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The best of Korean wave


K-Pop power: Taeyeon, of Girls Generation fame, was listed by Forbes Korea as one of the Top 40 Power Celebrities of 2016. —  SM Entertainment

K-Pop power: Taeyeon, of Girls Generation fame, was listed by Forbes Korea as one of the Top 40 Power Celebrities of 2016. — SM Entertainment

There is no denying that the Korean wave is big in Malaysia, so much so that we can never get enough of it.

But there is more to the Hallyu wave than just dramas and movies – there are also live performances, music videos, travel series and more.

And what better way to have your finger on the pulse of the Korean wave than following it on your smartphone. Here are some of the most popular channels on YouTube. 

SMTOWN

Girl's Generation is one of the leading idol groups spearheading the Korean Wave. — SMTOWN official Facebook page
Girl's Generation is one of the leading idol groups spearheading the Korean wave. — SMTOWN official Facebook page

Girl’s Generation, Super Junior, Shinee and TVXQ are among the leading music acts in recent years to have spearheaded the Hallyu wave. 

The four idol groups are signed on to SM Entertainment, the largest entertainment company in South Korea, along with other popular artistes such as BoA, f(x) and Exo. 

The YouTube channel is the number one destination for all their hits, both new and old, including Into The New World, Gee, Rising Sun, Sorry Sorry and Bonamana. It’s your gateway to hours of music videos, live performances, interviews, behind the scene footages and even clips from variety show appearances. 

1theK

This channel houses a large number of groups and solo acts not associated with the big three Korean labels – SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment. 

But that doesn’t mean it is no less entertaining as it has popular acts such as Nell, Urban Zakapa, FT Island and Homme. 

It also features soundtracks of Korean TV shows that are making waves around the world. 

YG Entertainment

South Korean boy band group Bing Bang is known for smash hits such as Fantastic Baby, Haru Haru, My Heaven and Last Farewell. — Big Bang official Facebook page
Korean boy band group Big Bang is known for smash hits such as Fantastic Baby, Haru Haru, My Heaven, and Last Farewell. — Big Bang official Facebook page

Most of us have probably heard of Gangnam Style, the record breaking and most watched video on YouTube by the comedic yet talented musician Psy, also known as Park Jae-sang. 

Unless you are a fan of K-Pop, you would probably not be aware that the label behind the massive hit – YG Entertainment – also has other artistes that are equally impressive. 

If you are a fan or want to expand your taste then check out the massively popular Big Bang, hip-hop band Epik High or all-girl group 2NE1. 

Or you can follow actors such as Winter Sonata’s Choi Ji-woo or up and coming TV star Eugene Jung on this channel. 

KBS World TV

You probably would have heard of KBS World, one of the earliest Korean channels to go on air in Malaysia. 

KBS, which is better known as Korean Broadcasting System, is one of South Korea’s big three public broadcasters. 

You’ll find its news programmes, reality series and selected dramas available in full on its YouTube channel. 

We recommend catching 2 Days 1 Night (which will keep you occupied for a long time as there are more than 400 episodes), and the two seasons of popular series Invincible Youth. They come with proper English subtitles too. 

Arirang

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Chef's Foodcation
Chef's Foodcation turns South Korean cuisine and travel into an interesting TV series for the family.

If you are a K-Pop fan, you would also want to learn more about the Korean culture. 

This English-language channel is immensely popular for its insightful documentaries and TV shows on all things Korean. 

For instance, the Masterpiece Of Generations series focuses on the life of the craftsmen of the Land of Morning Calm. 

Watch the lives of premium cast iron makers, learn how traditional percussion instruments are made or how the young and old are rediscovering their love for traditional Hanok house architecture. 

The popular Chef’s Foodcation culinary travelogue series by renowned chef Matthew Chung can also be found here. 

jwcfree

Former child prodigy Sungha Jung’s Youtube page has amassed more than four million subscribers and over 1.2 billion views. — Sungha Jung official Facebook fan page
Former child prodigy Sungha Jung’s YouTube page has amassed more than four million subscribers and over 1.2 billion views. — Sungha Jung official Facebook fan page

If you have yet to come across Sungha Jung you don’t know what you are missing. 

Jung first made headlines in 2008 for his finger-style guitar performances of the The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love and Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven

Seven albums and eight years on, Jung is still going strong with his innovative style. 

Korean Englishman

If you think learning Chinese or Japanese is hard, try Korean. 

The Korean Englishman YouTube channel follows the journey of Ollie Kendal and Josh Carrott, both based in London, and their cross-cultural videos about the far east country. 

Here you will find commentaries on the Korean lifestyle, food, and, of course, the language itself. 

Expect lots of humour and often clueless reactions from other Brits from the duo’s antics on the streets of London. 

TalkToMeInKorean

Here’s another channel for learning the Korean language. 

TalkToMeInKorean is an educational channel which tries to make learning the language interesting and fun. 

From learning how to confess your love in Korean to the nine most common words to know when it comes to eating, TalkToMeInKorean is a channel every K-Pop fan should check out. 

If you want to enjoy these channels on the go, you will be needing a lot of data with your mobile plan.   

With U Mobile’s Video Onz you can watch YouTube channels such as these without worry, as you get extra free data – up to 9GB – depending on your plan. If you happen to subscribe to one of the high-end plans – Hero P98, i130, UMD136 or MB128 – you get unlimited data for video streaming. 

But you don’t have to stop at just watching YouTube, as Video Onz also supports Facebook, iflix, Viu, Dailymotion, Crunchyroll, Eros Now, Youku and many more partners.

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