London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Book talk: The New Seoul Park Jelly Massacre

KCCUK is pleased to announce the forthcoming author talk with Cho Yeeun about her novel ‘The New Seoul Park Jelly Massacre’, published this month. This is an in-person event at the Korean Cultural Centre with the author Cho Yeeun joining via video-link. Join us to discover more about Yeeun’s inspirations and work. Set in a … [Read More]

International Booker book talk: Hwang Sok-yong and Mater 2-10

The KCCUK is pleased to announce an in-person talk exploring the novel ‘Mater 2-10’ with the author Hwang Sok-yong and the translators Sora Kim-Russell and Youngjae Josephine Bae. Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2024, Mater 2-10 is a multi-dimensional epic tale threading three generations of Korean railroad workers. Starting with a laid-off factory worker … [Read More]

Sculpting with Fire: artist talk with Jihyun Kim

The theme of ‘K-Art Now’ this year is ‘Colour and Material’. Please join us for an enchanting artist talk with Jihyun Kim, a Korean ceramic designer based in London, as she unveils the secrets behind her mesmerising aesthetic and explores the allure of color, texture, and mysticism in the realm of ceramics. Jihyun’s artistic series … [Read More]

Symposium – Visuality, Nationhood and Power Relations: Representation of Korea in World’s Fairs and Expositions

This symposium aims to survey and examine the multifaceted roles and meanings of the visuality of Korea represented in the world’s expositions. Encompassing the early history of Korea’s involvement with the world’s expositions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the contemporary activities in representing the nation at international events, the symposium will … [Read More]

Next-Gen Late Night at the KCC

On 31 May 2024, the Korean Cultural Centre UK presents ‘Next-Gen Late Night’, an inaugural networking event for young professionals and opinion leaders with an interest in all things Korean! Register via the above link – Only 80 spaces available! What Can You Expect PART 1 ‘Talk: Hallyu – What’s Next’ 7pm – 8pm “Hallyu: … [Read More]

KCC Exhibition: 26, Your Korean Words

The Korean Cultural Centre UK’s Spring exhibition explores the twenty-six Korean words that were collectively included in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in September 2021. The OED contains more than 500,000 words, but when one considers that there were only a couple of dozen Korean words listed in the OED prior to 2021, twenty-six supplementary … [Read More]

Ra Jong-yil Lecture 2024 – A Conversation with Min Jin Lee

Please join us for a conversation with Min Jin Lee, author of the bestselling novel Pachinko (2017). Few literary works have received the global attention that Pachinko has in  recent years as the novel was translated into numerous languages, achieved universal critical acclaim, and spawned an award-winning TV show. In many respects, the book and its author stand at … [Read More]

Book talk: The Penguin Book of Korean Short Stories

The KCCUK is pleased to announce a talk about the Penguin Book of Korean Short Stories with the editor Bruce Fulton, moderated by Grace Koh. This eclectic, moving and enjoyable collection is the essential introduction to Korean literature. Journeying through Korea’s dramatic twentieth century, from the Japanese occupation and colonial era to the devastating Korean … [Read More]

Author discussion: A Crane Among Wolves

The KCCUK is pleased to announce the forthcoming author talk about the novel A Crane Among Wolves with author June Hur. June Hur, the bestselling author of The Red Palace and The Silence of Bones (LKL review here) crafts a devastating and pulse-pounding tale that feels relevant in today’s world. June’s novels are steeped in Korean … [Read More]

[UCLan] Exploring Dynamics: Korean Anthropology and Sociology in a Global Context

The International Institute of Korean Studies UCLan (IKSU) is holding its annual conference on 19-20 April. The programme is as follows: Day 1: 19 April 2024 (Friday) Opening session Opening Remarks by Sojin Lim (University of Central Lancashire, UK) Welcoming Remarks by Niki Alsford (University of Central Lancashire, UK) Session 1 – Migration and Diaspora … [Read More]

Voices of Freedom: Performances, Escapee Talks, Documentary & Director Q&A

You’re Invited to “Voices of Freedom”: An Evening of Reflection, Tribute, and Unity Join us for a profound journey through the stories of North Korean defectors and the forgotten POWs of the Korean War, hosted by the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council. This unique event weaves together inspiring lectures, a compelling documentary screening, and heartfelt performances … [Read More]