Korean Events of the Week: 4th -10th February

We’re sure lots of Korean households will be busy this week in the run up to Seollal on Sunday, one of Korea’s most important holidays and it seems like it will be a busy week for Korean events happening in the UK too. There  is a diverse range of opportunities from seminars on South Korean economics to cookery demonstrations to a K-pop concert all taking place this week in the run up to the Lunar New Year. Some of the art exhibitions we covered last week are still running if you missed them and there is a new one opening at the end of the week. There’s even an event for those outside of London which is always nice!

High Resolutions @ ATLAS Gallery

There is two weeks left to see this photography exhibition which features ‘Arirang’ the work of Jeremy Hunter who has captured extraordinary images  of fifty thousand young North Koreans taking part in a somewhat disturbing yet beautiful display of North Korean propaganda in Pyongyang, the country’s capital. It looks like a really interesting exhibition.

Until 16th February / Opening times Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat 10am-5pm / ATLAS Gallery 49 Dorset Street London / Click here for details.

Soon Yul Kang – Spiritual Journey @ MOKSPACE

Spiritual Journey is an exhibition of Soon Yul Kang’s beautiful, intricate and calming tapestries. We went along to the opening of the exhibition a couple of weeks ago which you can read about here.

23th January – 18th February 2013 / Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm / MOKSPACE 33 Museum Street London WC1A 1LH / Click here for details.


After Lee Jin Han’s exhibition ‘I Eat I Vomit’ coming to an end at HADA Contemporary last week after a long run, they are presenting a new exhibition featuring the work of 3 Korean artists with diverse backgrounds with the theme of  ‘the bittersweet nostalgic visual narration on their imaginative reinterpretation and critique on our lives within the contemporary culture and society’. The artists will display a diverse range of work, Kim Hyunjun is a sculptor while Kim Younghun and Han Jisoc will both be displaying their abstract paintings. Kim Hyunjun’s sculptures seem to give a very interesting critique on modern life while Kim Younghun uses abstract paintings to explores and questions the interconnectness of modern technology while Han Jisoc’s abstract works attempt to symbolise the disconnect we have from the world around us. It looks like a really interesting show which runs until the beginning of March.

7th February-3rd March / Opening times 11am-6pm / HADA Contemporary 21 Vyner street London E2 9DG / Click here for details.

Korean Food Demonstration: Lunar New Year Feast @ York Cookery School

That slightly unusual but great thing to see: a Korean culture event happening outside London. Korean food blogger, Jin Kim has recently started Korean cookery classes and demonstrations at York Cookery school. This one will be focussing on different kinds of Korean savoury pancakes or Jeon especially for Seollal and we’re sure it will be interesting and tasty. Make sure to check it out if you’re in the York area. Jin will be writing for us on a regular basis as well, so head over to her site to see all her delicious looking food.

7th February 6.30-9pm/ Admission: £25 / York Cookery School, York Eco Business Centre, YO30 4AG / Click here for details and to book.

SOAS Seminar: Neo-Liberalism and the Strengthening of the Korean State

The Centre of Korea Studies at SOAS has organised a public lecture from David Hundt of Deakin University on Neo-Liberalism and the Strengthening of the Korean State. The lecture will focus on the Korean economy since the Asian financial crisis in the 90s and examine how political powers have managed to retain South Korea’s economic power and influence since the crisis and the neo-liberal reform which has been central to this. This seminar is free and open to the public.

8th February 5.15-7pm/ Room G50, College Buildings, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG/ Click here for details and to book.

Teen Top @ The Forum

If lectures of the Korean economy are your kind of thing, 6-member K-pop boy band Teen Top (who debuted in 2010 under agency T.O.P Entertainment run by Andy Lee of Shinhwa, Korea’s longest running boy band) are making a stop in London this week as part of their European Tour. They will be playing the Forum in Kentish Town which has a 2,450 capacity and the date has not yet sold out so you can still get tickets if you fancy it. It may set you back a bit though with tickets at £60 or £85 VIP (although there was an economy ticket available at £37)

8th February 7pm/ Admission: £37-£85 / The Forum, Kentish Town, London NW5 1JY/ Click here for details and to book.


Kpopteam Chinese New Year 2013

Kpopteam, who recently celebrated their 8th birthday, have organised another of their K-pop club nights, this time to celebrate Chinese New Year. They are usually fun nights and the DJs play a mix of K-pop, hip hop, RnB and dubstep and there is even a Chinese dragon dance performance lined up. If you like K-pop and are interested a good night clubbing, this event is perfect for you. It should be a great way to see in Chinese New Year.

9th February 10pm-4am / Admission: £10 on guestlist, more on the door / Revolution Leadenhall, London, EC3V 4QT / Click here for details.


To find out more about events happening in the UK, make sure to check out our UK Korean events calendar. If you are organising an event or know of one that we have missed out, please let us know through our contact page.

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