London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

KCC networking event: Bridging Research and Industrial Talents Together

On 20 July 2024, the Korean Researchers UK (KRUK) in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre UK presents BRITT 2024, an engaging event for Korean researchers across the UK to explore Korean culture within their respective fields, share experiences, and engage in meaningful exchanges. What Can You Expect: Opening Remarks 2:30pm – 2:50pm Dr Seunghye … [Read More]

Book talk: Anton Hur – Toward Eternity

Renowned translator of the International Booker Prize shortlisted novel Cursed Bunny, Anton Hur returns with his debut novel ‘Toward Eternity’. Toward Eternity explores the unexpected consequences of progress, imagining when technology is catching up with biology. It is a thought-provoking novel that challenges the notion of what makes us human—and how love survives even the end … [Read More]

KCC Literature Night: Kang Hwagil’s Another Person, with Clare Richards

KCCUK is delighted to announce an in-person talk with translator Clare Richards about her translated work, Kang Hwa-gil’s novel Another Person. Starting with Jina’s voice, the novel explores different viewpoints, building a full picture of the incident. A riveting and uncompromising campus novel, Another Person is a confronting and timely book exploring the long-lasting consequences of sexism … [Read More]

‘Across the Decades’- an exhibition celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Academy of Arts

The Korean Cultural Centre UK’s summer exhibition ‘Across the Decades’ will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the National Academy of Arts of the Republic of Korea. The National Academy of Arts (NAA), Republic of Korea is an institution dedicated to celebrating the works and insights of master artists over the past 70 years. As the … [Read More]

Short film screenings: Chorus, + Q&A

A programme of six short films inspired by the legacy of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. This presentation starts with Cha’s Vidéoème before leading into a selection of contemporary artists’ films, placing them in dialogue while celebrating a diversity of voices. Though the architecture of the programme is conceptually framed as a palindrome in three dialectic … [Read More]

K-Folklore: Past, Present, and Future

A showcase featuring Korean traditional art, music, and dance from past, present, and future I am Ka Youn, a composer from South Korea currently based in London. On 2nd July, 6pm, at the Korean Culture Centre UK, I’m holding a showcase about our traditional culture called K-folklore: past, present, and future. ⁠ This concert will … [Read More]

Activism and Post-Activism: Korean Documentary Cinema: 1981-2022, A lecture by Prof. Kim Jihoon

This lecture presents an overview of Activism and Post-Activism: Korean Documentary Cinema: 1981-2022 (Oxford University Press, 2024), the first-ever English-language monograph on Korean non-fiction film and video practices in the non-governmental and non-corporate sectors from their foundational period (early 1980s) to the present. Making tripartite connections between the socio-political history of Korea (from the 1980s … [Read More]

Book talk: The New Seoul Park Jelly Massacre

KCCUK is pleased to announce the forthcoming author talk with Cho Yeeun about her novel ‘The New Seoul Park Jelly Massacre’, published this month. This is an in-person event at the Korean Cultural Centre with the author Cho Yeeun joining via video-link. Join us to discover more about Yeeun’s inspirations and work. Set in a … [Read More]

Marie Curie: original cast screening + Q&A

To celebrate the West End launch of the award-winning musical ‘Marie Curie‘, the Korean Cultural Centre will offer an opportunity to enjoy a full-length film of the musical with the original Korean cast. The performance being screened was recorded live and features Joo-hyun Ok and So-hyang Kim who both portrayed Marie Curie during the 2020 … [Read More]

International Booker book talk: Hwang Sok-yong and Mater 2-10

The KCCUK is pleased to announce an in-person talk exploring the novel ‘Mater 2-10’ with the author Hwang Sok-yong and the translators Sora Kim-Russell and Youngjae Josephine Bae. Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2024, Mater 2-10 is a multi-dimensional epic tale threading three generations of Korean railroad workers. Starting with a laid-off factory worker … [Read More]

Sculpting with Fire: artist talk with Jihyun Kim

The theme of ‘K-Art Now’ this year is ‘Colour and Material’. Please join us for an enchanting artist talk with Jihyun Kim, a Korean ceramic designer based in London, as she unveils the secrets behind her mesmerising aesthetic and explores the allure of color, texture, and mysticism in the realm of ceramics. Jihyun’s artistic series … [Read More]

Next-Gen Late Night at the KCC

On 31 May 2024, the Korean Cultural Centre UK presents ‘Next-Gen Late Night’, an inaugural networking event for young professionals and opinion leaders with an interest in all things Korean! Register via the above link – Only 80 spaces available! What Can You Expect PART 1 ‘Talk: Hallyu – What’s Next’ 7pm – 8pm “Hallyu: … [Read More]

KCC Exhibition: 26, Your Korean Words

The Korean Cultural Centre UK’s Spring exhibition explores the twenty-six Korean words that were collectively included in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in September 2021. The OED contains more than 500,000 words, but when one considers that there were only a couple of dozen Korean words listed in the OED prior to 2021, twenty-six supplementary … [Read More]

Book talk: The Penguin Book of Korean Short Stories

The KCCUK is pleased to announce a talk about the Penguin Book of Korean Short Stories with the editor Bruce Fulton, moderated by Grace Koh. This eclectic, moving and enjoyable collection is the essential introduction to Korean literature. Journeying through Korea’s dramatic twentieth century, from the Japanese occupation and colonial era to the devastating Korean … [Read More]

Screening: The Flower in Hell (지옥화)

Join the KCCUK for a screening of “The Flower in Hell,” an early masterpiece by director Shin Sang-ok that vividly portrays the societal dynamics of post-war Korea. Set in a weary Seoul, the film follows a gripping love triangle involving Yeong-sik, leader of a munitions-stealing syndicate, Dong-sik, his searching brother, and Sonya, Yeong-sik’s unapologetic lover … [Read More]