London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

BKS annual reception and dinner

The British Korean Society holds its annual dinner on 8 December in the House of Lords, held in collaboration with the Korean Embassy to mark the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the UK & the Republic of Korea. Host Viscount Trenchard Hugh Trenchard, 3rd Viscount Trenchard DL, is an investment banker and a member … [Read More]

Korea Update with the two ambassadors

Two British ambassadors will talk about their work, the UK’s current relations with the two Koreas, and current issues on the Peninsula. Colin Crooks became Ambassador to the Republic of Korea in 2022, having previously served as Ambassador in Pyongyang. He joined the FCO in 1992, and has had other postings to Beijing, Jakarta and … [Read More]

BKS curator tour of Hallyu exhibition

The tour will begin in the Lobby at 6.15pm where we shall meet Rosalie Kim, the Curator of the Korean Gallery. We will meet in the Lobby under the large glass chandelier when you come through the Main Entrance on Cromwell Road. The V&A have collected art and design objects from Korea since 1888 and opened the Korean Gallery … [Read More]

Illustrated talk: Life as a diplomat in 1970s Seoul

Warwick Morris and Martin Uden talk about their time in the British Embassy in Seoul. The 1970s were a turbulent time in Korea, featuring rapid industrialisation of the economy, the assassination of President Park and a coup led by President Chun, but it was also a fascinating posting for two young diplomats, both sent to … [Read More]

Science Engagement with the DPRK: The Mount Paektu Research Centre

BKS members are invited to this talk and drinks reception. Doors open 18.15, Talk and discussion: 18.30, Drinks reception: 19.30 Opening and closing remarks Professor Sir Martyn Poliako FRS, University of Nottingham Martin Uden, Chair, British Korean Society The Mount Paektu Research Centre Professor James Hammond, Birkbeck, University of London Dr Amy Donovan, University of Cambridge … [Read More]

Discussion: A Korean micro-reunification

In this discussion, authors Jihyun Park and Seh-lynn Chai, respectively from North Korea and South Korea, will talk about what they shared and what differences they felt they had, while writing The Hard Road Out together. How did they overcome that sense of alienation? Could their encounter serve as a micro-reunification model going forward? The … [Read More]

BKS talk: A whistle-stop archaeology and history of Korea

The British Korean Society is hosting a talk on early Korean history and archaeology. Open to non-members. A whistle-stop archaeology and history of Korea: from the Palaeolithic to the Three Kingdoms Period Presentation by Hari Blackmore Hosted by Martin Uden – Chairman of the BKS Thursday 18th February 2021, 6.30pm Via Zoom | Register here … [Read More]

North Korea: The Foundations for Economic Revival

A Roundtable Event co-hosted by the British Korean Society and Henry Jackson Society Monday 11th November 2019, 17:30 In & Out Club, 4 St James’ Square, London SW1Y 4JU British Korean Society members only event. Sign up on their website. The Henry Jackson Society and the British Korean Society are delighted to invite Members of … [Read More]

A roundup of the early Autumn celebrations

As people return from their summer holidays and prepare for the autumn season, there’s a range of celebratory events that form part of the annaul cycle: from the Korean holiday calendar there’s Chuseok (celebrated over the full moon of the 8th lunar month – 12 -14 September this year) and National Foundation Day, also known … [Read More]