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Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

RIP David Kilburn

Many LKL readers will have been friends with, or had the great pleasure of meeting David Kilburn, who sadly passed away in Seoul on Monday, 7 October. David was a steadfast supporter of justice campaigns such as the Sewol ferry disaster and the ‘comfort women’ issue. He had his own personal experience of injustice in … [Read More]

David Kilburn’s hanok featured in magazine

Congratulations to David Kilburn of for his hanok feature article in November’s Korea magazine (5Mb pdf download: Next, a talk at the KCCUK? And the illustrators did a good likeness of you too! And from earlier this year: The fading remnants of South Korea's traditional buildings – More press coverage … [Read More]

Dan Brown, Go, photos and parades in Pyongyang

Today's Grauniad has some striking photos of the recent Kim Jong-un parade in Pyongyang. Some of daily life in Pyongyang too. Photos by Dan Chung. # The cultural life of North Korea. Did you know Dan Brown is a hit there? Interesting piece in the Grauniad. # More photos of 65th anniversary of the … [Read More]

2010 Travel Diary #38: Return to Seoul

The final installments of LKL’s trip to Korea at the beginning of May Saturday 8 May 2010. We are back in Seoul in good time. At the start of the week, I hadn’t known what my Sancheong schedule was going to look like: my friend Kyung-sook had managed to secure an extra day or so … [Read More]

Hahoe and Yangdong listed at UNESCO

Congratulations to historic villages Hahoe and Yangdong, “two of the most representative historic clan villages in the Republic of Korea,” and Korea’s latest inclusion in the UNESCO world heritage list, on 31 July. # The BBC has some nice photos of both villages, plus other UNESCO sites listed along with them including Reunion Island … [Read More]

Heritage, Human Rights, & Hanoks

MUST READ: David Kilburn's scathing critique of Seoul's conservation record, in a talk given at the National Human Rights Committee Study Centre: Heritage, Human Rights, & Hanoks #. Here’s a sample: Since 1976, the Seoul Government has claimed it has policies to preserve the hanoks of Bukchon. Yet the simple fact is that the … [Read More]

A belated look back at 2009

For the past 3 years LKL has concocted a quiz of the year as a way of gathering together some of the news stories which have most caught our eye. This year, as I came to draw up the list in mid December I found it hard to think of anything amusing or diverting: most … [Read More]

The art of hanok living

It’s good to see westerners other other than David Kilburn pointing out that you don’t have to demolish a Hanok to make it inhabitable: #. Peter Bartholomew and Tom Coyner in the Joongang Daily. There is a belief in Korea (and other Asian countries) that total demolition of an old traditional building and new … [Read More]