Gwanghaegun (r 1608–1623)

Myeongdong, Seoul, Sunday 7 June The Mountain Fortress I am scheduled to meet a friend at 9:30 at Sanseong Station on Line 8. From there we take the bus (number 9) via a circuitous route through a residential area and up the steep hill to the main car park of one of Korea’s latest UNESCO […]

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Arrow, the Ultimate Weapon – the historical background

by Philip Gowman 29 September 2011
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Kim Han-min’s Arrow the Ultimate Weapon is a high-energy historical action flick which will get the London Korean Film Festival 2011 off to a rip-roaring start. Without revealing too much about the plot, suffice it to say that enough baddies get what they deserve to make you feel reasonably good on emerging from the cinema. […]

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Nammyeong Cho Shik: teacher, philosopher and inspiration for the anti-Japanese resistance armies

by Philip Gowman 5 May 2011
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Sancheong-gun, Thursday 5 May 2011. Students of Korean history in the Koryo and particularly the Joseon period cannot avoid grappling at some stage with the concepts of Confucianism. Distilled down to its most digestible elements, it is portrayed in the West as a deeply conservative doctrine designed to keep people in their places: wives had […]

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A celebration of Korea’s finest cuisine at the KCC

by Events Editor 6 July 2009
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News of an upcoming food event at the Korean Cultural Centre: A celebration of Korea’s finest cuisine at the KCC As a part of this summer’s food celebrations at the KCC we are pleased to announce the forthcoming workshop revealing some of the key skills behind Korean cooking. The event will be led by popular […]

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