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Korea Drama Online

Want to learn more about watching a Korean drama online?

Korean drama (Korean: 한국드라마) refers to televised dramas, in a miniseries format, produced primarily in the Korean language. Many of these dramas have become popular throughout Asia, and beyond to the US and Europe, and have contributed to the general phenomenon of the Korean wave, known as "Hallyu", and also "Drama Fever" in some countries. Most popular Korean dramas have also become popular in other parts of the world such as Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Some of the most internationally popular Korean dramas are Winter Sonata, Dae Jang Geum, Full House, Stairway to Heaven, My Girl, Love Story in Harvard, Shining Inheritance, Autumn in My Heart, Yi San, Boys Over Flowers You're Beautiful and IRIS. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

The Korean drama Full House is one of the more well-known dramas. It featured the singer/actor "Rain" (Bi) as the male lead character.

Japanese cross-over - The drama "Hotelier" featured the actor Bae Yong Joon who is also popular in Japan. The recent 2009/2010 Iris is also being shown in Japan, as it was partially filmed there http://www.japanprobe.com/2010/02/26/south-korean-drama-gets-prime-time-...


Korean Drama Online - websites:

Some K-drama clips are on video-sharing websites such as YouTube and Vimeo. The sites below focus on offering full episodes online:

  • Drama Fever: Offers many videos streamed in high quality. Examples include Lovers In Prague, Soulmate, What's Up Fox?, Phoenix, My Woman, Chuno 추노 (Slave Hunter), Beating Heart, Ruler of Your Own World, Pasta, The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry, Jewel in the Palace, Jumong, One Percent of Anything, and Damo. http://www.dramafever.com/
  • MySoju.com - feeds your drama addiction with embedded episodes of popular Korean, Japanese, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Taiwanese shows & movies. Examples include Oh! My Lady, Down With Love, Birth of the Rich, Harvest Villa, Chuno, The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry, Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors, and Hero. http://www.mysoju.com/
  • DramaCrazy.net - Watch asian shows & movies online for free, along with photos & wallpapers, and comments from other fans. South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Examples include You're Beautiful, Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors, Cinderella's Sister, Age of Innocence, Tempted Again, Chuno, My Precious You, Hot Blood, Harvest Villa, Jejoongwon. http://www.dramacrazy.net/
  • Crunchyroll - besides Kdramas includes an anime focus. Examples includes Coffee Prince, Stairway to Heaven, Over the Rainbow (오버더레인보우), Jewel in the Palace, Que Sera Sera, 90 Days Time To Fall In Love, CIB files, and Princess Hours (궁, Goong). http://www.crunchyroll.com/drama - Facebook app: http://apps.facebook.com/crunchyroll/
  • KBSWORLDi - featuring KBS shows. Site available in English http://www.kbsworldi.com/vshowlist_eng.aspx?catid=100 and in Korean hangul - 한글. Shows include Iris (아이리스), Becoming a Billionaire, Cinderella's Stepsister, The Great Merchant, Chuno 추노 (The Slave Hunters), Happiness in the Wind, Three Brothers (수상한 삼형제), Windy City, Master of Study, and Reversal of Fate (다줄거야). Watching is done via credits, which are purchased online. - Twitter: http://twitter.com/kbsworldi

K-Expo on April 14th in College Park, MD (UMCP)

The University of Maryland in College Park's Korean Student Association will be holding their annual K-Expo show on April 14, 2010.


The event showcases Korean culture, and is the organization's largest event of the year, and is open to the general public. The location is the Stamp Student Union.


According to the Facebook event page: "Korean food will be provided for dinner with several performances, among which will be cultural performances of Korean martial arts and percussion. We will also exhibit a modern talent showcase where you fellow student artists will perform their amazing talents!"
 

The event will include performances by:

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy New Year! Happy Valentine's Day!

(Written in Hangul - Korean Language Characters - will be added once it is supported here on the website.)

The lunar new year started today, and there were celebrations world-wide. It also happens to be Valentine's Day, but this is a rare "once-in-a-lifetime" type of occurance.

Korean Music: Ewha Womans University Orchestra in USA

The Ehwa Women's Orchestra is performing in the United States this month (May 2009). The video below has excerpts of their concert at the Kennedy Center on May 1.

Learn Korean: The Happy Cow Commercial

In case you don't get to see these Real California milk commercials on TV, the clip below is a funny commercial of a talking cow... speaking in Korean. It is subtitled in English:

There are more of these "auditions" on the audition page.

Or, if you want to start learning Korean, try the video below:

How to Make Kim Bap (video)

Until the food pages get updated, this blog post presents Cathlyn's Korean Kitchen lesson on how to make Kim Bap. Kim bap looks like a sushi roll, but usually has cooked meat and/or vegetables.

Robots dancing to K-pop at the Toy Fair

Some robots on display at the 2009 Toy Fair were caught dancing to K-pop music.

Traveling in Seoul South Korea

On this Korea page you will find some recent videos taken in Seoul.

And a winter sunrise over Seoul - short video clip:

Big Bang - KPop Zone Interview (SE) 080923

The clip below is from 2008, and is an interview done on Arirang TV with the members of Big Bang. It includes discussion about how they write songs, including Day By Day (video is further down) and Stand Up.

Social Networking & South Korea

When people talk about social networking sites that South Koreans use, it usually includes Cyworld (Wikipedia page about Cyworld).

The South Korean market is desired by the major sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. And there are many ways to look at the picture (scroll down for a slide show about asian social networking markets).

And the reverse is happening, as Cyworld moves to other markets, including the USA.

Perhaps the story is a mixed signal. The Korea Times recently wrote this article - Social Networking Is The Online Order Of The Day - after having written only months ago about Social Networking Sites Losing Energy. The second story was in May, during which a similar story appeared on SocialNetworkingWatch.com.

Video

Below is an interview of CyWorld.com's CEO (from 2006).

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