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K-Pop and the Future of Korea

Many Westerners who come to Korea to live or to visit quickly write off K-pop, Korea's mainstream music genre, as a cheesy, sugar-coated excuse for entertainment. They see outlandish costumes, boys in heavy eyeliner, and flamboyant choreographed dance moves.  They become annoyed with strange Engrish lyrics and seemingly identical tunes that blare from just about every storefront of the country.  But, what they don't realize is that K-pop is much bigger than skinny jeans and plastic faces.  In fact, K-pop is transforming Korea as the world knows it.

My 2012: While you were busy Googling ‘What is a Gangnam?’…


Top Korean Dramas for the year 2012

 

Originally published on The Korea Guide


Top 10 K-POP Songs from Korea for the year 2012

This year too Google has published the zietgeist for 2012 highlighting the top 10 most searched Korean Pop Songs in South Korea. GANGNAM STYLE tops the list as expected. And songs like Trouble Maker has made it to the list just because of the controversy involved.

IU You and I - KPOP Top Songs 2012


Most Searched People in South Korea for the year 2012

This year too Google has published the zietgeist for 2012 highlighting the top 10 most searched people in South Korea. The list is dominated by females K-POP stars with only two male celebrities making it to the list and one of them is not even a K-POP star. Surprisingly Lee Min Ho does not feature in this list.

Top 10 Most Searched People in South Korea for the year 2012

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27 Popular Romantic Korean Dramas you must watch

If you want to learn Korean, or you are a big Korean Drama fanatic, or you love watching romantic dramas, or it is snowing outside and you are locked in your room with nothing better to do, or you have a Korean boy friend / girl friend, or you want to watch something different yet romantic or you are in love with Korean Culture, or you have heard of hallyu but dont know what it is, or you are just a die-hard fan of lee min ho, or you are just plain getting bored, or you are feeling lonely, or you just had a break up with your boyfriend / girlfriend, or whatever your reason might be, but if you have even the slightest of interest in Korean Culture or Korean Entertainment then here are the top 27 dramas you must watch.

If you are very new to Korean culture and if you find this list overwhelming then we recommend that you watch atleast the top 5 dramas that we have shortlisted and let us know what you think.. And even if that is too much for you then we recommend that you watch at the least ? Coffee Prince ? and we guarantee that you will come back looking for more..korean drama personal-taste - lee min ho

Top 5 must watch Korean Dramas


HyunA ~ Ice Cream

Recently K-pop singer Hyun-A released a new single here in Korea that seems to be doing quite well on the charts~ “Ice Cream”!  I am not a fan of the song really, but I love the look of this video… it is kinda crazy, fun, and WTF all over the place!  Shall we take a look at some K-pop eye candy?

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If you have not yet, you can watch the video on her official youtube channel HERE


K-pop, Celeb Spotting, and Fangirls: My Inkigayo Experience

Last week, Korea welcomed its ten millionth tourist with a ceremony at Incheon International Airport.  Tourism in Korea has grown exponentially in recent years, partly due to the improvement of tourism policies and the measures taken by the government to make travel around the peninsula more convenient for foreigners.  Still, there's a more obvious catalyst for the sudden boom in tourism: Hallyu, a combination of soap operas, movies, and, of course, K-pop.

Exclusive: PSY`s Anti-America Protesting Past?

Note: This is the original story that broke the whole PSY anti-American scandal wide-open. Was wild to watch it start from my little musings over on Haps to eventually being  cited by everyone from the New York Times to Time Magazine to ABC news.

“Gangnam Style” has made PSY a global household name with millions of adoring fans. According to recent English translations of his performances in 2002 and 2004, PSY participated in several high profile anti-American military protests on the peninsula that might anger some, while winning over others.


My Date with PSY: soju chugging, shirtless dancing + some singing

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I almost missed my date with PSY, but I have a long subway ride and my love of Twitter to thank for getting me up front and personal with the man who brought Gangnam Style (722,762,395 views as of 11/15) to the world.


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