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.
Soompi [숨피]: your go-to news platform for all things Hallyu.
La La Land [랄라랜드]: a fictional place where wandering, sleeping, or dreaming minds are metaphorically said to end up.
Chong! Jojun! Balsa! [총! 조준! 발사!]: Hopefully how you feel every time you read a Bangtan shot.
Hyehwa [혜화]: a vibrant neighborhood, with colorful nightlife and walking streets that are closed off to traffic in the evenings.
Han River [한강]: also known as Hangang, is a major river in South Korea and the fourth longest river on the Korean peninsula.
DMZ [한반도 비무장 지대]: short for Demilitarized zone, is a region on the Korean peninsula that demarcates North Korea from South Korea.
Ilsan [일산]: home of attractions, located northwest of Seoul.
KGSP: a Korean academic scholarship, funded and managed by NIIED.
Nomad [유목민]: a member of a community who lives in different locations, moving from one place to another.
Itaewon [이태원]: known as Western town, where all cultures meet.
Inkigayo [인기가요]: literally meaning popular song, but also stands for trending music.
Gwangju [광주]: also known as the city of light; famous for its rich and diverse cuisine, as well as the birthplace of kasa, a form of Korean classical poetry.
Gangnam [강남]: Seoul's most luxurious district. Gangnam literally means "South of the River".
BTS [방탄소년단]: seven bright boys who gave K-pop a whole new meaning throughout their inspirational music.
Busan [부산]: the second most-populous city after Seoul, and also the economic, cultural and educational center of southeastern Korea.
Dongdaemun [동대문] and Namdaemun [남대문]: two of the four great gates of Seoul, also known as the rising benevolence gate and the exalted ceremonies gate, respectively.
Tablo [타블로]: Daniel Armand Lee, one of the earliest and absolute best Korean hip hop artists in the music industry.
Big Hit Entertainment [빅히트엔터테인먼트]: the home of BTS and Homme, founded by Bang Si-Hyuk in 2005.
Hongdae [홍대]: the land of youth and parties, known for its urban arts and indie music culture.
Shopping [쇼핑]: an unofficial practiced form of meditation in Korea.
Noraebang [노래방]: Karaoke like you have never seen it before.
Myeongdong [명동]: one of Seoul's main shopping districts and foreigners' personal haven.
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.
Hanok [한옥]: a traditional Korean house that is built while taking into consideration its surroundings, as well as the land and seasons.
T-Money [티머니]: the answer to (almost) all of your transportation problems.
₩on [원]: short for Korean Republic Won (KRW), a very spending-friendly currency.
South Korea [대한민국]: the land where every Hallyu fangirl's dream comes to life.
Fangirl [팬걸]: a female fan who is obsessive about a particular subject.