High-quality production is a hallmark of Kpop MVs, but what happens when idols are allowed to film their own videos? Instead of using a team of professionals and a carefully thought-out concept, members are given a couple of cameras and set free to put together a video however they see fit – and the results are often hilarious and unexpected.
If you watch Korean music videos or dramas, chances are you’ve seen vistas from the island of Jeju – black rock beaches, fields of green grass, crystalline water, and jagged volcanoes. Popular among Korean and international tourists alike, this picturesque locale sits just south of the tip of Korea. Traveling in Jeju is a unique experience compared to Seoul, so if you’re looking for a few tips, read on!
Are you a high school student or a first year student thinking of learning about Korea at the University level? As an alumni of the Undergraduate program within the Department of East Asian Studies and a current Master’s student in the same department, let me walk you through […]
Although Calgary doesn’t often play host to Kpop acts, the increasing interest in Korean music among Canadians is bringing more and more groups to our sprawling country. Recently, the five members of A.C.E paid us a particular honor by doing a Canada-specific tour and coming to Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary. I knew that I had to be there!
Every week, a number of Korean music broadcasts feature current Kpop songs on popular shows such as Inkigayo, Music Bank, The Show, and more. I recently had the chance to be part of the live audience for the filming of M! Countdown, Mnet’s music countdown show, and it was a dream come true!
MV creators have always found ways to make their videos stand out, and it’s not surprising that some great ideas catch on as trends. Yet there are a number of stylistic choices that seem a bit mysterious, from those that don’t match up quite right to the song to those that are embraced wholeheartedly by a swath of artists despite their oddities.
We may only be a few months into 2019, but there are already a number of new Kpop groups that have put out music for the very first time. These untested groups are full of energy and nervous excitement, and although they are beginners in the industry, they have a lot of talent to show.
The majority of Kpop MVs are filmed in locations close to home, so when a Kpop act decides to create their video in a foreign country it tends to stand out. While featuring an exotic location can memorably express a song, it can also inspire others to appreciate the unique aesthetic and culture of that place.
With the further explosion of the Hallyu Wave, Korean cuisine and night life have also become huge in Canada. In Edmonton, several Korean eateries, noraebang karaoke places, bingsoo joints, have popped up as well. Out of them all, however, reigns Hanjan. Hanjan takes a little piece from Korean restaurant, cafe, […]
2018 is coming to an end, so I thought why not curate some of my favorite Korean Hip-hop and R&B songs from 2018. Hope you’ll enjoy the playlist! *Note: some songs may have explicit content and language. **Spoiler: There are songs from Show Me the Money 777(SMTM777) and […]
It’s been a magnificent year for Kpop, with groups new and old gaining recognition worldwide as they continue to redefine their own musical boundaries. As the year draws to a close, I want to take this chance to celebrate the amazing songs released in 2018 by revealing my top 10 favorite comebacks.
In addition to the previous post, “Hidden” Korean Restaurants in Calgary, here are two more Korean Restaurants to check out in Calgary! Ssome Pocha 1111 6 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 5M5 Ssome Pocha is located on 6th avenue, and this place is great for late nights for […]
This post is in collaboration with another fellow Calgarian KCB writer Kelsey. Calgary is home to many different Korean restaurants. If you are new to Calgary or want to find some unique Korean restaurants in Calgary – here are some of the “hidden” Korean Restaurants that you should try! […]
While Kpop MVs are often creative and unique, there are some ideas that are so intriguing, fun, or visually pleasing that multiple groups choose to incorporate them. These irresistible motifs span from physical objects to filming styles, and once you start noticing them you’ll begin to see them everywhere.
What is Personal Colour Analysis? Personal colour analysis is finding and determining what colours in clothes and/or makeup would suit you based on your skin tone, complexion, eye colour, and hair colour. Have you ever put on a coloured shirt and thought, “this colour doesn’t look good on […]
While there are so many aspects that contribute to one’s enjoyment of a particular K-drama, besides the writing and performances, music is one of the most significant aspects of TV binge-watching pleasure. Who hasn’t watched a drama without bawling over a particularly pretty ballad, placed at just […]
Studying Korean is a little bit different for everyone, but there are some common experiences that you may encounter when learning Korean as a Canadian. Here are some ways that you can represent your Canadian side when speaking Korean!
feat. a Korean-Canadian is a blog series highlighting Korean-Canadians and their experiences, perspectives and thoughts on their identity as Korean-Canadians. This blog features Christine Park, who is a Development Producer at a production company that produces factual, documentary, and lifestyle television. Her goal is to contribute to making […]
Hello everyone! I spend a lot of time talking with others about why they watch Korean dramas, but until recently, it never really occurred to me that I, also, have my own viewing story. It’s certainly not as interesting as my previous, very generous interviewees, but I hope […]
Part of the magic of filmmaking is the careful choice of sets and scenery, which can be the difference between a story that falls flat and one that comes alive. When you visit Korea, it’s only natural to be excited about the chance to see those same places in person – but first, you have to find them!