London 2012 Olympics

Surfing the web recently, following a link related to UK based Korean artist / photographer Bae Chan-hyo, I came across this article in the New York Times on the subject of thirteen artists dealing with the subject of migration. Apart from the piece on Bae, which highlighted some new work of his from 2018 (which […]

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A London 2012 Korean Olympic round-up

by Philip Gowman 12 August 2012
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Here are some of the highlights and headlines from the past two weeks or so of Korean athletes at the London 2012 Olympics: 25 July North Korea’s Olympic women’s football team walked off the pitch for an hour at their opening London 2012 match tonight after organisers mistakenly introduced the players using South Korea’s flag. […]

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Im Kwon-taek visits London for the Olympics

by Philip Gowman 10 August 2012
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As part of the VIP delegation visiting from Seoul to launch Korea’s bid for Olympic glory in London 2012, a surprise dignitary was legendary film director Im Kwon-taek. I first caught sight of him at the Korea Shining Bright event at the Victoria and Albert Museum on Monday night, 30 July. I wondered if I […]

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Needles and a mouth organ at Team Korea House

by Philip Gowman 10 August 2012
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Yes, there have been K-pop flashmobs, dancing robots, traditional music performances and comedy magic shows at Team Korea House. There has even been a live radio show broadcast from there, with presenters dressed in royal hanbok. Last Saturday (4 August) was the final performance by Dulsori before they head off to Germany. They opened with […]

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Monocle 24 broadcasts from Team Korea House

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2012
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Live from Team Korea House, London, Monocle 24 hears from the CEO of the Korea Tourism Association, enjoys K-pop, and is joined by acupuncture expert Sena Lee. All to celebrate the Olympics. http://londonkoreanlinks.net/wp-content/uploads/audio/11000199.mp3 The K-pop interview is at 18’00” Sena is at 23’35” Philip is at 52’00” Keywords: Event tags: London 2012 – Team Korea […]

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LKL’s editor and Traditional Korean Medicine specialist on live radio

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2012
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I haven’t been so nervous in a long time. I got the call from the Korean Tourism Organisation this morning – “please come along to Team Korea House to do an interview on live radio this evening.” I thought it might be good training for an interview with Arirang’s Morning Call programme I might be […]

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Kim Soo-myun: no joy in the men’s gymnastics individual all-round finals

by Saharial 1 August 2012
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It was Tuesday evening before I could settle down to watch the men’s gymnastics finals – individual all round. It had already been a day of controversy for the Koreans in Badminton and there was disappointment yesterday with the fencing, so I hoped Kim Soo-myun would do well for his country. Not in the top […]

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Korean badminton pairs – bad losers?

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2012
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The two South Korean badminton teams kicked out of the games for trying to lose their matches – against Chinese and Indonesian pairs who were also trying to lose – both ended up winning. (Source – FT) Keywords: Event tags: London 2012 Olympics Other tags: Olympics

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Korea’s male gymnast team loses out, but three solo efforts make it to the finals

by Saharial 28 July 2012
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Settling down to the 2012 Men’s gymnastics qualifier, I decided to do a little coverage for LKL. I’m a big fan of gymnastics, probably because of the inability to do even a cartwheel these days, and it has always been the highlight of the Olympics for me. Whilst I’m not the most technical person when […]

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Witty Specsavers ad irritates academics

by Philip Gowman 28 July 2012
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The quick-thinking Specsavers ad capitalising on the Olympic flag gaffe seems to have ruffled a feather in academic circles for being written in bad Korean. So what if “Specsavers” should be at the beginning of the sentence? Putting it there would have completely baffled the non-Korean speaking audience it’s aimed at. Keywords: Event tags: London […]

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Wenlock & Mandeville in Seoul

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2012
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Official London 2012 mascots Wenlock & Mandeville braved sizzling heat to visit King Sejong in Gwanghwamun earlier this week. Excitement at fever pitch with Games starting soon! Via @UKinKorea Keywords: Event tags: London 2012 Olympics Other tags: Olympics

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Traditional Korean medicine and hand acupuncture in Team Korea House

by Sena Lee 26 July 2012
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Team Korea House will be located at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, 60 Knightsbridge, during the 2012 London Olympics, from the 27th of July to the 12th of August. In addition to the interviews with the medal winners each morning (9am), a variety of interesting activities and events will take place, including: a drop-in workshop […]

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Oh dear

by Philip Gowman 25 July 2012
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The first mess-up of the games: I really don’t blame the North Korean team for walking off. (Image source) Links: North Korea Threatens to Destroy Glasgow in a ‘Sea of Fire’, Dokdo Times, 26 July 2012 Keywords: Event tags: London 2012 Olympics Other tags: Olympics

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Join the Cheer for Korea Olympic Flashmob

by Events Editor 19 July 2012
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For those who want to join in cheering for the Korean athletes, there’s a rehearsal down in Raynes Park this Saturday. You’ll be learning how to sing and dance to Psy’s official cheering song, imaginatively called “Korea”. It goes something like this: More details on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/MylsZn Keywords: Event tags: London 2012 Olympics Musicians: PSY […]

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