K-Pop has developed alongside the country of Korea itself, reflecting its joys, sorrows, and its rapid global success. KCON, started in 2012 through collaborations between Powerhouse Live, Mnet Media, CJ E&M and Koreaboo, celebrates Korean pop culture including music, entertainment, food, beauty, style.
“Hallyu”, the Korean wave, continues to engulf the globe, and now created a global community, bringing millions of us together to enjoy what we love. The cultural exchange that has begun through the expansion K-Pop is amazing, allowing people around the world to discover and enjoy Korean culture. KCON featured one of the most diverse groups of people I’ve ever been a part of, but everyone was united by a common passion. It was amazing to feel a part of this passionate community which celebrates a rich and beautiful culture.
Several of the main attractions were fan meets with idols and influencers, beauty booths and demonstrations, a Korean street food market, dance tutorials and live performances. KCON has done a wonderful job of offering interactive experiences with different aspects of Korean pop culture. All of these activities really engage their fans, allowing them to enjoy themselves and discover more about Korean culture.
One of my favorite panels of the day was hosted by Talk To Me In Korean. His Youtube videos and blog have been incredibly helpful to so many in learning to speak the Korean language. His desire to respectfully share his language and culture has helped me explore and understand the nuances of the language. While I do continue to enjoy K-Pop, one thing I love about this Korean wave is that is has stretched beyond an enjoyment of music. I am able to explore a rich culture, appreciating not only its pop cultural successes, but also its beauty and history.
XOXO, Seoulmate ♥