A New Fascination: Korea

Seoul, South Korea

During this long year of quarantine for the COVID-19 pandemic, my husband and I discovered the pleasurable “escape” of watching South Korean dramas. Our 14-year-old Grandson is a great BTS fan, and is interested in learning the language, so we were on alert for all things Korean. I don’t remember exactly how we found it, but we watched our first K-drama, enjoyed it immensely, and then continued on from there. For us, it has been a refreshing change of pace from the things we had been watching, a fun connection with our Grandson’s interests, and the discovery of a new interest in Korean culture and history.

That interest lead us both to expand our “escape” by starting to read and learn more about the history and culture of Korea, about which we knew next to nothing. It’s been a lot of fun for us, so I wanted to set up this page on my blog so I can keep track of our Korean learning journey.

Please check back here occasionally to see what we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to. The list keeps expanding!

감사합니다. 

BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS read:

  1. South Korea 101, by Mancho Soto
  2. Korea, by Simon Winchester
  3. Korea: A Very Short Introduction, by Michael J. Seth
  4. The Birth of Korean Cool, by Euny Hong
  5. Hanok, The Korean House, by Nani Park and Robert J. Fouser
  6. Stone House on Jeju Island, by Brenda Paik Sunoo
  7. A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
  8. The Kite Fighters, by Linda Sue Park
  9. The Seesaw Girl, by Linda Sue Park
  10. The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See
  11. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
  12. The Living Reed, by Pearl S. Buck

K-DRAMAS we have watched:

  1. Crash Landing On You (my favorite, so far)
  2. Misaeng (Hubby’s favorite, so far)
  3. Stranger
  4. Stranger 2
  5. My Mister
  6. Run On
  7. Hospital Playlist
  8. Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung
  9. The Good Detective
  10. Signal
  11. Mr. Sunshine
  12. Prison Playbook
  13. Designated Survivor: 60 Days
  14. Sisyphus: The Myth
  15. Live Up to Your Name
  16. The Legend of the Blue Sea
  17. My Country: The New Age
  18. Man to Man

Korean Movies:

  1. Space Sweepers
  2. Sori: Voice From the Heart
  3. Welcome to Dongmakgol (A very moving film about being human, even during war.)

 

6 thoughts on “A New Fascination: Korea

  1. Books and livres (@AndLivres)

    My eldest daughter is a hardcore BTS fan too. And she started learning Korean, which means I started watching K dramas ! We have watched Goblin, are watching Hotel del Luna (with her), I’m watching Stranger with my partner (excellent !) and I heard very good things about Crash landing on you ^^

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. Robin Post author

      We really liked Stranger and Stranger 2! I’ll put Goblin and Hotel del Luna on our watchlist! Our grandson is learning Korean, too. It’s really a fun shared interest.

      Like

      Reply
  2. Ti

    I’ve stumbled across a few K dramas and they are hard to stop watching. I don’t recall the names of the ones I’ve seen but they were quite dramatic and entertaining.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
    1. Robin Post author

      That’s so nice, Nan. I’ll try to fill it out with some reviews and maybe include some of my favorite musicians, as well. There’s so much inspiring talent!

      Like

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s