London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

SOAS conference: The Real North Korea: in its Multiplicity of Origins, Dynamics, and Futures

Speakers: Andrei Lankov, Park Hyung-jung, Tatiana Gabroussenko, Balazs Szalontai, Kevin Gray, Charlotte Webb, Camilo Aguirre, Peter Ward This special one-day symposium on North Korea’s history, society and economy will be co-hosted by the SOAS Centre of Korean Studies and the AKS Korean Studies Laboratory: ‘The Real North Korea’. It will be an opportunity to hear … [Read More]

Two workshops on Korean arts conservation

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from conservator Dr. Meejung Kim-Marandet about conservation of Korean painting. This talk will be delivered in two sessions. The first will take the form of a conversation between Dr. Meejung Kim-Marandet and Susan Catcher (Senior Paper Conservator, V&A). The first session will introduce Amore Pacific Conservation Project, followed … [Read More]

Darcy Paquet on translating Park Chan-wook

As magazines start publishing their Best of 2022 lists, we are reminded of Park Chan-wook’s Decision to Leave – which I think would top many people’s list of top Korean films of the year, and is #3 in the BFI’s list of films from all countries. It’s slightly ironic that BFI support their selection of … [Read More]

Conference: Art and Soft Power in the UK and South Korea

This conference examines the role and impact of Korean art and artefacts in the formulation of soft power and development of UK-South Korea relations. The conference questions how acquisitions and displays of Korean artefacts in museums in Korea and Britain are influenced by and in turn shape UK-South Korea public diplomacy and soft power agendas. … [Read More]

Art talk: Every Day, with Seulgi Lee Kang

Sometimes, a form of performance/video art can deliver more impact on people’s psychological level compared to any other type of arts. Our last 4482 Artist Talk session will spotlight a performance artist, Seulgi Lee Kang. We are pleased to introduce her to you and hope you can come along to hear more about her and … [Read More]

V&A’s Friday Late celebrates Hallyu

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is celebrating the Korean Wave and we couldn’t be any more excited. The term refers to the spread in popularity on a global scale of all things Korean, with idol music and dramas at the forefront of this global phenomenon. For the majority of the year, every last Friday … [Read More]

Jindo Drum Dance Workshop

This exciting Jindo-Drum Dance Workshop at the KCCUK will be held 14th (3pm-5pm for UCL students) and 15th December (6pm-8pm for everyone). The Jindo Drum Dance is a traditional dance from the third largest island (Jindo) in South Korea, the dance gained popularity and fame by the work of the late Park Byung Cheon. This … [Read More]

SOAS 2022 Autumn seminars

The Tradition of Commons: Two Magna Cartas of England and Korea Prof Hang-Nyeong Oh (Jeonju University) 18 November ‘Magna Carta’ was a charter approved by King John of England in 1215. And there was a constitution called the Great Compendium of Statecraft (經國大典) in Korea in 1485. Article 33 of Magna Carta stipulates that “In … [Read More]

Yun Posun Memorial Symposium 2022

The Yun Posun Memorial Symposium was established in March 2013 to foster new partnerships between the UK and Korea, promoting longer-term understanding and the growth of contemporary Korean studies and culture in Scotland. The symposium is named after Yun Posun, who graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1930 and ultimately became the father of … [Read More]

Discussion: A Korean micro-reunification

In this discussion, authors Jihyun Park and Seh-lynn Chai, respectively from North Korea and South Korea, will talk about what they shared and what differences they felt they had, while writing The Hard Road Out together. How did they overcome that sense of alienation? Could their encounter serve as a micro-reunification model going forward? The … [Read More]

Hallyu Con 2022 – Where Korea Meets You

On 1 October Hallyu Con 2022 will once again be coming to London – this time for our very first hybrid event. Hallyu Con 2022 is a convention style event that will share, showcase and celebrate the Korean Wave in its various forms. Join us in person or through our livestream for a day of … [Read More]

Fiona Bae in conversation with Na Kim

As part of a month-long festival of events at Foyles in partnership with the Korean Cultural Centre to celebrate Korean Culture Month, Fiona Bae, the author of Make, Break, Remix: The Rise of K-Style, discusses her bold and beautifully-made study of contemporary Korean style with designer Na Kim. Make, Break, Remix explores the extraordinary impact … [Read More]