Hanok

Congratulations to David Kilburn of kahoidong.com for his hanok feature article in November’s Korea magazine (5Mb pdf download: http://t.co/9PANXC3f) Next, a talk at the KCCUK? And the Korea.net illustrators did a good likeness of you too! And from earlier this year: The fading remnants of South Korea's traditional buildings – CSMonitor.com http://bit.ly/hbBb9N More press coverage […]

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Dan Brown, Go, photos and parades in Pyongyang

by Philip Gowman 24 October 2010
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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. http://bit.ly/ccnpdM # More photos of 65th anniversary of the […]

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Kahoidong makes it into the LA Times

by Philip Gowman 17 October 2010
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A foreigner's battle to preserve South Korea's hanoks – LA Times. More coverage for David Kilburn's Kahoidong campaign http://lat.ms/br7d1t # Keywords: General post tags: Hanok | Kahoidong

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Kahoidong.com on KBS

by Philip Gowman 3 October 2010
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David Kilburn talks about hanok preservation in an interview with KBS World: http://bit.ly/9seisq #. I do hope the KCC get around to inviting him to give a talk. This is an important subject. Keywords: General post tags: Hanok | Kahoidong

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Foreigners struggle to preserve Seoul’s hanok heritage

by Philip Gowman 12 September 2010
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Foreign hanok defenders battle obliteration of Seoul’s architectural heritage. Andrew Salmon writes for Yonhap on David Kilburn and Peter Bartholomew (above). http://bit.ly/97IhMI Also echoed in the Joongang Ilbo. #. I’ve been trying to arrange for David Kilburn to give a talk on preservation at the KCC in London, but I think the whole thing is […]

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Return to Seoul

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2010
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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 […]

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The Beautiful Walls of Namsa-ri

by Philip Gowman 7 August 2010
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In the week that Hahoe folk village near Andong was admitted to the UNESCO heritage list, LKL recalls a visit to Namsa-ri, a less-visited but equally impressive hanok village. Friday 7 May 2010. After our visit to the Nambugun memorial museum we were feeling in sombre mood. But fortunately, lunch comes to the rescue. Sancheong […]

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Hanoks can survive … when they are outside Seoul

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2010
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Re Hahoe and Yangdong: David Kilburn reminds us that those two villages, recently listed at UNESCO, were lucky not to be inside the Seoul Metropolitan area. “Hanoks can survive … when they are outside Seoul.” The approach in Seoul is to knock hanoks down, even when they are in a conservation area. http://bit.ly/aC3flu # Keywords: […]

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Hahoe and Yangdong listed at UNESCO

by Philip Gowman 3 August 2010
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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. http://bit.ly/cqjKEl # The BBC has some nice photos of both villages, plus other UNESCO sites listed along with them including Reunion Island […]

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Traditional Korean Medicine in Korean Culture #1: Ondol and Samgyetang

by Sena Lee 29 July 2010
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Korea is a country of contrasts and contradictions, in which seeming opposites can coexist in harmony with each other: it is a developed modern country with a high standard of living while keeping traditions alive at the same time; it has world-leading technology, but it is not uncommon for people to consult a shaman for […]

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Heritage, Human Rights, & Hanoks

by Philip Gowman 25 March 2010
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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 http://bit.ly/9Eff2D #. 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 […]

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A belated look back at 2009

by Philip Gowman 9 January 2010
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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 […]

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Looking at Korea through a glass sphere

by Philip Gowman 23 November 2009
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British photographer (and English teacher in Korea) Simon Bond sees Korea through a glass sphere – a nice article in the Daily Telegraph http://bit.ly/3NW0oi # Simon Bond’s websites: on Flickr | 369photography.co.uk (where you can buy his work). Keywords: General post tags: Hanok

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The art of hanok living

by Philip Gowman 22 November 2009
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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: http://bit.ly/4GWamM #. 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 […]

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Why on earth would UNESCO honour Seoul’s hanok regeneration programme?

by Philip Gowman 10 September 2009
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Seoul City planners have been honoured by UNESCO for their Bukchon hanok “regeneration” programme. How on earth did that happen, given their not very stellar record? (See kahoidong.com) # Keywords: General post tags: Hanok | UNESCO

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Suh Do-ho in Psycho Buildings

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2008
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Psycho Buildings is a cosmopolitan collaboration in which artists from as far afield as Tokyo and Cuba “take on” architecture. Suh Do-ho (right) is one of the diaspora of Korean artists working in various countries around the world. Like Baik Nam June, Suh has chosen to make his home in America. Suh’s work has in […]

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The Han Style campaign

by Philip Gowman 23 October 2007
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Realising that the Hallyu may not last for ever, and recognising that the best marketers do not stake the financial health of the company on just one product, the Culture and Tourism ministry earlier this year decided to diversify their product portfolio. Recognising that some of the key differentiating features of Korean culture are designated […]

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