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 end after it’s month-long run. There are also a couple of Korean film events happening for those in the Glasgow area and the week will be rounded off with a SOAS seminar for anyone interested in Korean literature. Keep reading for more details of each individual event.

Soon Yul Kang – Spiritual Journey @ MOKSPACE

Monday is the final day to catch Soon Yul Kang’s exhibition of beautifully intricate, calming tapestries, Spiritual Journey. If you want to know more about it, we went along to the opening of the exhibition in January which you can read about here.

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


There is still a couple of weeks left for this exhibition at HADA Contemporary with the theme of  ‘the bittersweet nostalgic visual narration on their imaginative reinterpretation and critique on our lives within the contemporary culture and society’. There is a diverse range of work on display in the form of both sculpture and painting from 3 different Korean artists. 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 interconnectedness of modern technology while Han Jisoc’s abstract works attempt to symbolise the disconnect we have from the world around us.

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

Inspired by Nature, the Traditional Cosmetics of Korea @ KCCUK

The Korean Cultural Centre launches its new exhibition on Monday which takes a look into the traditional cosmetics of Korea throughout the ages. The artifacts on display are all on loan from the Coreana Cosmetics Museum which houses over 5000 different objects related to traditional Korean cosmetic culture and range in era from the Three Kingdoms period to the 20th century. There will also be public workshops about how to make traditional natural cosmetics. It looks like a really interesting exhibition and it runs on until the start of April so there is plenty of time to catch it before it closes. For a more detailed look at the exhibition, make sure to read this article over at London Korean Links.

19th February-6th April / Opening times Mon-Fri 11am-5pm Sat 11am-5pm / KCCUK 1 – 3 Strand London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details.

weeKorea Free Korean Film Screening @ The Arts School

It’s always nice to see Korean cultural events happening outside London and this week there are a couple of events happening in Glasgow for those interested in Korean film. This is the second of these bi-monthly film events organised by weeKorea and this time the short film ‘Happy Rainy Day’ will be shown followed by the 2005 drama ‘Marathon’ which is based on the true story of the life of a young autistic man who attempts to run a marathon in under three hours and the internal struggles of his mother as she tries to decide whether this goal is in the best interests of her son or is her attempt to fulfil her own ambitions for him. It should be a good night and there will be the opportunity to talk with the other film-goers afterwards (including myself, I’ll try not to run away!) which is a nice way to meet some new people and talk about Korean film and culture.

19th February 7pm / The Art School, 468 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3LW / Click here for details.

The Thieves @ Glasgow Film Festival

Last week it was Park Chan Wook’s new release and this week Choi Dong Woon’s ‘The Thieves’ is being shown as part of Glasgow Film Festival. was the highest grossing film at the Korean box office last year and opened the London Korean Film Festival 2012. The Korean heist movie, which features Hallyu star Kim Soo Hyun, well-known to K-Drama fans for his role in ‘Dream High’ as well as a host of other well-known faces in Korean cinema, has made its way to Glasgow to play as part of the Glasgow Film Festival 2013 on 20th and 21st February. It’s definitely a good week for anyone in Glasgow who is interested in Korean films

20th February 1.30pm, 21st February 6pm / Admission: £4.50-8.50 / Cineworld Renfrew Street, Glasgow / Click here for details.

Seminar – ‘The body, territory and national identity in “stories about Kubo”‘ @ SOAS 

The Centre of Korea Studies at SOAS has organised a public lecture from Justyna Najbar of Warsaw University on the body, territory and national identity in “stories about Kubo” by Pak T’ae-wǒn, Ch’oe In-hun and Chu In-sǒk. The seminar will focus on 3 pieces of 20th Century literature which feature a common protagonist, Kubo, an intellectual, but very different settings and stories. It will analyse how each of the different authors explore different portrayals and perceptions of body as well as looking into the symbolic meanings of the chosen settings of the novels. The lecture is free and open to all those interested.

22nd February 5.15-7pm/ Room G50, College Buildings, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG/ 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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