One of my favorite things to do here in Snowhill is to tune in to some kpop videos on youtube. You can see some of the most interesting Korean fashion from your favorite kpop stars. One of my favorite groups is BTS. They, along with EXO, are probably 2 of the hottest Korean boy bands right now.
What’s great about Korean pop music is that there is always new fashion to enjoy. I know that I get bored wearing the same things all the time, so I’m always looking for new and exciting trends in the kpop fashion world. A great place to check out kpop fashion is kpopfashion.net. They show you where to find the latest fashion from Korea.
It’s great how you can buy clothing and merchandise just like your favorite artists online now and can have it shipped to you in a matter of days. The internet is fantastic like that. That’s a nice thing about being connected.
There has never been a better time to be alive than now! You can explore and go wherever you want in ways that 100 years ago would have been only possible for the super rich.
If I want to go to Korea, I can hop on a plane and be there in 14 hours! It only costs $2000 for a round trip and I can literally be on the other side of the planet in half a day. Korea is like a whole other world and for just a few thousand dollars I can be there tomorrow. I think that’s just great.
If I don’t want to actually travel to Korea, I can just log on to youtube and watch Korean videos! I can watch Korean TV shows and dramas, or I can watch travel videos all about Seoul and other parts of Korea. I can watch makeup tutorials about how to do my makeup in a Korean style. Anything you want to see, learn, or do, is just a few clicks away.
I think a girl like me living in Snow Hill would never have been able to enjoy any of the Korean things that I love so much 100 years ago or even 20 years ago. Even if I can’t go to Korea right now, I can watch my favorite travel shows, fashion shows, and learn everything I want to about the culture and the people.
I can explore all kinds of Korean fashion at http://kpopfashion.net and even buy them and have them shipped to me here in the US. I can buy dresses, shoes, jackets, etc. Anything that I see a kpop star wearing, I can just Google it and find out what it is and buy it for myself. If I can’t afford the real thing, I can buy a cheaper version! It’s awesome.
My favorite thing about Korean dresses is that they are cute without being overly done. Girls in Korea tend to wear their dresses short, and cover their arms. At least where I live, we kind of do the opposite. It’s interesting how the cultures differ.
So, back to BTS, or the Bangtan boys. There’s some great places online where you can buy their official merchandise. This site talks a lot about where to go for different things like phone cases, t shirts, and posters. BTS continues to be a favorite, and I like to get my hands on as much bts merchandise as I can afford.
Here is a great video ranking the BTS member’s fashion:
Another great band is EXO. EXO is SM entertainment’s big boy band right now. While they did have some drama and lost some members, the band seems to be doing really well now. I think that come of the Chinese members of the group were upset that SM entertainment wasn’t letting them act in tv shows and movies. So, they got all upset about it, sued SM and then left. It’s too bad because now the remaining members are active in dramas. If the other boys had been more patient, they could probably be acting in dramas now, too.
Of course, I don’t know the whole story, but it’s sad to see that they lost the opportunity to be a part of this phenomenal kpop group because they were too much in a hurry to move to the next thing. If you look at Super Junior, they didn’t start acting until way later. At least they weren’t acting in anything good until way later. We don’t count the Super Junior movie… 😉
Anyway, Siwon is now a big movie star and he’s becoming a well-respected actor. He was in the big hit She Was Pretty with Park Seung Jae. His character was really great. Spoiler alert: He played this goofball the whole time, but in the end, he turned out to be quite a surprise. It turns out that he is this secretive super famous writer that lives in this upscale hotel. He ends up revealing his identity, which is a big deal, and doing an interview for the lead girls’ magazine to save the company. I don’t think I’m ruining anything… the drama has been out for years now, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you probably won’t.
It was a great drama, but remember that Super Junior came out like 10 years ago and only now is Choi Siwon acting in this blockbuster Korean drama. From what I understand, he is also very famous in China, too, for his acting. I heard he acts in the movies and they dub his voice. But, he does speak Chinese, but I guess he doesn’t speak it well enough for the movie. And I assume they don’t mind dubbing because they are probably used to it.
So EXO only had to wait a couple years to solidify their kpop band and now their members are acting in dramas. So, compared to Super Junior, I think they are on the fast track. It shows you that impatience can make you miss out.
The EXO merchandise you can get now is really cool, though. Their lightstick is sold out everywhere which is too bad because it was really cool how it worked. The EXO 2.0 lightstick was interactive and synced up with the stage lights and music at concerts. I can’t wait to see what the next EXO merchandise is going to be like!