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About Korea Wave

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What is Korea-Wave (Hallyu)?

The Korea Wave refers to the phenomenon of Korean entertainment and popular culture rolling over the world with pop music, TV dramas, and movies. Also known as "Hallyu" (한류) in Korean, the term was first coined by the Chinese press in the late 1990s to describe the growing popularity of Korean pop culture in China.

K-Wave
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    K-Drama

    The global popularity of Korean dramas began with the export of Korean dramas to China during the 1990s. Many aspects of Korean culture, ranging from interesting stories and themes of K-Dramas to fashion styles and space interior, are drawing global attention. Let’s tour famous Hallyu sites that have become more popular after their appearance in K-Drama.(My Love from the Star, The Heirs, Secret Garden, Personal Taste, Rooftop Prince, others)

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    K-pop

    K-Pop means Korean popular music. With OSTs from Korean dramas becoming popular, people started to pay attention to Hallyu. It discovered its current potential through Psy’s Gangnam Style in 2012 and received global attention through EXO in 2014. The K-Pop course introduces famous tourist sites that contain the stories of Hallyu stars.(EXO, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, G-Dragon, Psy, others)

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    K-Star

    Actors get fans’ love for their beautiful appearance and excellent acting, whereas singers dominate the stage with their fancy performances. Today’s Hallyu stars demonstrate their value beyond their craft through K-Pop, K-Drama, and K-TV shows. Let’s visit famous tourist sites where we can feel the presence of Hallyu stars.(Lee Min-ho, Park Yu-chun, Ha Ji-won, Hyun Bin, Yoon Eun-hye)

  • K-TV Show

    Hallyu contents, which have begun from dramas and popular songs, are expanding their influence to movies and entertainment programs. K-TV shows such as We Got Married and Running Man are drawing global attention through different formats and stories. This course is a must-visit for overseas fans who love K-TV shows, guiding them through the famous sites of K-TV shows.(We Got Married, Infinite Challenge, Running Man, EXO’s Show Time, others)

  • K-Culture

    With the development of SNS, every move of Hallyu stars, ranging from their artwork as well as their personal interests, is getting Hallyu fans’ attention. Now, fans’ love for Hallyu continues with fans’ interest in Korean culture. This course introduces experience-oriented famous sites for tourists who want to get to know Korea more.(fashion, beauty, traditional culture, lifestyle, others)

K-Food
  • Cup-bop

    'Cup-bop' is a new trend in Korean style take-out food. Cup-bop serves Korean-style take-out in several cities along the Wasatch front as part of the growing food truck industry. Cup-bop started in Salt Lake City and now has two operating food trucks. They also operate concessions at the University of Utah sporting events. The food truck receives the most popular comments rave about the quality customer service, large portions, and delicious food.
    Overall, Cup-bop is an excellent food truck option for Salt Lake residents. The food is delicious, the service goes above and beyond, and the staff makes the entire experience one of a kind. Now, people from all over the world follow Korea tread to keep pace with fancy food.

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    Chi-Maek(Chicken and Beer)

    The term ‘Chi-Maek ' is derived from the terms chicken and Maekju (meaning "beer").
    Chi-Maek has been around for a while but the term itself became widespread in 2010, the year of the World Cup, and something of a golden year for Chi-Maek.
    Korean-style fried chicken is becoming popular abroad. The Chi-Maek fever that swept through China in the past year can be traced to a line from the popular South Korean TV drama, "My Love from the Star." Chi-Maek makes frequent appearances as the favored comfort food of the drama's heroine, who says, "It's snowing. How can you not have Chi-Maek?" The show has inspired a Chi-Maek festival in the Chinese city of Ningbo, social media memes and long lines outside of Korean fried chicken restaurants in China. ‘Chi-Maek' is one of the foods represent New Korea wave.

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    Pajeon

    Pajeon (green onion pancake) is a mixture of wheat flour batter and scallions shallow-fried on a griddle. It goes wonderfully well with chilled dongdongju (floating rice wine). Recently, restaurants specializing in pajeon have proliferated with the revived popularity of makgeolli (Korean rice wine).
    For some reason, people associate rain with pajeon. Some say it’s because the sound of raindrops hitting the ground or a window sill reminds people of the sizzle of spattering oil as the pajeon is fried. And, this theory may not be as far-fetched as you might think. According to an experiment conducted by a sound engineering lab, the two sounds have almost identical vibrations and frequencies.

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    Makgeolli (Traditional Korean Rice Liquor)

    Makgeolli is a traditional malt liquor, and when strained to refined clear liquor becomes cheongju (literally ‘clear liquor’), or Korean sake. Makgeolli made for export needs to be sterilized, however as the process destroys amino acids and bacteria actually considered good for one’s health, the reader is advised to try the original, unsterilized makgeolli during their time in Seoul. The difference in taste will be apparent. This traditional drink – extremely popular in recent years – goes well with most Korean foods, but it goes especially well with kimchi or Pajeon (green onion pancake).