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Department of Archaeology



  • MPhil in Heritage Studies, University of Cambridge (2020), Dissertation Title: A Heritage of Gratitude: An Analysis of the Transformation of a Traumatic Place into Heritage by the Post-Memory Generation
  • Associate at the Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation (2018-2019)
  • Researcher at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) (2017)
  • MSc in Geography, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea (2017), Dissertation Title: The Difference of Key Stakeholder's Preference for Urban Regeneration Using Heritage and Culture in the Case of the Seoul City Wall Villages
  • Junior Associate at the International Council on Monuments and Sites Korea (ICOMOS Korea) (2015-2017)
  • BNatSci in Geography and Biological Science, Seoul, Korea (2011)


My PhD research looks at ‘everyday’ historical resources of colonial heritage in Korea regarding multi-layered memories of the general public. I am developing a new concept of 'everyday colonial heritage', which can discuss everyday built environments created by former colonisers but still used and transformed by the postcolonial society of the formerly colonised countries. This research focusses on case sites in my hometown, Busan in South Korea, where various colonial heritage and the Korean War heritage remain. I am also interested in urban heritage, dark heritage, indigenous studies and refugee studies.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Supervisor: Dr Gilly Carr

Advisor: Dr Liliana Janik

Other Professional Activities

  • Associate member of ICOMOS (2015 – present)
  • ESR members in HeritoPolis (Heritage and Metropolis) Project (2020-present)
  • Convening team member of Our World Heritage (2020-2021)

Job Titles

PhD Student in Archaeology

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Socio-Politics of the Past
Built Environment
Heritage Management
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

hk490 [at]


Person keywords: 
Colonialism, Colonial Heritage, Everyday Heritage, War Heritage, Postmemory
Heritage Studies
Geographical areas: 
East Asia
Southeast Asia
Periods of interest: 
Modern / Contemporary
Other Historical