Korea’s Sports

From baseball to speed skating via football and of course Taekwondo, Korea is passionate about its sports. Here you’ll find LKL’s articles which touch on Korea’s sports. Most of the in-depth sporting coverage is written by Aashish Ghadvi. You can find all his articles here.

It was only a few days ago that the Vietnamese national football team, enjoying a remarkable run of success in the Asian Games under their Korean coach Park Hang-seo, had ambitions of making it to the final. They were up against South Korea in the semis. Park’s success has been followed closely from Korea, [reported […]

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Exhibition: The Winter Wonders of PyeongChang

by Events Editor 28 December 2017
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News of the KCC’s first exhibition of 2018: The Winter Wonders of PyeongChang Korean Cultural Centre UK | Grand Buildings | 1 – 3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW 10 January – 17 February 2018 The Winter Wonders of PyeongChang is an exhibition presented by UK Sport and the Korean Cultural Centre UK. Opened exactly […]

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Event news: Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang is screening at Picturehouse Central

by Events Editor 31 December 2016
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My heart sank when I heard that someone was turning this eccentric piece of sporting diplomacy into a movie. And now it’s briefly in the cinemas… Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang Director: Colin Offland. 2016. UK/North Korea. 93min Picturehouse Central Sat 31st Dec 16:35 | Sun 1st Jan 16:45 | Thu 5th Jan 15:30 […]

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A selection of clippings from Rio 2016

by Philip Gowman 6 August 2016
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1. The ROK team’s opening parade: who’s the foreign-looking chap who can’t tuck his shirt in or do his top button up? 2. The first selfie to go viral — gymnast Lee Eun-Ju (ROK) with Hong Un Jong (DPRK) (photo: Reuters): 3. The first world record of the games – in archery: “South Korean world […]

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Looking back at 2015: Culture, sport and tourism

by Philip Gowman 8 January 2016
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In the first of four articles looking back over 2015, we recall some of the culture, sports and heritage stories that made the news. Heritage The historic Baekje sites were listed by UNESCO as world heritage. UNESCO also listed in their Memory of the World register some Confucian woodblock texts and records of the family […]

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A weekend of women’s sport dominated by Koreans

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2015
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Koreans seem to have been dominating the world of women’s golf for quite a while (just take a look at the LPGA page showing tournament winners), so it was no surprise that they did well in the British Open (30 July – 2 August). But it was quite an achievement that the top four names […]

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Looking back at 2014: Culture, sport and tourism

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the first of four articles looking back over 2014, we recall some of the culture, sports and heritage stories that made the news. Arts Dansaekhwa emerged as flavour of the year. Following the MMCA exhibition in 2013 and Joan Kee’s book, Kukje Gallery had a monochrome retrospective, and dansaekhwa artists were included in MMCA […]

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Eating yeot, or not

by Philip Gowman 1 July 2014
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Ask A Korean has a great post on the reason why a disgruntled fan might want to lob a few toffees at the returning Korean football team. He has a few explanations why “Eat Yeot” is considered an insult. The article promted an LKL reader to add a different story about eating yeot as a […]

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Watch the Red Devils in the 2014 World Cup in Central London

by Events Editor 31 May 2014
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All three group stage South Korea games will be screened at Tiger Tiger bar in Haymarket, Piccadilly Circus. The event is primarily for those living in London, who want to see the game with other Korea supporters but who might find it difficult to travel to New Malden, especially for the first game, which starts […]

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Amazon Adventure! – how will Korea perform in the 2014 World Cup?

by Aashish Gadhvi 19 May 2014
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Aashish Gadhvi assesses Korea’s chances of success in Brazil The summer is here, the birds are chirping and it feels like an age since we went red with support for our favourite team south of the DMZ! It can only mean it’s World Cup time again! Brazil will this summer host another carnival of the […]

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No medals for the BBC’s Sochi closing ceremony coverage

by Philip Gowman 24 February 2014
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As the Olympic flag was passed from Sochi to the mayor of Pyeongchang, it was time for a brief preview of the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. The BBC voiceover was done by sports commentator Hazel Irvine, who had been handed a press briefing but no more. Helpfully, she identified that the bird characters on […]

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Yuna is still Queen

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2014
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Regardless of the controversy, Kim Yuna bowed out with dignity: “The judges give points and I can’t do anything about that,” she is reported as saying. “I did all I wanted to do, like I wanted to do it. … I’m just glad it’s over.” A few relevant links: The Change.org petition: Open Transparent Scores […]

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2013 Travel Diary #31: We are all heroes – Baseball and the Bull at Seoul Museum

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2013
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Seoul Museum, Buamdong, Seoul, Saturday 14 September, 4pm. Seoul Museum’s current exhibition focuses on Park Chan-ho, an inspirational baseball player who played in the US, including at the LA Dodgers, in a career that spanned 18 years from 1994 to 2012. An oversized sculpture of him in Gwon Osang’s familiar style greets you as you […]

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Design a flag for the joint Olympic team for the two Koreas

by Events Editor 20 July 2013
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This is your chance to design a Unification Flag for Korea, for the Gwangju Design Biennale 2013. Who knows, it could be the flag used by a joint Korean team in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Korean-style, there’s not much time before the submission deadline. And the instructions aren’t very clear. Make of it what […]

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The Good Friday transatlantic K-blog meetup

by Philip Gowman 29 March 2013
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9 o’clock in the morning on the Good Friday bank holiday at a Hammersmith coffee shop might not seem the likeliest place for a K-blog meetup. But Roy Ghim, from the Tavern of the Taekguk Warriors, a US-based Korean football site, had just arrived at Heathrow and was on his way into town. And as […]

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Kim Yu-na wins again

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2013
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Congratulations to Kim Yu-na on regaining her world figure-skating championship title in effortless style. Sadly, her next big contest, at the Sochi Winter Olympics, will be her last. “The reigning Olympic champion looked as if she’d never been away, with an exquisite and elegant performance that left the audience spellbound. The crowd was on its […]

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Aashish Gadhvi assesses Korea’s poor performance against Croatia with the help of Ki Sung-yueng

by Aashish Gadhvi 5 March 2013
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South Korea were back in rainy old London Town to have their now annual friendly against Croatia at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC. After previous visits to London to play Greece, Serbia and Ivory Coast, Korea has now made London a decent stop in their international calendar. Although some cynics would see these […]

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