2019 Independence Day celebrations in New Malden

The celebrations by the Korean community are often a word-of-mouth thing. Everyone knows they’re going to happen — at least, everyone in the Korean community — but no-one seems to want to publicise it to non-Koreans. So credit to Wook Kim for posting a video about the upcoming New Malden celebrations on Facebook. The festivals […]

Nine Confucian academies listed at UNESCO

For visitors to Korea (such as myself) who like to try to get round all the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, the list just got longer. On Saturday 6 July, the World Heritage Committee included nine Seowon, or Neo-Confucian Academies, in the list. The nine seowon are dotted around the central and southern parts of the […]

Radio Kimchi K-Pop Fair

Last November’s inaugural K-Pop Fair was a success, so it’s returning this August, bigger and better. Radio Kimchi K-Pop Fair O2 Academy Islington | Angel Central | 16 Parkfield Street | London N1 0PS Saturday 24 August 2019 Two sessions: 12pm-2pm and 3pm-5pm Tickets £6 | Buy tickets 1on1 Events and Radio Kimchi UK present […]

Korean Arts Festival 2019 in Kingston Parish Church

Korean senior citizens display their talents, along with the Thames Philharmonia, on 4 May: Korean Arts Festival 2019 All Saints Church Kingston | 14-16 Market Place | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP Saturday 4 May 2019, 4pm Tickets: £12 (Performance+ Including 1 glass of wine) | Early Bird Ticket £10 | Under 13 & Over […]

2018 travel diary 3 – The Smile of Baekje

10 – 11 November 2018. My trips to Korea are usually preceded by a hurried piece of research on the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) website trying to find out what notable items of tangible or intangible heritage, or what other historic or scenic sites there might be, to attract an inquisitive traveller to the places […]

Korea Day in Wales – Dydd Korea yn Cymru

On the first Saturday in May, the City of Cardiff will be celebrating everything Korean. We understand that the event’s opening will have a high-profile VIP: none other than the Lord Mayor of Cardiff will be giving a welcome speech. Last year’s events in Sheffield and elsewhere were a big hit, so make your way […]

Korea Day in Sheffield

Last year’s Korea Day in Sheffield was such a success that they’re doing it again! Korea Day in Sheffield Sunday 10th March 2019, 12-5pm Octagon Centre | Clarkson Street | Sheffield S10 2TQ Tickets £5 | Buy tickets here Please retain your email confirmation of booking. Any food and photo purchases are charged separately. We […]

An adoptee returns to her home town

Bella Frey, who recently reviewed The Return – the closing film of LKFF 2018 – tells us about her own personal return earlier this year. A tale of the unexpected… My head is still swimming from my recent trip to Korea. It was in part planned to be a personal pilgrimage to re-visit places from […]

2018 travel diary 2 – Chollipo revisited

10 November 2018. In Chollipo’s famous Arboretum the best of the Autumn colour had finished, but there were still some good reds, oranges and yellows to be found, and the grasses were particularly fine. In October last year this new statue of Carl Ferris Miller, Chollipo’s founder, was installed in this secluded area in the […]

[Preston] UCLan Annual Korean Festival

The University of Central Lancashire IKSU Korean Festival is back. Each event will be open to both UCLan Students and the Public. 5 – 6 November International Institute of Korean Studies | Adelphi Building AB145 | Preston PR1 2HE | Lancashire 5th November 10 am – 12 pm at AB226 Study Abroad Fair Find out details […]

Kingston’s Korean Harvest Festival

Now in its third year, the early Autumn Korean harvest festival organised by Korean British Cultural Exchange comes to Kingston’s marketplace this September: Kingston Celebrates Chuseok Saturday 22 September 2018, 12 noon – 4pm Ancient Market Place | Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1JS www.kbce.org.uk/harvest Detailed schedule at the bottom of this page. Fun, family-friendly and free for […]

The 73rd Independence Day celebrations in New Malden

Kingston’s Koreans today celebrated the 73rd anniversary of Independence Day. It was the first public engagement of the new ambassador, HE Park Eun-ha, who is to be thanked for making the time: she only arrived in London to take up her post two days ago. In attendance were Kingston’s Mayor, Thay Thayalan, and the leader […]

Event news: the Independence Day Korean Festival

The big Korean festival on Kingston’s Fairfield Recreation Ground seems to have run its course. Instead, this year we have a slightly smaller celebration in the heart of Koreatown: The 73rd Independence Day Ceremony and Festival Saturday 18 August 2018, 11:00am – 4:30pm Glasshouse Pub Courtyard | 14 Coombe Road | New Malden KT3 4QE […]

A fun day out at the Sheffield Korea Day

Gargi Sengupta, a new guest contributor, reports from the Sheffield Korea Day earlier this year. On 11th March, my Dad and I went to Sheffield to go to the Korea day at Sheffield University. As I love Kpop and want to acquire knowledge and learn more about Korean culture, it was a great opportunity for […]