Street of Youth – Itaewon

Khushi Vaid, New Delhi Wandering the streets of Itaewon, you’d never guess that Korea is one of the most culturally homogenous countries in the world. Itaewon, located south of Namsan Mountain in the heart of Seoul, is home to the majority of immigrants in Korea, making it a unique blending pot of cultures and religions…

5 YouTubers to Know For Korean Vlogs

Aanchal Tekriwal, Godda, Jharkhand My enthusiasm was engendered in South Korea with BTS. Soon enough my curiosity got the better of me and led me to some YouTube channels where vloggers focus on the minutiae of daily life. These videos take you through the little things in life, be that cooking, reading, travelling, or tending…

BBQ and Banchan: An Introduction to Korean Barbeque

Abhilasha Rawat, Pune, Maharashtra What is Korean Barbeque (KBBQ)? Korean Barbeque, also known as KBBQ, originating from South Korea, is a family-style meal used to cook various types of meat, vegetables, and side dishes. Different variety of meats are grilled on gas stoves or charcoal grills at the dining table. Side dishes such as noodles,…

Journey of Learning Hangeul by Myself

Chanchal Bharti, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh Annyeonghaseyo, like everyone, I’ve been interested in learning languages since I was 12 years old. I’m not sure if it’s a hobby or a passion, but I think learning languages is a lot of fun, it’s like a getaway to a whole new world. I can speak English, Hindi, Punjabi,…

Project Arré Voice: Women-first, Audio Platform for the Hallyu-loving Community

Jasmine Khan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh With the ever-growing presence of Hallyu and Korean-culture loving community in India; Arré, a digital content brand that produces and publishes original content with professional creators across varied genres, languages, formats, and platforms; has launched an invite-only women-first audio platform and application called Project Arré Voice (currently available on Play…

Korean Affair 2.0 with Bang Tan Shefs in Pune

Tahoora Charfare and Suhasini Singh, Pune, Maharashtra After their successful Korean Affair in Mumbai, Maharashtra, The Bang Tan Shefs restaurant organised their second Korean Affair event in Pune, Maharashtra on the 21st of August 2022. The event took place in the Creaticity Mall, Opus Banquet, Pune. With their first-ever large-scale K-Pop event, Punekars were excited…

K-Book Review: ‘Almond’ by Won Pyung-sohn

Nikhat Parveen, New Delhi “Human Beings are a product of their Education, after all” –  Almond ‘Almond’ is a young adult fiction masterpiece written by Won Pyung-sohn which was originally published in 2017, and was distributed by Changbi Publishers. In 2020, it was published in English by HarperVa. ‘Almond’ was translated into English by Sandy…

Webtoon Review: Weak Hero; Who’s The Strongest Of Them All?

Sameen Murtaza, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh Weak Hero is an action drama webtoon created by Seopass and Razen. It follows Gray Yeon, a frail-looking kid who is anything but weak in reality. A genius and hardworking kid with a dark past, when Gray starts getting picked on by bullies in his class, things start to get…

7 Reasons to Visit Seoul

Pratyusha Dash, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh From swoon-worthy scenery, to kimchilicious food, 7 reasons why Seoul should be your next travel destination! A blast from the past on the streets of the present Along with the modern streets bustling with futuristic innovations, there are many historical gems that you can easily find all around Seoul….

KOREAN CULTURE AS SOFT POWER

Abhishek Sharma, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh The term soft power was coined by US scholar Joseph Nye in the 1980s, which meant the ability of a country to persuade or co-opt others to do what it wants without force or coercion. It was just another way to look at the idea of influencing states in the…