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Korean Wave

Updated on June 2, 2015

Hitting the Globe Like A Storm!

Having heard that my sister Natalie is taking up Korean Lessons in her Foreign Language Class arise my deep enthusiasm and curiosity on what Korean stuff is all about.

Korean Wave, a.k.a. Hallyu or Hanryu, was first introduced in the late 1990's in China and Hong Kong;referring to the popularity of Korean Culture that eventually sweep throughout other Asian countries like Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia and Philippines;until it paved the way to be known into other Foreign countries like Middle East, South America and the U.S. According to statistic, it has been said that more than 13 million Asians are residing in the United States and made a widely range of a possible market. It attracts other ethnic groups or people who are interested in Korean or Asian culture and entertainment. Here in the Philippines, a lot of Filipinos had been part of the growing number of viewers of these Korean Dramas or Koreanovelas that has been showed even in the prime time and because not all can speak and understand Korean Language the whole drama has been tagalized (Korean dialogues dubbed into Filipino so that the audiences can easily understand). Catchy storylines, strong characters turn into life that makes Korean films and dramas a bit more exciting as a whole.

I made this lens to have a deeper look at their fascinating culture.

Please check-out some of my delightful goodies coming up!

LEARN BASIC KOREAN COURTESY

   [Ne.(ye.)]
      Yes.

    [Anio.]
      No.

    [Yeoboseyo.]
       Hello (when picking up the phone).

   [Annyeong-haseyo.]
       Hello.

   [Annyong-hi gyeseyo.]
       Good bye (when you, the guest, are leaving).

   [Annyeong-hi gaseyo.]
       Good bye (when you, the host, are bidding your guests good bye).

   [Eoseo oseyo.]
        Welcome.

    [Gomapseumnida. (Gamsahamnida.)]
        Thank you.

    [Cheonmaneyo.]
     You're welcome.

    [Mianhamnida. (Joesong-hamnida.)]
       Sorry.

    [Gwaenchansseumnida.]
       It's all right.

     [Sillyehamnida.]
        Excuse me.

source: http://rki.kbs.co.kr/learn_korean/text_htm/e_text/1e.htm

What is Korean Wave?

Korean wave or Korea fever refers to the surge of popularity of South Korean culture around the world since the 21st century, especially among the Generation Y. While popular throughout the Asian continent, its influence is strongest in East Asia, especially dominant in China, Japan and Southeast Asia, spreading to India, the Middle East, Central Asia, Israel, Turkey and Russia.

The Korean wave is rapidly expanding beyond Asia and has a substantial presence in Central and South America, particularly in Mexico and Argentina,[8] and is increasingly becoming popular in the United States.It is also gaining momentum in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, led by Hungary and Norway. It is gathering positive interest in North Africa, attracting a sizable niche audience in Egypt. Currently, the Korean wave is starting to hit the shores of the UK and Australia.

South Korea is one of the world's top ten cultural exporters and the Korean wave began with the export of Korean TV dramas such as Autumn Fairy Tale, Winter Sonata and Dae Jang Geum (Jewel in the Palace) across East and Southeast Asia; the growing success of Korean dramas was soon matched by Korean movies, popular music, food and language. The term has now become an acronym referring to South Korea's growing economic power and the rise of global multinationals such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia.

It is also referred to as "Hallyu" from the Korean pronunciation. The term was coined in China in mid-1999 by Beijing journalists surprised by the fast growing popularity of South Koreans and South Korean goods in China. (read more Wikipedia)

~My Top 10 Koreanovela Hits~ - You'll surely love this!

FULL HOUSE KOREAN DRAMA 8 DVDs with English Subtitles
FULL HOUSE KOREAN DRAMA 8 DVDs with English Subtitles

Bi and Song Hye Gyo made a very fun-loving couple that couldn't stop getting at each other's throats. Every time they wanted to say something nice to each other they ended up saying things completely opposite to what they really meant! Throughout this drama, they continually quarrel with each other because of their stubborn selves.<br /><br />

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Han Ji Eun had lost her parents at a young age and was living in the house that her father had built and that she h...

 
Palace
Palace

known as The Imperial Household, Love in Palace, Palace Love or Palace, its literal translation and alternate official title) is a popular soonjong manhwa (Korean girls' comic) by Park So-Hee. It was adapted into an even more well-known live-action comedy/drama series, which had its first season run from January 11 to March 30, 2006. It was distributed by Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, which ran episodes on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week until the show's completion. The original manhwa (w...

 
Love Story in Harvard
Love Story in Harvard

It is a romantic 16-episode Korean drama television series broadcast in 2004. It was well-received both in South Korea and throughout East Asia, though many mocked the poor English of the male leads (the female leads speak significantly stronger English).

The story is set at Harvard University and tells of the love between a Harvard Law School student, Kim Hyun Woo (Dustin Kim in The Philippines) (Kim Rae Won), and a Harvard Medical School student, Lee Soo In (Allison Lee in The Philippines)....

 
Jumong
Jumong

It is a historical drama which aired on South Korea's MBC television network as a 45th Anniversary Special Drama. Originally set to be 60, MBC decided to extend it to 81 episodes due to its popularity. It portrays the life of Jumong Taewang, (founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo). Because few details are found in the historical records on Jumong, much artistic license is taken. Much of the original myths surrounding Jumong have been replaced with more down-to-earth storylines, such as that concern...

 
AUTUMN IN MY HEART KOREAN DRAMA w/English Subtitles
AUTUMN IN MY HEART KOREAN DRAMA w/English Subtitles

A story about two girls switched at birth. One was raised in a wealthy home and the other was raised in poverty. Eun Soo (Song Hye Gyo) lived a plentiful life until one day she had an accident when she was 14 years old and was hospitalized. This is when her life changed forever and she learned the truth that the family she had always known was not hers. Saddened by the truth, the reality was that each girl be returned to her rightful birth parent.

Eun Soo dearly misses the family that had rai...

 
Hotelier
Hotelier

Hotelier is a South Korean drama broadcast by MBC in 2001. Hotelier contains a total of 20 episodes. The word "Hotelier" literally means "a person who owns or runs a hotel". The drama was set in Seoul Hotel, a five-star hotel which embarked on expensive, construction upgrading.

 
SUMMER AROMA KOREAN DRAMA w/English Subtitles
SUMMER AROMA KOREAN DRAMA w/English Subtitles

From the first moment they meet, Min-Woo and Hye-Won are attracted to one other and the attraction continues to deepen. But Min-Woo is also loved by Park Jeong-A (played by Han Ji-Hye), while Hye-Won is the object of Park Jeong-Jae's affection (played by Ryu Jin). Adding to the tragic twist of fate, Jeong-A and Jeong-Jae are brother and sister. The destinies of these four are sadly and ironically intertwined. Min-woo and Hye-Won do not act on their feelings however, out of consideration for Jeon...

 

~Korean Films/TV SERIES

My Sassy Girl
My Sassy Girl

My Sassy Girl (literally, That Bizarre Girl) is a 2001 South Korean romantic comedy film. It is partially based on the true story told in a series of love letters written by Kim Ho-sik, a man who posted them online.The film is directed by Kwak Jae-yong. The film was extremely successful in South Korea. When My Sassy Girl was released throughout East Asia, it became a mega blockbuster hit in the entire region, from Japan, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia, to the point where it was drawing comparisons to Titanic. Through positive word-of-mouth, the movie eventually became one of the most popular South Korean films among Asian Americans in the United States.

An American remake, starring Jesse Bradford and Elisha Cuthbert, and directed by Yann Samuell is scheduled to be released in 2007.

 
A Tale of Two Sisters (Deluxe Edition)
A Tale of Two Sisters (Deluxe Edition)

A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryeon literally 'Rose Flower, Red Lotus') is a 2003 South Korean psychological horror film. It was directed by Kim Ji-Woon and is both the highest-grossing Korean horror film and the first to be screened in American theatres.

The film is inspired by a Joseon Dynasty folktale entitled "Janghwa Hongreyon-jon", which has been adapted to film several times. An American remake was scheduled to begin production in 2004 and, after being delayed, is now back in development with preliminary casting announced.

 
The Uninvited
The Uninvited

The Uninvited is a 2003 South Korean psychological horror film directed by Lee Su-yeon.

 
Windstruck
Windstruck

Windstruck (literally "Let me introduce you to my girlfriend") is a 2004 South Korean fantasy-romantic comedy directed by Kwak Jae-yong. The film was a major success, ranking as the 8th-highest grossing Korean film of 2004.

 
My Wife Is a Gangster
My Wife Is a Gangster

My Wife Is a Gangster is a 2001 South Korean film about a female gang boss who needs to get married to fulfill her dying sister's wishes. A sequel, My Wife is a Gangster 2, was released in 2003, with a third (My Wife is a Gangster 3) released at the end of 2006.

 
il Mare: A Love Story
il Mare: A Love Story

il Mare: A Love Story is a South Korean film made in 2000, starring Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Jung-Jae. The title, Il Mare, means 'The Sea' in Italian, and is the name of the seaside house which is the setting of the story. The film was remade by Warner Brothers starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves and released in 2006 as The Lake House, which was co-produced by Sonny Mallhi and Chris Krapek. The movie was also famous for its heavy product placement of Louis Vuitton's Taiga Cassiar Backpack which the main heroine carried with her throughout the entire movie.

 
The Doll Master
The Doll Master

The Doll Master is a 2004 South Korean horror film directed by Yong-ki Jeong.

 
Sad Love Story
Sad Love Story

Sad Love Story, romanized as Seulpeun Yeonga, and also known as Sad Sonata, its literal translation and the alternate official title) is a Korean romantic drama, which ran from January 05 to March 17, 2005. It was distributed by MBC, which ran episodes on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week until the show's completion. It consist of 20 episodes and has been a major part of the Korean Wave both in Asia and throughout the United States.

 
200 Pounds Beauty (Standard Edition) DVD
200 Pounds Beauty (Standard Edition) DVD

Hanna is the famous Korean pop singer. She suffers from having extremely poor self-esteem, as she has been ignored because of her appearance. At last, she makes the decision of a lifetime to have full-body plastic surgery.

 
My Girl and I (aka: You're the Heart of The Universe) Standard Edition
My Girl and I (aka: You're the Heart of The Universe) Standard Edition

One of the most common plots in Korean film is the traumatic tearing apart of a young couple because of a terminal disease. Most of these films start off bright and happy enough, but most of the time after the first hour or so one of the lovers learns of or reveals his or her disease and the film goes on until the sick partner dies and the other lives with the memories of his or her dead lover and tries to get on with life.

 
April Snow (The Documentary) DVD + Photo Album
April Snow (The Documentary) DVD + Photo Album

"April Snow," directed by Heo Jin-ho, adopts the same melodrama formula of "Winter Sonata," a runaway television hit series that touched off the boom for Korean pop culture, and, more importantly, catapulted actor Bae Yong-joon into almost mythical fame in Asia. The original Korean title of the movie is "Oechul," roughly translating into "Outing." Its English title "April Snow," however, is much more closely related to the movie's core idea. In Korea, it's quite rare to see snow falling in April, so the title suggests a hopeful message that something miraculous might soothe an ill-fated couple and consummate their Forbidden Love.

 
KOREAN TV SERIES " HWANG JIN YI "
KOREAN TV SERIES " HWANG JIN YI "

This story is about the life of the famous Joseon-era gisaeng, Hwang Jin-i, who seeks perfection in her art relentlessly and the hardship facing women due to their lowly social status.

 
Couple or Trouble
Couple or Trouble

Three out of every ten protagonists in tv drama shows suffer amnesia and the heroine of Couple or Trouble has no exception. In this situation, the dashing hero ought naturally to rise to the occasion by taking her in and sheltering her from harm, but...Sorry, not this time. A simple situation gets thoroughly new makeover through the use of unique characters.This is a drama of labor extortion with the heroine memory as hostage. The singular storyline puts a twist on a hackneyed subject, providing fresh and provocative entertainment.

 
Emperor of the Sea
Emperor of the Sea

The show focuses on the life of famous historical figure, Jang Bogo, who was born a slave but rose to the highest ranks of Silla society. The show was received extremely well, holding the number one spot in the ratings for the majority of the weeks it aired.

 
Korean Tv Series: Coffee Prince w/ English Subtitles
Korean Tv Series: Coffee Prince w/ English Subtitles

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince or Coffee Prince is a South Korean drama that aired on July 2, 2007 in South Korea. It aired every Monday and Tuesday. It stars popular actress Yoon Eun Hye from Goong, Gong Yoo from One Fine Day and Lee Sun Gyun from White Tower and Chae Jung Ahn. The drama contains vaguely homosexual elements, although these are disputable given the theme of the plot.

 
Korean Tv Series: Princess Lu Lu w/ English Subtitles
Korean Tv Series: Princess Lu Lu w/ English Subtitles

Princess Lulu is a 20-episode South Korean television drama aired in the summer of 2005 on SBS.

 
Millionaire's First Love (Standard Edition) DVD
Millionaire's First Love (Standard Edition) DVD

"A Millionaire's First Love" focuses on the boy's struggle with a clause in his grandfather's will that says he will only get his inheritance if he graduates from a high school in the country. Relocated into the mountains, Hyeon finds puppy love with a naive country girl. Can love change the spoilt urbanite and awaken his gentler side?

 
Love Impossible (Aka: Love of South & North) Korea Movie DVD
Love Impossible (Aka: Love of South & North) Korea Movie DVD

Chul Soo (Cho In Sung, A Dirty Carnival), the son of an intelligence officer, doesn't take anything seriously. He's only interested in girls and flirting and can't be bothered with schoolwork. His professor sets an ultimatum, threatening to not let him graduate unless he joins a pan-Korean historical excavation unit in Yeon-byun. On the other side of the parallel, Young Hee (Kim Sa Rang, Hot For Teacher), the smart and beautiful daughter of a North Korean diplomat, is faced with her father 's threat to marry her off. Therefore, she opts to join the excavation team as well. When Chul Soo catches sight of Young Hee, he is determined to ask for her hand immediately, but can their love cross the North-South divide? Find out in this romantic comedy from Wet Dreams director Jung Cho Shin.

 
The Harmonium in My Memory
The Harmonium in My Memory

'The Harmonium In My Memory' is a touching, bittersweet tale of first love, exploring both the exhilarating emotional purity of initial attraction and the devastating sadness and sense of loss when things don't turn out as planned. The cinematography is amazing, showcasing some of the most vividly enchanting landscapes you'll ever see and the storyline and cast will win your heart and stay in your memory long after the closing credits.

 
Tae Guk Gi - The Brotherhood of War
Tae Guk Gi - The Brotherhood of War

A big, bruising epic of the Korean War, Tae Guk Gi smashed box-office records when it played in South Korea in 2004, almost as though the country needed to re-live the trauma at a 50-year distance. For the rest of the world, this movie looks like a ground-level reckoning in a melodramatic key, with an authentic feel for battle lines as well as home front.

 
Dream of a Warrior
Dream of a Warrior

Pop superstar Leon Lai (Bullets Of Love, Infernal Affairs III) stars in this futuristic time travel adventure. Lai is a cop who is sent back in time to rescue Nam-Hong, the daughter of Doctor Jang who invented the time-travel device. He finds himself strapped in an unknown pocket of space filled with gladiators and bounty hunters. He must rescue Nam-Hong and return with her to the present world soon before the time travel machine is destroyed by an evil cult leader.

 
Ditto
Ditto

If you love Il Mare, you will love this too.

 
Peppermint Candy
Peppermint Candy

Peppermint Candy is more than a portrait of one man's self-destructive regret. Lee Chang-Dong takes Yong-Ho and the audience through 20 years of turbulent Korean history, including a stop at the tragic Gwang-ju Massacre, where Yong-Ho performs an act that will forever change his life. Full of harrowing moments and bittersweet emotions, Peppermint Candy earns every bit of its reputation as a masterpiece of the Korean New Wave!

 
Unborn But Forgotten
Unborn But Forgotten

A website seemingly kills every woman who views it within 15 days. A female reporter begins an investigation that leads to the discovery of the site known only as The White Room. Uncovering the secret has its price, leaving her only 15 days to solve the mystery behind the cryptic portal and break the curse before its too late.

 
A Moment to Remember (aka: The Eraser in My Head)
A Moment to Remember (aka: The Eraser in My Head)

"50 First Dates" meets "Sad Movie". A Moment to Remember is one of the latest tear-jerkers playing nationwide, a 27-year-old young woman named Su-jin is diagnosed with Alzheimers disease (AD) after marrying a carpenter who works for her fathers company. Starring the popular and attractive Son Ye-jin as the young woman and the equally popular Jeong Woo-sung as the carpenter, the film is built on the premise that it is possible for someone so young to become stricken with an ``old persons disease like AD.

 
ATTIC CAT - KOREAN DRAMA 9 DVDs w/ENGLISH SUBTITLES
ATTIC CAT - KOREAN DRAMA 9 DVDs w/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Rooftop Room Cat (aka Attic Cat or Cat on the Roof) is a South Korean comedy show with light touches of drama about friendship, love and the fine line that separates the two. It was based on the internet novel written by the writer of the comedy show Full House.

 
Lovers in Paris
Lovers in Paris

Lovers in Paris is a successful Korean drama series broadcast by SBS in the summer of 2004. The show is also known as My Sweetheart in Paris and Romance in Paris. The show won the prize for best television drama in the Baeksang Art Awards, held on May 20 2005.

 
A Love to Kill (Korean TV Series)
A Love to Kill (Korean TV Series)

A Love To Kill (이 죽일놈의 사랑; I jukilnomui sarang) is a popular Korean drama on the Korean Broadcasting System which aired in the autumn of 2005. It features hugely popular Korean star Bi (Rain) and Shin Min-a.

 
Save the Last Dance for Me
Save the Last Dance for Me

Save the Last Dance for Me (마지막 춤은 나와 함께, Majimak Chumeun Nawa Hamkke) , aka Save the Last Dance with Me, is a South Korean teledrama of SBS.

 
SWEET 18 / LITTLE BRIDE KOREAN DRAMA 8 DVDs with English Subtitles
SWEET 18 / LITTLE BRIDE KOREAN DRAMA 8 DVDs with English Subtitles

Sweet 18 is a Korean drama produced by KBS in 2004. The story strongly focuses on both personal and clan-level relationships between Jung-sook, a member of Papyeong's Yun clan, and Hyuk-joon, a member of Andong's Kwon clan. Both clans had hoped for re-establishing good relations after being separated for three generations by war, by arranging a marriage between Jung-sook and Hyuk-joon upon Jung-sook's birth.

 
To Marry a Millionaire~ Korean Drama Boxset
To Marry a Millionaire~ Korean Drama Boxset

Marry A Millionaire is a South Korean teledrama produced and broadcasted by SBS from late 2005 - early 2006. It is also entitled "To Marry A Millionaire" or "Millionaire is My Lover."

 
KOREAN TV SERIES " WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM? "
KOREAN TV SERIES " WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM? "

One of MBC's newest romantic comedy series is What's Your Star?, also popularly known as What Star Are You From?

 
Something Happened in Bali
Something Happened in Bali

(Also known as Memories of Bali or What Happened in Bali) is a South Korean drama series with themes of love, jealousy, fate and pride.

 
Stained Glass: 18 Episodes
Stained Glass: 18 Episodes

Stained Glass aka Glass Flower, is a South Korean television series produced by the SBS in 2004. The original television series has a total of 18 episodes. The title of the television series literally refers to the Stained glass artwork found in Roman Catholic Churches.

 
Oldboy (Three-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition)
Oldboy (Three-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition)

Oldboy breaks into a classic three-act saga, the first of which details the hallucinatory period of imprisonment in which Oh Dae-Su wades from mild insanity to outright psychosis in the hands of unseen yet attentive captors.

 
If You Were Me
If You Were Me

This film identifies a lot problems within a homogeneous society like South Korea, and highlights some human rights issues.

 
301/302: A Film By Chul-Soo Park
301/302: A Film By Chul-Soo Park

301 302 explores the mysterious disappearance of one of two young women who live across the hall from each other in a modern apartment complex in Seoul, Korea. The women, referred to by their apartment number, each share common yet dissimilar obsessions. Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival and Official Selection - Berlin International Film Festival.

 
DVD Korean Drama WITCH YOO HEE w/English Subtitle
DVD Korean Drama WITCH YOO HEE w/English Subtitle

Spoiler Description:

Ma Yoo Hee has an independent personality and is the only daughter of the owner of an advertisement company. She works as an advertisement planner. After she is introduced to Jae Mo Ryong, who is a student learning cooking, she falls in love with him. Dennis Oh will play a famous French Chef from America. He is perfect guy named Johnny Kruger from New York. He plays a big part in hooking up Ma Yoo-Hee and Jae Mo Ryong. Jang Sung Mi is the ex-girlfriend of Mo Ryong.

 
Dalja's Spring
Dalja's Spring

Spoiler Description:

Dalja's Spring is the story of Dalja, a 33-year old single at a crossroad of whether to remain single or get married before she gets older. The drama aims to comically and candidly portray the reality and undying pursuit of romance of a thirty something single woman. The love triangle of Dalja, Taebong and Gijoong brews conflicts over love versus marriage. Taebong, a hunk six years younger than Dalja, works as substitute dates and becomes Daljas fake boyfriend. Gijoong is the type who dreams of an ideal and rational courtship. The drama also highlights the life and work of women in their thirties through Dalja who is a talented managing director at a home shopping channel. Actress Chae Rim plays 'Oh Dalja' while actor Lee Min-gi is 'Taebong,' who freelances as a substitute date and develops feelings for his last client Dalja. Lee Hyeon-woo will play 'Yeom Gijoong' and Gong Hyeong-jin is cast for 'Shin Sedo,' a free romantist and Dalja's ex. Actress Lee Hye-young plays Wi Seon-joo, a 33-year-old home shopping show host with a brilliant sense in dating.

 
Korean Drama on AIR ( 1 ~ 20 END ) with English Subtitle
Korean Drama on AIR ( 1 ~ 20 END ) with English Subtitle

Spoiler Description:

This new drama is about the behind the scenes of TV drama production. It also portrays how the whole production team and performers complete a project in a tight schedule and as well as how actors, actresses, and entertainment agencies handle rumors surrounding them. Jang Ki Joon is a manager who is in charge of the activities of many famous actors and actresses. One of them is Oh Seung Ah who is a rising actress. Lee Kyung Min is a drama PD, Seo Young Eun is a script writer with a young son.

 
NEW HEART KOREAN DRAMA 9 DVDs w/English Subtitles
NEW HEART KOREAN DRAMA 9 DVDs w/English Subtitles

Spoiler Description:

This drama will be about the growth and sufferings of the heart surgeons who work in the thoracic surgery department. Lee Eun Sung graduated from a newly established medical school in the provinces. He applies for a job at the hospital and has high hopes of becoming a great doctor. Nam Hye Suk graduated at top of her medical school. She is an absolute fundamentalist but starts to show her humane side once she gets to know Eun Sung. The problem is Choi Kang Gook just became the new head of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He believes that only doctors can save peoples?lives and is a genius but he is also a stubborn surgeon who does not care for hospital policies. Only Eun Sung and Hye Suk apply to work in his department. One day, a famous actor Lee Dong Gwon is admitted into the Hospital for arrhythmia surgery. He immediately falls for Hye-seok, who is his classmate from elementary school. He later gets jealous when he sees that Eun Sung and Hye Suk are getting closer to one another.

 
Cloud Staircase~ New Released Korean Drama Boxset
Cloud Staircase~ New Released Korean Drama Boxset

Spoiler Description:

Jung Soo was a man who lived a life of innocence and diligence. His honest and hard work led him to an opportunity for a bright future. But when he saves a near dying woman through surgery, he becomes mistaken for a skillful doctor. As a savior, she approaches him the more he sees her the more his life complicates and a love blossoms slowly but surely they fall in love a sweet addiction. In order to protect it, he begins to lie to himself and ignore the past. The moment he rises to the top he loses everything and the love that he thought would give him everything turns into poison. He lost his world but this is his story of getting it back. There is a fate that no one can escape Jung-Soo worked as an intern in a small island emergency center but on that day there was a typhoon, a near dying woman, Jung-Won, comes to the island. In a situation where the main doctor is unavailable and there is only one nurse, there is only one person who can give her surgery to survive. He has only worked at the side overlooking the doctor's shoulder but they plead for her survival. There is no time for him to hesitate there is only a choice to make. He chooses surgery to help her live. That day he has made a decision that will change his life forever and meet his fate.

 
Korean Tv Series: How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor w/ English Subtitles
Korean Tv Series: How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor w/ English Subtitles

Spoiler's Description

Baek Soo Chan has nothing in his hands but he lives a life under the belief that he will become the man any woman who sits next to him wants. However, his belief is questioned when he starts to realize true love. This drama will be focusing on the relationships of four persons who are living in the company dorms. A professional con-man, a successor to the company, a lawyer and her meddling assistant

 
All About Eve
All About Eve

All About Eve is a South Korean television drama which was aired on 2000 on MBC that focused on two beautiful, young TV news reporters (portrayed by Kim So-Yeon and Park Chae-rim) competing for the top position at the network they work for.

 
Phone
Phone

Phone is a 2002 South Korean horror film directed by Ahn Byeong-ki and starring Ha Ji-Won and Kim Yu-Mi. It is partly based on a popular South Korean urban legend about a high school student who commits suicide and haunts her school, playing piano when nobody is around.

 
Wishing Stairs
Wishing Stairs

Wishing Stairs is a 2003 South Korean horror film. It is the third in a series of South Korean horror films set in girls high schools that began with 1998's Whispering Corridors, but, as with all movies in the series so far, is unrelated to the others. Similar films not in the series include Dead Friend.

'Watch Your Step'

 
Damo: The Undercover Lady Detective
Damo: The Undercover Lady Detective

Damo is a MBC TV drama series and has been a major part of the Korean Wave both in Asia and throughout the United States. It starred Ha Ji-won, Lee Suh-jin, and Kim Min-joon. Set in Joseon Dynasty Korea, it tells the story of a young slave woman relegated to the low-status job of a policewoman who can investigate the women of the upper class. While investigating a money counterfeiting scheme she finds herself drawn romantically to the leader of a rebel group. The series, with editing techniques similar to CSI, is often favorably compared to as an ancient version of 007 or Alias.

 

~KOREAN CUISINE~

The traditional food of Korea is Kimchi, which is fermented vegetables such as pickles, Chinese cabbage, Chinese turnips, radishes, and cucumber. It is then seasoned with red pepper, onion, garlic, and ginger, and then fermented in earthenware pots. There are said to be over 150 varieties.

~Authentic Korean Recipes~

~Kimchi jon

Ingredients:

Kimchi that is quite ripe (that has been squeezed of excess juice) 300 g; flour or powder called booh cheem garoo used especially in making jon (available in Korean grocery stores) 100 g, 1/2 an egg, chopped green onion 3 Tbs, tofu 50 g, chopped beef 100 g or oysters 200 g, sesame oil 1 Tbs, salt, pepper, water.

Preparations:

1. Squeeze the kimchi of all its excess moisture and juice and cut it into small slices.

2. Squeeze the tofu of its excess moisture and juice and grind it down.

3. Mix all the ingredients together so that it is well incorporated. Take a spoon and dig out large spoonful portions and make small pancakes. Cook them on a well-oiled frying pan.

Kimbap

Kimbap is a wonderful meal that incorporates taste, scent, color and nutrition. And since it is so simple to make, it is the most popular meal that Koreans have as a picnic meal. When making Kimbap, you can use any ingredients to your liking.

However, when making Kimbap, it is ideal to use the following recipe and to keep these points in mind when making it.

Points: Taste: sweet & sour.

Colors: black (seaweed) & white (rice), red (radish), green (cucumber or spinach), brown (meat or tuna), and yellow (egg or cheese, pickled radish called "danmooji")

INGREDIENTS: Dried seaweed- 4 sheets

*Rice 3 cups

*Vinegar 4 Tbs

*Water 3 Tbs

*Sugar 2 Tbs

*Salt 2 Tbs

*Cucumber 1/2 of one

*Carrots 200 g

"Danmooji" (Pickled radish - yellow in color) 100 g

*Beef 100 g

*Soy Sauce 1 Tbs

*Sugar 1 Tbs

*An alcoholic beverage 1 Tbs

*1 egg

*oil, pepper, salt, sesame oil ...

*Bamboo mat (made especially for the purpose of rolling kimbap) and a kitchen brush.

PREPARATIONS: Set the dried seaweed (made especially for the purpose of kimbap).

Cook the rice. Bring the mixture of vinegar, sugar, salt, and water to a boil and condense it so that the mixture equals about 3 Tbs worth and mix it well with the cooked rice while it's hot.

Cut the cucumber in four, long parts. Also cut the carrots in the same way and stir-fry them with a pinch of salt.

Stir-fry the beef along with the ingredients from "preparation step 3."

Break the egg and cook it in the pan as if you were making a large omelette. Afterwards, cut it into four, vertically long pieces, like the cucumber and carrot.

Place the dried seaweed onto the bamboo mat and spread the rice made from step two of this list. Do not cover the seaweed completely, but cover about 2/3 of it, making sure the layer of rice is not too thick. Then place the long pieces of carrot, cucumber, egg and the beef in the center so that you may begin to roll the kimbap.

Once you have rolled the kimbap into shape, lightly brush it with a brush dipped in sesame oil and cut it into bite size pieces.

After every cut, make sure you moisten the knife with a wet towel so that when you cut it, the pieces will be in nice, clean cuts.

~Authentic Korean Kitchen Wares~ - One of a kind design, perfect in all occasion!

Fuji Merchandise 5 piece Crane Chopstick Set with Rests Black
Fuji Merchandise 5 piece Crane Chopstick Set with Rests Black

Try this classy chopstick design perfect for give-aways or gift in all occasion.

 
Korean BBQ Plate
Korean BBQ Plate

Perfect for picnic, family gatherings, and outdoor hiking.

 

Korean Travel Books

...highly recommended!


Korea
Culture Smart!:
a quick guide to customs and etiquette
(Culture Smart!)


Seoul
(City Guide)


Frommer's South Korea
(Frommer's Complete)


Korea Calling:
The Essential Handbook for Teaching English and Living in South Korea


Lost Names:
Scenes from a Korean Boyhood


Daydream Believers:
How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power


The Reluctant Communist:
My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea


Tae Kwon Do Basics, Techniques and Forms:
The Indomitable Martial Art of Korea


When You Were Born in Korea:
A Memory Book for Children Adopted from Korea


The Koreans:
Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies


Asia Shock:
Horror and Dark Cinema from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand


Tradition, Treaties, and Trade:
Qing Imperialism and Choson Korea, 1850-1910
(Harvard East Asian Monographs)


Korea Style


Everlasting Flower:
A History of Korea


The Korean War:
The Story and Photographs
(America Goes to War)


The Coldest Winter:
America and the Korean War


Lost Names:
Scenes from a Korean Boyhood


Insight Guides South Korea
(Insight Guide South Korea)


East of Chosin:
Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950
(Texas a & M University Military History Series)


Korea Old and New:
A History
(Korea Institute)

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      David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice! I sort of participated in the Japanese wave, the Russian wave, and the Chinese wave... never got around to the Korean wave, although I was exposed to the language by taking Tae Kwon Do when I was a kid and then later when my kids took Tae Kwon Do. Congratulations on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      I'd never heard about the Korean wave. Thanks for educating me.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i like the korean culture, people and food. hmmmm, kimchi.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      I am getting weepy for Kimchi, mul kimchi was a particular favorite, but since there were over a hundred types. Never really got to experience them all in the 3 years I lived there. Great lens.

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      Awesome and very thorough lens on hallyu, Naiza. My husband and I went to SK for the first time (for me) last year and I fell in love with the place! I'm not surprised that the rest of the world is eating up their culture these days. ~Blessed~

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      TaekwondoCoach 7 years ago

      Lovin all the Korean info. I feel I know soooo much more about the culture already.

      David

      Taekwondo Coach

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      martialartstraining 7 years ago

      Great books!!!

      Now if I only had the money to get them.

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      LearnKorean 7 years ago

      I can see that you really love korean drama... me too. I can't live without it.

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      alesxandrea 8 years ago

      i just couldn't resist it.. you deserve a perfect 5*... i love all your lenses!

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      nooranwer 9 years ago

      Great lens with loads of information 5 stars

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      papawu 9 years ago

      Fantastic lens about my people! Well researched and well done. Salamat Po and Pat Nu Bayan Kanang Dios!

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      Webcodes LM 9 years ago

      Really enjoyed this lens. 5* and favorite. Check out my korean macarena lens if you want to see a popular korean dance. Thank you for this lens.

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      tokyobabydoll 9 years ago

      I think its started with popular korean dramas like Winter Sonata. I've watched these are well , as it spwaned interest to jdramas and taiwan dramas as well.

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      tokyobabydoll 9 years ago

      I think its started with popular korean dramas like Winter Sonata. I've watched these are well , as it spwaned interest to jdramas and taiwan dramas as well.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      wow, what a long list of all things korean. the wave really is big in asia - very successful way of promoting korea :)

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Very nicely done! Korean culture isn't something I know much about, thanks for the phrases!

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      catch-cheating 10 years ago

      wonderful lens, high five

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      Signhappy 10 years ago

      Another fabulous lens. 5 stars!

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      frostcry 10 years ago

      Great lens , I traveled to South Korea , it was wonderful. I hope to return someday. Thanks for the great info.