Namsan Tower is AWESOME!

by: Raine

So Namsan Tower is in every Korean drama and movie EVAR. It’s romantic and sappy. There are locks everywhere and lots of pretty lights…

…and it’s definitely worth the trip. It’s unbelievable how stunning the place is. The walk up the steep hill and the view of Seoul is breathtaking. Watching it on t.v. does not do it justice. The tower and its glow is beautiful and the locks and the couples…it really is incredibly romantic.

Take a tour of the lovely Namsan Tower!

The Soul of Seoul: The places found in K-drama

by: Raine

Man, I love this picture, Johnny. It’s me rocking the cello in the same mall, the Nagwon Instrument Arcade, as Sung Joon. Happiness is playing cello in South Korea, people! It was awesome. But more than that, when visiting Seoul and laying eyes on the sites where my favorite dramas were filmed, and the places where people live and inspire those dramas, that was what traveling to Korea was all about. I got to the world that inspires the worlds we lose ourselves in on a weekly basis.

Read about the wonderful places I visited found in dramas!


I Visited the Big, Green Naver Building!

by: Raine

Naver is that magical place that brings us a top world search engine, Brown the Bear and his Line character friends, webtoons, television, and a ton more. The building was huge, with incredible amenities. It was a little scary in how intense it was, a world centered around giving workers everything they’d need to basically live there. But at the same time, it was impressive. Plus they have bean bag chairs. Can’t go wrong with beanbag chairs.

Click here to read all about it! 

Interview with Yonhap News journalists

by: Raine


Yonhap News Agency is the foremost organization in Korea for all of the up-and-coming news. A lot of the translated material we read on our English outlets and portals comes from this agency and the two reporters I got to interview Lee Eun-jung (K-pop specialist) and Yoon Go-eun (drama and film specialist).

What I found interesting about the whole experience was how different the international view of Hallyu exports are compared to their point of view. International fans consume and fangirl/fanboy differently than Korean fans. It was an enlightening experience to say the least, and I have the utmost respect and appreciation for my Korean sunbaes. Thank you, ladies, for the opportunity to pick your brains!

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Interview with Sistar

by: Raine


So yes, I get to say it: I interviewed Sistar! SQUEEEE!

Yes, they’re really that beautiful in person, and yes, it was really fun. Not only am I a fan of their music, especially Hyorin’s powerhouse voice, but several of them are actresses. These girls have been rocking the limelight since 2010 and show no sign of stopping.

Six of the Korea Joa 2015 members got to ask questions and it was fun hearing all of the questions and answers.

Click hear to watch my interview with Sistar!

Korean Folk Village

by: Raine


Ever wonder where they record all of those historical scenes in dramas and films? The look of a sageuk is unmistakable and one beautiful Korean site that helps create it is the Korean Folk Village. It is a huge preserved property with genuine homes, hopes, and buildings from the Joseon period. It is the location of many a famous drama and film. As you can see, Kim Soo-hyun and I are getting chummy in the photograph above as he poses for his stint in The Moon That Embraces The Sun. We both encourage you to have a visit when you’re in Korea!

Click here to read more about my adventures in the Korean Folk Village!