LKL at 12 years old

Yesterday was LKL’s 12th birthday: we went online on 1 March 2006. I never thought I’d keep going for the full 12 year cycle of the zodiac and more. Thanks to you readers, and to those who help out by feeding me information and views. And of course thanks to those who have written articles […]

New and upcoming non-fiction titles for 2018

Too many books, not enough time to read them, or space to store them. Encouragingly, in a skim of the upcoming publication lists I had no problems finding plenty of books on a wide range of interesting topics. No longer it seems is the reading public (or the publishers’ perception thereof) solely interested in that […]

The LKL quiz of the year 2017

I’m currently going through my 2017 press cuttings and trying to make sense of them, in the hope that as in (some) previous years I’ll be able to pull together a series of posts summarising some of the most newsworthy stories of the year. In case I don’t manage to get that done (after all, […]

President Moon’s 2018 New Year Message

Here is the text of President Moon Jae-in’s 2018 New Year Message, sourced from the Blue House website. Fellow Koreans, The New Year of 2018 has arrived. I hope each and every one of you and your family will enjoy better days filled with joy and laughter throughout the New Year. We all have prevailed […]

Kim Jong Un’s 2018 New Year Address

The following is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2018 New Year Address, sourced from Rodong Sinmun: Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made the New Year Address for 2018. The full text of the New Year Address reads: Dear fellow countrymen and brave service personnel of the People’s Army, Dear compatriots, Today, recollecting with […]

A look back at some of the books of 2017

This year, I haven’t even come close to keeping up with the volume of newly-published literature in translation, let alone the plethora of new non-fiction. Perhaps to balance my feelings of guilt at falling behind the pace of new publications, I’ve tried to make inroads into my guilt pile in respect of previous years – […]

A look back at some of the films of 2017

A review of some of the films that screened in London during the 2017 – another busy year. For me the undoubted highlight of the London film year was the Bae Chang-ho retrospective at the London Korean Film Festival: a chance to see a couple of his movies – including the classic Whale Hunting (1984) – […]

Season’s greetings to all our readers

As Team GB’s great hope for the Pyeongchang 2018 speed skating event gets some last minute tips from his Korean coach, once again it’s time to wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year. Have a peaceful break. As in previous years, thanks are due to Jieun Kim aka The Drawing Hand […]

New and upcoming non-fiction titles for 2017

As a follow up to my post on literature and fiction titles coming up in 2017 (now updated twice), here are some of the upcoming non-fiction publications that I’ll be looking out for. There are of course many others: simply do an advanced search on Amazon with keyword “Korea” and publication year 2017 and you may […]

Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year Address

The following is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2017 New Year Address, sourced from Rodong Sinmun: Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, made his address on the New Year, Juche 106 (2017). The […]

A review of the London Korean year 2016

As is traditional at this time of year, we look back at some of the highlights of the London Korean Year. Exhibitions Is it my imagination, or was there less going on this year? Certainly from the perspective of contemporary art, we have been through a lull this year. With HADA Contemporary gone, Mokspace reborn […]

Season’s greetings to all our readers

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all of LKL’s readers, friends and contributors. Have a peaceful break. As in previous years, thanks are due to Jieun Kim aka The Drawing Hand for the London Korean Christmas design which adorns the cards that some of you will have received. This year thanks are […]