Having fallen in love with a Korean man I inevitably became interested in Korea and everything Korean. Love is a strange thing. Which other thing in the world could make my heart beat faster just because I am passing by a Samsung store? :)
Being driven by love and curiosity I searched and searched for interesting things online about Korea. I went through quite a lot of Youtube Korea videos and would now like to share some of my favorite ones with you.
If you are interested in the most popular Youtube videos in Korea right now go to South Korea YouTube Trends dashboard. These are not necessarily videos about Korea but rather videos which are the most watched that day by people located in South Korea.
Best Youtube Korean videos
- Korea is a world champion in break-dancing and these Bboys show off their skills while fusing the modern and the traditional in a video that I feel represents Korea so well. Korean B-Boy Group “Last for One” dances in front of Gyeongbokgung in Seoul, Korea in a wonderful meld of old and new.
- 3.1 Art Collaboration between Aart and an excellent artist Kim JungGi inspired by Korean fight for independence. As the video progresses you will notice he makes absolutely no sketching and marks and yet by the time the video finishes a perfect shape emerges out of the tiny details. Kim JungGi’s site, where you can also purchase his art, says he has an abilty to visualize the drawing and thus doesn’t need guides nor references. He drew the whole thing with brush pen which I also tried using for Korean calligraphy, and let me tell you, it is very difficult to control.
- You may already know that Taekwondo is a Korean marital art and the national sport of South Korea. But you have probably never seen it done with just a hand. Check out Taekwondo “Finger” performance in Korea. This funny Korean video of an angry hand doing Taekwondo earned more than 3 millions views on Youtube.
- Korean Jinwoo Shin filmed Free Hugs campaign all the way back in 2006 and amassed over 2,5 million views. It’s difficult not to smile while watching this. What do you think, would you hug him?
- South Korea won many medals in Archery at the Olympics and after I saw these Korean archers I realized why. Robin Hood would feel ashamed. Watch Korean archer split a kidney bean from 30 meters away. In slow motion you can see that his arrow actually passes through the middle of the string that holds the bean propped up in the air!
- Did you ever want the ability to shop in a grocery store while waiting for the subway? You have no idea what I’m talking about, do you? You will after you see this clever marketing campaign by a Korean grocery store. They created virtual store displays that allowed Korean subway travelers to scan the codes with their smartphones and delivered to their homes and save the precious time otherwise spent pushing though the crowded stores and wasted waiting for the subway.
- YouTube is full of videos of Korean Kings’ Desert being prepared, and no matter how many you watch you will notice the exact same words being used over and over again by different vendors. Still, it never stops being impressive seeing those thousands of strings ready to be eaten. It looks amazing and delicious.
Korean video tutorials and educational videos
- Korean decorative knotwork called 매듭 in Korean language is a traditional Korean art. If you are a fan of Korean historical (sageuk) dramas you have already seen these knots decorating Korean houses and clothes. For example hanging from a Hanbok sash, or from a curtain.
- An hour long lecture by Professor David C. Kang for Korean Studies Institute at University of Southern California. It may seem long but I suggest if you don’t have the time to simply listen to the lecture while you are doing something else (like for example making Korean traditional knots ;) ) because it’s very educational and I think you owe it to yourself to know this if Korea interests you.
- If you are interested in learning Korean language and are looking for some Korean language youtube videos I suggest you check out Talk to Me in Korean. The scope and range of their videos, as well as their quality is simply unrivaled. And of course, start with Hangul:
If you are interested in learning more about Korea then you shouldn’t miss these series of videos either
- The QiRanger Adventures are fun and informative videos by Steve Miller who currently lives in Korea. He takes you from serious and politically charged places such as Demilitarized zone (DMZ) to fun and careless ones like amusement park Everland. You get to see Korea in HD and learn fun facts along the way. I especially recommend his videos about Incheon International Airport and Korean Homestay.
- Korea be Inspired and their video A Love Story in the language of flowers.
- Hyunwoo Sun
What is in your opinion the best YouTube video about South Korea?