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Once upon a Hallyu

How I got into Hallyu.

Hallyu [한류]: also known as the Korean wave, a neologism literally meaning flow of Korea, which represents the increase in global popularity of South Korean culture since the '90s.

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The day I met Tablo.

Tablo [타블로]: Daniel Armand Lee, one of the earliest and absolute best Korean hip hop artists in the music industry.

Finding BigHit.

Big Hit Entertainment [빅히트엔터테인먼트]: the home of BTS and Homme, founded by Bang Si-Hyuk in 2005.

An exploratory day in Hongdae.

Hongdae [홍대]: the land of youth and parties, known for its urban arts and indie music culture.

Shopping in Korea.

Shopping [쇼핑]: an unofficial practiced form of meditation in Korea.

Leisure in Korea.

Noraebang [노래방]: Karaoke like you have never seen it before.

A stroll in Myeongdong.

Myeongdong [명동]: one of Seoul's main shopping districts and foreigners' personal haven.

A foodie in Korea.

Kimchi [김치]: a traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly napa cabbage and Korean radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powder, scallions, garlic, ginger, and salted seafood.

Housing in Korea.

Hanok [한옥]: a traditional Korean house that is built while taking into consideration its surroundings, as well as the land and seasons.

Getting around Korea.

T-Money [티머니]: the answer to (almost) all of your transportation problems.

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