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Last night I found myself explaining exactly what it was I’ve been doing on Saturdays to a person who kept asking “Well, ok, but what is K-pop? Like, what does it sound like? What’s distinctive about it?”

Obviously the most honest and straightforward way of describing it is to call it pop music from South Korea. It sounds much like the pop music elsewhere (some bands share writers with other groups like One Direction) but it has a distinctly Korean identity that is somehow bigger than just the language barrier. Eventually I concluded that he’d just have to watch some to see what it is, but there’s a difference between understanding what something is and why people like it.

To that end, I wanted to post this video by one of my fellow K-Pop academy students, Annabelle, on why K-pop appeals to her. Many of her reasons are the same as mine, but she has a way of putting things that I think you’ll enjoy.

Mr A, if you’re reading this, I hope things are a little clearer now!

I can’t believe that this Saturday was our very last class at K-Pop Academy! It seems like the time has gone so quickly. I’ve made so many good friends and met so many sweet people, I can’t imagine not seeing them every Saturday.

To round off our study of Korean culture, we played an adapted version of a Korean board game called yutnori. As we moved around the board, we had to do different challenges that were also traditional Korean games. It was much harder than it initially appeared!

Ruby gave us a brief presentation on certain popular games, as well as their origins and information about when they are traditionally played. Here in England we don’t tend to play specific games at certain times of the year (unless you count the Charades that everyone plays when they’re with their family at Christmas and can’t escape), but in South Korea this is not the case. Certain games are played at specific times of the year, usually festivals such as the Lunar New Year and Chuseok (Thanksgiving), where people are spending time with their families.

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