Smriti Lakra, Guna, Madhya Pradesh: Being a huge fan of actress Hwang Jung-eum, Mystic Pop-up bar was on my must-watch list and it didn’t disappoint me. The immersive storyline is worth watching. This series based on a popular Webtoon gives Hotel Del Luna’s vibes, but it stands out uniquely with its touching subplot and a mysterious storyline. Each episode holds a relatable issue and teaches a life-changing lesson. Mystic Pop-up Bar (쌍갑포차) is a South Korean fantasy series premiered by JTBC from 20th May to 25th June 2020 and is also available on Netflix. It has 12 episodes each of 70 minutes.
Madhavi Sutar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra: BTS, a well-known boy-band from South Korea, internationally recognized around the globe for their remarkable performances; whose music echoes throughout the world always replenishing audiences with a sense of optimism, courage and enthusiasm that accentuates the significance of self-love within lives through the medium of their captivating music. The seven-membered much-loved boy-band perpetuates liveliness through their music. The meaning & lyrics of their songs are always energetic and encouraging to listen to. BTS, enthralled the fans globally when they announced the release of their docu-series based movie, Break the Silence, last year in September, 2020. During these reeling times of pandemic and lockdown being imposed in several countries, fans finally got a chance to get a glimpse of BTS and to know more about every member. This movie brings their raw and vulnerable self more closer for fans to connect to.
Shrishti Kalwar, Mumbai, Maharashtra: As the name implies, you can’t stop liking this drama even though it will eventually leave you sobbing and devastated. This drama is a story of two teenagers, Noh Eul and Shin Joon-young, who meet each other in high school and then come across having multiple encounters with each other through the time since they were teenagers till becoming adults; working to fulfil their responsibilities. But every time they meet each other, their fate has a different plan for them. The genre of this drama is centered on romance and melodrama starring Kim Woo-bin, Bae Suzy, Lim Ju-hwan and Lim Ju-eun, packed in 20 episodes.
Riya Rawat, Noida, Uttar Pradesh: Start over is one of the main theme songs from the popular K-drama, Itaewon Class, starring famous south Korean actor Park Seo-joon. Written by Park Sung and performed by Kang Dae-ho, also known as Gaho, the song has won multiple awards and nominations including Best OST in 12th Melon Music Awards and others. One year after its release in 2020, this song still gives me goosebumps because of its relatable lyrics and beautifully conceptualised video. The song acts as a binding force for the viewers throughout the music video, as the storyline of the series unfolds.
Abhilasha Rawat, Pune, Maharashtra: Known to celebrate important birthdays like the first birthday, the 60th, 70th and 80th birthdays; the Korean people love to have big feasts and numerous delicacies! Are you wondering what kind of dishes do the South Korean people enjoy eating on their birthdays? From traditional meals to quick snacks and cakes, these are 6 popular dishes Korean people eat on their birthday
Krishna Kishen, New Delhi: Fabricated City is a 2017 South Korean action-thriller movie directed by Park Kwang-hyun. Starring one of the most celebrated action actors Ji Chang-wook as Kwon Yoo and the incandescent Shim Eun-kyung as Yeo Wool. If you are planning to watch a mind-boggling movie with enthralling suspense along with action, some lighthearted romance and longer than life friendships, then this movie should definitely be on your watch l
Sanskriti Saxena (New Delhi), Anisha Nath (Kolkata, West Bengal), Piyush Mandal (Panvel, Maharashtra), Biti Sophia Soren (New Delhi), Suparna Mitra (Kolkata, West Bengal): South Korea is filled with many tourist destinations which attract a lot of people every year. There are many famous K-dramas that capture the attention of the viewers and play an important role in adding value to promoting the tourism and cultural heritage of the country. Here, we take a look at some of the famous K-Dramas that explore the marvelous beauty of South Korea that can be easily added to the bucket list of all the K-enthusiasts who wish to visit the country one day. To celebrate this imperishable bond between the nature and K-Dramas, here are some K-Dramas suggestions that explore the beauty of nature in South Korea.
Suparna Mitra (Kolkata, West Bengal), Aanchal Tekriwal (Mahagama, Jharkhand), Monisha Mondal (Greater Noida West, Uttar Pradesh): The origin of Yoga lies in ancient India. It’s a Sanskrit word, which means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of a person’s body and consciousness. Yoga has long been recognized as India’s gift to the global culture of wellness and got its universal appeal on 11th December 2014. The United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga. The year 2021 marks the 7th Annual International Yoga Day where several activities and events took place in both India and South Korea thereby uniting both the cultures together. Let’s see how this day was celebrated in India and South Korea this year.
Diya Jain, (New Delhi), Kaamaakshi Bhat, (Zirakpur, Punjab), Rupali Teresa Kujur, (Ranchi, Jharkhand): On 22nd May 2021, an online vocal workshop was organised by KFANZZ Entertainment where they invited the renowned vocal trainer Mr. Kim Young-min from OTT Entertainment who has worked with groups like SEVENTEEN, NU’EST and many more. This event was made possible by The Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and OTT Entertainment in collaboration with Hallyuism and several other Indian fan bases. Special guests like Siddharth Nagarajan, who holds the Guinness World Record for most drum beats in a minute using drumsticks, also made an appearance in the workshop. Our Contributors, Ms. Diya Jain, Ms. Kaamaakshi Bhat, and Ms. Rupali Teresa Kujur have penned down their review and exprience of attending the event on behalf of Hallyuism.
Sriadita Emani (Hyderabad, Telangana), Sanskriti Pun (New Delhi) and Chandra Joshi (New Delhi): KFanzz Entertainment, is an emerging Event and Public Management start-up based in Hyderabad, that focuses on organising events to increase the relationship and the growing love between India and South Korea. Keeping in mind the pandemic, KFanzz Entertainment recently organised an online Dance Workshop on 25th April 2021. This workshop was held in partnership with OTT Entertainment, an artist management company based in South Korea. Read to know more about this workshop.