British Korean Society

Every year at this stage in the year, I look back on the cultural highlights, whether they be live performances, exhibitions, movies or books that I have encountered over the past twelve months. Every year I lament that I’ve been unable to cover everything, that I’m getting slower and that there’s been even more to […]

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BKS event: The Two Ambassadors

by Events Editor 28 April 2018
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The annual event hosted by the British Korean Society with our ambassadors to the Koreas. Highly recommended: An Update on the UK-Korea Relationship Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 6.30pm to 9.00pm SOAS, University of London Alumni Lecture Theatre | Paul Webley Wing | Senate House | Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London WC1H 0XG Book […]

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BKS event: The Two Judges

by Events Editor 5 April 2018
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An interesting event organised by the British Korean Society coming up later this month. Join the BKS for lower-priced admission. You know it makes sense. The Two Judges Comparing & Contrasting the Judiciary Systems in South Korea and the UK Monday 23 April 2018, 6.30pm to 9.00pm Venue: Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell […]

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Yi Han-eung remembered at BKS Seollal celebration

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2018
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The British Korean Society gathered on the newly refurbished top floor of the South Korean embassy yesterday for a belated celebration of Seollal, courtesy of the Deputy Head of Mission, Minister Sun Nahmkook. Apart from the generous buffet, a splendid selection of innovative cocktails and the opportunity to socialise, the highlight of the evening was […]

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BKS late Seollal celebration

by Events Editor 21 February 2018
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Seollal (Korean Lunar New Year) is one of the most celebrated national holidays in Korea. To mark this special occasion, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is kindly hosting a Seollal celebration for British Korean Society members at the newly refurbished 7th floor of the Embassy. (Note the revised date due to the refurbishment […]

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A Review of London Korean cultural year 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2018
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It feels like it’s been an incredibly busy year, and as I come to write this review I realise that, much more so than in previous years, many of the things that have been memorable I haven’t had time to write about – and maybe won’t. I’ve written separately about the films it was possible […]

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BKS hosts presentation by Economist Intelligence Unit

by Events Editor 28 August 2017
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The British Korean Society is hosting a talk by the Economist Intelligence Unit focusing on South Korea: The Economist Intelligence Unit Presentation Wednesday 6 September 2017, 6.30pm Venue: Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4AG The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) will deliver a presentation on its Long-term Macroeconomic Forecasts: key trends […]

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An evening with Michael Breen and The New Koreans

by Philip Gowman 13 June 2017
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When going to a book talk, it is all too common to find that the moderator has little knowledge of the book or its subject matter, and asks the author embarrassingly shallow questions leaving the audience and author short-changed. No such risks last night at the KCC, where the British Korean Society’s Chris Hollands conversed […]

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BKS hosts an interview with Michael Breen

by Events Editor 28 May 2017
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We enjoyed Mike Breen’s first book – The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies – and are currently enjoying this completely new and updated version. It’s full of fascinating detail as well as giving you the big picture. We were hoping to have written a review by now, but events […]

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Event news: the UK ambassadors to the two Koreas talk at SOAS

by Events Editor 23 April 2017
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The British Korean Society is hosting a talk by our ambassadors to the two Koreas in collaboration with SOAS: An update on the UK-Korea relationship H.E Mr Charles Hay MVO (British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea) HE Mr Alastair Morgan (British Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) 11 May 2017, 6:45 – […]

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Scholarships for Undergraduates and Post-graduates Studying Korea

by Philip Gowman 24 January 2017
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An announcement on behalf of the British Korean Society, the British Korean Veterans Association and the British Association for Korean Studies: Scholarships for Undergraduates and Post-graduates Studying Korea The British Association for Korean Studies administers two sets of bursaries for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The deadline for both schemes this year is 3 April 2017. […]

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Event news: UK-Korea business seminar

by Events Editor 4 September 2016
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Notice of a seminar arranged jointly by the British Korean Society and the Lord Mayor’s office: UK-Korea Business Seminar Mansion House, 23 September 2016 As follow-up to the Lord Mayor of London’s visit to the Republic of Korea in July, the British Korean Society, jointly with the Lord Mayor’s Office, have arranged a business seminar […]

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Event news: BKS Go Evening to celebrate Lunar New Year

by Events Editor 24 January 2016
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Can’t believe the Lunar New Year is sneaking up on us so quickly. This year the New Year holiday in Korea is Monday – Wednesday 8-10 February, coinciding nicely with the start of Lent. The British Korean Society will be celebrating New Year on 9 Feb with a Baduk evening: Celebrate the Korean Lunar New […]

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The British Korean Society annual House of Lords event

by Events Editor 18 October 2015
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The British Korean Society will be having its annual House of Lords reception on 28 October. One or two places remain, so if you have not yet booked you might just be able to get in. Reception at the House of Lords Cholmondeley Room and Terrace, London SW1A 0AA Wednesday 28th October 2015 7pm to […]

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An update on the UK–Korea relationship from our two ambassadors

by Events Editor 21 June 2015
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If you’re not already a member of the British Korean Society, this is a good reason to join. Membership details can be found here. Update on the UK–Korea relationship Monday 6 July 2015, 6.30pm for 7.00pm Korean Cultural Centre. A talk by H.E Charles Hay, British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and H.E Michael […]

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A private tour of the British Library’s Korean manuscripts with the BKS

by Events Editor 5 April 2015
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We’ve had private tours of the collections at the V&A and British Museum. Now comes a not-to-be-missed opportunity to go behind the scenes at the British Library. But you’ll need to join the British Korean Society first Tour of the British Library 96 Euston Road | London NW1 2DB Thursday 23 April 2015 6.15 pm […]

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Sylvia Park receives her MBE

by Philip Gowman 1 March 2015
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Although Sylvia Park was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June last year, the actual investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace did not take place until 30 January 2015. Resplendent in red and green hanbok, Sylvia received the honour from the Prince of Wales. She commented: So very thrilled, happy and proud […]

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