Actor Kim Woo-bin was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and had to take time off to rest and recover. Now, he's returning to the screen in a new Netflix film "Black Knight". Read more about his incredible story here!
An ever-present question in relationships is "should we open a join bank account?". While every situation is different, Korean couples have expressed that joint accounts help alleviate the stress of one person being responsible for paying the bill on date nights. Read more here!
Pet ownership in Korea means treating your furry friends to luxury skincare, five course meals, and high-end veterinary services for the ultra-wealthy. The idea is that pets are an integral part of the family and should be cared for just as, if not better than, humans. Learn more about growing pet pampering trend here!
Netflix's latest investment in Korean entertainment has posed some concerns over local Korean streaming services. However, it does pose great news for the global accessibility of K-culture and high-quality media creation. Read more here!
Independent bookstores are growing in popularity in Korea. This is in part due to the rise of independent publishing that offers flexibility and freedom. Discover more about the indie bookstore craze here!
Chocolatier Susanna Yoon is opening a New York chocolate shop in Seoul. Her creations are designed to help Korean customers enjoy different variations of chocolate since it is not as popular of a sweet in Korea. Read more about her new venture here!
Korean films have suffered at the Korean box office in comparison to foreign films. However, three major studios are initiating support of homegrown films to revive the success of Korean films in Korean cinemas. Learn more here!
Sero, a zebra housed at a children’s zoo in Seoul, escaped and spent three hours on the loose. He wasted no time exploring all the fun Seoul has to offer. Read more about his city adventure here.
Korean brides are sometimes proposed to after all the preparations for the wedding are done. Unlike the typical Western norms of marriage proposals, a proposal in Korea is more like a celebration of their union. Discover more about Korean proposals here!
Korea is home to the largest variety and most delectable meat skewers around. Read more about these skewer varieties here!
Hanging out with friends and listening to vinyl records is a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon in Korea. Learn more about the popularity of vinyl records here!
Incendiaries author R.O. Kwon talks about religion and literature in this personal interview. Read more about her story here!
Dubu (Tofu in Korean) can be used in this wonderfully delicious dish. Repurpose old kimchi or switch it up! Discover more here.
Learn how to make Jwipo, a salty and savory fish jerky beloved all over Korea. Read more here!
These traditional Korean snacks are a certified hit this Lunar New Year with their sweet and savory offerings. If you find yourself in Korea or see an international market with these tasty treats, be sure to try them out. Read more about these snacks here!
Streaming companies like Disney+ are keying into the viewing habits of customers with their new suite of shows available to stream. These shows will be batched out in waves so viewers can enjoy them as they please while still allowing for anticipation for future releases. Read more here!
760,000 South Koreans travelled to Vietnam in 2022. This is in part due to the growing popularity of "longcations", or trips where the traveler takes a long-term slow-paced vacation. Discover more about longcations and why Vietnam offers a great escape here!
Chef Kim Sea-kyeong recently opened his restaurant Daon Bansang in Seoul which blends the bansang experiance with Western cuisine. Bansang is a traditional Korean dining method that consists of different dishes for one person. Read more about his career here!
The best antidote to the digital addiction is self-understanding according to Harvard-trained psychiatrist Alok Kanojia. He has been using Twitch, a livestreaming platform, to talk to people about their mental health. Read more about gaming and digital addiction here!
The Korean Wealth Report defined being wealthy as having over 1 billion won in financial assets. Minimum seed money for accumulating wealth was 820 million won ($630,000) by the age of 42. Of that group, 44.8 percent said they considered themselves to be wealthy. Read more here!
Photo studios are evolving into one-stop beauty shops offering makeovers and photo shoots. Despite the high cost, makeover photo shoots deliver what young generations want. Learn more about these photo studios here!
Follow Korean artist Kang Ik-joong as he explains his creative inspiration for his latest exhibition “The Moon is Rising” and his view on the role of an artist. Learn more about his artwork here!
On Dongji, be sure to eat patjuk, at the Farmer's Market Patjib in southern Seoul. This specialty food is a traditional South Korean porridge made using red beans grown on a farm in Yeongwol County, Gangwon Province. Read more about these red beans here!
Korean installation artist Yang Hae-gue ranks 93rd on The Kunstkompass’s annual top 100 artists list. She won the 13th Benesse Prize for her moving sculptures at this year’s Singapore Biennale. Discover more about her and her work here!
Korean artist Park Seo-bo's seminal Ecriture painting has been turned into one of Louis Vuitton's iconic Capucines bags. Park is the first Korean artist to collaborate with the French luxury brand for the Artycapucines collection. To learn more about this painting, keep reading!
South Korean designers are dipping their toes into the world of metafashion, with the government launching its first-ever digital wardrobe. 30 outfits are planned to be completed with model line-up being A-list actress Han Sun-hwa, singer Ravi, and model Jaesi. Read more here!
Coin singing rooms are smaller karaoke gatherings where you play for about 30 minutes compared to the hours spent at regular Korean karaoke. They are becoming ever popular with younger generations in the aftermath of COVID-19 regulation relaxation. Read more about coin singing rooms here!
Have you gotten a job based on a personality test? Like zodiac signs and blood type, MBTI types are a growing fad in Korea to learn more about a person without asking questions. Read more to find out how MBTI types are impacting people’s lives.
Think of your favorite presents to get growing up. They probably weren’t stocks and bonds. Korea’s Chuseok is a gift giving holiday that has experienced a staggering amount of growth since the 1970’s. Learn more about the different gift giving trends throughout the years.
Take fashion to the next level with the new matching trend. Couples are now not only planning their dates, but their outfits together for a more personalized look. What do you think about this trend? Would you try it yourself with your friends or significant other?
Drones over fireworks? Technology has taken over many aspects of life that were once done without, and now fireworks are the next target. Learn more about how drone shows might just be the next big thing.
From a forgotten town to a popular place for events, Seongsu-dong has seen a boom in tourism recently. Is this newfound popularity helping or hurting the local businesses? Read more here!
The sweet and spicy glaze is enhanced by the flavor from the grill to create a rustic yet elegant chicken dish.
This snack is bright, fresh, and easy to make. It can be a snack to serve your friends over cocktails or an acidic treat to activate your taste buds at the beginning of the meal.
This salad is super easy to make. It only requires a few ingredients and just a little bit of knife work.
Single-person households are projected to be the new normal for individuals looking for housing by 2040. Read more about what this means for younger generations adjusting to the growing body of statistics.