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...


...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= https://korean.meetup.com/141/photos ]. Post ideas for events here: https://www.meetup.com/koreans/calendar/suggest/

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


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

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

* Korean Language Videos - https://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: https://korean.meetup.com/141/messages/boards/view/viewthr ...


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

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

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

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

7) ESL - English as a Second Language: https://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 (4)

Yechon (restaurant) - no fighting!
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Location visible to members

We've been there many times... mostly un-planned visits after events (Hayride, K-pop, etc.). Several members recently asked to get an event there on our schedule. This will be a good event for new members.

The food is delicious, the atmosphere is very Korean, and it's open 24 hours a day. We won't expect any drama or fight (see the video link below), and will treat all members in a kind and caring way! :)

The last time we went at 5pm or 5:30pm on a Sunday and there was no wait. (lucky... because at 6:30pm there was probably a 30 minute wait). On Fridays and Saturdays the wait can be very long.

When to go? Post your comments below. (If you are an organizer, please don't pick the date & time unless you will also organize the event.)

How many times to go? Many!

Their website: https://www.yechonrest... (https://www.yechonrestaurant.com/)

Reviews: https://www.yelp.com/b... (https://www.yelp.com/biz/yechon-annandale)

Videos (from others):

Fight at Yechon - https://www.youtube.co... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_9tyeonEGc)

Baby eating at Yechon - https://www.youtube.co... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WkoDIXqpc0)


Our visit there last month: https://www.meetup.com... (https://www.meetup.com/koreans/photos/1273521/21573155/)

Korean Movie: Scandal Makers
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AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Speedy Scandal / Scandal Makers / 과속스캔들

Monday, May 23, 6:30 PM, AFI
Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 PM, AFI

First-time director Kang Hyung-chul scored a box-office hit with this bright, fizzy comedy, which has already been tapped for a Hollywood remake. Cha Tae-hyun plays Hyun-soo, a radio DJ whose swinging bachelor lifestyle screeches to a halt when a young woman shows up at his door claiming to be his daughter, along with a little boy she asserts is his grandson. Now Hyun-soo must try to save his career from the resulting scandal while adjusting to his new family. This delightful confection is full of great comic performances, including by the adorable Wang Suk-hyun, who steals the show as Hyun-soo's grandson.

Dir.: Kang Hyung-chul
2008, 108 min.

Go to King's Dominion
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Kings Dominion

Kollaboration DC 2012 & After Party~!
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A live show not to be missed! We had a great time when we went in 2010 (https://www.meetup.com/koreans/events/14358760/) and in 2011 (https://www.meetup.com/koreans/events/28837281/). Live music and more... details added as the date, the bands and other acts are announced. Also go "Like" their Facebook event page.

Kollaboration is an annual event and movement produced by young Asian and Pacific Islander professionals and students, volunteering their time and skills to celebrate the vast talents of their community and hopefully bring them into the mainstream." - read more: http://kollaborationdc.org/?page_id=2

For an idea... see the 2011 promo video below:

For more ideas... see the Official Lineup for last year's Kollaboration DC 2011 Show:

1) Matthew Almodiel – Acoustic Singer
2) Lumi Bustamante – Acoustic Singer
3) Philip Chang – Entertainer
4) Michelle Chong – Contemporary Dancer
5) FALLWORTH – Rock Band
6) Alvin Tan – Acoustic Singer
7) MOKSHA – Indian Classical Dance Group
8) Alice Park – Vocalist
9) Alec Zhang and Emily Barnes – Ballroom Dancers

RSVP here if you're going - or thinking about going. Tickets are sold separately by Kollaboration - join their Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=357210485471) and RSVP on the Facebook event page (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=225707180794564) to stay plugged in.

Tickets - You will need to buy a ticket to attend. General admission does not include the afterparty.


(after Sept. 15, online tickets sales will end. Available tickets will be sold the day of the show.)

The 2011 promo video:

The 2010 promo video is [b]awesome[/b]:

Clips from the Korean Waves seats at prior events!

Chip Han live at Kollaboration DC:

Kollaboration DC 2010 dance contest winner performance:

Oppa song (ending):

Philip Jung and Dong Woo Seo live at Kollaboration DC 2010:

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