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Sunday, 25 February 2018 12:45

New Year, New EXID!

K-POP girl group EXID taking on 2018!

EXID is a girl group that got their start in February 2012 with the single “Whoz that Girl.” However, they did not gain popularity until a live recording of their single “Up&Down” went viral in 2014. They went on to release their first album, Street, in 2016. Following the album’s release, it was announced that one of the members, Solji, had to go on hiatus after being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Yet, with the release of the mini album, Full Moon, on November 7th, 2017, Solji was able to start helping with the recording process again. EXID currently monthly releases remastered versions of b-side tracks from their old albums as a part of their “Re:Flower” project. Their latest installment was a remake of the track “Will You Take Me” from the album Street, which was released on February 12th, 2018.

Monday, 17 July 2017 02:15


Boy Group with Limitless Potential Debuts

BLACK6IX debuted with the song “Please” in April 2017 with their first teasers dropping in March, 2017. Seoul Journal interview the six members of the boy group, formed under Black Hole Entertainment: TaeYoung, The King, Yey, YongSeok, Jong-woon, and Ziki.

Saturday, 24 June 2017 02:58

Seung Gun Park’s pushBUTTON

Fashion is not just about clothes

Creative director of pushBUTTON, Seung Gun Park, introduced the brand in 2003 as a young up-and-coming designer. Since its launch, pushBUTTON, who heavily draws influences from 80s fashion, has established itself as one of South Korea’s premier brands. Park prides his work as a gender-neutral fashion line and continues to push the boundaries by creating no boundaries to his collection. Seoul Journal had a chance to talk with Seung Gun Park to dive deeper into his creative process.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 02:55

Going the Extra Myles

Singer Myles Kennedy on Alter Bridge, Slash and Led Zeppelin

Myles Kennedy is a stellar vocalist with one of the most unique voices in rock today. Born Myles Richard Bass, he is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Alter Bridge. While on hiatus with Alter Bridge, he sang for one of the greatest guitarists in rock today — Slash, as part of his backing band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and to top it off, he has even jammed with members of one of rock’s most hallowed bands — Led Zeppelin. Seoul Journal talked with Myles Kennedy about his early introduction to music, bands that he has worked with and the rock music industry as a whole.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 14:03

SJ’s Top Picks – Essential K-pop

This month, we’re launching Seoul Journal’s top K-pop picks – A list of tracks every K-pop fan should have on their playlist! Every month, we’ll be rolling out a list of songs to die for, songs that can’t be forgotten. We’re mixing it up, giving you new chart-toppers, classic hits and some surprise additions. So if you haven’t heard these, click on the link below each name. If you have, hit replay!

Saturday, 15 April 2017 19:33

2016 Top 10 Rankings Results

Seoul Journal's 2016 Polling Results

What are your favorite things about Korea and Korean culture?

Readers voted. Readers decided!

In June of 2016 Seoul Journal announced the first ever Top 10 Ranking for the reader's favorite Korean entertainment icons. Over the course of 2017 we asked Seoul Journal readers to vote for their favorite things in Korean entertainment. This first year proved to be successful with over 30,000 votes submitted by readers from all over the world. Here are the top 3 winners for each category and stay tuned for the 2017 rankings.

Best Korean Girl Group


1. Sistar

2. SNSD/Girl’s Generation

3. Apink


Best New Korean Girl Group


1. WJSN/Cosmic Girls (우주소녀)

2. Lovelyz



Best Korean Male Group


1. BTS

2. Big Bang

3. EXO


Best New Korean Male Group


1. Monsta X (몬스타엑스)

2. Seventeen

3. iKON


Best Korean Female Solist


1. Hyolyn ( 효린)

2. Ailee

3. Taken


Best Korean Male Soloist


1. K.Will

2. G-Dragon



Best Korean Male Rapper


1. Zico

2. Simon D

3. Zion.T


Best Korean Female Rapper


1. Jessi

2. Jimin

3. Yezi


Monday, 13 February 2017 19:35

Top 10 Rankings Results

What are your favorite things about Korea and Korean culture?

You vote. You decide!

Over the course of 2016, we have asked readers of Seoul Journal to vote for their favorite Korean music, television, and movie talents. We were happy to see that Seoul Journal fans from all over the world were able to partake in our very first Top 10 Rankings! Listed below are the results and stay tuned for 2017 rankings in the coming weeks.


Korean Music / Korean TV & Movies 

Korean Music

Best Korean Girl Group


1. AOA

2. WJSN/Cosmic Girls

3. Lovelyz


Best All Time Korean Girl Group


1. SNSD/Girl's Generation

2. Apink



Best New Korean Girls Group



2. Matilda

3. Bloomy


Best Korean Male Group


1. BTS

2. iKon

3. EXO


Best All Time Korean Boy Group


1. SHINee

2. Super Junior



Best New Korean Male Group


1. SF9

2. KNK

3. Pentagon


Best Korean Female Solist


1. Hyolyn

2. Ailee

3. Taeyeon


Best Korean Male Solist


1. K. Will

2. G Dragon



Best Korean Male Rapper


1. Zico

2. Simon D

3. Jooheon


Best Korean Female Rapper


1. Jessi

2. Jimin

3. Yezi



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Korean TV & Movies

Best Korean Actor


1. Song Joong-ki

2. Lee Min Ho

3. Kim Woo-bin


Best Korean Actress


1. Park Shin Hye

2. Song Hye-kyo

3. Moon Geun-young


Best K-Drama of All Time


1. Winter Sonata

2. The Heirs

3. Boys Over Flowers








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Sunday, 30 October 2016 13:58

Trick Eye Museum


The TrickEye Museum in Hongdae recently had 60% of their artwork revamped and I, along with some friends, was invited out to have some fun and see what they had to offer. Visitors can step into the exhibits and are invited to touch and photograph the artwork to see how the 2D paintings become 3D optical illusions while becoming part of the artwork themselves. The floors, ceilings and walls have been painted with vibrant colors, and arrows are placed on the floor where the photographer should stand to get the full effect on camera, allowing them to capture these “trick of the eye” techniques.

Sunday, 28 August 2016 00:00

Operation Chromite


A special screening of the Korean film Operation Chromite, hosted by CJ Entertainment, the Korean Cultural Center, and the American Legion Hollywood, was held on August 4th before its American box office release. People poured into the Hollywood American Legion Post 43, including many veterans who had served in the Korean war and their companions. Though the Korean War is quite memorable for the Korean people, it is often called the Forgotten War by Americans, as many veterans who served are unrecognized for their part in defending the South Korea that exists today. The night served as an opportunity to remember and commemorate their sacrifices.

Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

KCON 2016 LA


Walking into the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, one is immediately met with crowds of people, waiting in line for tickets with palpable excitement. This year, KCON LA saw over 76,000 attendees - the largest turnout since KCON’s beginnings five years ago. All fans of Hallyu - the Korean wave of traditional and pop-culture - could enjoy different pop-up shops at the exhibition hall, which included everything from Korean beauty products, to cafes where customers could be whisked away in a fantasy straight out of a Korean drama as they are served coffee and tea by beautiful flower boys. KCON goers eagerly received makeovers to look just like their favourite K-pop stars, while next door there was a dance floor where everyone could show off the choreography of famous Kpop songs. At the same time, Youtube stars such as LeenaDproductions, JREKML, and Clothesencounters conducted meetups with fans. The entire hall buzzed with energy. Outside of the hall, fans with premium tickets lined up to high-five famous K-pop singers; the smiles of their favourite idol groups provided them with the energy to beat the LA summer heat.

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