Korean Wave and 5 Reasons People are Crazy about Korean
The Korean Wave also known as ‘Hallyu’, is the global popularity of South Korea’s culture. The Korean Wave involves the global spread of the likes of South Korea’s music, drama, literature, food, fashion and cosmetics. As a result, many people across the world have fallen in love with the Korean culture and are eager to learn the Korean language. The Korean wave is so influential that it has reached as far as North Africa and Eastern Europe, showing no signs of slowing down.
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So, here are 5 facts about the Korean Wave and why people are crazy about the language:
1. Korean Fashion
Korean fashion is bold, uniquely identifiable and has dominated the fashion industry. For instance, many Western brands such as Zara, H&M, and Urban Outfitters have introduced lines that are heavily influenced by Korean fashion. From sporty attire and neon colours, to checked prints and oversized shirts, these are a few things to expect when walking through the streets of South Korea. The Korean Wave impact is so ubiquitous that it’s no wonder everyone is going crazy for their style!
2. Korean Food
Korean cuisine is delicious, and it’s no surprise that people want to visit South Korea and learn the language. Tasty traditional Korean dishes include kimchi, bulgogi (beef barbecue), and Mandoo (dumplings). Korean dishes such as Kimchi are re-created in restaurants all around the world, with hundreds of different versions of the dish. From Paris, London, to New York, everyone loves the mouthwatering traditional Korean cuisine.
3. Korean Pop
K-pop is a popular genre that originates from South Korea, consisting of electronic, hip-hop, rock and R&B music, and is one of the main components of the Korean Wave. K-pop has received global recognition thanks to the likes of PSY, BTS and BLACKPINK to name a few. For instance, PSY’s Gangnam Style took the world by storm. The track became a viral sensation and even ‘broke’ YouTube’s viewing limit, making news headlines all around the world. People from all over the globe have fallen in love with K-Pop, with many Korean artists carrying a huge international fan base.
4. Korean beauty
K-beauty has quickly made its way into homes across the globe, with big names names such as Cult Beauty and Selfridges offering Korean specific beauty lines. K-beauty is famous for its 10 step beauty routine that had intrigued beauty lovers, both men and women. The 10 step beauty routine is considered the perfect recipe for the luminous skin that the Koreans favour. Korean beauty brands are quickly becoming a world leader in cosmetics, and the widespread use of cosmetics by Korean men has kick-started the male beauty industry in other countries too.
The rising popularity of Korean drama, also known as K-drama, is another reason why people are obsessed with the Korean language and one of the latest impacts of the Korean Wave. K-drama addresses a variety of stories that get viewers hooked. From love, family, and friendships, to aliens, fantasy and zombies – there is certainly a K-drama series for everybody. It’s no surprise that foreigners are now keener than ever to start learning the Korean language!
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