K-Culture: Andong Kim Clan

Watching sageuk will make you realize that some people in the Palace court are much more powerful than the King himself. From influential kingmakers to powerful military families, these controlling figures usually ump the drama in historical series. One recent example is the manipulative Andong Kim Clan in the Shin Hae-sun-starrer Queen Cheorin (also known…

K-Culture: Dog-like vs Cat-like Faces

K-drama muggles may find it weird that Koreans often compared their beloved actors/actresses’ faces to dogs, cats, and other animal faces. But if you think about it, the resemblance is there. Aside from the physical comparison, they also tend to associate celebrity traits and impressions with animals. Why Animal Faces? The curious cat in me…

K-Culture: Korean Broadcasting Networks

International Korean drama fans have no qualms on which TV channel will broadcast a series they would want to watch as they mostly sourced it from different online streaming sites. However, this non-Korean with a curious mind writer still want to know more about the difference between these media brands familiar to all drama lovers.…

K-Culture: 15 Korean proverbs and sayings you should learn

They say 'a picture is worth a thousand words' but there are words or short phrases that convey a deeper meaning. My curious mind was recently teased by The Undateables where female lead Yoo Jung-eum always mixed up sayings she used. I then decided to search for popular proverbs and sayings in Korean. Ready? Korean Proverbs and…

K-Culture: Korean Lunar New Year

As the majority of the world celebrated Valentine's Day last week, some are preparing for one of the biggest national holidays in South Korea - 설날 (seollal). K-drama fans' social media timelines were probably filled with their favorite celebrities selca with their families as this three-day event centers around family reunions, food, and remembering ancestors.…

K-Culture: Korean Side Dishes

People often overlooked those in the sidelines. Everyone seems to focus on the things on the center and no one looks things beyond that. Like we often take for granted the K-drama female lead’s sassy best friend or the too-good-to-be-true second lead. Fortunately, that is not the case when it comes to Korean food. Those…

K-Culture: The Pojangmacha Confession

When you say K-drama location, most fans would probably say Jeju, Busan, or Seoul. We often see that street tents in K-dramaland but we usually dismiss it as the usual place where the characters drink alcohol. No one would answer 포장마차 (Pojangmacha). Pojangmacha 101 포장마차 (Pojangmacha) or 포차 (Pocha) for short, which literally means tented…

K-Culture: Anju Snacks

My non-fan friends are always baffled every time I complain feeling  hungry after binge-watching K-dramas. They don't understand how the characters make Korean food so savory and mouth-watering, you suddenly crave for 떡볶이 (tteokbokki), 김밥 (gimbap), or 계란말이 (Korean egg roll). Food is a vital part of Korean culture. Having a meal together is a way for Koreans…