South Korea’s soft-power approach through Hallyu has shown some amazing success in these recent past years. With international recognition of artists like Psy, BIGBANG and BTS, Kpop has become a powerhouse industry in South Korea. C: BTS Facebook So how did Kpop become so influential today? To understand […]
Zion. T played the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in March, his debut in the city. His “Live in US & Canada” tour was presented by KpopMe Entertainment; also gracing Vancouver, New York, Dallas, San Jose and Los Angeles. The theatre was packed, and the audience responded with huge energy. […]
I traveled quite a few times in the Korean countryside and I would like to share my experience and make recommendations. One of the first things to know when you travel in Korea is that Korea’s natural wonders are heavily protected. A long time ago, South Korea passed […]
8,338 km This is the distance from Seoul to Edmonton. Believe or not, there are many students in Alberta who are tenuously learning about Korean culture. Let me tell you — they know much more than I do (I am Korean and I learn from them. tsk tsk.) […]
The Kpop world is full of colorful choreographies that define and enhance the music artists create. Whether simple or complex, the choreography of your favorite songs is often memorable – but which seven routines set themselves apart?
I have previously written posts on Korean slang, and they are some of my most popular posts. It seems that many people are interested in slang Koreans use, so I decided to dedicate another post to Korean slang. Constantly evolving, and with new trends being set everyday, it […]
“Lets just dump them in the Han River,” the American military doctor tells Mr. Kim in the opening scene of the Bong Joon-ho directed film, The Host (괴물). “Pour them into the sink. Empty every bottle to the very last drop. And that’s an order.” The 2006 action […]
You’re ready to start learning Korean, perhaps you have found some guides to help you, and you’re excited about what comes next. Before you dive in, consider these five tips that will make learning Korean easier!
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 Jae Lee, who is currently a Master’s student in public policy specializing in digital and new technology at Sciences Po in Paris, France. You currently […]
Let’s get to know more about Isabela, a Brazilian from Brasilia who lives in Chuncheon in South Korea with her Korean husband.
Despite the unseasonable weather, spring has arrived in Calgary! On the recommendation of my fellow blogger, Jennifer Ma, I dropped by the Calgary Korean Association to check out their Spring Korean Food Market.
It’s one thing to see a group you like on the television or to hear their song on the radio. It’s another thing to meet them personally. Yet this past month, some Toronto Kpop fans got to meet, hi-five and take photographs with Rookie Group ASTRO, at their first […]
Hmmm, Black day? In Korea? Is it like Black Friday? By now you may be a little confused about how those two could flow together. Every year April 14th is ‘Black Day’ in Korea, often celebrated by the single people. SAY WHAT??? I know, right? Well, in order […]
March (and sometimes April—I live in Winterpeg ;)) is always the time of year that I start getting a little bored and grumpy. Winter is taking too long to finish up, spring isn’t coming fast enough, and then I’ve been a student for the last six years, so […]
Seoul Fashion Week is an event that happens twice a year -in March and in October- during which Korean designers have the occasion to showcase their collection for the upcoming season. This event took place from March 20th to March 24th this year for the Fall/Winter collection. A […]
By now many of you are likely quite familiar with K-beauty. Korean skincare and beauty products are becoming more mainstream, with Korean stores like The Face Shop are popping up in local malls, and K-beauty products being offered at large beauty retailers like Sephora. Concepts like the Korean […]
Like many countries and cities that experienced the boom in the use of automobiles, expansive highway systems were constructed all throughout South Korea to usher in a new era of accessibility and prosperity. One particular highway, known as the Seoul station overpass, was constructed in 1970 to alleviate the […]
I tend to visibly drool every time I walk down a grocery store aisle. I love to eat. I can’t cook but I love to eat. This is why you’ll find me grabbing at snacks, candies, and other goodies whenever I go shopping at Lotte Mart in Korea. […]
The new gold rush in the form of cryptocurrency has arrived in South Korea.
Being Korean is not an obligation to be a Kpop idol and we have a list of Kpop idols who are from Canada.