DAY6 in Los Angeles

DAY6 was absolutely amazing live! I was so happy when they opened with one of my favorites, 아 왜. The crowd had so much energy (like almost too much), and DAY6 really reflected it in their performance. Especially during the Q&A interaction, Jae continued to hype up the audience, to the point where a girl …

KCON Experience

KCON Los Angeles 2017 was an incredible experience! I met so many wonderful artists and creators at the forefront of the modern Hallyu wave, including makeup artist Das, beauty vlogger Edward Avila, and violinist and Youtuber JunCurryAhn. It was an honor to meet people I have followed and admired for so long. These artists and …

KCON Los Angeles

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 …

Beyond the Scene

BTS has officially rebranded, and their new international handle is "Beyond the Scene". Big Hit Entertainment stated: "The new BI (brand identity) of BTS symbolizes the youth that do not settle down to reality but open doors to move forward to grow...The design was visualized to express ARMY facing/meeting BTS at the doors when they …

Icons of Gyeongju: Bulguksa and Seokguram

Bulguksa Temple 불국사 is Gyeongju’s most iconic temple as well as a lasting symbol of Buddhism in Korea.  Located on the slopes of 토함산 Mount Toham, a sacred place during the Silla Dynasty, it currently serves as a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Seven National treasures are contained in the temple grounds, such as the Cheongun-gyo …

The K-Pop Museum

As a long-time k-pop lover, I was instantly intrigued when I saw a sign indicating the entrance to the K-Pop Museum. It was a perfect place to visit on a cloudy jangma (장마) day, during the rainy season, in Gyeongju (경주). I wasn't sure what to expect, but k-pop has had such a major influence …

Miss Lee’s Café of Romance and Written Dreams

In the shopping district of Insadong, the Miss Lee Café 별다방미스리 offers traditional Korean meals, desserts, like mochi and bingsu, and a tasty variety of drinks. This romantic cafe is covered with handwritten notes, confessions, and messages, and has an area devoted to writing on the wall. It's really fun to contribute your own thought …