More Than Just an Ice Cream Bar

Walk into a Korean convenience store, and you’ll probably see freezers full of ice cream and popsicles. In South Korea, these treats aren’t just confined to their frozen state—they branch out into other snacks as well! Some of the popular ice cream bars that have become a part of a series of sweets include the Soobak (watermelon) Bar and the fruit-flavoured Jaws Bar. Let’s take a look at some of the ice cream bar-themed snacks!

1. Lollipops

With packaging like that of the original popsicle, the lollipop version of the Jaws Bar allows people to enjoy the fruity taste of the treat even during the cold of the winter! When unwrapped, the lollipops look extremely similar to the popsicles—in fact, they look like shrunken versions!

2. Gummies

Some argue that the gummy version of these popular ice cream bars doesn’t taste enough like the original thing. This might also be due to the texture of gummies—the soft chewiness that you don’t get from an ice cream bar may be what throws people off. Either way, the gummies still taste amazing and are great for when you want to keep the flavour of your childhood in your backpack, available for you to snack on at any time.

3. Bubble Gum

Whatta is a huge bubble gum company in South Korea, and it is known for its range of innovative flavours, including those based off of ice cream bars! Like most other Whatta bubble gums, the Jaws Bar flavoured one starts off with a very sweet and strong taste but slowly fades into a more muted tone. The bubble gum is definitely something to check out if you enjoy chewing very sweet, candy-like gum!

Though there are plenty more spin-offs of popular Korean popsicles, these three are the ones most commonly found in Korean convenience stores. Each product relates to the original ice cream bar in varying degrees, and each has its own merits. Which one would you like to try?

Written by Lynn Lee

Instagram-Worthy Flowers to See in Korea After the Cherry Blossoms Fall

The joyful feeling of walking through cherry blossom-lined streets in Seoul has diminished this week, as the blossom’s delicate petals litter the sidewalks after their short one-and-a-half week lifespan is up. Although these flowers are well-loved, and those lucky enough to see them in person can totally understand why, it feels a bit stressful when you have such a short time-frame to visit blossom festivals and get the perfect picture for Instagram.

So instead, let’s get familiar with some underrated but stunning flowers in Korea, so your Instagram feed can still look fresh and beautiful for springtime in Seoul. We’ve also compiled some suggested hashtags for each flower in both Korean and English to help you tag your photos!

Plum Blossoms – 매화

Plum blossoms are notable for their strong resemblance to the famous cherry blossoms. Although they have an early bloom period of mid-to-late March they are much less delicate than cherry blossoms so they stick around on the trees well into mid-April. Plum blossoms, also sometimes referred to as “apple blossoms,”  range from white to light pink to dark pink and can be a real lifesaver if you happen to just miss cherry blossom season in Seoul.

You can find plum blossoms all around Seoul’s various parks, particularly in Seonyudo Park (선유도공원).

Suggested tags: #매화, #PlumBlossoms, #꽃스타그램, #봄스타그램

Magnolia – 목련

Magnolia trees have a blossom period of late March to early April, but their large, leafy flowers can be viewed high up on trees well into late April and early May. Magnolia flowers vary in petal length and size, some being longer and thinner while others have rounded, shorter petals. Magnolia petals are mostly a creamy white color with a various amount of purple petals sprouting among them, they are soft to the touch and make a great backdrop for pictures!

You can find magnolias all across Seoul, but most commonly on university campuses such as Yonsei University or Ewha Women’s University.

Suggested tags: #목련, #Magnolia, #꽃스타그램, #봄스타그램

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Golden Bell Tree – 개나리

Golden bell trees have a blossom period of late March to early April but can be seen brightening the streets of Seoul well into the summer months. Regardless of their name, they are bushes that bloom bright yellow flowers and can bring some cheerful, spring color onto your feed.

You can find these almost everywhere in Korea, particularly on mountains and near sidewalks in cities.

Suggested tags: #개나리, #GoldenBellTree, #꽃스타그램, #봄스타그램

Azalea – 진달래

These stunning pink-purple flowers have a blossom period from early April to mid-May. While some can appear to be dark pink, most commonly they bloom as light purple flowers and stay on their shrubs well into summer.

Azalea shrubs are a bit harder to find, but wander about the sidewalks of Seoul long enough, and you’re bound to find one or two blossoming outside a coffee shop. Though, you are much more likely to find them in the mountains.

Suggested tags: #진달래, #꽃스타그램, #봄스타그램

Poppies – 양귀비

If you’re willing to take a forty-five minute train ride outside of Seoul, you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to stroll through fields of red poppy flowers. For a short time in late May to early June you can experience poppy fields at Sangdong Lake Park in Bucheon.

Their bloom period is short, so you may have to brave crowds, but the fields of red flowers will be an unforgettable moment to share with all your followers.

Suggested tags: #양귀비, #Poppies, #PoppyFlowers,#PoppyFields, #꽃스타그램, #봄스타그램

Of course these aren’t all the flowers you’ll be able to see during springtime in Korea, and there’s plenty of iOS and Android apps for identifying flowers by picture if you come across a bright, beautiful flower you don’t recognize. Cherry blossoms or not, there’s plenty of other floral sights to see during a spring trip to Seoul.

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Written by Justine Shaffer

The Hallyu Wave: What Is It Exactly?

When talking about Korean culture in articles, television, etc., the most commonly used word to describe this cultural expansion is the “Korean Wave,” also called the Hallyu Wave. This “wave” is used to describe the globalization of South Korea and its cultural bridge into other countries.

It is suggested that the term Hallyu was coined first by Chinese reporters in the 1990s as 韩流 (hán liú) when Korean music and film first spread to other countries (Ravina 4).

First, it is important to understand what “globalization” is so that it is easier to understand the Korean Wave. The term “globalization” refers to the way in which the world has become, theoretically, smaller and has brought awareness to the abundance of differing cultures. It involves the creation of new social networks and the multiplication of existing connections that cut across traditional political, economic, cultural, and geographical boundaries. Basically, it is the integration of one culture into another, through various formats. Ironically, the term globalization cannot be translated into other languages.

The globalization of Korean culture goes by another name in the mainstream system: the Korean Wave or Hallyu Wave. This “wave” classifies different aspects of South Korean popular culture such as music, food, beauty, television dramas, movies, fashion, etc. There is no specific year as to when South Korea’s culture began to have influences on Western countries such as America, but it can be assumed to have begun as early as the 1990s. Since then, the South Korean economy has grown and receives funding from tourism and exports due in part to the Korean Wave.

The Korean Wave encompasses many aspects of culture, but the two topics at the forefront are music and television. After that, there are things such as clothing, food, beauty, and history that follow. Events such as K-Cons hosted all over the world, social media, integration of Korean dramas onto large, streaming platforms, and television appearances are major factors into the growth of the Korean Wave.

In the coming articles, we will be exploring certain media that have increased the rapidly growing sensation around the Korean Wave, K-con, and marketing by the music companies. In addition, looking at the more aspects of the music, television, clothing, food, and beauty and their significance in the Korean and Western cultures.

Let us know if you found this article helpful and add any comment on certain aspects of the Korean Wave you would like to learn more about? How did you first hear about Korean culture?

Written by Avery Souders


Source:
Ravina, Mark. “Introduction: conceptualizing the Korean Wave.” Southeast Review of Asian Studies, vol. 31, 2009, p. 3+. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com.libproxy.temple.edu/apps/doc/A213529550/AONE?u=temple_main&sid=AONE&xid=b04737fa. Accessed 18 Apr. 2019.

Here’s Everything NCT 127 Did When They Took Over New York 🗽

It’s been a whirlwind time for NCT 127. Before kicking off their Neo City The Origin Tour, members Mark, Johnny, Taeyong, Doyoung, Jungwoo, Haechan and Taeil took every opportunity they had last week to make the best of their time in New York City, and made sure to document it all on social media. If the group had a bucket list of things to do in the Big Apple, they certainly checked off several of those in an impressive amount of time.

In terms of promoting the North American leg of their Origin Tour, NCT 127 approached it from a very grassroots perspective. It’s been unlike most K-pop touring efforts thus far, primarily because of how incredibly on-the-ground the group has been and open about their whereabouts while literally touring the city.

Now that NCT 127 is officially on the road with New Jersey, Atlanta and Miami under their belts, let’s recap just how touristy the members were in New York!

April 18

– The 18th marked NCT 127’s U.S. morning show debut with performances on Good Morning America and Strahan and Sara, where they dropped a surprise new single, “Superhuman”.

– NCT 127 visited Cafe Habana To Go, where they ate elotes, and visited the store Unis across the street.

– NCT 127 casually walked around Times Square

April 19

– Taeyong tours Brooklyn and documents it all over Instagram.

– Johnny and Doyoung visit the Vessel at Hudson Yards

April 20

– Taeyong visits the Starbucks Reserve New York Roastery, because if you’re going to drink Starbucks in NYC, you might as well do it in style.

– The group walks the High Line

– Doyoung plays chess in Washington Square Park; did he win? We will never know.

– NCT 127 surprise fans by joining YouTuber GoToe’s Random Play Dance at the Washington Square Arch. There’s nothing quite as special as being able to say that you danced alongside a K-pop group.

April 21

– Taeyong visits Dun-Well Doughnuts in East Village.

– Haechan snaps a photo in A1 Record Shop

– Taeyong, Haechan, Yuta, Jungwoo and Taeil visit Caffè Vita

– NCT 127 celebrate Easter at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

April 22

– NCT 127 stops by the iHeart Media offices for a chat with Ellie Lee,

– followed by an interview with SiriusXM; while there, the group ran into Lil Dicky.

– Mark updates from Union Square, where the group dropped down into Whole Foods for a quick bite at their open bar.

– NCT 127 talk with Build Series. Among the many things that happened this day, one highlight was hearing Doyoung singing Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish a cappella.

– The guys show up for their NCT 127 We Are Superhuman EP pre-order meet and greet at Rough Trade NYC. It’s announced that the EP will drop on May 24.

April 24

– NCT 127 officially kicks off Neo City The Origin Tour in New Jersey!

Phew! Talk about getting your steps in. Let us know if you were able to catch any of the NCT 127 members in the streets of New York. And if you’re going to any of their upcoming shows, share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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Written by Arnold

Experimental Rice Cake Skewer

Have you ever seen delicious, mouth-watering Korean street food being devoured by an actress or actor in a drama? Maybe you have been to Korea and tried tteok-kkochi—a tasty, crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, sweet and spicy rice cake goodness on a stick? Perhaps you live somewhere where this savory snack is hard to come by, or simply isn’t on the market in your country? Let’s experiment a little and try to find the best substitute ingredients for this snack and make it from scratch!

RICE CAKES

Firstly, there might not be any rice cakes ready for purchase, so let’s begin with the ingredients for them.

You will need a bowl, a steamer rack, parchment paper, wooden cooking sticks, pestle and a wooden cutting board for shaping the rice cakes. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of rice flour
  • 1 cup hot water (boiled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Sesame oil

Directions:

  • Combine the rice flour, salt and boiling water. Mix them well. Make sure the dough is not too dry or contains too much liquid.
  • Put the parchment paper on the steamer rack. Add the rice cake dough, and steam for about 30 minutes over high heat.
  • Spread some sesame oil on the wooden cutting board and place the hot rice cake on it. Pound it well with a pestle until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Time to shape your rice cakes! Imagine you are making long snakes from clay and roll the dough to shape them.
  • Cut the rice cakes in about 5 cm length each. You can either cook them right away or put them in a freezer for later use. 
  • Wet the wooden sticks and slide on the skewers. Heat up the pan and fry until you can see a hint of golden and crispy surface.

SAUCE

Secondly, the sauce is also a very important addition to the whole recipe, so it is important you have the ingredients ready.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of red chili (gochujang) paste*
  • 2 teaspoons of ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup**
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground peppers
  • A pinch of chili pepper flakes (optional)

*Depending on the amount of spiciness and amount of sauce you would prefer. If there is no way for you to acquire red chili paste, try to use Sriracha chili sauce as a substitute.

**If you do not have corn syrup, you can use granulated sugar dissolved in hot water or honey.

  • Cut the garlic into small pieces
  • Mix all the sauce ingredients
  • Put the sauce in a bowl to dip or warm it up in a small skillet and spread on the rice cake skewers. You can sprinkle some sesame seeds or seaweed for decoration.

Here you go! Hopefully this recipe was helpful. Do not be discouraged if your rice cakes turn out not as chewy for the first time, all it takes is some practice. You are free to experiment with the ingredients, and if you find a better substitute for some, do not hesitate to try it out and comment down below to share your cooking experience!

Written by Ruta Balzekaite

Spring Activities to Do in Korea!

Spring has officially sprung in Korea! With the weather becoming warmer and new life beginning to grow, many people want to get outside and enjoy their day. Some people like to travel during this time of year because it’s not blistering hot as it would be in summer. So, if you are planning to travel to Korea this spring, here are some exciting activities to enjoy.

When you think of spring, you often think of flowers and trees blooming. Perhaps one of those trees you might be thinking of are the beautiful cherry blossoms. There are plenty of places in Korea to enjoy these gorgeous trees as they bloom throughout the country. They begin to bloom in March and last ‘till the end of April. Jeju Island, Daegu, Busan, Seoul, and Incheon are a few of the many places you can visit to experience such beauty. But you better hurry to see them as they do not last long.

During the spring, Korea hosts a number of flower festivals for you to enjoy. There are four major cherry blossom festivals throughout the country. Jinhae is the most popular of the four having over 35,000 cherry blossom trees!

Gyeongju

At Gyeonju, which sets in the southeastern edge of North Gyeongsang Province, the trees surround the Bomun Lake. Here, you can take a different approach than and rent bicycles. How the trees reflect on the water makes a breathtaking scenery.  

Gyeongpo Festival

The Gyeongpo Festival also has cherry blossom trees surrounding the Gyeongpoho lake.

Hwage Festival

Hwage’s festival is in the countryside of Gyeongsangnam-do. The 2.4 mile stretch of road has a legend attached to it. While taking a stroll, if you hold hands with your significant other, you both will be married and live happily ever after.  

Taean Tulip Festival

The Taean Tulip Festival is one of the top five tulip festivals in the world. It features over 1.5 million tulips. The tulips are planted in a new design every year.

Goryeosan Azalea Festival

The Goryeosan Azalea Festival is an hour away from Seoul, where you can enjoy the azalea blooms, take pictures of and in front of the azalea photo backdrop, and enjoy azalea pancakes.

Boseong Green Tea Festival

Of course, flower festivals aren’t the only thing blooming during spring in Korea. The Boseong Green Tea Festival is located in the Jeollanam-do province, featuring an opening ceremony, a Korean-Chinese-Japanese traditional tea ceremony, and more! You can experience picking tea leaves, making your own teacups, learning tea manners, and enjoy a green tea art market. There are many great festivals that take place in the spring!

If you are an outdoors person, Korea has an outstanding number of National Parks. They have twenty-two national parks in total, which could make it overwhelming to decide which National Parks to go to.

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park in Seo-myeon, Yangyang-gun offers mountainous terrain with small but breathtaking waterfalls. In 1965, the government classified the region as a nature reserve.

Geumjeong District

The Geumjeong District, just north of Busan, has plenty of trails and mountains for all levels of fitness. You can hike up Geumjeong Mountain and enjoy the view over the city.

Sobaeksan National Park

Camping is offered in the Sobaeksan National Park with auto-camping sites. Not only does Sobaeksan have flat-dirt trails, but it also has staircases in certain areas.

Odaesan National Park

Odaesan National Park, located in the province of Gangwon-do has hiking trails that take hours to complete. The shortest course is the Dongdaessan Mountain course which takes roughly 2–2.5 hours to complete. The longest course is Sogeumgang River course which takes 7–8 hours, depending on your fitness level. Korea has plenty of hiking trails to offer the public.

Children’s Grand Park, Seoul

During the spring months, many families and individuals like to get out and go to parks. The Children’s Grand Park Seoul has plenty of activities for children and children at heart. The park features a zoo, a children’s museum, outdoor and indoor botanical gardens, and a small amusement park.

Montamarte Park

Montmarte Park is home to Seoul’s Rabbit Park. You can enjoy a picnic in the park along with seeing adorable rabbits to make your day. The rabbits may eat out of your hand, but they are still cautious and may run or scratch if you try to pick them up or pet them. It is best to admire them from afar.

Seoul Forest

In Seoul Forest, you can feed the deer at the park. They have a vending machine to get a cup of food. Seoul Forest is also home to a butterfly garden, a playground which features an interactive sculpture, and more.

Namdaemun Market

Shopping is always an option in Korea during the spring if you aren’t one for festivals or the great outdoors. Namdaemun Market has over 10,000 retailers which makes it the largest traditional market in Korea. You can buy clothes, toys, street food, homemade items, souvenirs, and much more.

Insadong Market

Insadong Market has plenty of shops and restaurants. Some delicious foods can also be offered through street vendors who sell candies and dumplings.

Lotte Mart

Lotte Mart is a discounted store in Seoul. At Lotte, visitors can pick up an array of K-snacks like honey butter chips, tteokbokki chips, and a packet of the famous fire noodles.

If you find yourself wanting to buy designer clothes while in Korea, Common Ground, Hongdae, and Garosugil are great places to support local designers.

It is safe to say that Korea has an abundance of activities to do for every age. Whether your pace is festivals, hiking, enjoying parks, or shopping. Whatever your taste, Korea is awaiting your arrival.

What would you like to do if you had to opportunity to go to Korea during the spring season?

Written by Brianna Giles


Oddly Satisfying: Korean Home Cafes

You’ve seen slime videos, kinetic sand videos, and ASMR videos…but have you seen Korean home cafe videos? The name Korean home cafe is pretty self-explanatory, but they are essentially cafe foods created in the comfort of a home. Home cafes have been on the rise on social media and it’s the perfect blend of satisfying and aesthetically-pleasing, due to the attention to detail and meticulous arrangements. The videos of these minimalist cafe creations often feature the production of colourful drinks with accompanying jingles as background music.

Or in true ASMR fashion, some videos have no music and consist of the tinkering of ice cubes falling into cups and the sound of fresh milk filling up tall glasses.

If a particular drink tickles your fancy, some home cafe accounts also post videos with step-by-step guides, allowing you to kick start your very own home cafe! These YouTube home cafe videos are also great for when you need a longer video to lull you to sleep.

Some other posts showcase the production of the different drink components, such as these decorative, floral ice cubes.

If you’re looking to expand your horizons, home cafes also feature the creation of desserts. Home cafe dessert videos can include cupcake icing piping…

Or strawberry pancake tower assembling, featuring perfect piping and strawberry placement…

Or the process of piping and baking dainty, little madeleines.

If cafe lattes, lemonades, and baked goods aren’t quite your speed, Korean home bars have also similarly been on the rise. For instance, check out this cute little Shiba Inu cocktail, featuring the tinkering of ice falling into the glass, mixed in with orangey-pink liquids, garnished with lemon slices.

However, in terms of popularity, the videos of cafe drink creation still seem to take the cake.

Next time you’re feeling like indulging in oddly satisfying videos, make sure to check out Korean home cafes for an aesthetically pleasing ASMR experience!

Written by Stephanie Leung

10 Instagram K-Pop Fan Artists You Should Be Following! 🎨

The phenomenon that is the Korean Wave has taken over the Internet, and has had an exceptional influence over many artists. These creators’ imaginations are sparked by the themes shown in the music videos of K-pop groups. On Instagram, there are a seemingly infinite amount of accounts to discover, and within, there exists a place in which artists grow and flourish. A specific niche of artists is thriving in the world of Instagram because of the surge of interest in the ever-flowing Hallyu. This increase in attention has brought these artists to the front to showcase their works to the world. Mnet also takes fan art, and posts it at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs) for the musical groups to see for themselves!

Here are 10 fan artists who have kindly allowed their art to be shared by the Fever Guys Fam!

  • @omurizer

The drawings of Zico and Jooheon are two pieces that really show the experience of @omurizer and their well-crafted technique using a digital platform. Similar to the works of Rembrandt, @omurizer uses dark shadows and strong highlights, while adding in their own twist with strong brush strokes and bright color variation. This makes their work all the more recognizable.


  • @marlowe_art

Looking for an Insta with TWICE the fun? @marlowe_art created the incredible images seen above. Their artwork consists of a gray background, bringing the colorful K-pop artist to the forefront. The bold colors bounce off the dullness of the neutral background. This can be interpreted as the happiness and wonder the idols bring into fan’s lives!


  • @shooky_dough

@shooky_dough has probably the cutest drawings ever! With not only the hair game on point but the facial features, too, she is able to capture the likeness of the K-pop entertainers and transfer that into a tiny caricature-esque portrait. The hair is full of volume and movement, shown by the tiniest stray hairs that all her works contain. To have the ability to work on such a small space with every aspect of the person being drawn, while keeping elements such as dimples or light makeup, is truly impressive.


  • @thundaraa

@thundaraa’s art stands out because of their use of strong highlights around the eyes and incorporation of yellow. As seen in the images above, the use of yellow adds a warm and inviting feeling. They use yellow almost as much as Van Gogh! Enjoy the stylized art of the many members of EXO in beautiful color.


  • @meiilloe

@meiilloe use of simple colors but the intricate style makes this artist’s style all their own. They have an apparent love for J-Hope, but that does not deter them from drawing anything else BTS-related. The minimalist drawings make the art more interesting. Sometimes the simplest drawings are harder to create. The color combos also create vintage-like vibes, from brilliant pinks to olive greens.


  • @kiminie71

@kiminie71 draws in their amazing anime style. Their art looks like it could have their own show. They work in both pencil and digital media. Certain works look fantastical and others so cute! To be honest, their art should be used in anime shows. If you’re looking for some anime K-pop idols, this is the Insta to check out!


  • @jeonjeonggay

@jeonjeonggay’s art can range from just a sketch to chibi BTS, or even a more surreal take on the human form. His works may push the limit at times, but it still reels you in for more. Using a diverse range of multimedia, just shows how skilled is! He is not afraid to take risks when the inspiration for a work of art is there.


  • @bk_a_eggs

@bk_a_eggs catches your attention with the use of strong astral additives. The use of bright white moon and stars against the dark background gives off an other-worldly aesthetic. Is it really an @bk_a_eggs without the planet? Probably not. If you are looking for a fan art account that does it all when it comes to drawing idols, here it is! There are two great series, one for SHINee called The Story of Light and the second is for NCT’s Boss.


  • @aniyoongi

@aniyoongi’s art focuses on the melancholic visuals created with pencil and watercolor. The faces of famous K-pop artists such as BLACKPINK and BTS fill the Instagram account. It is easy to notice @aniyoongi’s art anywhere because of the large, sad eyes and addition of bandages across the face or glitter.


  • @sumbrita

When it comes to following accounts on Instagram, it’s always good to support those just starting out. @sumbrita may not have many posts at the moment, but they are continuously working on improving their skills and experimenting with new mediums. They have a unique style of focusing primarily on the eyes, making them mostly realistic, while the rest is line art in pen.

Words can not do justice for the beautiful works of these artists. Art is meant to be shared and appreciated by everyone as artists draw what inspires them to take their own creative spin on images. As can be seen in their Instagram pages, many artists are well-known within their respective fandoms, but each draws their own style and has an abundance to offer. Please show these artists some love and support them!

While this may be a list of only a few artists, there are still many more to discover and follow! If there are fan artists that you want to shine a spotlight on for others to notice, please share.

All artists have given consent to have their art posted.

Written by Avery Souders

The Freshest K-Pop Comebacks of April!

April, the time of year where cherry blossoms and life in full bloom! Cherry blossoms aren’t the only things that made their outstanding return this spring. The month of April has been jam-packed with comebacks from some of the most loved Korean artists! It can be overwhelming to keep up with all of your favorite entertainers and their comebacks in this month alone, so here’s a list to help you keep track of who released new music this month.

APRIL 1:

● Chen from EXO released his EP, April, and a flower. The EP has six ballads along with the lead song, “Beautiful Goodbye.”

● IZ*ONE returned just shy of two months from their Japanese debut single with two versions of an EP called Heart*Iz. The lead track, “Violeta,” is one of eight songs on the mini album.

APRIL 2:

● The duo Bolbbalgan4 released their fourth mini album. Youth Diary 1: Flower Energy consists of five ballads.

APRIL 3:

● Hwang Minhyun from NU’EST released his solo song, titled “Universe.”

● Shin Jihoon came back after a three-year hiatus with a single is called “Cherry Blossom Parade.”

APRIL 5:

Kill This Love, the highly-anticipated return of BLACKPINK, was released. The mini album has five songs, including the chart-dominating title track “Kill This Love” and a remixed version of “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du.”

● B.A.P’s Daehyun released the five-song album, Chapter 27.

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APRIL 7:

● The trio CAMILA came back with a 19+ music video for their new single “Take Me Home.”

APRIL 8:

● Indie synth-pop singer Oohyo dropped her sophomore album, Far From the Madding City. There are twelve songs total with “Tennis” as the lead single.

APRIL 11:

● Vixx’s Ravi teamed up with GFriend’s EunHa and GroovyRoom to bring fans a new song called “Blossom” as part of a global project by Pepsi Korea.

APRIL 12:

● BTS released a new seven-track mini album, titled Map of the Soul: Persona.

APRIL 13:

XIX, the debut EP of 1the9 featuring seven different tracks was released. “Domino” and “Spotlight” have both regular and instrumental versions.

APRIL 14:

● The fifth subunit of Super Junior, Super Junior-D&E, released their third mini album, Danger. The EP consists of seven songs.

APRIL 16:

● Hashtag made their first comeback with their second mini album, #Aeji #paSsion. It has five tracks, which include an intro and an instrumental version of “Fressm.”

APRIL 18:

● Jung Seung Hwan released a second mini-album, titled Dear, My Universe.

APRIL 19:

● For their eighth anniversary, Apink continued their fan song tradition, and released a new single called “Everybody Ready?”

  • B.A.P’s Youngjae released Fancy. Photos and teasers came out ahead of the album release, leading up to its single, “Another Night”.

●  Monsta X’s I.M. released his Horizon mixtape.

APRIL 22:

Fancy You is Twice’s seventh mini album, featuring six songs, including the title track “Fancy.” Promotional photos and teasers dropped ahead of its release on their Twitter account and JYP’s YouTube.

● Target came back with their second single called “M the M.”

APRIL 24:

● Making their first comeback, rookie group VERIVERY released a mini album called Veri-able. The track list features six songs, including “From Now.” There are two versions of the mini album, the official and the limited edition DIY version.

● The third installment of N.Flying’s Fly High Project, “Radiant,” was released.

APRIL 25:

Yoon Ji Sung released a special album titled Dear Diary, featuring five songs. The lead single is “Your Page.”

● EXO’s Chanyeol released his single “SSFW,” which means Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

APRIL 29:

● NU’EST has unveiled a new album titled Happily Ever After. It has been three years since the group has released anything as a whole. They have released individual teaser images.

So, there you have it! A list of all, or at least most, of April’s most anticipated comebacks. Of course, spring isn’t over just yet, and with summer around the corner, we K-pop fans will surely be awaiting future news on future comebacks and summer concerts to attend.

Who’s comeback are you most excited to hear? Which artist, group or duo do you wish would make a comeback this upcoming summer?
Let us know in the comments below. 

For more articles about new K-pop artists, concerts, and songs to complete your spring vibes:

Cover Image: Chen – EXO (SM Entertainment)
Written by Brianna Giles

Take a Trip through Gwangjang Market!

Whether you’re spending a month in Korea or only spending a few days, it is a must to eat Korean cuisine. With such a wide variety of foods spread throughout the peninsula, it can be hard to choose where to go and what to eat, but not to worry! Gwangjang Market in Jongno-gu, Seoul is the place to go to satisfy all your Korean culinary cravings!

What is Gwangjang Market?

Still open after 114 years, Gwangjang Market is the oldest traditional market in South Korea. While this market may not be the largest, it certainly is one of the most popular. Nearly 65,000 visitors flood this street market every day, either hunting for a bite to eat or searching for a thrifty steal. And the visitors aren’t just tourists. Gwangjang Market is also a hotspot for locals! So whether you’ve lived in Seoul for years or just visiting for the week, you’ll be right at home in Gwangjang!

Famous Foods

Mung bean pancake, also known as bindae-tteok (빈대떡), is a type of buchimgae (Korean pancake). As you may be able to tell, bindae-tteok is made from mostly from mung bean, yet it is common to add all kinds of vegetables and meat into this pancake. After the batter is made, the pancake is fried until it’s a light gold color. Just writing about it is making my mouth water!

Mayak gimbap (마약김밥), which literally translates into “narcotic gimbap,” is uniquely known to Gwangjang Market. Despite its eyebrow-raising name, there are no narcotics in this gimbap (phew!). Mayak gimbap earned its name by being addictively delicious. This dish (filled with spinach, pickled radish, and carrots) is sprinkled in sesame seeds and served with its own sauce of mustard and soy sauce. Just one bite will leave you craving for more!

Other Foods to Try

The first food on our list of honorable mentions is sundae (순대). It’s a type of blood sausage that is popular in Korea. This dish is made by stuffing cleaned intestines with blood, vegetables, rice, different meats, and tofu. All together, these ingredients make a surprisingly tangy and juicy sausage.  Despite its mildly unnerving appearance, sundae is a popular street snack and is a hit with those trying it for the first time.  

Stir-fried rice cakes, more commonly known as tteokbokki (떡볶이), is a dish made for royalty. Quite literally, in fact! Tteokbokki’s origin traces back to the Joseon Dynasty, when this dish was made with marinated beef, a variety of vegetables, and pine nuts. The modern version of tteokbokki, however, was popularized in the 1950s when street vendors started selling an easier version of it. Regardless of their origin, each of these little rice cakes look soft enough to seek your teeth into!

Hotteok (호떡) is a Korean-style pancake made with dough and stuffed with all kinds of sweet delicacies. Depending on what you’re craving, a vendor can sell you hotteok filled with nuts, cinnamon, or honey! Some exciting modern twists include cheese, green tea, chocolate, and even pizza! Hotteok is truly a food that can satisfy any kind of craving.

Our last honorable mention is sannakji (산낙지), otherwise known as chopped live octopus. This dish is not for the faint of heart as it is served with the tentacles still wriggling around, even after the octopus has died. Sannakji tastes best with the sauce it is served with as the tentacles themselves don’t have much taste. However, eating sannakji is an experience to remember!

With these dishes in mind, the Fever Guys Fam hopes that the next time you visit Seoul, you’ll stop by Gwangjang Market and try all these delicious food for yourself!

Written by Leonard Cox