BH Discuss - Is Hallyu used too much to promote Korean Culture?

Go on the website of any governmental organisation aimed at promoting Korean tourism or culture and it won’t be long before you come across something to do with Korean pop culture. Whether it’s the ‘Hallyu Today’ tab right in the centre of the Korean Tourism Organisation’s English…

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The Good, the Bad and the WTF of 2013 in K-Pop

Ah 2013, you’ve been an odd one. There have been just as many documented highs and lows this year but alas as we come to the end and look back we have to ask ourselves these few words: What the hell has gone on over the past year?! From…

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Gambling in SK: Celebrity scandals and Korean laws

Discussion of illegal gambling in Korea has spread all over the international K-pop scene after the trials of six high profile celebrities were announced. Shinhwa’s Andy, first wave idol group H.O.T’s Tony Ahn, MCs Boom, and Tak Jae Hoon and comedians Lee Soo Geun and…

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BH Discuss: Are Korean reality talent shows unethical?

Brad Moore, the American drummer of Korean band Busker Busker, stirred up a lot of controversy and discussion this week when a tell-all interview about his time as a contestant of MNET’s music talent show Superstar K was released by VICE.
The portrayal of the show in the…

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Pororo the Little Penguin: South Korea's second president?

Recently revealed to be the most searched term on Google Korea for the first half of 2013, he is one of South Korea’s largest cultural exports of the past few years. With his distinctive eyewear, round face and larger-than-life personality, he has invaded the screens of homes…

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Dad! Where Are We Going? : Step by Step Guide

Variety shows have always been a top choice for Koreans and fans of Korean culture alike. What other time do we get to view a more human side to our favourite actors, idols and comedians than in a show designed to push them to their very limits both physically and…

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Step by Step Guide: Running Man

Want to get into a variety show but don’t know where to start? Confused by all the in-jokes and want to know more about each of the characters and their backgrounds? Here at Beyond Hallyu we are here to help! From now on we will be giving you…

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