Written by: Martin Uden  |  Posted on: 1st July 2020

I shall write in more detail in our summer newsletter about the modest but moving ceremonies that took place on 25 June in the UK to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.  I was involved in my role as President […]

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Written by: Martin Uden  |  Posted on: 13th May 2020

Chairman’s message to BKS members The Korean practice of asking after the health of the recipient at the start of many letters is all the more appropriate at this time of uncertainty.  So I must express my hope that you and your family and friends […]

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Written by: Douglas Barrett  |  Posted on: 31st January 2020

Seollal Celebration at Kalbi Korean Restaurant Seollal is a very special time of year in Korea. Seollal celebrates the beginning of the Lunar New Year – 2020 will be the Year of the Rat (or mouse depending on where you live). It’s a time for […]

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Written by: Douglas Barrett  |  Posted on: 13th November 2019

North Korea – “Foundations for Economic Revival” The British Korean Society and The Henry Jackson Society hosted an invitation only roundtable entitled “North Korea – The Foundations for Economic Revival” at the prestigious Naval and Military Club in London on 11 November. The event was […]

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Written by: Ian Simm  |  Posted on: 30th October 2019

The BKS annual reception was held in the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on the evening of Thursday 24 October, attended by some 85 members, guests and others interested in Korea. The event was hosted by Sir Ed Davey MP, Chair of the All-party Parliamentary […]

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Written by: Douglas Barrett  |  Posted on: 11th September 2019

The British Korean Society Chuseok Dinner on 9 September 2019. Chuseok – Korean Thanksgiving – falls at the most beautiful time of year in Korea. The heat and summer rains give way to clear early autumn skies, the temperature falls, and the leaves begin to […]

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Written by: Roger Jeal  |  Posted on: 5th August 2019

From Diana the Huntress to Watering Holes – Meandering Round St James’s Our annual London walk in July took us on a pleasant evening meander around St James’s, an area south of Piccadilly with a distant history as a leper colony but now full of […]

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Written by: Douglas Barrett  |  Posted on: 19th June 2019

Our annual update from the British Ambassadors to the DPRK and the ROK. We took advantage of Foreign Office Leadership week to ask our two Ambassadors in Korea, HE Simon Smith based in Seoul, and HE Colin Crooks based in Pyongyang, to speak to the […]

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Written by: Anthony Gilbert  |  Posted on: 19th June 2019

An enjoyable evening learning to play the historic strategy game of Go. Following a refreshing drink on arrival at the Korean Cultural Centre, Gerry Gavigan, a member of the Council for the British Go Association who is their London liaison officer, gave an introduction to […]

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Written by: Sylvia Park  |  Posted on: 1st May 2019

On 24th April BKS members had a chance to enjoy a private tour of the British Library and a viewing of highlights from its East Asian collections with the Library’s curator Hamish Todd, Head of East Asian Collections. The British Library is the home to […]

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