UK Korean Events of the Week: 4th - 10th March

It’s another busy week of events with the opening of a new exhibition over HADA Contemporary, a Korean culture symposium happening at University of Edinburgh, film screenings in London and Liverpool, a K-pop club night, a language exchange meetup and more exhibitions continuing their run on from last…

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Korean Films in Review: Antique Bakery

 
“Can anyone be unhappy while eating cake?” – This is the line that will intrigue you and keep you wondering what it means through the whole movie.
‘Antique Bakery’ comes from acclaimed director Min Kyu-Dong (‘Memento Mori’) and stars Ju Ji-hun and Kim Jae-wook delivering perfect performances…

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Korean Events of the Week: 18th - 24th February

It’s a varied week of events this week with a selection of different events for those interested in different aspects of Korean culture. There is the opening of the Korean Cultural Centre’s newest exhibition on traditional Korean cosmetics while Soon Yul Kang’s tapestry exhibition is coming to…

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So how do Koreans celebrate Valentine's Day?

Valentine’s Day in the West can be a very stressful ordeal for everyone involved. Couples, particularly men, are put under a lot of pressure. In contrast, Valentine’s Day in Korea is an altogether more straightforward affair (particularly for men).

It may be due to the fact that there…

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Korean Events of the Week: 11th -17th February

An interesting mix of events this week with another couple of exhibitions coming to an end and more events happening outside of London. There is another K-pop event, though not quite on the same scale as the (admittedly fairly empty) TEEN TOP concert, some film screenings and an opportunity…

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K-pop Fanfiction: The Disturbing Truth

Fanfiction is a term used to describe stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than the original creator. This may be a popular series or manga or even a movie or anime. Fanfiction is by no means a recent occurrence, however a more modern…

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Seollal: Origins and Traditions of Korean Lunar New Year

Seollal  (Lunar New Year), is one of the traditional Korean calendar’s most important holidays, with the autumn harvest festival Chuseok being equally as revered.

Although its origins are unclear, many say the rituals go back as far as the 6th century. It was during ancient Korea’s Three Kingdoms…

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