Kpop on the Web


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NEWS SITES

COMMENTARY/EDITORIAL

ONLINE MUSIC

KDRAMA

KOREAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

SHOPPING


NEWS SITES

  1. MTV K: MTV’s official website for K-Pop.
  2. allkpop: “The premier source for all the latest K-pop celebrity gossip and news”
  3. GoKpop: “Breaking Kpop news, funny Kpop stuff.”
  4. hellokpop:  “A Korean news phenomenon that is home to more than 250,000 readers monthly”
  5. Soompi:  ‘The world’s largest and longest-running English online media providing complete coverage of Korean pop culture”
  6. koreaboo“A website focused on reporting the latest gossip and news related to K-Pop, including celebrities, music, movies, drama”
  7. jpopasia: “The largest International resource about discovering Asian music”
  8. K-popped: “Our aim is to not only keep tabs on what’s happening in the Kpop scene in South Korea, but also monitor its far-reaching influence in Malaysia”
  9. KpopStarz:  “Based in New York, KpopStarz is the comprehensive Korean pop entertainment news website. KpopStarz delivers latest k-pop entertainment news and celebrity inside information to a global audience.”
  10. Ningin:  “A top resource and community for all things Asian — Kpop, Jpop, Asian Dramas, Asian Movies, and just about everything Asian.”

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COMMENTARY/EDITORIAL

  1. Seoulbeats:  “a platform for reflections on Korean entertainment.”
  2. American K-pop Fans: A “fun, positive and safe place for K-Pop fans to  laugh, cry and spazz over their favorite idols”
  3. Angry K-pop Fan:  “A collection of musings and rambles about K-pop, the Hallyu Wave, and implications on the rest of the world; all from the vantage point of an overseas, non-Korean consumer”
  4. McRoth’s Residence:  “A fun blog with quick access to everything McRoth and his friends enjoy”
  5. the crazy ahjummas:  “Two Best Friends sharing their obsession with Korean pop culture one blog at a time”
  6. sisters with seoul:   “3 sisters from the UK who LOVE all things Korean”

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ONLINE MUSIC

  1. Hello Kpop Radio: This is connected to Hello Kpop, and it’s great if you want to stream Kpop and find some new Kpop to love. This online radio station also has a chat that you can enter in while you listen (if you want), and they have shows set up, like the Shake the Kimchi radio program they have.
  2. Soribada (English): YES! An online mp3 store JUST for Kpop, JUST for English speakers!  NOTE: You’ll need a PayPal account.
  3. Mc Roth’s Residence: a premier music review site with a goal to “to enjoy Korean pop music, as well as challenge it in a compelling (and often times comical) fashion through review and commentary”.

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KDRAMA

  1. Viki: This one is all thanks to our ‘makbaenim’ K! It’s an online video subbing community that subs as many videos as they can in as many languages as they can and keeps them all in one place! It’s also literally a community, you can join in as one of their subbers. Viki was founded as a graduate school project between Harvard and Stanford, so the translations are solid and trustworthy.
  2. DramaFever: This is a site that’s like Hulu, but for K Dramas. You can go and find lots of K Dramas and watch them for free, legally (with commercials, sadly), and you can even find episodes of Music Core here.
  3. Crunchy Roll: This site a little bit of everything (anime, music, forums, fanclubs) but it’s especially good for K Dramas.
  4. NSK4U:  A fansubber which releases dramas, movies and music videos of your favorites bands from Japan and South Korea! Our dramas and movies are translated to portuguese (Portugal) and you can find reviews  abouth them

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KOREAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

  1. Talk to Me in Korean: There is a LOT to love about this site! There are all types of lessons, beginner to advanced, in a whole bunch of different styles. It teaches you grammar, cultural behaviors, polite language v. informal language, vocabulary…basically, it’s like taking an online Korean language class. Except fun! They have PDFs of all of their recordings, they have a Podcast on iTunes that will download everything for you (including the PDFs), and they are seriously a lot of fun. Native speakers teach these lessons, but it’s clear and they are also really funny which makes learning a lot more entertaining. Michelle’s trying to learn Korean completely through them (when she has time!) and so far it’s going pretty well :) The lessons are mostly in English, but there have been a few that have had versions in Spanish and one in French!
  2. Learn Hangeul on KoreanWikiProject: This site is associated with TTMIK (above) and is also highly recommended! This teaches you step-by-step how to read Hangeul. It also has audio examples of all the hangeul, vocabulary, and a few quizzes to test your skills. There are also some help pages on the more difficult to distinguish hangeul (like ㄱ /ㅋ/ ㄲ). While the site is still developing more intermediate and advanced lessons, it’s really useful to use in tandem to TTMIK because, as they say themselves, learning Korean from English romanization of the words is the most difficult thing to do, simply because there are sounds in Korean that do not exist in English. Remember that hangeul from above? Well, if you were to write it in the official romanization, it’d look like “g/k/k” when phoenetically, it’s more like “sound in between a ‘g’ and a ‘k’ that sometimes changes to a ‘g’ in the middle of a word/k/g” – CONFUSING! So, knowing hangeul helps you learn Korean. And you can finally read all those words that get thrown up on shows like Star Golden Bell!
  3. Korea.net: site provided by the South Korean government that supplies information on Korean history, culture, traveling and life in Korea.
  4. Korea.com: This seems to be a site dedicated to Korean Culture in general. Of course they have Kpop, TV, Movies, and fan cafes and forums, but they also have info on technology, health and beauty, and more!

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SHOPPING

  1. DVD Heaven: Don’t let the site fool you – it is totally legitimate! They have a little bit of EVERYTHING, from Kpop and Kdramas and Kmovies and almost any fan item you can think of from your favorite bands. Bonus? While the goods ship from Korea, this site has some of the lowest prices on some of the best stuff! SUPER BONUS? If you order your CDs through this site, it counts as a record sale in Korea and allows you to up your idol’s numbers on the music charts. Michelle recently bought some SHINee earrings and some SS501 earrings, and they came within a week and a half, were in pristine condition, and were really reasonably priced. Thanks to Summer for this one! :)
  2. YesAsia: Now, why have this link in here? Doesn’t everyone know about YesAsia? And didn’t you just say that DVD Heaven has better prices? Well, yes to all of that, BUT YesAsia may be a service some prefer over DVD Heaven, and you never know if they’re going to have something that other sites don’t have.

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