London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

LKL’s top 10 K-films of the noughties

Mark Russell led the way with his fascinating list of films of the decade – in which the biggest shock was that there was no Park Chan-wook. GI Korea also has a list, which redresses the balance somewhat. So here is mine. Over the years I’ve been reasonably diligent in giving marks out of 10 … [Read More]

A belated look back at 2009

For the past 3 years LKL has concocted a quiz of the year as a way of gathering together some of the news stories which have most caught our eye. This year, as I came to draw up the list in mid December I found it hard to think of anything amusing or diverting: most … [Read More]

2010 Joint New Year Editorial: “Hooray for socialism and singing of Arirang of prosperity”

The DPRK’s joint new year editorial celebrates revolutionary upsurges, an orbiting satellite and the economic upturn. Here is the version published on the KCNA website Joint New Year Editorial Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — Rodong Sinmun, Josoninmingun and Chongnyonjonwi Friday published a joint editorial titled “Bring about a radical turn in the people’s standard of … [Read More]

ROK Drop’s stories of 2009

Top 10 ROK Drop Stories of 2009 and ROK Drop’s pick of the decade Good memory refreshers both. | 10:28 AM Jan 3rd from Update – both links are now dead. ROK Drop (now rather than seems to have deleted archive stories other than those released directly to the US … [Read More]

Suicides soar among NY Koreans

Suicides soar among New York Koreans – more depressing stories for 2009: Money troubles have been the leading force behind the sharp rise, say Korean civic leaders and officials, who are alarmed by the trend. Failure to get into top colleges, perform well at school or climb the economic ladder can cause deep shame and … [Read More]

The London Korean Links Awards 2009

LKL’s fourth annual, unscientific and personal list of highlights from the London Korean Year, 2009. Film of the Year There were two hotly anticipated high-profile films this year: Bong Joon-ho’s Mother and Park Chan-wook’s Thirst. Both are obvious candidates for film of the year and delivered everything that one has come to expect from these … [Read More]

Some thank-yous

Another fun year of blogging, and so it’s time to thank all those who have made things possible. In no particular order, thanks to: The regular and one-off contributors who provide coverage, insight and expertise that are beyond me, and make LKL much more than what it would otherwise be. We’ve had several new contributors … [Read More]

Korean restaurant in Time Out pick of the Year

It’s not often you see a Korean restaurant featured in Time Out, still less one that’s not in Central London. But in the Christmas double-issue a New Malden eatery gets singled out: Jee Cee Neh (지씨네), 74 Burlington Road, New Malden, Surrey, New Malden, KT3 4NU, 020 8942 0682. Our bowl of yukkaejang (a rich, … [Read More]

LKL Critics’ Choice 2009: Philip

The editor provides an eclectic choice of albums from this year. 2009 has been a bumper year for new, innovative music and some welcome re-releases of the back catalogue. And anyone interested in the Korean contemporary music scene needs to be very grateful to Anna over at Indieful ROK for the work she does in … [Read More]

LKL Critics’ Choice 2009: Saharial

This year can definitely be marked down as one for the less inspiring years for discovering new musical talent. Korea is packed full of vocally gifted teens all eager to make the break into stardom and this year saw various girl and boy bands pop up from nowhere as companies vied for more of the … [Read More]

Sardine Santa at the COEX Aquarium

Joongang picture of the day — Sardine Santa at the COEX Aquarium: a diver in a Santa Claus costume plays with a swarm of sardines during an underwater feeding show at the aquarium in southern Seoul. The show is held four times a day until just after Christmas. Source: JoongAng Daily. # [Read More]