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.’
Ritika Parmar, Gandhinagar, Gujarat: Heart Signal 3 is a variety show, now in its third season, where four men and four women spend a month together, while the panelists guess who will find love in the household. Started in 2017, the third part which premiered on March 25, 2020, is a complete package that rides high on romance, jealousy, heartbreaks, and friendships. This not only keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats but also increase their heartbeats. It might appear to be a plot taken from a drama, but the fact that it’s all true makes it more interesting to watch.
Yashi Priya, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: The Korean system of speech levels and honorifics form a significant part of the communication in South Korea. Although it may depend on the closeness of the relationship among people, it majorly reflects the social status and age difference of the person or people being addressed since age and social status are considered important in conversations and everyday life in South Korea. This is why you’ll frequently hear Koreans ask your age when they first meet you as the use of informal speech or exemption of honorifics is frowned upon and considered very rude in Korean society.
Nehal Tambe, Mumbai, Maharashtra: The birth of a child is a very special feeling, not only for the parents but for anyone who hears about the birth of a new-born. The first year of life of a child outside the mother’s womb always remains a beautiful memory. Hence, it is celebrated in a special way in almost all parts of the world, including South Korea. Korean 1st birth year celebration is called “Doljanchi” or 돌잔치, commonly known as Dol. This day marks the first year of child and South Korean people celebrate this day in a very traditional and elaborated manner.
Yashi Priya, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: Age in South Korea holds great significance as it greatly impacts all social interactions among people. It is not surprising if a Korean person asks you, your age the very first time they meet you. They are simply trying to find where you fit into the honorifics and hierarchy system. In South Korea, etiquette is largely derived from Korean Confucianism and focuses on the core values of the religion, collectivism, and philosophy.
Jubby Kumar, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh: Korean culture, music, and cuisine have attracted many people around the globe. But when it comes to the South Korean beverages i.e. the Korean drinks, people have limited knowledge. A lot of people only know Soju and Maekju because of K-dramas. So here is a list of some refreshing beverages that are popular among South Korean people.
Nehal Tambe, Mumbai, Maharashtra: Tteokbokki is every K-pop/K-drama or Korean culture fan’s starter pack food. Tteokbokki (떡볶이) is a popular Korean snack that consists of rice cakes coated in a sweet-spicy sauce made of Korean chili paste and topped with vegetables. This is one of the first Korean dishes that fans get to know about, but as accessible as K-pop and K-dramas are to us, Korean food is still far from reach to most. The ingredients or the readymade dish is not widely available. Even if it is, it’s quite expensive. So, what do we do? We create our own version! Korean food with Korean ingredients at home! Let’s make it!
Tahoor Charfare, Pune, Maharashtra: Want a well-equipped room for your stay in Seoul but scared of the high rates of accommodation? Then Goshiwons are the right option for you! Goshiwon or Goshitel are affordable renting accommodations for students and tourists in South Korea. Goshiwon is a small furnished room that comes with essentials such as desks, beds, small fridges, bathrooms, and sometimes, a T.V.
Gauran Sharma, Delhi: If you’re new to the topic of Korean snacks, then I would suggest to not underestimate the Korean instant food market. You will be surprised at the varieties and brands of instant food that are available at every regular convenience store across South Korea. All K-drama and K-pop lovers know what it’s like to drool over the meals that that is shown in their favorite dramas or V-Lives. But in real life, it is just some convenience-store-food that most Koreans have the means to access easily. So, if you ever get the chance to go to Korea or you get some easy access to Korean-convenience-store-food, these are some must-try items on the list:
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.