London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

LKL 2012 Quiz of the Year — the answers

The answers to LKL’s 2012 Quiz of the Year. How many did you get? 1 The Watermelon Economy It was Lee Seung-han, the boss of Tesco in Korea, who accused Lee Myung-bak of running a watermelon economy: on the outside, lots of rhetoric about “green” growth, but actually red on the inside. “Not even communist … [Read More]

PSY vs the generic K-pop girls

PSY has thrashed the lot of them when it comes to YouTube views. And now he’s up against KARA, SiSTAR and 4Minute in the Soju Wars. According to Koreabang, Jinro’s Chamiseul outsells Lotte’s Cheoeum Cheoreom by almost 3 to 1. PSY has now signed up to promote Jinro, while Hara, Hyolyn and HyunA have just … [Read More]

A look back at 2011 – part 2

In the second of our articles we look at stories relating to Sports, Tourism, and national branding and marketing. And K-pop and celebrities are never far away when talking of Brand Korea. Sports and Tourism Jeju was provisionally listed as one of the worlds New 7 Wonders, after a multi-month international marketing campaign. Celebrities ranging … [Read More]

Chuseok Greetings

Chuseok (추석), also known as Hangawi (한가위), is the Korean harvest festival, falling on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. A public holiday in Korea, it usually falls quite close to London’s Thames Festival. This year, it’s today, 12th September. It’s a time when the roads out of Seoul turn into car parks, … [Read More]

The London Korean Links Awards 2010

LKL’s fifth unscientific selection of people and events who have made 2010. Personality of the Year No question about this: Kim Yu-na. Olympic champion, 5th-highest earning female sportsperson globally, ambassador for everything from the G20 to the Catholic Church. I’m sure if she ran for president she’d get elected. Albums of the Year Four LKL … [Read More]

Lampard lampooned in Kara video

Frank Lampard scores chart-topping single in South Korea, says the Daily Star Can anyone find it? 12:03 AM Jan 9th from JamesTurnbull: @lklinks Try here 12:07 AM Jan 9th from HootSuite in reply to lklinks @JamesTurnbull Thanks for the link James – but they’ve already taken the video down 🙁 12:12 AM … [Read More]