M. Janakavi, Namakkal, Tamilnadu: Have you ever tasted Korean Marinated Raw crab? This name is quite misleading, as many folk expect it to be a raw crab, but it turns out to be a well-fermented crab dish. Let me bring in to you a salivating and tempting appetite recipe of the Korean marinated Raw Crab dish. This dish is known as Gejang, where Ge means Crab and Jang means soy sauce in Korean. It is popularly called as Kanjang Gejang, meaning marinated Raw crabs in Soy Sauce. Also, some regions in Korea call it as Gejeot as it stands for salty fermented seafood served with Rice as a side dish.
Saumya Jain, New Delhi: Are you anticipating your trip to South Korea and have not check listed any cafes yet? Then, you will miss out on something big!! Trust me!! Do you know South Korea is the land of some of the most creative cafes in the world. The collection of themed cafes is immensely unique. There are many cafes which you can visit if you have time to tour South Korea. Well, don’t worry, I have a checklist ready for you guys which will help you out during your next journey to South Korea. Here is a list of top 6 must visit cafes if you travel South Korea. Do not miss out!
Nikhat Parveen (New Delhi), Riya Choudhary (New Delhi), Kaamaakshi Bhat (Zirakpur, Punjab), Shruti Mishra (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh), Sriadita Emani (Hyderabad, Telangana): Summer Camp? Yes! you heard it right!! In this gloomy pandemic phase, the one essence of summer that we all were missing was to attend a Summer Camp. Fortunately, KHIGH, came up with a digital event called KHIGH Summer Camp. KHIGH is an independent entertainment platform providing coverage of Korean pop and culture related events, news, and trends in India. This event was designed to give the K-lovers an amazing experience to enjoy the Hallyu filled summer in the form of exclusive Fanmeets, workshops, educational content, games, activities, hangout and talent shows.
Archana Goswami, New Delhi:
South Korea has a policy of compulsory Military service, officially known as conscription. Conscription has existed since 1957 in South Korea. While it gives a hard time to some fans as they have to wait for nearly two years for their bias, it is considered a glorious moment to serve the nation for South Korean people. Military enlistment is an integral part of the lives of citizens of South Korea. So let’s get into the details of mandatory military service or conscription.
Nikhat Parveen, New Delhi: Pachinko is a historical literary fiction masterpiece written by Min Jin-lee which was published on 7th February, 2017, and was distributed by Grand Central Publishing. This novel has cemented its position as the New York Best Time Sellers as well. Now you must be thinking, what is Pachinko?
Tahoora Charfare, Pune, Maharashtra: Located in the heart of Seoul is a must visit destination for tourists called Insadong. It is the traditional, vibrant, artistic and cultural hub of South Korea. Insadong has several art galleries, restaurants, streets, outdoor stages, food stalls, crafts, artefacts, souvenir shops, and also the popular traditional Korean Hanbok shops. Hanbok is the traditional Korean outfit, a clothing worn since the Joseon Era. Insadong is easily accessible so as to reach Insadong, people usually take subway trains as it’s a very convenient means for saving money and time. Other options like buses, cabs and private rentals are also available.
Mehak Sharma, New Delhi: As K-Pop fans, we love to see our favourites collaborating with different artists which not only helps them to gain more attention but also increases the scope of showcasing their individual styles. Moreover, the excitement doubles when they team up with members to form a sub-unit. The list of sub-units is incomplete without mentioning the legendary boy group Super Junior. The very first official sub-unit in K-Pop was Super Junior: K.R.Y comprising Kyu-hyun, Ryeo-wook, Yesung, that debuted in 2006 by releasing two original songs titled as The Night Chicago Died and The One I Love. Let’s take a look at some of the popular sub-units of K-Pop groups.
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.
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.