I-LAND and the Formation of ENHYPEN

Suhasini Singh, Pune, Maharashtra I-LAND was a survival show where 23 trainees from HYBE Corporation were contesting to debut as a group of 7 members. It was held by BE:LIFT Lab which is a collaboration between BigHit and CJ E&M. The show was aired weekly from 26 June to 18 September 2020. There were worldwide…

K-pop Idols Breaking Stereotypes

Isha Singh, New Delhi K-pop or Korean popular music has gained great popularity over the years and has been playing a crucial part in the growing Hallyu wave. But when someone hears the word K-pop, some deep-rooted perceptions engulf their minds. With the increasing popularity of Korean artists, the stereotypes associated with them are moderately…

Moving Through South Korean Festivals: A Yearlong Journey

Diya Nair, Kochi, Kerala With South Korea being the powerhouse of the Hallyu wave that has swept the world; the spotlight has mostly been thrust upon the music, fashion and the highly intricate K-Dramas while its rich and colourful diverse culture and traditions are mostly overlooked. Read below to find festivals that celebrate the diverse…

K-Interview : Lucknowi Nawab in Korea!

Suhasini Singh, Pune, Maharashtra Im Sua also known as the Lucknowi Nawab in Korea is a Youtuber of Indian origin who is currently working in a South Korean company as a Digital Marketer. She started her YouTube channel to tell people about her experience as an Indian in South Korea. Her videos are very interesting and it helps her viewers explore more…

K-Book Review: ‘Kim Ji-young, Born 1982’ by Cho Nam-Joo

Ashna Susan Varkey, New Delhi Cho Nam-Joo’s novel titled ‘Kim Ji-young, Born 1982’ was published in 2016. It sold more than a million copies. It is one of the key feminist contemporary novels in South Korea. It created an impact and was a catalyst for the Me too Movement in South Korea, back in 2017-18….

Why Blood Groups are Important in Korean Culture?

Krupal Mehta, Mumbai, Maharashtra Has someone ever asked you what is your blood group other than for formal purposes? I guess not, but Koreans can ask you just to start a conversation or to learn about you. Yes, Koreans tend to predict the personality type from blood groups and vice versa. Koreans do believe that…

GLOBAL IMPACT OF BTS’ DYNAMITE

Shalini Roy, Kolkata, West Bengal BTS, also known as “Bangtan Sonyeondan” or “Bulletproof Boy Scouts” is a global boy band from South Korea whose songs have been responsible for bringing about a massive Hallyu Wave all over the world. The group debuted on 13th June 2013 with their song “No more dream” and as the years…

Korean Economy: Miracle on the Hangang

Khushi Vaid, New Delhi Economic growth in South Korea has accelerated at a never-before-seen rate. As the majority of the nation’s industrial facilities were destroyed during the three-year Korean War and the country was deprived of capital and natural resources, observers dubbed what the country has accomplished as the “Miracle on the Hangang.” The nation…

K-Interview: Grace K. Shim

Nikhat Parveen, New Delhi Literature from all over the world is exciting. Over the last three or four years, books from Korean authors have attracted a loyal following. The much-talked-about Hallyu wave has contributed, of course. India is one of the hotspots of K-Wave whether it’s culture or entertainment and now is of Literature too….

How South Korea Inspires Me?

Devitt Khuallalmuan Ngaihte, Imphal, Manipur Amongst the numerous countries that shapes the world, South Korea, also called Republic Of Korea: A highly well developed country situated in the eastern part of the Asian continent, constituting the Southern part of the Korean peninsula has grabbed my interest by inspiring me with its fast economic growth along…