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Networking Happy Hour!
Join us every three weeks for food, fun, and networking! This event has been going strong for over four years with well over 500 total attendees. We sometimes donate to charities, watch sports, discuss culture or current events, or just have a great time. Whatever your interest may be, you will enjoy this meetup time and time again! Our happy hour will most often be centered on Korean Fried Chicken and Networking, but we may occasionally find ourselves in another sort of Korean or other bar. There is no set agenda other than to have a good time. You can come late, leave early, or stay the whole time, it's all up to you! As much as possible we will have separate checks although you are always free to go in on a dish together with someone or purchase something to share with the group. I'll be arriving by 6:30 PM, but feel free to arrive as early or late as you please and stay as long as you like. Free parking is available behind the restaurant in the building garage. It is also a short bus ride from the Rosslyn Metro (4A) or the Courthouse Metro (4B). Both buses are towards Seven Corners. Better yet, for those coming from DC, take the 16Y from McPherson, Farragut, or Foggy Bottom. It's nearly non-stop to Bonchon! If you have a suggestion for a location or are interested in co-hosting an event with me, please let me (Jason) know. QUESTIONS? Feel free to message Jason West with any questions or post them in the comments section below. Have a suggestion for our next happy hour location? Let us know! This event is cosponsored by the North Korea Network meetup (, a professional meetup for learning about North Korean and East Asian security, rights, culture, and other issues.

BonChon Chicken

2209 North Pershing Drive · Arlington, Vi

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. 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= ]. Post ideas for events here:

Some of our events have also been in the news. You can read (and see) more here:


* Korean Alphabet - Hangul: ...

* Korean Language - Learning: ...

* Korean Language Videos - ...

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: ...


Our page of prior event locations and resources for local places to find Korean food: ...

4) Travel to South Korea: (more coming soon)

5) Korean Reference & News sites: (video) Korean Waves In The News (

6) Korean Adoption/Adoptees - ...

7) ESL - English as a Second Language: ...

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 ( 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!

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