Understanding Korean culture through K-Pop music

 “I’m so sick of this fake love, fake love, fake love”

If you read that sentence while singing, you are just like me. This BTS song, entitled Fake Love is stuck in my head. Their choreography, music, and lyrics are so heartbreaking made me overwhelm with my emotions. No wonder this song has successfully got the Top Social Artist in the Billboard Music Award 2018 two weeks ago. Even last year BTS also got the same achievement. A very big accomplishment that BTS get since there was never been any Korean artist who so admired by western people.

 

 

This situation made Korean Hallyu (Korean Wave) is striking all around the world, including my country. Most of my friends who know I am living in South Korea will ask me, what is it feel to live in Korea? Did you watch concert often? Could you please buy me an original album of BTS? Or can you teach me some Korean word? It is fun enough to answer their questions and I can get in touch with them at once. I think their interest in Korea is influenced by their fondness for KPOP. From some lyrics song, they come to know simple Korean word like ‘saranghae‘ or ‘gomawo‘ until at the state they truly learn the Korean language and wish to visit Korea someday.

 

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Besides the Korean language, I think we can also learn other Korean culture through our fondness for KPOP:

  • Military Service

When a Korean man turns 18 years old, he is being required to enlist in the army or military service to serve the nation for approximately two years. Including the Idols. Therefore, we often heard the news about some of KPOP group bands that must be a vacuum for a while because their members are doing a military service.

  • Age hierarchy

In Korea, age determines how we will behave each other. For example, if one person is older than another, the younger person must respect the older, be polite and talk in honorific terms. A similar term works in the KPOP industry where a group that debut first considered as “sunbae” (senior) and the new one as a junior.

  • One year older

Korean peoples count their age a year older than commonly international counts, when newborns are told their age is one year. Due to this Korean age system, we might see Korean Idols calling themselves one year older than we think (by counting their year of birth).

Our passion for something can lead us to learn new things out there, including learning Korean culture through our fondness for KPOP.