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Yesterday a group of Korean musicians and performers entertained a group of British veterans from the Korean War in Kingston’s Guildhall. The event was organised by the Korean Veterans Association UK, a group of volunteers committed to the continuing remembrance of the sacrifice made by soldiers who came to the aid of the Republic of […]

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Eastbourne’s first Korean Festival takes place on 7 July

by Events Editor 24 June 2018
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This is the first Korean festival to be held in Eastbourne, after a number of its kind in London. The event is organised by Sun Hwa Griffiths, who has lived in East Sussex for over 25 years. Expect to see Korean Art performance, the Thames Philharmonia Orchestra with Choir and a Korean buffet. Korean dinner […]

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Event news: Korea Day in Sheffield

by Events Editor 4 March 2018
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A day of Korean culture in Sheffield: Korea Day in Sheffield Sunday 11 March 2018, 12-5pm The Octagon Centre | Clarkson Street | Sheffield S10 2TQ Tickets: £5 | Book via Sheffield Students’ Union The University of Sheffield Korea Society in collaboration with K-pop Dance Society are pleased to announce UoS’s first annual Korea Day! […]

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Event news: Korea Day in Nottingham

by Events Editor 4 March 2018
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A special evening of Korean culture in Nottingham: Korea Day in Nottingham Friday 9 March, 7:30 pm Lakeside Arts, Nottingham | Reserve tickets (link not working at time of posting) K-Pop Dance: The University of Nottingham Korean Society K-Pop Dance Group Traditional Korean Music and Dance : ‘The Shilla Ensemble’ Korea day in Nottingham is […]

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South Korea: Earth’s Hidden Wilderness – BBC2 documentary

by Events Editor 11 February 2018
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To complement their coverage of the winter Olympics, the BBC is screening what looks like an interesting documentary covering things you might not often see in coverage of the peninsula. With plenty of Korean experts advising and behind the camera, this should be well worth a watch. South Korea – Earth’s Hidden Wilderness BBC2, 8:00pm […]

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A good list of restaurants in Seoul

by Philip Gowman 2 September 2017
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It’s so rare to find a list of recommended restaurants in Seoul that focuses on Korean food as opposed to French and other cuisine, and which includes honest, salt-of-the-earth type places as well as the fancy ones with Michelin stars. So I don’t want to lose this particular link, which includes two very humble places […]

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London Korean Festival 2006 – an introduction

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2017
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The London Korean Festival 2006 was the last of the festivals organised by Oh Tae-min and his team, which included Stephanie Seung-min Kim who would go on to be the first curator at the Korean Cultural Centre before moving into the art curatorial world on her own. Previously working from within the Korean Anglican Community […]

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Reports from the London Korean Festival 2017

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2017
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LKL didn’t make it to this year’s London Korean Festival at Olympia. Saturdays are precious, and I needed to spend this particular Saturday at the KCC doing background research on the current exhibition and upcoming film series which hopefully will inform my write-ups. In-depth reports of the Festival are now available on a couple of […]

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Event news: London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea

by Events Editor 15 June 2017
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As part of KOREA/UK 2017-18, the London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea offers day-long family festival and then an evening K-Pop concert at Olympia on 8 July. London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea Olympia London | Hammersmith Road | Kensington | London W14 8UX Saturday 8 July 2017, 11am – 10pm Both daytime […]

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2017 travel diary – reminiscences

by Philip Gowman 21 May 2017
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Index Sat 29 April: Busan – Min Young-ki’s solo show Sun 30 April: Haman-gun – Gaya kingdom royal tombs Mon 1 May: Sancheong-gun – Hwangmaesan Royal Azalea festival Tue 2 May: Mungyeong-si – Tea bowl festival Wed 3 May: Buddha’s Birthday in Bongamsa | The Gyeongbokgung at night Thu 4 May: Jeonju Fri 5 May: […]

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2017 travel diary 10: A lazy weekend in Seoul

by Philip Gowman 6 May 2017
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Insadong, Seoul, 6 May 2018. There is never a shortage of things to do in Seoul. For the final weekend of my 2017 Korea trip I had not scheduled anything other than a couple of dinner engagements. I could easily have done nothing apart from hanging out in my new favourite coffee shop. Their fresh salads […]

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2017 travel diary 9: Sewol victims remembered at the Ansan Street Arts Festival

by Philip Gowman 5 May 2017
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Ansan, Gyeonggi-do, 5 May 2017, 6:30pm. It is said that at the height of his efforts to build the Republic of Korea into an economic powerhouse, Park Chung-hee happened to be flying in a helicopter over western Gyeonggi-do. He looked out and saw what he considered to be a lot of under-utilised real estate, and decided […]

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2017 travel diary 8: Taean-gun and Chollipo Arboretum

by Philip Gowman 5 May 2017
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Mallipo beach, Taean-gun, Thursday 4 May 2018, 11:30pm. It was with a slight sense of adventure that I found myself unexpectedly on my own, in an unknown seaside town, at 11:30 at night. There was no way that I was going to settle down to sleep right then, so I left my pension room behind […]

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2017 travel diary 7: A trip to Jeonju

by Philip Gowman 4 May 2017
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Jeonju. Food capital of Korea. Slow City. Home to the famous Hanok Village. Ancestral seat of the Yi family, the royal house of the Joseon dynasty. Host of the Jeonju International Film Festival. Home to the hanji museum, the royal portrait museum… All this I knew about the capital of Jeonbuk province before my visit […]

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2017 travel diary 6: a little night music at the Gyeongbokgung

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2017
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Seoul, Wednesday 3 May 2017, 7pm. The beginning of May is a busy time in Seoul’s royal palaces. The UNESCO listed ceremony, the Jongmyo rituals in honour of the Royal Ancestors, always takes place the first Sunday in May. Children’s Day also falls around that time, and this year, Buddha’s Birthday and in the days […]

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2017 travel diary 5: Wolbong’s hermitage and Buddha’s Birthday at Bongamsa

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2017
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Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Wednesday 5th May 2017, 4am. An early start this morning is required to beat the crowds. Slightly groggy, Master Oh, Kyung-sook and I drag ourselves into the car at 4:30am and drive for half-hour or so to Bongamsa. We get the last space in the temple’s car park. Even at that time in the […]

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2017 travel diary 4: The Mungyeong tea bowl festival

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2017
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Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Tuesday 2 May 2017, 1:30pm. Mungyeong Saejae, the pass high in the hills above the town of Mungyeong, is the place where Gyeongsang province meets Chungcheong province, and the place where the Yeongnamdaero – the old road between Seoul and Busan – crosses the Baekdudaegan, Korea’s mountain backbone. On the Mungyeong side of […]

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