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A few weeks ago I was interviewed by a young talented Korea photographer – Daewoong Kim, studying here in London. Daewoong, being interested in photography and football wanted to discuss my experiences interviewing Korean footballers and working within BBC Sport. Needless to say this is the first (and probably last!) time I have been interviewed, […]

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Concert Review: Unsuk Chin at the BBC Proms — A new work enters the Cello repertoire

by Philip Gowman 20 August 2009
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Last Thursday (13 August) saw the world premiere of the cello concerto by Unsuk Chin, a BBC commission. Chin, who was born in Korea in 1961, has been composer-in-residence for both the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. She is a careful worker: the new work was originally scheduled for the 2007 Prom […]

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Blue Blood v Red Blood: the K-League 2008 Finals

by Aashish Gadhvi 25 May 2009
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Aashish Gadhvi dishes up a sporting treat for your Bank Holiday Monday. Something is a-brewing in the world of K-League football. Think of the great club football rivalries, Man United v Liverpool, Real Madrid v Barcelona, Celtic v Rangers, AC Milan v Inter Milan, Roma v Lazio, Boca Juniors v River Plate, the list goes […]

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Happy music, Happy people

by Anna Lindgren 28 April 2009
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Over the past few years, Happy Robot has become one of the finest indie labels in Korea. Nina Lee from Happy Robot talks to Anna Lindgren from Indieful RoK.

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Warrior at the Imjin

by Jennifer Barclay 24 April 2009
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Bob Warrior describes life as a prisoner of war in North Korea, over 55 years ago. Jennifer Barclay’s compelling interview.

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Surprise and a sense of fun: the UK’s gateway to Korean culture

by Jennifer Barclay 6 February 2009
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Jennifer Barclay visits the Korean Cultural Centre on its first birthday, experiences Choi Jeong-hwa’s exhibition, and meets the KCC’s director, Kyuhak Choi.

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LKL 2008 Quiz of the year – the answers

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2009
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LKL’s annual quiz about the year’s events in Korea, including plenty of celebrity trivia.

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KFA 75th Birthday – Top 5 Moments in Korean Football History

by Aashish Gadhvi 8 December 2008
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Aashish Gadhvi celebrates some of the biggest events in Korean football history

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A meeting with Yeongene

by Anna Lindgren 27 November 2008
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Anna Lindgren interviews the vocalist of Linus’ Blanket: Yeongene.

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100 years of the Salvation Army in Korea

by Michael Rank 23 November 2008
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Michael Rank on a fascinating connection between an East London cemetery and Korea’s history

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KFA 75th Birthday – Top 5 People in Korean Football History

by Aashish Gadhvi 19 November 2008
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Aashish Gadhvi on the top personalities in Korean football history

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Korea at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

by Aashish Gadhvi 5 September 2008
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by Aashish Gadhvi The Beijing Olympics was a fortnight of sporting gold, a plethora of the world’s top athletes going head to head in the greatest show on Earth. This year’s Olympics was always going to be major headlines, not just for the sports but also for the tirade of anti-Chinese media which preceded it […]

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The Euro Journal LKL interview

by Jeon Sung Min 10 August 2008
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Jeon Sung-min recently interviewed LKL’s blogger-in-chief for an article in the Euro Journal. The interview was conducted in English, and he translated it into Korean for publication in the newspaper. Here’s a slightly polished-up transcript of the interview, published with Jeon Sung-min’s kind permission. Euro Journal: How and when did you get interested in Korea […]

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A veteran remembers

by Jennifer Barclay 27 July 2008
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Today, 27 July, is the anniversary of the end of the Korean War in 1953 – a war in which millions died, and which only ended with a ceasefire, Korea remaining divided by a heavily guarded border for fifty-five years now. Jennifer Barclay marks the occasion. Peter Poole served in the Korean War as a […]

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Impossible landscapes

by Philip Gowman 7 July 2008
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Recently in London we’ve seen two seemingly very different responses to traditional Korean and Chinese landscape painting. In March we had Lim Taek (임택) at I-MYU; just finished at Union we had Lee Sea-hyun (이세현). Both artists portray the familiar mountains, the occasional ancient pavilion dotting the landscape. But Lim’s mountains are simple blocks of […]

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A meeting with Sunflower – 해바라기

by Anna Lindgren 5 July 2008
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Anna Lindgren meets with one of the fathers of modern Korean folk music, with special assistance from Jeon Sung-min. A few years ago I came across a stunningly beautiful folk piece. It was called 내마음의 보석상자 and it had been recorded by 해바라기, Sunflower, in 1986. After getting my hands on a couple of Sunflower […]

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New Kim on the block

by Aashish Gadhvi 17 June 2008
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Aashish Gadhvi introduces Kim Do-Heon, the new Korean star in the Premier League. After an impressive season, West Bromich Albion were great contenders to be beamed up Star Trek style to the Premiership, and by the end of the year they were crowned champions of a very tight, highly competitive Coca-Cola Football League. Whatever can […]

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