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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 […]

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2018 travel diary 2 – Chollipo revisited

by Philip Gowman 10 December 2018
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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 […]

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2018 travel diary 1 – Mallipo out of season

by Philip Gowman 3 December 2018
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9 – 10 November 2018. The first two nights of this year’s trip were spent on Mallipo beach, Taean-gun, because I liked the place so much when I visited last year. And I still like it. There’s not much more to say, other than it’s far preferable to Busan’s Haeundae beach. Next door to Mallipo […]

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The LKL 2018 Korea trip – an introduction

by Philip Gowman 26 November 2018
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Overview My annual visit to Korea this year for once really didn’t have an agenda. Originally planned as a late October / early November trip to see some Autumn leaves and catch the tail end of the Gwangju Biennale, everything changed when I heard that Ahn Sook-sun was coming to London at that precise time […]

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[Preston] UCLan Annual Korean Festival

by Events Editor 20 October 2018
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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 […]

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Kingston’s Korean Harvest Festival

by Events Editor 26 August 2018
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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 […]

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The 73rd Independence Day celebrations in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 18 August 2018
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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 […]

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Event news: the Independence Day Korean Festival

by Events Editor 12 August 2018
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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 […]

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A fun day out at the Sheffield Korea Day

by Gargi Sengupta 2 August 2018
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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 […]

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War Veterans honoured in Kingston’s Guildhall

by Events Editor 24 June 2018
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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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Kingston Korean Festival 2017: the photos

by Philip Gowman 14 October 2017
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Here is a collection of photos from the Korean Festival held in Kingston’s ancient market place on Saturday 16 September 2017. 16,706 people attended the festival and 526 people enjoyed the audience participation programmes on the day! LKL, unfortunately, wasn’t one of them, and these photos are taken with permission from the organisers’ Facebook page […]

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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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Kingston Korean Festival returns to the market square

by Events Editor 31 August 2017
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Following the great success of last year’s Autumn Full Moon Festival, Kingston Korean Festival 2017 returns to Kingston where the biggest Korean community in Europe is based. This year, Kingston Korean Festival runs two main programmes to celebrate Korean culture and engage with British people in many ways: Experience how Koreans are celebrate their first […]

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