South Korean Pop Culture

How South Korean Pop Culture Conquered the World

“K-Wave”, that is, the Korean Wave, is the worldwide increase in the popularity of South Korean culture. The Chinese word “Hallyu” is interpreted as “Korean Wave”. The Korean Wave, also known as “K-Wave”, refers to the continuous increase and spread of the culture of South Korea, thereby contributing to its worldwide popularity.

South Korean Pop Culture has successfully been making a big hit in aspects like entertainment, movies, beauty, music and other parts of the industry. Although most of their movies and music are produced in their language, Fortunately, they still won the hearts of a lot of people and proved to the whole world that language is not a barrier to making their culture conquer the world.

Some of the Hallyu stars are: Lee Min-Ho, Song Joong-ki, Ji Sung, Song Hye-kyo, BTS, Black Pink, Twice and many others. Social media platforms like Instagram and YouTube have contributed to this great success.

The fans of K-pop are also included, with the fans staying online to get up-to-date information on the newly released movies, music, albums, and products and putting all efforts to ensure they stream them on all platforms, watch the videos, buy the products, and as this happens, popularity sets in.

To think that Korean stars all started with something small and were barely popular.With hard work, dedication, consistency, creativity, innovation, and discipline, they took the South Korean culture to a great height.

One would think that because they most of the time act or sing in their own Korean language, it won’t gain popularity because how on earth are people listening to it going to understand or people watching it going to comprehend it? But as technological developments advanced, their language was successfully translated into a more comprehensible language like English in their lyrics and subtitles.

The South Korean movie industry has also not relented in putting the best out as movies. The Netflix Original series “Squid Game” was quite a hit. The movie was released on September 17, 2021. It is a season that comprises of 9 episodes. It is staged to describe people’s hunt and quest for money by playing children’s games regardless of the consequences or repercussions.

The drama series was created, written, and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, who never imagined that the series would be a global hit. Although the director of the film didn’t intend to make a second season, since the demand for another season became high, The director hinted at a second season that would be released anytime soon.The film has an IMDb of 8/10. The film’s cast includes Lee Jung-Jae, HoYeon Jung, Wi Ha-joon, Gong Yoo, Lee Yoo-mi, and many more.

Another movie that was a hit is “Parasite”.This movie premiered in Cannes on May 21, 2019; in South Korea on May 30, 2019; and was officially released in some other countries on November 8, 2019. The Parasite has the genre of comedy and thriller. The movie is the first non-English language movie to win a total of four Oscar awards, directed by Bong Joon-ho. The movie “Parasite” won the Oscars for best original screenplay, best international feature film, best directing, and best picture. Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, and Lee Jung-eun are among the cast members.The movie also became the first South Korean film to win the ‘Palme d’Or’.Other movies like “Train to Busan” and “Minari” have won many awards.

BTS made their debut on June 13, 2013, in a small agency called Big Hit Entertainment (now BIGHIT MUSIC).They are currently the most popular band in South Korea with over 90 million fans worldwide. A group of Seven Men are the first band to have three number one Billboard 200 albums within a year. They are also the first artists in iTunes history to have eight songs hit number one in 100 countries. They are also the first artists to break the record for most viewers for a YouTube premiere. BTS has a very large fan base that is called the “BTS Army.” BTS stands for the Korean phrase “Bangtan Sonyeondan,” which means “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. The members are: Rap Monster (RM), Jin, Sug, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook.

Blackpink is not exempt. A South Korean group of four ladies formed by YG Entertainment. The four members of the band are Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. On August 8, 2016, they debuted with their single album “Square One”. According to Wikipedia, they were the first Korean girl group to enter and top Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart and to top the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart three times. They have also won many other awards.

Twice is a group of nine ladies formed by JYP Entertainment with a specialty in K-Beauty and K-Pop. The names of the nine members are: Nayeon, Dahyun, Jeongyeon, Chaeyoung, Momo, Mina, Sana, and Tzuyu. Twice debuted on October 20, 2015 and are still in business, with 2022 being their seventh year. As of December 2020, the group has sold over 10 million albums in South Korea and Japan, making them the highest-selling K-Pop girl group. Twice currently has a total of 25.6 million followers on the social media platform, Instagram.

Talk about companies in the nation that have also made a worldwide breakthrough. The giant ones we know today are Samsung, Hyundai, and LG. Although Samsung products are quite expensive, people will still look for the money to own a Samsung product. Samsung products include: phones, tablets, air conditioners, televisions, etc.

Hyundai deals in making automobiles like cars, motorcycles, and honestly, these products are more like a must have because of the good quality, cool features, long lifespan, etc. The LG company too is included. LG means’ Life’s good ‘and they specialize in producing almost everything Samsung currently creates. LG came into existence before Samsung.But Samsung is the one in vogue now.

Conclusion

Statistics once showed that in 1953, when the Korean War ended, South Korea was one of the world’s poorest nations. In the 1970s, South Korea still turned out to be poorer than North Korea. But now it’s one of the richest nations that most people would wish to visit someday.

How South Korean pop conquered the world is indeed a miracle and very surprising. Even with the fact that up to half of the world has English as an important part of their language, South Korean culture still proves that their language won’t be a hindrance to making their culture popular. Kudos to all South Korean celebrities, fans, and citizens for a job well done.

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