Korean drama (Korean: 한국드라마) refers to televised dramas, in a miniseries format, produced primarily in the Korean language. Many of these dramas have become popular throughout Asia, and beyond to the US and Europe, and have contributed to the general phenomenon of the Korean wave, known as "Hallyu", and also "Drama Fever" in some countries. Most popular Korean dramas have also become popular in other parts of the world such as Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Some of the most internationally popular Korean dramas are Winter Sonata, Dae Jang Geum, Full House, Stairway to Heaven, My Girl, Love Story in Harvard, Shining Inheritance, Autumn in My Heart, Yi San, Boys Over Flowers You're Beautiful and IRIS. (Adapted from Wikipedia)
The Korean drama Full House is one of the more well-known dramas. It featured the singer/actor "Rain" (Bi) as the male lead character.
Japanese cross-over - The drama "Hotelier" featured the actor Bae Yong Joon who is also popular in Japan. The recent 2009/2010 Iris is also being shown in Japan, as it was partially filmed there http://www.japanprobe...
Korean Drama Online - websites:
Some K-drama clips are on video-sharing websites such as YouTube and Vimeo. The sites below focus on offering full episodes online:
Drama Fever: Offers many videos streamed in high quality. Examples include Lovers In Prague, Soulmate, What's Up Fox?, Phoenix, My Woman, Chuno 추노 (Slave Hunter), Beating Heart, Ruler of Your Own World, Pasta, The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry, Jewel in the Palace, Jumong, One Percent of Anything, and Damo. http://www.dramafever...
MySoju.com - feeds your drama addiction with embedded episodes of popular Korean, Japanese, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Taiwanese shows & movies. Examples include Oh! My Lady, Down With Love, Birth of the Rich, Harvest Villa, Chuno, The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry, Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors, and Hero. http://www.mysoju.com...
DramaCrazy.net - Watch asian shows & movies online for free, along with photos & wallpapers, and comments from other fans. South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Examples include You're Beautiful, Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors, Cinderella's Sister, Age of Innocence, Tempted Again, Chuno, My Precious You, Hot Blood, Harvest Villa, Jejoongwon. http://www.dramacrazy...
Crunchyroll - besides Kdramas includes an anime focus. Examples includes Coffee Prince, Stairway to Heaven, Over the Rainbow (오버더레인보우), Jewel in the Palace, Que Sera Sera, 90 Days Time To Fall In Love, CIB files, and Princess Hours (궁, Goong). http://www.crunchyrol... - Facebook app: http://apps.facebook....
KBSWORLDi - featuring KBS shows. Site available in English http://www.kbsworldi.... and in Korean hangul - 한글. Shows include Iris (아이리스), Becoming a Billionaire, Cinderella's Stepsister, The Great Merchant, Chuno 추노 (The Slave Hunters), Happiness in the Wind, Three Brothers (수상한 삼형제), Windy City, Master of Study, and Reversal of Fate (다줄거야). - Twitter: http://twitter.com/kb...
K-Drama reviews & information
There are sites, blogs, and online video shops offering information about dramas from Korea. Here are some of the better-known sites & pages:
KoreanMovie.com: Korean movie and drama database, including the latests shows such as Cinderella's Sister 신데렐라 언니 (Cinderella Unni), Prosectuor Princess 검사 프린세스 (Geomsa Princess), Personal Taste 개인의 취향 (Kaeinui Chwihyang), More Charming by the Day 볼수록 애교만점 (Bolsurok Aegyomanjeom) Chinese Title : 越看越可愛, Oh! My Lady 오 마이 레이디 (Oh! My Lady) Chinese Title : 哦!我的愛人 , Dong Yi 동이 (Dong Yi) Chinese Title : 同伊 Life is Beautiful 인생은 아름다워 (Insaengeun Areumdawo) Chinese Title : 美丽人生 The Great Merchant - Kim Man Deok 거상 김만덕 (Geosang Kim Man Deok) Chinese Title : 巨商金万德 Daring Women 당돌한 여자 (Dangdolhan Yeoja) Chinese Title: 唐突的女人 The Birth of a Rich 부자의 탄생 (Bujaeui Tansaeng) Chinese title : 富翁的诞生 A Good Day For The Wind To Blow 바람 불어 좋은날 (Windy But Pleasant Day ) Chinese Title : 风吹好日子 http://www.koreanmovi...
Buying DVD's, VCD's, Blu-ray, and collectibles
YESASIA: offers hundreds of videos and products, including English-subtitled series, with free international shipping. Also has games, music videos & concerts, anime, toys, and limited-edition items. Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Hong Kong, Taiwanese. http://www.yesasia.co...
MallKee.com - offers English- and Chinese-subtitled items, including Winter Sonata, My Girl, Full House, and Coffee Prince. http://www.mallkee.co...
DVD Asian.com - Over 10,000 DVD's and more, with pre-ordering, and also free shipping to the USA (3 items or more). http://www.dvdasian.c...
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Hello! This successful international culture group in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia (& Korea!), founded in 2006, has over 2,200 members. We will celebrate our 9th anniversary later in 2015!
Join a group that includes its own stars... our members! And yes, we do have stars at some of our events... sometimes announced, sometimes...not.
...you are joining the largest Korean-focused meetup in the USA,
and the 3rd-largest in the world.
We've been featured in newspapers, radio, and on Korean TV.
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And also join up... we are open to members who fit into our group, and respect our group's community.
What is being a member of our group like? It is wonderful and more. We focus on quality events, sharing food, language, and more. Many members are actively learning Korean - and English - and we welcome help from native speakers. 도와주시겠어요? Native Korean language speakers welcome.
It is easy to join in and enjoy your experiences with our group. Most of our events are "in English" and do not require Korean language ability. ESL (English-as-a-Second Language) learners are welcome here.
Our older 2012 video is packed with years of fun meetup activities...
...the video needs to be 3 times longer to fit it all of what we've done together! Check out the highlights from Tamara Kim farther down on this page.
Join this group if you are interested in learning Korean, or if you are Korean and want to share the culture & language with others (& perhaps enjoy English conversation). Meet with others in the area who are also interested in aspects of Korean culture, music, language, & food. All levels of proficiency are welcome! Our members share their own cultures... American, Asian (Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, others), European (French, Spanish, others), African, Middle Eastern, and some day even Antarctican ;-) !
The meetups are fun events, and many friendships continue to be formed every month. This group gets together to explore & share lots of common interests, & help learn as well. The group is open to adult members from anywhere, and has meetings in the Washington DC Metro Area (North, South, East, West). The members can attend, and also volunteer to help organize events and other activities... a non-profit community-powered group.
Here's our friend & group member Tamara Kim's concert highlights
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Note: Activities of this group include cultural and related discussion, and sometimes networking and some marketing, yet it is not a group for network marketing (MLM). Marketing can be fine, and ask first before posting if you have any questions, especially if the products or services are not ones you actually make or provide personally. Marketing a business you own or are starting as the owner can occur during normal flow of event discussions and conversations, via comments about the capabilities offered by the business that are related to this group.
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If you are interested in promoting your Korean-related organization or any business, let us know (don't spam the members). If we don't get back to you right away, try again. And the video below is from one of our many free Korean cooking meetup events:
Korean Waves ™ in 2012 & 2013 went GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) in DC, VA, & MD! The Korean cultural sensation - Korean singer Psy - and now international star inspired many of us with his hit song (oppan) Gangnam Style. In 2014 we continued to grow to over 2,000 members, and over 1,000 events. We hope 2015 will be a continued year of growth of the exchange and understanding of Korean culture in the USA.
We often have karaoke (noraebang) events to get the chance to sing like (or with) the stars. Join us and attend the kind of events you like.