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.
Rimjhim Thakur, Delhi: The outer beauty and physical appearance of a person or a thing is just an illusion but what is eternal is the inner beauty. Even the famous idiom ‘never judge a book by its cover’ holds true for a reason. Based on the same theme, MBC aired a simple and sweet yet meaningful drama called She Was Pretty, which talked about the supposedly imperfect attributes of a person that can be their most beautiful qualities in reality.
Bhagyashree Thingalaya, Mumbai, Maharashtra: he morning routine is all about protection from the sun, pollution and the elements that can cause serious harm to our skin and make it dull and tiring! From essences to sheet masks, Korean beauty products and trends are taking over the beauty market. Everyone is talking about the routine that is popular among the skin-centric women of South Korea. As a skin–fanatic myself, I would like to share 7-steps Korean beauty products that can be used on daily basis!