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This October, the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea, President: Kim Seong-Kon, professor Emeritus at Seoul National University) held a Korean literature event featuring novelist Lee Ki-ho at Festive Korea, an annual Korean culture event hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong. This year’s event was targeted towards students at the Department of Korean Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and other Hong Kong residents. 


The lecture was centered on Lee’s novel ‘So Far, and Yet So Near’ (ASIA, 2014). Lee described the origins and inspiration for the novel and the worldview he projected into the book, and discussed his fascination with people and stories. The lecture was followed by a Q & A session with the audience, which showcased the high levels of interest Hong Kong readers had for Korean literature as a whole. 


Festive Korea is hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong, and is an annual cultural event sponsored by organizations such as Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and Hong Kong’s Home Affairs Bureau. The event is celebrating its seventh anniversary this year and runs from October 5 to November 30, featuring over 30 cultural events including K-pop, dance, film, music, and traditional performances. (Homepage:

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