3rd February 2011 marks the first day of the lunar calendar. It is known as Seollal (설날) in Korean. It is the year of the Rabbit. Many popular Korean Idols are born in the year of the rabbit. As we can see, these idols truly have the personality traits of rabbits – refined and gentle facade with a strong mind. Let’s take a look at our rabbit idols!
Ryeowook – Super Junior & Jooyeon – After School / 김려욱 – 슈퍼주니어 & 이주연 – 에프터스쿨
Kim Ryeowook is known to be one of the best vocalists in Super Junior and he has recently sang for the O.S.T for the dramas “President 프레지던트” and “Home Sweet Home 즐거운 나의집”. Super Junior sub-group, Super Junior-M will be releasing a Mandopop album this year.
Lee Jooyeon is from the girl group – After School. They received great success last year with the song “BANG!”. We certainly hope After School will release another great hit song this year!
Korea is the mecca for affordable and good beauty products and the brands are getting more and more known around the world. Just walk down the street down Myeongdong and you can find all the Korean brands you want. It is also a great place for you to gaze at the giant size billboards of the idols. I’ve already covered Yoona (SNSD) for Innisfree and Lee Seung Ki for The Saem. Let’s take at the idol ambassordors of It’s skin (잇츠 스킨), Holika Holika (홀리카 홀리카), Tony Moly, Nature Republic (네이처리퍼블릭) and The Face Shop (더페이스샵).
Kim Hyun Joong’s (김현중) popularity rise up ever since he acted in Boys Over Flowers (꽃보다 남자) as the lead, Yoon Ji Hoo (윤지후) – the Korean version of Hanazawa Rui (花沢 類). Besides acting, Kim Hyun Joong is a member of popular boyband, SS501. Recently he can be seen as the lead in Playful Kiss (장난스런 키스) and a cameo role in Dream High (드림 하이).
Kim Hyun Joong's style for Boys Over Flowers (Photo: thestar.chosun.com)
I’m sure K-wave fans out there would have already known KBS Drama “Dream High (드림 하이)” which is about six high school students pursuing their dreams of becoming the next K-pop idol. The casts of the drama are – Taecyeon and Wooyoung of 2PM, Suzy of miss A, Eun Jung of T-ara, singer IU with the only actor Kim Soo Hyun (김수현). Kim Soo Hyun went for vocals and dance training by JYP Entertainment prior to this drama
The producers of this drama are Bae Yong Jun (배용준) and founder of JYP Entertainment – Park Jin Young (they will be acting as cameo). The first episode will feature Kim Hyun Joong (김현중) of SS501.
Since last year, I’ve been watching KBS drama from Cinderella’s Sister (신데렐라 언니) to Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성균관 스캔들) and now, Dream High (드림 하이). For international fans out there, you can now watch Dream High via KBS World from 24 January 2011 onwards. (HK/Singapore: 9pm, Paris: 2pm)!
Dream High! 꿈을 향한 그들의 도전~ (Photo: Crunchyroll Forum)
KARA (카라)’s Gu Hara (구하라), Jiyoung(강지영), Nicole(정니콜) and Seunghyun (한승연) recently sued DPS Entertainment for abusing their contract and requested to terminate their contract. However, Gu Hara cancels contract termination which left KARA with Park Gyuri (박규리) and Gu Hara (구하라).
Hongdae (홍대) area is a youth, indie culture and nightlife district in Seoul. The name “Hongdae” is named after the university, Hongik University (홍익대학교; 弘益大學校) best known for their Fine Arts course. Most recently, KBS drama, “Mary Stayed Out All Night/Marry Me, Mary! (매리는 외박중)” featuring Moon Geun Young (문근영), Jang Geun Suk (장근석) and Kim Jae Wook (김재욱) was filmed mostly at Hongdae Area. Another drama that was filmed at Hongdae is “The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (커피프린스 1호점)” which featured A-list Hallyu actress, Yoon Eun Hye (윤은혜).
In the drama, Secret Garden (시크릿 가든), Hyun Bin (현빈) wore a sweatsuit which became a hot topic in search engines in Korea. Although the sweatsuit is infamous for being gaudy, it seems that netizens show a great interest with the sweatsuit. Even pop idol group INFINITE (인피니트)’s member, Woo Hyun (남우현) wore the nicknamed “Italian hand sewn” sweatsuit.
Woo Hyun on the left, Hyunbin on the right with the same shiny sweatsuit