, you CAN get good food in 32nd Street

When I travel abroad, if I have the opportunity I’ll usually try out the quality of the local Korean restaurants. Often, as when I was in Germany in May, the Korean menus are easier to understand than those in the local restaurants, and I’m always on the look-out for opportunities to initiate colleagues into the […]