My Love from the Star

Written by Jennifer

March 2014Entertainment

My Love from the Star, the most famous Korean TV series aired during last winter has just ended last week. An alien named Do Min-joon who landed on earth 400 years also falls in love with a top Korean actress, Cheon Song-yi and protects her from all kinds of conspiracies using his superpowers to teleport and stop time.

The drama gained popularity for its spectacular image beauty, unique characters, and excellent actings of the two stars, Jun Ji-hyun ... (Read More)

Seollal, Lunar New Year’s Day

Written by Eli

January 2014Entertainment

 

Seollal, or Lunar New Year’s Day, is one of the most meaningful holidays for Koreans. They usuallygather at home during at least three days and spend time together with their families and relatives, catching up on what they have been doing. Celebration of the Lunar New Year is believed to have started to let in good luck and ward off bad spirits all throughout the year.

Korean New Year generally falls on the day of the second new moon ... (Read More)

Japanese Snow Festivals

Written by Bou

January 2014Entertainment

In Japan, particularly in the region of Hokkaido, where the climate is colder, snow festivals are a big attraction that takes place in February. In Sapporo ice statues are exhibited along big streets called 'oodoori'. It encaptures the charm of the city especially at night when it is decorated with lights.

 

In another area called Tochigi a snow festival called 'Kamakura Matsuri' takes place from the end of January through March. It ... (Read More)

Yeouido Park

Written by Sam

January 2014Entertainment

Located on Yeouido Island, in the central part of Seoul. Yeouido Park is one of the most popular recreational areas in the city. More than 30,000 people visit it on the weekdays and over 60,000 on weekends. Locals enjoy strolling around, play basketball or attend cultural events. 


One of the must-see areas in spring is the Yunjunro Street, famous for having the loveliest cherry blossom street in Seoul with 30 to 40 years old trees, lined ... (Read More)

Christianity in Korea

Written by Bou

January 2014Entertainment

Christianity in Korea is dominated by two main subgroups: Protestantism (8.3 million) and Catholicism (5.3). In total, Christianity accounts for over 13 million in a country  of approximately 50 million.

Christianity was easily adopted in Korea because people thought it was modern, progressive and rich. Most of all, unlike Shamanism and Buddhism, the religion is practiced out and in the light.

Religion, more so Christianity has been a dynamic force in Korean society. They set the record for the ... (Read More)

Jeondong-gil Road

Written by Eli

January 2014Entertainment

Jeondong-gil is probably one of the most famous roads in Seoul. The street is lined with historical landmarks and the natural curviness of the road makes it a great spot for a relaxing walk. However many couples avoid Jeondong-gil since there’s an old legend saying that lovers who walk along the road together will eventually break up.

Close to the Seoul Museum of Art, Chongdong Theater and royal palaces, this area of Seoul is a popular destination both ... (Read More)

The Gosu Cave

Written by Bou

December 2013Entertainment

The Gosu cave is known to be Korea’s natural monument. It is a limestone cave located in Danyang-gun (단양군), formed between 400 and 500 million years ago. The cave’s length is measured at 1.7 km and while it is in its maturity stage, it offers mysterious sights of stalactite and stalagmites created by eroded shelves and subterranean water.


The area used to be filled with fields of tall grasses, which is where it got its name. “Gosu” ... (Read More)

Boseong Light Festival

Written by Admin

December 2013Entertainment

Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival is one of the most famous winter festivals in Korea. It takes place in the green tea fields of Boseong, one of Korea’s most impressive tourist destinations, from December 13, 2013 to February 2, 2014.

The vast tea plantation is decorated with thousands of colorful light bulbs. The main highlight of this festival is a 120-meter-high tree decorated with more than 100,000 lights, which makes an impressive view and for tourists and residents ... (Read More)

Globalization of Hansik

Written by Yoonyoung

November 2013Entertainment

In 2008 the Korean government was determined to globalize Korean food—also known as Hansik— and raise its awareness to match the ranks of their already globally received counterparts--such as Italian and Japanese cuisine.

Our Inspired Steps team recently had the privilege to host an event sponsored by the Korean Food Foundation called K-Cook Delight.

While planning for this campaign I recognized that in the midst of such an information saturated era, one-way communication isn't going to be so effective.

In an era, where ... (Read More)

The Next Phase Of Hallyu

Written by Yoonyoung

November 2013Entertainment

   

Hello. My name is Yoon Young Kwon and I am the CEO of Inspired Steps and Muvik.

The Korean wave, also known as Hallyu, has been received vibrantly across Asia and recently started to penetrate into other parts of the world as well. It attracts people to know more about Korean culture.

I started my career in Japan and was involved in the Japanese media and entertainment industry working as a consultant. I’ve observed the evolution of the ... (Read More)

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

Written by Admin

October 2013Entertainment

 

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is the largest festival in Korea and one of the most important movie events in Asia. Held every October in Haeundae and Nampo-dong, in Busan, it showcases more than 300 movies from 70 countries. The BIFF is focused on introducing new films and first-time directors, especially from Asian countries. Another distinctive feature of the BIFF is the appeal to young people, both in ... (Read More)

B.A.P on Top (in Germany)

Written by Chris

October 2013Entertainment

 

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B.A.P is a Korean hip-hop group from Seoul, South Korea. Their name is actually an acronym for Best Absolute Perfect, and the group was formed in 2012 as part of TS Entertainment. Currently, B.A.P has six members: Yongguk, Himchan, Daehyun, Youngjae, Jongup, and Zelo. B.A.P made their recording debut with “Warrior” in January, 2012. Recently, B.A.P released “Hurricane” on July 17.

K-pop is rather active in Germany, and the country ... (Read More)

World Taekwondo Culture Expo

Written by Aaron

July 2013Entertainment

Located in the Jeollabuk-do Province Muju-gun area of Korea, from July 12-17, an action packed festival known as the World Taekwondo Culture Expo takes place, from martial artists specializing in tae-kwon-do coming from various parts of the world. Roughly 2000 athletes from 31 different countries participate in competitive events and seminars relevant to tae-kwon-do, all the while learning more about the province and country of Korea. 

Several matches go on throughout the 6 ... (Read More)

R16 Korea 2013

Written by Aaron

July 2013Entertainment

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R16 is a world b-boy masters championship where breakdancing crews from all over gather together and dance it to be walk away with a grand prize, as well as recognition as one of the finest in b-boy history. Although it is centrally focused on break dancing crew performances, this cultural event that takes place annually in South Korea features tons of talented individuals, ... (Read More)

E-Sports, League Of Legends

Written by Lee

June 2013Entertainment

MVP Ozone is becoming one of the best League Of Legends teams in the world, and they just won the OGN Club Masters Spring to prove it by taking home $71,000. Not only has their teamwork been constantly improving in the last few months, but they have grown into a team that many have come to fear. When facing CJ Blaze (a team which has been known to be better than ... (Read More)

Korean Tradition: GangNeung Danoje Festival

Written by Aaron

June 2013Entertainment

From June 9-16th, all the way in Gangwondo, Gangneung, people gather to celebrate and take part in the Danoje Festival, a place for varying religions to mix together in celebration of Korea's traditional roots. It is here; people of the traditional religions of Shamanism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism carry out ceremonies to get in touch with their ancestors. 

Parades, sendoff rituals by fire, mask dramas, brewing of the sacred liquor, and ... (Read More)

Traditional Korean Performance, Nongak

Written by Aaron

June 2013Entertainment

Nongak, or what is known as "farmer's music/dance" is one of Korea's most prominent traditional folk dances that not only illustrate the roots of Korean folk people back ages before, but their energy. Nongak diverges into five different types, each designated to a specific region of Korea. It is in each different area, do the people demonstrate their own stylized version of nongak, and along with each one, a definitive mark ... (Read More)

Traditional Korean Performance, Buchaechum

Written by Aaron

June 2013Entertainment

One of Korea's traditional dances that mix both visual artistry and elegance is known as Buchaechum. Originally created by Kim Baek-bong and presented at 1954, this dance consists of mainly female dancers, with high concentration toward the design of the fans. Usually, the fans are decorated with pink blossoms, and the choreography is stylized in a way to represent figures of birds, waves, etc. While they perform, the dancers wear ... (Read More)

Seafood Markets

Written by Gladis

May 2013Entertainment

There are multiple seafood markets that can be discovered in the heart of Seoul. It is here you can find rather cheap, but various seafood to cook and eat for later. Even if such cuisine isn't apart of your preference, visiting these seafood markets for the experience is definitely something that is heavily recommended for anyone that visits or resides in Korea.

Shellfish, fish and other marine products are served raw here, ... (Read More)

Exploring Korean Department Stores

Written by Gladis

May 2013Entertainment

The Korean department store is a multi-level experience of modern Korean culture.  It is more than just a shopping center – it is a symbolism of the wealth the country has accumulated over the years and a representation of how advanced Korean society has evolved and continues to evolve.  Floors of compartmentalized designer booths ranging from local to international brands make up the majority of the department store, with each floor ... (Read More)

e-Sports Festival

Written by Aaron

May 2013Entertainment

With South Korea being one of the central meccas for gaming, it is absolutely reasonable that there would be a festival geared toward electronic gaming. Known for hosting worldwide tournaments and being filled with players that make millions just from being able to strategically win a virtual match, Seoul opens up its market once again at the e-Sports Festival 2013, this year of May 17 to 18th. 

The games that will be ... (Read More)