Hallyuween Story 1: Forever Together; Nehal Tambe, Maharashtra: Taeyong has been a great artist, this was what he was meant for in life and he was an ace. Everybody knew this. That’s why his team didn’t stop him when SM entertainment offered Taeyong a solo career and a world tour. They were supportive and let him have the chance. Taeyong went from country to country and place to place and was finally coming back after 6 months of touring the world.
Shailly Singh, Gandhinagar, Gujarat: “You won’t remember even if I tell you. The scene will change soon.” This dialogue is both impactful and a major spoiler into the series. Extraordinary You is a K-drama, that is a live-action adaptation of the webtoon, July found by chance. The drama comprises 32 episodes and stars Kim Hye-yoon, Kim Seok-woo better known as Rowoon, Lee Jae-wook, Lee Na-eun, Jung Gun-joo, Lee Tae-ri and Kim Young-dae. As a manga/manhwa/webtoon lover, this plot feeds into my biggest fantasy ‘what if I wake up one day to realize I am in a comic.’
Madhavi Sutar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra: If you love Korean culture, then I am sure you would also like to explore new and interesting stuff related to South Korea, be it through social media or blogs. A lot of us watch many YouTube videos as well. However, most of the time we face language barriers to understand them as we need subtitles or translations, but here are the five of my favourite YouTubers who can help you to know more about Korean culture in English.
Misha Bharti, Delhi: The time when the fans groove to the tunes of the hit K-Pop songs finally arrived in Delhi with the Regional Round of the K-Pop India Contest 2020 being held on July 31. A much-awaited event, it saw fans from all over the country tuning into Instagram to watch the performances of the participants.
Aafreen Hossain, Delhi: If you have never watched any Korean drama before but are always intrigued when your friends continuously chat about them the whole day. Then worry not, just allow me to help you out there and introduce you to a whole new world. K-dramas are the Korean language TV series that have a variety of genres to choose from. After the recent Hallyu or Korean wave, Korean culture is increasingly getting popular among the youth across the world.
Sonal Naudiyal, Dehradun, Uttarakhand: Crash Landing on You is a 16-episode tvN series that stars Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin in the lead. The romantic drama aired from December 14, 2019 to February 16, 2020, and became the third-highest-rated South Korean drama in cable television history.
Misha Bharti, Delhi: This is the drama where it all started and filled my monotonous life with so many bright colors. My journey into the world of K-dramas began with one of the most popular and renowned Korean drama ‘My Love from the Star’. I cannot forget my first experience of watching this drama that truly touched my heart, and now I am on an unstoppable journey of binge-watching K-dramas. This drama is a blend of emotions, love, friendship, fantasy, jealousy, and serenity.
Eshani Bora, Guwahati, Assam: KBS2’s drama Born Again features Jang Ki-yong, Jin Se-yeon, and Lee Soo-hyuk in the lead roles. The drama goes back and forth between 1980 and the present-day giving us a background on the intertwined lives of three individuals Gong Ji-chul, played by Jang Ki-yong, Jung Ha-eun, played by Jin Se-yun, and Cha Hyung-bin, played by Lee Soo-hyuk in 1980 and in present days as they cross paths again, reincarnated as Cheon Jong-bum, Jung Sa-bin, and Kim Soo-hyuk respectively.
Anushree Taparia, Hyderabad: Post Post Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, also known as Goblin, I was awestruck by the lead actor Gong Yoo, so I decided to watch his other works. This is how I chanced upon Coffee Prince, also known as The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, that aired way back in 2007. Based on a novel of the same by Lee Sun-mi, the drama stars Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye in the lead.
Sonali Sharma, Tezpur, Assam: Girl group MAMAMOO’s Ahn Hye-jin, better known by her stage name Hwasa, took the fans by surprise when she joined the original soundtrack lineup of SBS’s The King: Eternal Monarch and released her first-ever solo OST titled ‘Orbit’ on April 19, 2020.