More tips on cherry blossom spots in South Korea…

I talked about some interesting Korean events, food and song related to cherry blossom in my blog post dated 24 March 2015. In this blog post, I will provide some more tips on the spots/events to which you may go to enjoy the cherry blossom season in South Korea. Continue reading

Here comes the cherry blossom season in South Korea…

The cherry blossom season is coming in South Korea! In Korean, cherry blossom is called 벚꽃 (beot kkot). In this blog post, I will talk about some interesting Korean events, food and song related to cherry blossom. Continue reading

Try the Korean way of dream interpretation…

To many cultures (including the Western, Korean and Chinese), dreams are believed to be predictions about the future and there are many people and books that help interpret the meaning of dreams.  However, given different cultural background, the same symbol in the dreams can mean different things to different cultures.  In this blog post, I will talk about how Koreans interpret the symbols of their dreams. Moreover, to the Koreans, apart from selling heat (which takes place on the Jeongwol Daeboreum, i.e., Great Full Moon Festival, as mentioned in my blog post dated 2 March 2015), on a daily basis, you may also sell your good dream to the others – an interesting custom which is unique to the Koreans. Continue reading

Evolution of K-pop Series – 2000’s and beyond

**Last updated on 17 October 2020**

In the last blog post, I talked about the K-pop revolution brought by Seo Taiji & Boys who laid the foundation for the modern K-pop and the creation of the first-generation young idol groups in the 1990’s.  From then onwards, K-pop has been designed to target the teenagers.  In this post, I will talk about the 2000’s in which we saw the aggressive large-scale expansion of K-pop to other countries as part of the Korean Wave. Continue reading

Evolution of K-pop Series – Birth of K-pop to 1940’s

In this blog post, we go back to the very early stages of K-pop and appreciate some older forms of K-pop.  The influence of K-pop developed in this period can still be felt today. In fact, K-pop is a fusion of Korean and foreign (mainly western and Japanese) music forms.  Throughout the history of K-pop, you may notice the influence of foreign music.

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More interesting tips about Seol (Lunar New Year) in South Korea

Happy Lunar New Year! 새해 복 많이 받으세요. 🙂

Thanks for the overwhelming views of my blog post dated 18 February 2015 on how the Koreans celebrate Seollal (설날 – Lunar New Year’s Day, i.e., the 1st day of the 1st month of the lunar calendar).  That blog post talks about the traditional ways in which the Koreans celebrate the Seollal.  In this blog post, I will give more interesting tips about Seol (설 – Lunar New Year) and some modern ways of celebrating the Seol which can still be used even after Seollal. Continue reading

Hanbok (Korean Traditional Clothing) – A familiar Korean culture symbol

Hanbok (한복 – Korean traditional clothing) should be familiar to Korean culture lovers since you can see people wearing it in Korean historical dramas and one of the “must-do” items for tourists in South Korea is trying on Hanbok and taking photos. Koreans wear them on formal ceremonial occasions and for important events. For example, the South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, sometimes wears Hanbok during diplomatic visits to other countries. Koreans wear Hanbok for Seollal (설날 – Lunar New Year), wedding ceremonies and funerals. I have also heard that in some Korean language institutes, students studying the regular Korean program wear Hanbok during the graduation ceremony. Continue reading

Web drama – New trend for Korean dramas

In my blog post dated 19 January 2015, it is mentioned that webtoons or webcomics have gained popularity in South Korea due to the widespread internet network. Their close relatives, web dramas (i.e., mini-dramas consisting of 6 to 10 episodes with each episode being 5 to 20 minutes long distributed through the internet) are also attracting more attention in South Korea.   Continue reading

Korean pop culture – Webcomics or Webtoons

With the widespread internet network in South Korea, it comes as no surprise that Koreans like to read comics or cartoons distributed through internet portals like Naver and Daum, which are known as webcomics or webtoons. A survey shows that about one in three Koreans are regular readers of webtoons. Continue reading