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Why I love Hongdae

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I first visited Seoul two years ago, and while planning for my trip, I decided to stay in Hongdae after reading that it is mostly frequented by students and younger people.

I fell in love with Hongdae after watching a young singer performing on the streets.


He was performing Don't Forget (잊어버리지마) by Crush (feat. Taeyeon), which was my jam at that time.

Since it was my first time in Seoul at that time, I spent a lot of time watching street performers/buskers.

On my last day, I spent the whole afternoon watching this group perform.

On my second trip to Seoul, I stayed for a few days in Myeongdong. I missed the vibe in Hongdae, and knew that I had to go back the moment I stepped out of my room.

Don't get me wrong, Myeongdong is my second favorite place in Seoul, but Hongdae just has a special place in my heart.

At that time, I was supposed to stay a few days in Busan, but some unexpected things happened so I ended up transferring from Myeongdong to Hongdae.

As usual, I went back …

I booked an "oppa" for my birthday. Here's what happened

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It's been almost ten years since I fell in love with everything Korean.

Fresh out of college, one of my first jobs is to teach English to Koreans. At first, I told myself that I wouldn't be too involved with the culture. I was studying for my Master's degree at that time and even when I started to fall in love with Korea, I consciously rejected the idea of shifting out of my major (Southeast Asia) to Korean studies.

My love for Korea started when a student taught me how to read and write in Korean. Being a history and culture buff, I started falling in love with everything about South Korea with every letter and word I learn from my "teacher."

I started listening to K-pop, and then I started watching Korean dramas. I started eating Korean food and even ~daydreamed~ of having a Korean boyfriend.

One of the first things I learned about Korean culture is that they take age and titles seriously. Even an age difference of two years would put one at a higher "lev…

New to K-Drama? Must-See Dramas to get You Started

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There will always be that one thing, be it a song, a movie, or a drama, that will get you hooked to something you'll be enjoying for a long time. For K-Drama fans, the drama or movie that introduced them to their favorite actors and actresses will always be memorable.

I've been a fan of anything Korean for more than a decade now, and yet the memories of that first time I saw Gong Yoo is still fresh in my memory.

I mean, who wouldn't fall for this face?


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Here are five Korean dramas that every newbie should see.

Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy (also known as Hello My Teacher), 2005

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Before he became popular (again) on Goblin, Gong Yoo first made waves with his character on The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (with Yoon Eun-hye), but if you want to go farther back in his filmography, then you should watch him on Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy.

In this series, Gong Yoo played the role of Park Tae-in, a high school student (which he pulled off very well, despite …

Kpop News: Rest in peace, Kim Jonghyun

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Kim Jonghyun of Korean boy group Shinee passed away Monday. He was 27.

According to a report on The Korea Herald, Kim died in the hospital after he was found unconscious at a residence in Cheongdam-dong in Seoul.

Police said they received a call from Kim's sister Monday afternoon, saying his brother may have attempted to commit suicide.

Kim was found with a burning coal briquette nearby.

Police said they will investigate the incident as a suspected suicide.

Kim is a vocalist for Shinee.

(This article was originally published on ABS-CBN News Online)

KPop News: BIGBANG's Taeyang, Min Hyo-rin to get married next year

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Today is happy days for all fans of Korean boy group BIGBANG.
On Instagram, Taeyang, or Dong Young-bae, confirmed reports that he will be marrying his girlfriend of four years, actress Min Hyo-rin.
"Today, I want to share with you guys about the most important and joyful promise I have made in my life. I have pledged to spend the rest of my life with Min Hyorin, the one who has always stuck by me for the past four years," he wrote.
Taeyang also thanked all his supporters and hoped for their continuous support.
"To all the fans who always treated me as if I was family, to all of my Big Bang members, to all of my YG family, to everyone I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with and meet, I want to say THANK YOU. I will continue to live my life with responsibility and humility. My hope is that you will continue to support us and give your blessings for our future ahead as a couple."
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KPop News: Tiffany, Sooyoung and Seohyun reportedly leaving SM Entertainment

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It's a sad day for KPop fans everywhere as it was reported that three of the eight members of Korean girl group Girls' Generation have decided to terminate their contracts with S.M. Entertainment.

According to a report on Korea Herald, members Tiffany, Sooyoung and Seohyun have decided to terminate their contracts.

The five other members, Taeyeon, Yoona, Sunny, Hyoyeon and Yuri, on the other hand, have renewed their contracts.

With this recent development, it is unclear what will happen to the group.

SM Entertainment, however, assured fans that Girls' Generation will not disband.

Tiffany is reportedly going to the United States to study, while Sooyoung and Seohyun are expected to focus on their acting careers.

Girls' Generation released their latest full-length album in August to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

(This article was originally published on ABS-CBN News Online.)

BIGBANG's Seungri and NHR in Manila

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Last month, BIGBANG's GDragon ang Taeyang visited Manila for a concert. This time it's their maknae, Seungri, who visited the Philippines with his Natural High Record DJs Danu, Glory and TPA.

Seungri and the rest of the gang first performed in Boracay last October 6, then they set Valkyrie Nightclub in Manila on fire on October 7.

I love BIGBANG but Seungri has always been my bias, so I couldn't let this pass. It was fine to miss both GDragon's and Taeyang's concert, but I had to see Seungri again.

And it was the best decision ever.

Here also some videos from the night:






Aside from being so close to Seungri, the best part of my night was when I got a shirt from NHR.
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