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Win copies of – Make Out in Korean: 3rd Edition – by Tuttle Publishing

After the tremendous success of Making Out in Korean, Tuttle Publishing is now out with the 3rd edition of this book and to celebrate its success they are giving out 3 copies of this book.

For those of you who are not aware, this book is very handy for those who are new to the dating scene in South Korea or who just got hitched. This books has conversations on topics from making acquaintances, discussing likes and dislikes, going out to developing romantic relationships and much more. The revised edition includes more idioms with the same categories, but MOST importantly includes the phrases in Hangeul,

Missing Korean Dramas – Where do I watch them now?

Last night when I visited Dramacrazy.net website I realized that they have shut down. And with that it seems as if they have closed yet another gate into the world of Korean Entertainment for outsiders.

the-king-2hearts - Lee Seung Ki - Romantic Korean Drama

Initially there was mysoju.com which closed down and now this. The sad part is that with sites like viki.com and dramafever.com you don’t have access to all the dramas in specific countries. So here is India I get access to limited dramas on the viki.com website.

Hallyu Top 10 Android App (Korean Actors, Actresses, & Kpop bands)

The Korean wave or Hallyu refers to the increase in the popularity of South Korean entertainment and culture beginning in the 1990s in Asia, and more recently, in other parts of the world. The wave represents a surge in the international visibility of Korean culture. The term Hallyu was coined in mid-1999 by Beijing journalists surprised at the fast growing popularity of Korean entertainment and culture in China.

Kimchi Warriors – The Book

If you have not heard of Kimchi Warrior yet, then think of it as the Korean Version of Popeye. Well not exactly, but Kimchi Warrior has done to kimchi what Popeye has done to spinach. Based on the premise of Popeye, Kimchi Warrior obtains supernatural strength by consuming the most prominent Korean dish, kimchi, to defend mankind from the world’s most notorious diseases like The Swine Flu, Mad Cow Disease, Malaria, SARS etc.

Young Man Kang, is the man behind the web animation series, Kimchi Warrior and he has received many an awards in the lifetime of his career. Kimchi Warrior too has received international recognition and is currently live on YouTube with 15 episodes of 5-6 minutes duration each.

Most Searched People in South Korea for the year 2012

This year too Google has published the zietgeist for 2012 highlighting the top 10 most searched people in South Korea. The list is dominated by females K-POP stars with only two male celebrities making it to the list and one of them is not even a K-POP star. Surprisingly Lee Min Ho does not feature in this list.

Top 10 Most Searched People in South Korea for the year 2012


27 Popular Romantic Korean Dramas you must watch

If you want to learn Korean, or you are a big Korean Drama fanatic, or you love watching romantic dramas, or it is snowing outside and you are locked in your room with nothing better to do, or you have a Korean boy friend / girl friend, or you want to watch something different yet romantic or you are in love with Korean Culture, or you have heard of hallyu but dont know what it is, or you are just a die-hard fan of lee min ho, or you are just plain getting bored, or you are feeling lonely, or you just had a break up with your boyfriend / girlfriend, or whatever your reason might be, but if you have even the slightest of interest in Korean Culture or Korean Entertainment then here are the top 27 dramas you must watch.

If you are very new to Korean culture and if you find this list overwhelming then we recommend that you watch atleast the top 5 dramas that we have shortlisted and let us know what you think.. And even if that is too much for you then we recommend that you watch at the least ? Coffee Prince ? and we guarantee that you will come back looking for more..korean drama personal-taste - lee min ho

Top 5 must watch Korean Dramas

South Korea Defeats North Korea in Tense Table Tennis Match

We are currently at day eight of the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The latest medal count for the top ten performing countries are as follows:

China: 50 (23 Gold, 16 Silver, 11 Bronze)
United States: 49 (24 Gold, 11 Silver, 14 Bronze)
United Kingdom: 26 (11 Gold, 7 Silver, 8 Bronze)
Russia: 25 (3 Gold, 13 Silver, 9 Bronze)
France: 22 (8 Gold, 6 Silver, 8 Bronze)
Japan: 22 (2 Gold, 9 Silver, 11 Bronze)
Germany: 20 (5 Gold, 9 Silver, 6 Bronze)
Australia: 17 (1 Gold, 10 Silver, 6 Bronze)
South Korea: 16 (9 Gold, 2 Silver, 5 Bronze)
Italy: 13 (5 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze)

City of Future – Sangdo International Business District – Korea

Northeast Asia, anchored by Japan, China, and Korea, is home to three of the largest economies in the world, all with dynamic business environments. Throughout history, geographic convenience led to international business being transacted primarily through Southern Asia within relatively close proximity to the hubs of Hong Kong and Singapore. The explosion of economic and business growth experienced by Northeast Asia in the last decade has led to the need for another, northern Asian hub.

Korean Wave – Hallyu – getting popular in India

After reading the article today on Times of India – Korean Wave takes Indian Kids in its sway – suddenly reminded me of the day I was shooting for the Arirang Episode. I had asked my show director if she had visited India. And she told me that she had been to Nagaland to shoot a documentary as Korean Culture was very popular in that part of India. I had not paid much attention to her then, but then reading the article today kind of reinforced the fact that Korean Culture was definitely getting popular in India and it piqued my curiosity to find out more about this phenomenon.

Interview – Kyung-Sook Shin – Please Look After Mom

Please Look After Mom is a book about sixty-nine-year-old So-nyo who gets separated from her husband among the crowds of the Seoul subway station, and her family who then begin a desperate search to find her.

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