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It’s the Year of the Monkey

Happy Seollal and Lunar New Year to Korea!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!

Happy New Year to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore!

Gōngxǐ fācái!

If you’re born in this year your character traits are probably somewhere around these: sociable, intelligent, optimistic, quick-witted, confident, romantic, restless, selfish, stubborn and reckless.

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Day 14, Pink Romance by Starship Planet

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Starship Planet has already been on our list on Day 3, White Love by Starship Planet, but this time we have all members of Boyfriend, Sistar and K.Will singing and participating in the video. Pink Romance was the first collaboration single of Starship Planet for the winter project in 2011 and ever since they contribute to the holiday season every year. Parts of the profits from this single was donated to charity (just like After School’s Love Love Love). Pink Romance is a fun track to which you just want to jingle jingle, sing sing and ho ho along. It also has undeniable outstanding, strong male and female vocals which Continue reading

Paying Respect on Parent’s Day

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May is the family month in Korea. We already past Children’s Day (어린이날 – eorini-nal) on May, 5th which is hugely celebrated in Korea, up-coming will be Teacher’s Day (스승의날 – seuseungui-nal) on May, 15th, Married Couples’ Day (부부날 – bubu-nal) on May, 21st and Buddha’s Birthday (석가탄신일 – Seogga-tansinil) this year on Mai, 25th. Inbetween lies Parent’s Day (어버이날 – eobeoi-nal) on May, 8th.

Parent’s Day is similar to our Mother’s Day and in fact it was also originally only dedicated to mothers. Parent’s Day is a combination of the Christian Mother’s Day and Confucian culture. Continue reading

Why Koreans take WHAM seriously

Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away.

This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone special.

If Germans hear Last Christmas by WHAM! in September they know the awful commercial Christmas time is on the way and try to avoid it until Christmas Eve. If Koreans hear the song in September it is the start signal for the most irritating sport ever: grab yourself a lover for Christmas Day.

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The Power of Love: Valentine’s Day in Korea

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There is a lot to say about Korean dating, love and couple customs. Coming to Korea it is very amusing to watch Koreans going crazy about three days in particular. One is the well-known 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, and it is a highly commercially successful love related day in Korea. As my teacher told me, actually there is a love designated day every month on the 14th, however, Valentine’s Day, White Day and Black Day are the most known ones. In Germany we do not take Valentine’s Day that serious (different from the USA) and we are not too strict upon it. It is perfectly fine to send Valentine’s gifts or cards to family members or friends and both men and women participate. But in Korea you should not mess around like that. Continue reading