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Han Style

In Asia, Hong Kong noir films were huge in the 1980s and Japanese animation became popular in the 1990s. In the 2000s, Korean TV dramas, films and music started to become popular all over Asia.

HANSTYLE : KOREA the SENSE

Along with the success of Korean TV dramas and K-pop, interest in Korea has increased enormously. Furthermore, this interest has recently expanded to other cultural aspects, including hangeul (the Korean alphabet) hansik (Korean food), hanbok (traditional Korean clothing), hanok (traditional Korean houses), hanji (traditional Korean paper), and gukak (traditional Korean music). The six traditional Korean cultural elements, all starting with word “han,” are called Han Style. As Japanese culture is represented by the kimono (traditional Japanese clothing), sushi, and samurai, the image of Korea is seen as its traditional culture that includes the hanbok, kimchi, hanji, hanok, and gukak.

  • HANSTYLE : KOREA the SENSE
  • HANSTYLE : KOREA the SENSE

The “Korean Wave,” or hallyu, which started with Korean TV dramas and K-pop, has climbed to the world stage. Hansik, Korean food, which is known as a healthy food, still continues its popularity today, while hanji, known to last for more than 1,000 years, shows off its excellent quality and elegance.

Hanji can be used for many different purposes and is most frequently used as a material in interior design. Hangeul has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage. Thanks to the prosperity of the Korean economy and popularity of hallyu, the demand for learning Korean has dramatically increased.

The Korean TV drama “Jewel in the Palace” (Dae Jang Geum), a story that takes place in the royal kitchen, was aired all over Asia, and hanbok started to become popular. In fact, many patterns and designs in Korea were inspired by the colors and designs of hanbok.

Many foreign tourists have shown an interest in hanok and displayed a special interest in ondol, under-floor heating that effectively warms up houses in winter. While ondol is one of the most important aspects of Korean architecture, it has greatly contributed to the popularity of floor heating.

Gukak is music with very slow rhythms, played with romantic yet sorrowful lyrics that exhibit the hardship Korea has gone through. It features the typical emotions of Koreans, which have significantly influenced pop music and TV dramas in Korea as well as hallyu.

TAG : Korean Food Stories, Korean Culture, Han Style
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