Isha Singh (New Delhi); Kaamaakshi Bhat (Zirakpur, Punjab), and Chanchal Bharti (Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh): Every year, 5th June is celebrated as World Environment Day to raise awareness about the protection of the environment. The theme of this year’s Environment Day was “Ecosystem Restoration.” There are many notable celebrities from South Korea who understand their social resposibilities and have many times stepped ahead to carry out initiatives that are meant to save and protect the nature and the environment. With the strong and familial connection, they have with their fans, they not only leave a positive impact on them, but also encourage many people around the globe to do their bit. Here, we will highlight some of the impressive causes and acts that these celebrities from South Korea have been a part of:
Suparna Mitra, Kolkata, West Bengal: The flag of Republic of South Korea is known as Taegeukgi and it embodies the vision of Korean people who like the universe, seek continuous creation and enrichment by upholding the spirit and significance of the Taegeukgi. Korean people seek to realise the unity and unification which their flag symbolises and contribute to happiness and peace of humanity. Korean people take pride in their national flag, which has an interesting history. Click to read more about the national flag of South Korea.
Mughda Sanjay Attarde, Mumbai, Maharashtra: Korea is a land with a significant history. Bak Hyeokgeose of Silla found Silla dynasty in 57 BC. When he turned 13, six clans submitted to him as king and established Saro-guk. Saro-guk comprised six villages and six clans. Silla was also referred as Gyerim and the dynasty was recorded to use Hanja or traditional writing system using Chinese characters. This dynasty acquired a detail system of law and governance, social status and official advancement by 6th century and the bone rank system dictated them.
Krupal Mehta, Mumbai, Maharashtra: For Korean people, rice is more than just a food item. Despite being a staple dish on its own, it is also used towards Korean skin-care and beauty frequently. In older times, rice has also been perceived as a symbol of prosperity and to determine the status of people based on the quantity of rice they used to store at their homes. Rice has two names in Korea- the uncooked rice is called Ssal and the cooked rice is known as Bap. There are many South Korean dishes that can be made using rice as the main ingredient. Let’s see how!
Sonal Naudiyal (Dehradun, Uttarakhand), Shruti Mishra (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh), Suparna Mitra (Kolkata, West Bengal), Jasmine Khan (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh): The wait for the most-anticipated interview of the year is over! The one which left the fans gushing and giggling in excitement since the day the news was shared with the world. We are talking about the recent BTS interview ft. Sakshma Srivastav’s Indian Interview that took place on 5th June 2021 and was broadcast worldwide. This interview rightly took the credit for being one of the most well-conducted and highly researched interviews with BTS having well-intended and meaningful questions that highlighted and focused on each member’s distinct characteristics and artistry that shape their music and is a major influence all over the world. Moreover, this interaction also left the Indian ARMYs (BTS’ fandom name) to rejoice and swell in pride because it unofficially gave the green signal to them as BTS acknowledged India and their strong presence among the Indian fandom; which everyone had been waiting eagerly for years.
Anushka Gupta (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh); Aanchal Tekriwal (Mahagama, Jharkhand); Ayushi Saxena (Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh); Smiti Iyer (New Delhi); Shruti Mishra (Noida, Uttar Pradesh); Shalini Roy (Kolkata, West Bengal): If you are one of those people who have been craving to have Korean food and are eager to experience the mouth-watering flavours and delight from South Korea, but cannot due to the pandemic, then this article is just for you! Korea Tourism Organization India held a virtual K-Food Series event, that took place between 1st June and 4th June, including a three day video series on their Instagram TV (IGTV) followed by a quiz day event. Famous Indian Personalities such as Chef Kunal Kapur, Chef Sanjyot Keer, Rocky and Mayur were invited to show how to make different Korean Dishes in this series that will prompt you to try cooking them at your home!
Jubby Kumar (Bilaspur, Chattisgarh), Riya Choudhary (New Delhi), Smriti Lakra (Guna, Madhya Pradesh): Since a long time, the K-pop fans in India have been looking forward to a collaboration between an Indian and a Korean musician that could be remembered as a cultural reset. Much to their delight and anticipation, this expectation was fulfilled when popular Indian singer, record-producer, and performer Armaan Malik, American–Korean singer, song-writer, and television host Nam Beom-jin famously known as Eric Nam and Indian-American producer and DJ, Niles Hollowell-Dhar, also known as KSHMR joined together to bring the first ever K-Pop and Indian Pop collaboration song called Echo, celebrating the AAPI Heritage month.
Aqsa Khan, Delhi: Hi! School: Love On is a Korean teen fantasy-drama about an angel who turns into a mortal human and finds herself in a love-triangle. This high-school K-drama was released in 2015. This drama stars Kim Sae-ron as Lee Seul-bi, Infinite member’s Nam Woo-hyun as Shin Woo-hyun, and Lee Sung-yeol as Sung-yeol.
Shefali Singh, New Delhi: South Korea is known worldwide not only for its rapid modern technological advances and urbanization, but also for its historical heritage and treasure. Magnificent and beautiful palaces on the land of the morning calm has always been pleasing for tourists. If you have ever been to South Korea and visited Gyeongbokgung or Changdeokgung Palaces, or noticed this location in any Korean drama or documentary, did you ever notice the little sculptures of different shapes aligned on the edge of the eaves, and wondered what they are and what they mean? These sculptures are known as ‘Japsang’ (잡상) and they symbolize the guardian or protector of the Palace.
Madhavi Sutar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra: If you love to watch Korean dramas, movies, and television series, and horror or is your go-to genre, then I have a movie recommendation for all — #Alive.