What we're about

Hello! This successful international culture group in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia (& Korea!), founded in 2006, has over 3,000 members. We celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2016!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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...

https://www.youtube.com/v/1exXJsoD5_s

...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.

We have expanded resources on our Meetup Group Pages:

1) EVENTS: Our next get-togethers are posted in the calendar section, in DC, Virginia & Maryland, and emails go out to members for updates. See the Calendar for more details, or take a look at the photos -> [url= http://korean.meetup.com/141/photos ]. Post ideas for events here: http://www.meetup.com/koreans/calendar/suggest/

Some of our events have also been in the news. You can read (and see) more here: http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Korean_Waves_In_The_News/

2) KOREAN LANGUAGE RESOURCES:

* Korean Alphabet - Hangul: http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Korean_Language_-_Alp ...

* Korean Language - Learning: http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Korean_Language_-_Lea ...

* Korean Language Videos - http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Korean_Language_-_Vid ...

Previous words of the week: Earthquake = jijin. Charity = jajen.
Semi-permanent word of the week is noraebang - "song room" or private karaoke room.
Previous Words of the Week are posted here: http://korean.meetup.com/141/messages/boards/view/viewthr ...

3) KOREAN FOOD & RESTAURANTS -

Our page of prior event locations and resources for local places to find Korean food: http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Korean_Food_and_Resta ...

4) Travel to South Korea: (more coming soon) http://www.meetup.com/koreans/calendar/10435110/

5) Korean Reference & News sites: (video) Korean Waves In The News (http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Korean_Waves_In_The_News)

6) Korean Adoption/Adoptees - http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Korean_Adoption_and_A ...

7) ESL - English as a Second Language: http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/ESL_-_English_As_A_Se ...

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.

See you at an event!

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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0). In 2014 we continued to grow to over 2,000 members, and over 1,000 events. We hope 2017 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, and also suggest the ones you want!

Upcoming events (5+)

OnStage Korea: UNI-FI at Arena Stage (Free Performance)

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Join us for the 1st showcase of the OnStage Korea 2019 Season featuring the innovative performance group UNI-FI as they present Sound of Connection, a performing arts mashup of Korean and Western traditions designed to capture the meaning of hope. SEPARATE FREE RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/aMfGrYrQFmZGUTnp1 VIDEO: https://youtu.be/pnHt-72ITow Founded in 2008, the creative ensemble UNI-FI has a diverse portfolio of world music and popular arts -- drawing inspiration from BTS to Hollywood to Korean folk -- brought together by the motto “Create something new by bringing together what's different.” Its members are professional artists from various performing arts fields who continually seek to push the boundaries of music itself. With Sound of Connection, UNI-FI showcases its unique brand of performance art through new and remixed familiar music, including Wings of the Ideal, Misty, Over the Rainbow, Love Song, Under the Sea, and a BTS Medley. Each piece involve a collaboration of diverse world instruments: Korean haegeum, electric guitar, contrabass, drums, keyboard, and vocals all find their place, along with dance and an undeniable, foot-tapping stage presence. UNI-FI often reinterprets famous songs from Hollywood, pop music, and Korean folk, as well as cutting-edge world music. The Korean upright fiddle haegeum, an icon of traditional music in its own right, gets special attention, complimented by a host of Western instruments. Beloved for centuries, the haegeum expresses the deeply felt Korean emotion of han: a mixture of joy, sorrow, hatred, and desire. In everything they do, UNI-FI effortlessly balances modern music-making with the traditional culture embedded in Korean instruments. Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 PM Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater (Kreeger Theater) 1101 Sixth Street Southwest, Washington, D.C. SEPARATE FREE RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/aMfGrYrQFmZGUTnp1 VIDEO: https://youtu.be/pnHt-72ITow UNI-FI completed a solo live concert performance in 2017 and has been invited to perform at major events in Korea, including the 50th Anniversary Celebration for Normalization of Diplomatic Relations between Korea and Japan hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the 2017 Seoul International Image & Film Festival, and the 130th Anniversary Celebration of Diplomatic Relations between Korea and France. Recognized as one Korea's top performance groups nationally in 2018, UNI-FI is held in high regard for its original performances at home and abroad. Their new album Whale's Day was released in 2019. Artists: Dae Hoon Ko | Artist Director & Drum Man Young Kim | Guitar Nam Reyoung Kim | Haegeum Eun Jin Ko | Keyboard Hee Cheol Jo | Bass Hae Won Lee | Vocal Kyong Min Kim | Dance OnStage Korea seeks to discover brilliant artists actively performing in the U.S., Korea, and around the world to showcase their creativity for the American public in the Capital region. The program also advances the mission of the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. to foster cultural exchange by expanding the visibility of excellent Korean performing arts and artists in American society. The 2019 Season of OnStage Korea will offer exceptional performances throughout the year at venues in and around the city. For more information, visit the KCCDC website at www.KoreaCultureDC.org.

Eat Tteokbokki, Japchae, Korean Fried Chicken, Bubble Tea, Daiquiris, & Slushies

It is time for some Korean food! Let's have dinner at Bonchon! Come out to eat good food, have good drinks (bubble tea, slushies, daiquiris, and cocktails), and meet new people. I made arrangements with the restaurant, so that if a lot of people come out to this meetup, we will get our own room just for us. If you have never been to Bonchon before, it is inexpensive for Korean food. Here are some of the foods that they have on their menu, as well as prices: Korean Fried Chicken 닭 튀김 - 2 Flavors: Soy Garlic and Spicy $7.95 Korean Tacos 타코 $7.95 Chicken Katsu $8.95 Bibimbap 비빔밥 $9.95 Takoyaki $5.95 *I absolutely love takoyaki!!* Shrimp Shumai $5.95 Japchae 잡채 $12.95 Tteokbokki 떡볶이 $10.95 *I love this too ~,~* Bulgogi 불고기 $15.95 Udon Noodle Soup 국수 $7.95 Salads 샐러드 Kimchi 김치 Edamame 완두콩 You can see the full menu 메뉴 here: https://bit.ly/2MSIYSB Drinks 음료수 on the menu: $4.95 Bubble Tea 보바 In: Thai Tea, Japanese Milk Tea, Mango Milk Tea, Taro Milk Tea, Matcha Milk Tea, Red Bean Milk Tea, Lychee Milk Tea, Papaya Milk Tea, Earl Grey Milk Tea, Honeydew Milk Tea, Watermelon Milk Tea, Vanilla Milk Tea, Coconut $3.95 Slushies 빙수: In Peach, Mango, Strawberry, Coconut, Taro, Red Bean, Coffee Cappuccino, Coffee Mocha, Watermelon, and Vanilla $8 Cocktails 칵테일 $8 Frozen Daiquiri Beer 맥주 $7 Wine and Champagne 포도주 샴페인 Bunraku Sake Tea 차 Chum Churum In: Apple, Mango, Peach, and Citron Fravored Sake In: Apple, Lychee, and Peach Soda 소다 Ramune Soda Metro 지하철 Accessible - There is a metro nearby. The nearest metro is the Prince George's Plaza metro, and from this metro station, it is about a 10 minute walk to Bonchon. Follow my event meetup blogs 블로그 ブログ and vlogs 비디오 ビデオ : http://www.dlshealthandbeauty.com

@Shilla: Free Weekly Korean Language Session 스터디 모임 - Lesson Exchange DC MD VA

Shilla Bakery - Tysons Corner Center - Level 2 (Parking D)

I wanted to try something a little different because the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be coming to Tysons Corner Center on Saturday 3/23. After visiting the Hello Kitty Cafe truck let's study Korean together. https://www.facebook.com/events/385605472217171/?ti=ia 한국어 공부할까요? KOREAN LANGUAGE SESSION 스터디 모임! & Korean/American Cultural Exchange Studying a language? Need lessons? The more time you spend, the more your brain makes important connections... learning! Spend your time to hear and speak the Korean language, to help yourself learn. Now in our 4th year of weekly events! Whatever your level, join us as we explore the Korean language and culture. This is a good event for people to attend for their first meetup! Hundreds and hundreds of people have attended since we started the event in 2012... our most popular event series. We include a chance to exchange with others, and depending on how each event flows, provide lesson-type information and learning. We also sometimes have events at the Tous Les Jours bakery in Annandale (check our calendar). Update for the week: Each week we have a "word of the week", which can be more than one word, too. Update for late 2017: Our group events have the following rules for attendees (http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Event_Attendance_Rules_and_Guidelines/), along with some cultural guidelines, so that we can all enjoy our times together. Please keep in mind the following two important items, as well as the other linked information: • We do not tolerate harassment of members, either in-person or online, in any form. • Do not pressure anyone for their phone number or contact information. Read the entire page before attending, to be familiar with the rules: http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Event_Attendance_Rules_and_Guidelines/ (End of late 2017 update) Can't read the headline for this event? The Korean hangul characters "스터디 모임" we learned in an earlier meetup means "study moim" or study meeting/gathering. 도와주시겠어요? Native Korean language speakers welcome to join us as well, to help us learn the difficult parts of Korean, and to find language exchange partners & meet new friends. Post if you need a metro station or other pickup. The location has been nice to allow us to meet there, because it helps to give us a place to gather at no cost. If you attend you do not have to buy anything, but it helps if you do! They have a nice selection of items, and it is a small business with people who live in our area. Also, health studies show we are happier when we help others. Buying for another person can improve your happiness, and being happy has been shown to help with things like learning languages. The event usually lasts for about 2 hours, and many people join for a dinner after the event at a local restaurant (usually Korean food). The dinner location isn't usually decided until after the event starts, and we sometimes get special discounts or other benefits. Photo from Shilla baker in Tysons Corner: Photos from past events at different locations: 2015 photos:

@Shilla: Free Weekly Korean Language Session 스터디 모임 - Lesson Exchange DC MD VA

Shilla Bakery - Tysons Corner Center - Level 2 (Parking D)

KOREAN LANGUAGE SESSION 스터디 모임! & Korean/American Cultural Exchange Studying a language? Need lessons? The more time you spend, the more your brain makes important connections... learning! Spend your time to hear and speak the Korean language, to help yourself learn. Now in our 4th year of weekly events! Whatever your level, join us as we explore the Korean language and culture. This is a good event for people to attend for their first meetup! Hundreds and hundreds of people have attended since we started the event in 2012... our most popular event series. We include a chance to exchange with others, and depending on how each event flows, provide lesson-type information and learning. We also sometimes have events at the Tous Les Jours bakery in Annandale (check our calendar). Update for the week: Each week we have a "word of the week", which can be more than one word, too. Update for late 2017: Our group events have the following rules for attendees (http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Event_Attendance_Rules_and_Guidelines/), along with some cultural guidelines, so that we can all enjoy our times together. Please keep in mind the following two important items, as well as the other linked information: • We do not tolerate harassment of members, either in-person or online, in any form. • Do not pressure anyone for their phone number or contact information. Read the entire page before attending, to be familiar with the rules: http://www.meetup.com/koreans/pages/Event_Attendance_Rules_and_Guidelines/ (End of late 2017 update) Can't read the headline for this event? The Korean hangul characters "스터디 모임" we learned in an earlier meetup means "study moim" or study meeting/gathering. 도와주시겠어요? Native Korean language speakers welcome to join us as well, to help us learn the difficult parts of Korean, and to find language exchange partners & meet new friends. Post if you need a metro station or other pickup. The location has been nice to allow us to meet there, because it helps to give us a place to gather at no cost. If you attend you do not have to buy anything, but it helps if you do! They have a nice selection of items, and it is a small business with people who live in our area. Also, health studies show we are happier when we help others. Buying for another person can improve your happiness, and being happy has been shown to help with things like learning languages. The event usually lasts for about 2 hours, and many people join for a dinner after the event at a local restaurant (usually Korean food). The dinner location isn't usually decided until after the event starts, and we sometimes get special discounts or other benefits. Photo from Shilla baker in Tysons Corner: Photos from past events at different locations: 2015 photos:

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@Shilla: Free Weekly Korean Language Session 스터디 모임 - Lesson Exchange DC MD VA

Shilla Bakery - Tysons Corner Center - Level 2 (Parking D)

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