London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Kingston Korean Festival: 17 August 2013

The Kingston Korean Festival will be held as usual in the Fairfield Recreation Ground Kingston KT1 2PY (map) on 17 August. Here is a welcome message from Christopher Kwon, chairman of the Korean Residents’ Society, who organise the festival. The 16th Korean Festival 2013 Outline of the Festival The Korean Festival is to be held … [Read More]

This year’s Kingston Korean Festival is on 11 August 2012

The annual Independence Day Kingston Korean Festival organised by the Korean Residents Society is on 11 August, 10am-7pm, on the Fairfield Recreation Ground near the centre of Kingston [Map], celebrating Korean culture with traditional food, music, dance and costumes. And the popular K-pop contest returns for its second year. The war veterans’ march-past normally begins … [Read More]

Kingston Korean Festival 2011: 13 August

And that’s all I know so far. I’ve spoken to many people in the Korean community who’ve been involved with the festival in prior years, but none of them are involved any longer. There are rumours of a k-pop contest, and also of a piano trio who will play arrangements of Korean folk melodies. And … [Read More]

Kingston Korean Festival 2010

The annual Korean Festival at the Fairfield Recreation Ground, Kingston, is upon us: 14 August. [Map] The event usually kicks off with a parade of British Veterans from the Korean War at 11am. Lots of food stalls, bouncy castles for the kiddies, traditional performances, taekwondo demonstrations and more. Here’s the details, in Korean, from the … [Read More]

Photos from the Festival

In the past, there’s always been some reason why I couldn’t get to the Korean Festival in Kingston. This year the way things panned out I could only manage to spend an hour there over lunchtime, but it’s a fun day out. A tip: there are two reasons not to go there by car. (1) … [Read More]

Kingston Korean Festival 2009: 15 August

After a break in 2008, the Kingston Korean Festival is back this year on 15 August, timed to coincide with the liberation of Korea from Japan in 1945. As usual, the event is at the Fairfield Recreation Ground in Kingston, and there will be lots of food stalls. Here’s the provisional running order, though as … [Read More]

Rain on the Parade — Kingston’s Mud Festival

Jennifer Barclay’s account of Kingston’s answer to the Boryeong Mud Festival Where else on a wet Saturday in June would you get classical dance, freestyle football and women arm-wrestling? But no-one I asked in Kingston-upon-Thames knew where Fairfield Recreation Ground was. Signs might even have attracted the curious. Eventually I got directions from a policewoman, … [Read More]