It refers to the Korean pop, culture phenomenon that is gaining great popularity around the world. It began with Korean dramas and movies gaining popularity in Asia, and in recent years, Korean pop music has become popular around the world. If in Korea, be sure to experience diverse aspects of the Korean culture. Visit the Rhythm of Korea.
Korean pop music, or K-pop as it is commonly known, is rapidly spreading around the globe, Korean rapper Psy is horse dancing his way around the world with his latest hit, “Gangnam Style,” K-pop sensations include Girls’ Generation, SHINee, TVXO, 2NE1, Rain, Black Pink, BTS and more. Visit one of the K-pop music shows.
Korean cuisine is made up of unique aromas and tastes. In addition to being highly nutritious, it is mainly made of a wide variety of vegetables. Kimchi is an internationally famous spicy cabbage dish that Koreans eat almost every meal. The Korean meat dishes that Westerners are more familiar with are galbi and bulgogi made from pork or beef, which are served at Korean dinners. Visit the Hansik Cooking.
Traditional Korean houses are characterized by eco-friendly aspects, from the internal layout of the structure to the building materials. As Korean climate has hot summers and cold winters, ‘Ondol,’ a floor-based heating system, and ‘Daecheong,’ a cool wooden-floor style hall were devised long ago to suit the four different seasons. Ondol has influenced in a lifestyle of sitting on the floor, even today. The floor is used for eating, sleeping, and general leisure time, people take off their shoes when entering a Korean home. Visit the Hanok Village.
Hanbok is the traditional attire of the Korean people. Worn daily up until just 100 years ago, Hanbok comes in various shapes and colors, reflecting the culture and lifestyle of its time. Nowadays, it is only worn on special occasions or anniversaries. It is a formal wear and many Koreans keep a Hanbok for such occasions. Visit the Hanbok, Traditional Korean Clothes.
Hangeul, one of the most unique creations of the nation, was created in 1443 by King Sejong, the 4th king of the Joseon dynasty, in order to help all commoners to easily read and write this new alphabet. Hangeul, as a written language, did not have any influence from pre-existing writing systems. The language is very easy for all to learn, evidenced by Korea’s illiteracy rates being one of the lowest in the world. The UNESCO inscribed Hunminjeongeum Haerye; The Hangeul Manuscript, on the Memory of the World Register in 1997. Visit the About Hangeul (Korean alphabet).