Here are the top 5 hype-worthy Korean things that we are #ATM (at the moment) crazy about. Check the list and try out the items you haven’t yet.
1. Korean food
This has to be on top of the list because everyone who loves Korean food knows that they are flavorful and well, spicy. A Korean pancake called Hoeddeok may be something new to get acquainted with but it is worth the try. It is a flat dough with a mixture of cinnamon, honey, brown sugar and peanut which can be bought on the streets of Korea and available in restaurants here in Manila.
One of the latest trends is the famous Korean dessert Bingsu. A cold dessert, it is made up of shaved ice and toppings of your choice like mango, chocolate, coffee and other delightful flavors. Lastly, for those who are into soups, there is a dish called Hobakjuk. It is a Korean porridge soup from steamed pumpkin and glutinous rice.
2. Korean Makeup
Although Korean beauty products are available almost everywhere, there might still be a few things missing in your makeup kits. Like the cushion compact which is one of the must-have Korean beauty products today.
Another Korean beauty trend to try out are anything brown or nude make up. Although it’s not limited to Korea only since you can get any brown eye shadow or lip color anywhere, it is the trend with Korean girls since the brown color accentuates their faces giving a more dramatic look.
3. Skin and Dental Products
If you have watched any of the new beauty tutorials on YouTube, it probably included Korean face mask. Face masks are extremely popular in Korea for their exfoliating, cleansing and relaxing properties. What’s good about the Korean facemasks is that they come in various fun and light scents such as banana, peach, mango, and even chocolate which adds more enjoyment to the experience.
Another product to like is the cute neon-colored Cleene CLIO Toothbrushes from Philusa Corporation. It has anti-bacterial bristles that assure your teeth to be thoroughly cleaned without harming your gums thanks to its soft bristles. The products are available in the country but imported from Korea and went through strict quality control. The Cleene CLIO Toothbrush is one great way to have a fun brushing experience, Korean-style.
4. Korean Pop Music and Koreanovelas
Now who can forget about the famous 2NE1 girl group, which Sandara Park is a member? The same label that created 2NE1, YG Entertainment, recently introduced another girl group, the Blackpink now on its way to the top–fast. Its debut album Square One already has two hit music videos, “Boombayah” and ‘”Whistle.”
Meanwhile, Filipinos were hooked on a famous Korean drama series (or what we commonly call Koreanovelas) Descendants of the Sun. And why not, after all, it is one great love story about two characters, Captain Yoo Shi Jin who goes head over heels for Dr. Kang Mo Yeon all during an intense time in their country.
5. Korean fashion
Oversized T-shirts are another Korean favorite these days. There are a lot of versions to it like an oversized T-shirt with a long trail that is good to pair with high-waist shorts or pants. There are some that are oversized enough to be used as dresses. Another Korean fashion trend to rave about are pastel-colored bottoms – shorts, pants or skirts. The colors provide a welcome break from a sea of jeans and dark-colored bottoms.
So whether it’s food, clothing or a fun toothbrush, Korean things are definitely something to have in your homes or closets. Have a great Korean experience.