South Korea is known for dominating the world through music, drama, and even food. People today are crazier than ever over the rising stars who influenced them to love not just the entertainment industry, but also the culture. As a result, tourism in South Korea has indeed boomed for the last years.
On this month's Culture Scope, we will discover more about the land of trendsetters by learning more about what South Korea is known for.
Hangeul (Korean Alphabet)
Hangeul is considered the only writing system in the world that places a consonant in the bottom position of a syllable. It consists of 19 consonants and 21 vowels. Its structure portrays beauty in harmony by the way the lines are written.
Today, many fans are able to familiarize themselves with the Korean Alphabet because of various online resources. Korean enthusiast love to show their affection for the culture by adorning photos or various surfaces with these symbols.
The hanbok is Korea's traditional dress. It was originated from the Joseon era (1392-1910). The beauty of the hanbok is only complete when it's worn. This is because the beauty of the flowing lines can only be felt when outlined by the silhouette of the wearer.
The DDP holds various domestic and international events like exhibitions, fashion, shows, forums, conferences and more. It was selected as one of the Top 52 Places to Visit in 2015 by the New York Times, included in the list of Top 5 Most Popular Places according to Korean Facebook users and was the most Instagram-tagged location in Korea. Designed by the world-renowned Zaha Hadid, the structure of this architecture magnifies and portrays openness and serves as a link between the traditional and modern South Korea.
Pyeongchang was selected as the host city for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics. It's a county located in Gangwon province in Taebaek Mountains. Pyeongchang is home to several Buddhist temples and is approximately 180km east of Seoul, the capital city of South Korea.
The K-Entertainment today has gone beyond music to TV drama series, films, and games. In 2012, Korean singer Psy's YouTube video of the song "Gangnam Style" was listed in the Guinness World Records as the first to be viewed more than 1 billion times as well as the most liked. From sharp dance moves to astounding performances in acting, these actors, singers, and performers have dominated worldwide, breaking down even language and cultural barriers to entertain the masses.
Samgyeopsal (pork belly), tteokbokki (rice cake), gimbap (rice roll), bibimbap (mixed rice, vegetables, and meat), and the well-known kimchi dish (fermented vegetables) are just some of the Korean dishes people people can't get enough of, K-fans or otherwise. Authentic Korean cuisine might be one of the top reasons why tourists love visiting the country so much.
We can never deny the charm of South Korea to which fans from all over the world are enchanted with. Entertaining even foreigners with sound, sight, taste, and even smell, South Korea just keeps evolving and providing higher quality entertainment and experiences each time with an explosion of culture and bright, modern styles.