Red Velvet Opens the ReVe Festival Finale with ‘Psycho’

Ready for the last day of the ReVe Festival?

Red Velvet is back with the closing installment of their three-day festival concept, The ReVe Festival: Finale! Teasers dropped earlier this month, along with concept photos that instantly had everyone in awe. 

The versions were split between day and night. The images were contrasting, but all had a solemn sheen over them. 

ReVeLuvs were all wondering — what would “Psycho” be? 

It’s quite different from their energetic “Zimzalabim” and not as summery as “Umpah Umpah,” blending airy, sleek urban beats with catchy lyrics. Starting off with the plucks of a harp and Seulgi’s haunting vocals, there is something quite encaptivating about it. The chorus spins much like anxious thoughts in your head, but it’s not bleak. There’s a little comfort mixed in there. At the end, they sing: 

Hey, now we’ll be okay 
It’s alright 
It’s alright 
We’re a little weird 
Psycho 

“Psycho” is about crazy, tumultuous love and is truly unlike anything they have done before. The cinematography is upped to a new level with this music video, showcasing intricate outfits, crystals lining their faces, and grandiose sets. Along with the memorable choreography, you can see how they have grown since “Ice Cream Cake.” 

The ReVe Festival: Finale repackaged album comes with songs from the other days and also a couple of new ones! There is “La Rouge,” which features sultry vocals on a track reminiscent of both the Wild West and a jazz club. A slow, yet somewhat-light swaying ballad called “Remember Forever” is as soft as sunlight peeking through on a cold winter day. Then, there’s the subtlety fierce “In & Out,” which is a game of tag between beats that mixes baking instruments in its lyrics — it’s almost like a spell is being cast. 

Red Velvet performed some songs from this album at their special event, La Rouge, which was held at Korea University’s Hwa-Jeong Tiger dorm on the 23rd and 24th of November. But no need to worry! You can still catch their first stage performance of “Psycho” on December 25 at the 2019 SBS Gayo Daejeon

What was your favorite part of the “Psycho” music video? Tell us below!

Cover Image: Red Velvet (SM Entertainment)
Written by Stephanie Lemus

K-pop Songs of Winter 2019 for Your Holiday Playlist

The holiday season is starting up but that doesn’t mean that new music stops coming out! Here are just a few K-pop songs that dropped in December to possibly add to your holiday playlist — some are joyful, some are not, but they all have the soul that is associated with the season. 

  • The Boyz “White”

“White” is a remake of a song by the girl group Fin.K.L of the same name! While similar, there are added raps and lyrical changes, too. All about joy and enjoying the season with that special someone, The Boyz sing about love falling into their hearts like the white snow. An upbeat song that plays with traditional Christmas beats, these boys never disappoint!

  • WeGirls – “Hello Christmas”

It’s been quite the year for WeGirls with their song “Ride,” charting at #48 on the Gaon Music Charts! This is their last song with six members following the announcement that EunA was departing earlier this month. “Hello Christmas” is a mix of a slower track with cheerful lyrics. It’s a girl crush Christmas song that shows off their unique mixture of rap and vocals. 

  • Sung Si Kyung & IU – “First Winter”

Sung Si Kyung and IU are a match made in duet heaven! These two have worked together before back in 2010 with their duet, “It’s You.” In this collaboration, they both sing wistfully about a couple’s first winter together. While the music video doesn’t feature the complete song, you can find the full version on YouTube! You’ll definitely have this song on replay. 

  • AILEE – “Sweater”

“Sweater” is a solemn song about missing your loved ones over the holidays. Along with a Korean version, an English one was released as well! AILEE, who is known for her powerful voice, manages to capture this sadness with a warm tone. As sad as it sounds, it is also a reminder that one can carry a person with them in their hearts, even when they are far apart. 

  • NCT U – “Coming Home”

The lineup of NCT U changes depending on the concept.  For this song, vocalists Haechan, Doyoung, Taeil, and Jaehyun are all paired up! This holiday song is different from NCT U’s classic fast-paced songs. The symphony swirls in the background as the quartet soulfully sings lyrics about regret and loss, but also the warmth of coming home, making this a listening experience unlike anything else. 

  • LOONA – “365”

This song was quite the surprise with a teaser dropping seemingly out of nowhere! With their first single after their album, [X X], LOONA came back with a gift for all their Orbits. Singing about giving their days to their loved one, “365” is an airy ballad. The accompanying piano and all their vocals combine into a heartwarming holiday song. 

  • Leo (VIXX) – “December, The Night of Dreams”

Leo of the band VIXX enlisted on December 2nd of this year, but he left a Christmas gift for his beloved fans! “December, The Night of Dreams” is a slow ballad that makes his love palatable. With slow beats and Leo’s soft voice, it feels like the same warmth as a gentle fireplace on a dark night. 

  • JXR – “Element”

Wrapping up this list is “Element,” which is JXR’s debut! This duo consists of Baekjin and Yuri who were both on Produce X 101. Their first music video showcases their energetic nature and fluid movements. While it isn’t explicitly a holiday song, you can hear light bells in the background — definitely fitting for a holiday party!

These weren’t the only comebacks in December. There are still a couple more to look out for! Red Velvet’s “Psycho” drops on December 23 followed by EXID’s “Bad Girl For You” on the 25th. The last confirmed comeback of the year goes to MOMOLAND with their single “Thumbs Up” on the 30th. This year has certainly been filled with wonderful music and here’s to the next year as well!

What songs from this list are your favorite? Tell us below!

Cover Image: The Boyz (Cre.ker Entertanment / KAKAO M)
Written by Stephanie Lemus

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Kim Sisters!

Before the K-pop groups we know and love were created, before K-pop was really even a thing, a group of sisters performing as a trio would become popular during the 1950s and decades to come. They traveled to the U.S., bringing to life a dream of prosperity and safety for themselves and their family. Their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show sparked national intrigue in the Kim Sisters. They dominated the Las Vegas strip for decades with their exceptional singing, dancing, and instrumental abilities; charming the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and more. 

As the daughters of famous Korean singer Lee Nan-young and popular conductor Kim Hae-song, it was almost inevitable that their daughters would have some form of musicality in their future. Their group was formed with sisters Sook-ja (Sue), Ai-ja (Aija), and Min-ja (Mia) during the Korean War. Kim Hae-song had been captured, and there were still three brothers to take care of as well. The Kim Sisters were able to play a variety of instruments, sing, and dance, and their brother later formed their own group, The Kim Brothers.

The Kim Sisters popularity grew amongst Americans stationed in South Korea, so much so that a producer from the U.S. flew to see them in 1958. Shortly after, they signed a contract to perform with the Thunderbird Hotel. Once finishing their performance there they moved on to the Stardust Hotel, wherein they were first invited to perform on the popular late-night show The Ed Sullivan Show. Later showcasing their talents a whopping twenty-one more times on that same show. In 1962, their cover of The Coasters “Charlie Brown” would send their song right up to a #6 spot on the Billboard charts.

The Kim Sisters showed off their musical abilities on the traditional Korean instrument, gaya-geum, dressed in hanbok while singing the beloved Korean song “Arirang.” This was the first time a large American audience was introduced to Korean culture.

They would continue dominating the Vegas Strip scene until 1967, when Mia got married. Sue and Aija joined with the brothers in The Kim Brothers and would continue on until the 1990s. While Mia and Sue continued to live in Las Vegas after the end of The Kim Sisters, Aija passed away from lung cancer in 1987. Mia later moved to Hungary with her husband in 2006 and continued performing all over the world. Sue still lives in Vegas with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

The Kim Sisters barely knew any English when they were performing, and yet, were still popular amongst viewers. It is important to recognize the life and work in order to understand how much it meant for them to work in America and how they really began to pave the way for Koreans. This was not just for those wishing to become famous, but also to show off the country as a viable place to live for those needing to leave South Korea. Sadly, they are often forgotten. The Kim Sisters were pioneers and began the expansion of Korean culture into foreign markets. 

Check out http://www.thekimsisters.com/ to learn a little more about their past and present activities!

Have you heard of The Kim Sisters before? Would you want to hear more about music pre-K-pop era? Tell us in the comments!

Cover Image: The Kim Sisters
Written by Avery Souders

Things to do in Gyeongju-si, the Historic Coastal City

Gyeongju-si, or simply known as Gyengju, is a historic coastal city located in the southern province of South Korea. Being one of the largest cities in the area, it is quite a common sight for those visiting the country. Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Sila, a vast number of archaeological sites and cultural properties still stand. If you ever find yourself in this part of Korea, here’s a list of things you can do while visiting the area:

  • Royal Tomb of King Taejong Muyeol

Seeming like a hill in the middle of nowhere, the real treasure is inside the hill itself. An attraction great for sightseeing and taking pictures, the royal tomb of King Taejong Muyeol dates back to 600 AD. Due to the peaceful simplicity that surrounds the area and that this landscape is known to hold the tomb of Kim Chun-chu, it brings the attention of many visitors.

  • Underwater Tomb of King Munmu

The underwater tomb of King Munmu is found in a little islet 200 meters away from shore. It was when he was about to die that he gave instructions to be buried underwater. Although the site itself is something no one would want to miss, the history it holds is what makes one stay. It’s a great place not only for pictures, but also to learn about some of Gyeongju’s history.

  • Gyeongju World Amusement Park

If you’re looking for something that will have adrenaline coursing through every bit of your body, you might want to hit up the Gyeongju World Amusement Park. It’s the largest one in the area and most known for its X-Zone, an area consisting of attractions such as the rollercoaster, Python; Mega Drop; and Tornado — trying to figure which one to ride first will be hard! There are also attractions for those who don’t enjoy thrill-seeking as much. Whether it’s taking a stroll through the Wizard Garden or going Ice Sledding (in the winter only), there’s something for everyone to do!

  • Bulksuga Tower

Built in the 8th century on the slopes of Mt. Tohamson, Bulksuga Tower is one attraction you don’t want to miss! Those who go and visit the temple will find themselves having to climb hundreds of stairs. However, the cardio that you get in is worth the sight you see at the end!

  • Bomun Lake Resort

After a long day of events, what better way to relax than at the Bomun Lake Resort? Holding various leisure activities, such as biking around the lake or walking trails, ending the day here would be a dream. Also known for providing some Instagram perfect pictures, Bomun Lake is especially popular in the spring due to the cherry blossoms that turn the landscape pink! 

Trying to fit all of these activities in one day might be hard but not impossible! What’s one attraction you’d like to visit while in Gyeongju? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Briseida Rivera

NCT U Brings Comfort with Heartfelt Single, ‘Coming Home’

NCT U welcomes the winter by bringing fans a new song that will surely warm their hearts. If you’re looking for something to keep you company during this chilly holiday then look no more because the group is right by your side with “Coming Home.”

NCT U is the first subunit under boy group NCT formed by SM Entertainment, debuting in 2016 with the song “The 7th Sense,” and “Without You.” This group’s overall concept is not all that difficult to understand: Although consisting of nine current members, the number of performers varies depending on the song. In this instance, “Coming Home” features four of NCT U’s vocal line Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun, and the group’s maknae, Haechan coming together to sing a beautiful song about longing to go back home after being apart for a while.

“Coming Home” opens with an orchestra of piano notes, the slow plucking of guitar strings, and soft thumping of drums. Different from their usual fast-paced, high energy songs, the quartet dominated this slow, passionate melody. In a different take on your typical Christmas song, the emotions behind knowing how it feels to regret not having said goodbye when having the chance to do so is felt simply by just listening to their voices. With powerful vocals come heartfelt lyrics that further express the feeling of going through this hardship; however, Taeil’s belts through the chorus the knowledge that moments like these don’t last forever:

By the time the trip ends,
I’m gonna realize it
Like that time, while holding you fully in my heart
I’m coming home 

To match a touching song is an equally heartfelt video. Against a white backdrop and snow-covered floor, all the members are dressed up in long warm coats and neutral colors. The minimal background along with the slow falling of snowflakes gives off an intimate feeling as if we’re enduring the same emotions each of the members are going through. The setting transitions to a train ride and through the window we see Taeil, Doyoung, Jaehyun and Haechan are sitting down enjoying a table filled with all kinds of sweets and snacks. 

While the group has fun teasing each other as the train makes its way through the night, it’s a scene that will surely have you wanting to see more of how the group gets along. You can find more of this in the group’s personal YouTube channel, NCT Daily! Made up of behind-the-scenes videos, personal vlogs, dance practice and all kinds of challenges, you’ll be laughing along with all of NCT no matter which video you decide to watch first.

Goodbyes aren’t always forever, and “Coming Home” makes sure you know that. Will you let NCT U bring you comfort this chilly winter? Let us know in the comments below!

Cover Image: Jaehyun of NCT (SM Entertainment)
Written by Briseida Rivera

Korean Mukbangers You Need to Follow!

The internet is a place where one can discover many things, from new genres of music to keeping up to date with politics, celebrities, daily news, and so much more. With the coming of new exciting challenges (fire noodles challenge, eating large amounts of food, and other bizarre trends),  new content and other fascinating ideas brought from all around the world that are finally growing popularity, catching the interest of many globally. One of these growing interests among many is videos of people eating, also known as mukbang (멐방), a video trend filmed by many around the world.

The trend of the mukbang, literally mashed up from muk-ja (eating) and bang-song (broadcasting), started in 2011 and has now taked over Youtube with a wide range of videos.

Here are five Korean mukbangers you should subscribe to today!

  • Hong Sound 

A YouTuber on the rise with 1.3 million subscribers, first joining YouTube in December of 2015! Hong Sound is well-known for two versions of videos: the first type is shortened, a sped-up version which features him talking, and the second is longer videos with no cuts, talking, or sounds other than him eating! His channel also features other ASMR that doesn’t include eating. He sure does know how to satisfy his viewers!

  • SIO ASMR 

SIO is climbing his way in the mukbanger world with 753,000 subscribers,  joining in the start of 2017, but finally starting his upload of videos in April of 2018! SIO pleases his viewers by uploading daily, giving many the content they need! His channel features mukbangs and other ASMR videos that don’t include eating.

  • SinCook 

This YouTuber is like no other! Joining at the beginning of 2015, now with 521,000 subscribers and over 300 videos on his channel, SinCook is known for his mukbangs being filmed in convenience stores at 3:00-5:00 a.m. His channel gives his viewers even more content with beauty and cooking videos! There has to be something for everyone! 

  • Dorothy 

Dorothy, with over 3 million subscribers and over 700 videos, is truly the queen of mukbangs! Joining the YouTube world in June of 2016, she enjoys eating spicy foods from the comfort of her home, trying new restaurants, and taking on challenges! She also gives her viewers the option of her Real Sound videos, featuring only eating and no talking. 

  • NuNu

Shownu from MONSTA X, joining the mukbanger world with his stage name of NuNu, is featured on the M2 YouTube channel. With a current upload of fifteen videos, Shownu is working hard and eating well for all Monbebe and other viewers! NuNu has also featured other members of MONSTA X in his videos. 

These five Korean mukbangers are sure to leave your mouth drooling after each video! Not only do they give their viewers options on the type of video sounds they prefer, but they also include different language subs, such as English and Japanese! Make sure to check these YouTubers out and subscribe to their channel for more great content! 

Cover Image: Hong Sound (x)
Written by Andrea Villarreal

Make Your Own Dosirak!

“Dosirak” are Korean lunch boxes filled with warm dishes that will make your tummy happy! Whilst lunch boxes are prevalent in different parts of the world like the bento in Japan and tiffin in India, Korea has its own customized version that comes with unique yet easy-to-make dishes. 

If you want a healthy array of dishes to-go or just easy Korean recipes, you’ve come to the right place! Wear your apron and grab the kimchi because here we go! 


A typical dosirak usually comes with a big portion of cooked rice, otherwise called “bap,” along with several banchan (side dishes). We’ve got the rice part covered because Korean convenience stores have ready-to-eat packets! Heat it up in the microwave and you are good to go!

BANCHAN

  • Gimbap (김밥)

How can we make a dosirak without one of the most popular Koran dishes? Gimbap is an amalgamation of rice, seaweed, vegetables and meat. This dish involves carefully putting all the cooked ingredients together into a perfect seaweed roll. To get everything ready, fry vegetables and meat of your choice into a pan and get the rice ready. 

Once everything is made, place the seaweed roll on the bamboo mat and add a thin layer of rice. Make sure that the seaweed has its shiny side on the bottom because that will be the outer layer! 

Start adding the vegetables and meat on one side. After all the ingredients of your choice are in the gimbap, roll it carefully using the bamboo mat to get a long roll. All that is left to do is to cut the gimbap into small pieces, and there you have it! 

  • Haemul Jeon (해물전) – Seafood Pancake 

Look out because this savoury pancake can be devoured in minutes! What makes this recipe great is that once you learn the basics, you can add any ingredients to make it customized!

While you can get ready-made pancake batter, homemade batter is also easy to make. Add flour, potato starch, green onions, carrot, egg, fish sauce, salt, black pepper, and sesame oil along with your seafood ⁠— which can be shrimp, clams or squid ⁠— and mix it well. Pour a little bit of the batter in the frying pan, and fry until it is well-cooked and brown in colour. Viola! You have your pancake ready! 

  • Gyeran Mari (계란말이)- Rolled Omelette 

Omelettes never go out of style. Whether you have it with bread or rice, it will treat your stomach right! All you need is eggs, vegetables and a rectangular frying pan. The trick to making a rolled omelette is to pour your egg batter in parts. After mixing your egg batter with vegetables of your choice, pour a thin layer of the batter to your heated pan and role it like a normal omelette. While that is slowly cooking, add another layer and roll it again. Repeat the process until the batter is all used up. 

You can now cut the omelette into bite-sized pieces and add them to your dosirak! 

  • Pan-Fried Tofu 

Although tofu can be eaten on its own deliciously, pan-fried tofu is a classic dosirak dish enjoyed by many. Cut the tofu into bite-sized pieces and fry it for a couple of minutes until it is slightly brown in color. By just doing this, you have nearly finished the preparation of this dish!

To complete it, we need to add the seasoning sauce which is equally easy to make: Mix soy sauce, green onion, minced garlic, sugar, sesame oil and pepper flakes; and add it to the already-fried tofu! 

  • Japchae (잡채)- Korean Glass Noodles 

Whether you have this dish as it is or add it as banchan, it will be delicious. Japchae is one of many traditional noodle dishes in Korea. Not only is this dish simple-to-make, but it also won’t take you much time. Filled with several vegetables like onion, carrots, scallions, and spinach, it fulfills all the nutrition groups!

While the ingredients are prepared separately, all of them are mixed at the end to get the perfect taste! Cut the vegetables into thin slices, preferably of the same length and fry them in oil over medium heat until they are cooked. Meanwhile, boil your potato starch noodles for 5–6 minutes and stir fry it with your japchae sauce! In addition to the vegetables, you can choose a protein of your choice and fry it the same way as the vegetables. 

The japchae sauce can be made simply by mixing soy sauce, sugar, minced garlic, sesame oil, and garlic. By mixing all the cooked ingredients together, you have yourself a well-made japchae! 


With these simple recipes, we hope you get started on your Kitchen adventures at home and have a well cooked meal! For more recipes of Korean cuisine, visit https://www.maangchi.com/.

What is your favourite Korean dish? Tell us in the comments below!

Written by Sayantani Banerjee 

5 Korean Cookbooks to Have in Your Kitchen

Korean cuisine is delicious to eat, especially when on a night out with your friends. However, it can be expensive. There’s an easy way to fill your stomach without emptying out your wallet: cooking at home! This is also a good option for those who do not live near any Korean restaurants, but want to enjoy the tasty options! Now let’s look at the 5 Korean cookbooks you should have in your kitchen!

  • Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking

This cookbook is one of the most highly rated and should be considered a must-have for your collection!

Maangchi was born and raised in South Korea, and moved to New York when she was older. She always had a passion for cooking, decided to post a video of herself cooking Korean food on YouTube in 2007, and it took off from there! This is her second cookbook with more than 150 authentic Korean recipes, so no matter your cooking skill, there is something for you to try! She has included the Top 10 recipes from her YouTube channel as well as chapters on Korean BBQ, kimchi, side dishes, fish, vegetarian meals, vegan meals, lunch boxes, stews, soups, snacks, and Seoul street food!

  • Cook Korean!

Any beginner who is afraid to try cooking Korean food should pick up a copy of this simple-to-use graphic novel cookbook!

Cook Korean! is written by Robin Ha, who was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the United States when she was fourteen. She had a love for drawing comics and cooking, and eventually Cook Korean! was born. This cookbook has sixty-four charming recipes along with ingredient profiles, personal anecdotes, and cultural insights! You can learn anything from kimchi to gimbap, to even bulgogi dupbap!

  • Seoul Food Korean Cookbook

Those who have a passion for cooking and want to try making traditional and modern Korean food should check out this cookbook!

Seoul Food Korean Cookbook is written by Naomi Imatome-Yun, who grew up in an American suburb, helping her Korean grandmother make Korean classics. This cookbook includes over 100 step-by-step recipes, from the classics to Korean bar food, so bring your cooking skills to the test! This book includes a cooking overview, food customs, table manners, restaurant dining tips, pictures, and shopping lists to aid you in your cooking endeavors!

  • Korean Home Cooking: Classic and Modern Cooking

A wonderful cookbook to be added to your kitchen, which includes restaurant and family recipes, fun to cook for family and friends!

Sohui Kim is the chef and co-owner of Insa and The Good Fork restaurant in Brooklyn, New York; and Rachel Wharton is the coauthor of F*ck, That’s Delicious and The Good Fork Cookbook. Together, they have combined their knowledge to provide this book filled with 100 tasty dishes! The book includes recipes, Sohui’s family stories, pictures of her travel in Korea, and with her guidance for cooking each dish, you will master cooking Korean food in no time!

  • My Rice Bowl: Korean Cooking Outside the Lines

For anyone who loves rice dishes, fusion foods, and mixing cultural dishes together, this is the cookbook for you!

My Rice Bowl is written by Rachel Yang, the owner of the Seattle restaurants Joule, Trove, and Revel. Enjoy seventy-five recipes of comforting Korean fusion food from all types of cultures around the world! Enjoy making noodles, dumplings, pancakes, fried chicken and of course rice bowls! Some fusion foods to try are chipotle-spiked pad thai, seaweed noodles with crab, and even Korean pickle tacos!

No matter if you are a chef or a beginner cook, these cookbooks are a must-have for cooking Korean dishes! They not only provide easy, fun, and traditional dishes, but they also include cultural insights, personal stories, and tips on how to cook them like a true native Korean! Good luck and have fun while trying out these delicious dishes!

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Written by Ashton Carson

Unlock the Mystery Behind Stray Kids with Clé: Levanter

Can you believe that Clé: Levanter is Stray Kids’ THIRD comeback for 2019? Between releasing Clé 1: Miroh and Clé 2: Yellow Wood, then taking the world by storm at 2019 KCON LA and 2019 KCON Thailand, it is a wonder how they managed to fit in one last album for the year!

Like with all other Stray Kids’ albums, 3RACHA (a subunit consisting of Changbin, Han, and Bangchan) participated in the majority of the lyrics and song composition for Clé: Levanter. The members’ participation in music production is what makes their music so uniquely special. Every aspect of their music perfectly reflects each other, from background instrumentals to lyrics and album titles. 

Stray Kids released not one but two pre-release tracks: “Double Knot” and “Astronaut.” While “Double Knot” showcases a darker color through an electronic trap hip-hop sound, “Astronaut” gives off a more vibrant color with an electronic pop sound. The music video for “Double Knot” is bursting with charisma as they display an energetic and powerful dance.

Did you notice the spoiler for “Astronaut” at the beginning of the music video? If you blinked, you missed it since it was literally a one-second spoiler. Instead of performing intense choreography like in “Double Knot,” “Astronaut” showcases their youthful charm as they play and run free together. The music video, background instrumentals, and lyrical composition seem to reflect each other. As the lyrics celebrate spontaneity, the catchy, light beat just makes you just want to get up and jump around. Everything about “Astronaut” just screams perfection.

Did “STOP” sound familiar to you? It should because it is a continuation of “Road Not Taken” from Clé 2: Yellow Wood. Be sure to listen to “Road Not Taken” and “STOP” back to back. You won’t regret it. Through the title track, “Levanter,” Stray Kids tells fans that sometimes people grow apart from each other, reassuring them that that’s okay. Not allowing yourself to become lost in someone else seems cliche but it’s an important reminder to be true to yourself. 

Stray Kids give a shot of energy with “Booster.” It’s the kind of song that you want to listen to when you lack motivation while “Sunshine” brings strength and comfort when the world becomes too much to handle. “You Can STAY” is a heartwarming song that seems to be like a letter to their fans, letting them know how they bring light, comfort, and clarity to their lives. The teaser for “You Can STAY” features their valuable memories from the District 9: Unlock concert in Seoul. Wrapping up their last album for 2019 is their signature mixtape track, only available on the CD. Now, some may be wondering if “Mixtape #5” would make buying a physical album worth it and the answer is “Always!” There’s just something that gives their mixtape tracks a color that’s different from the rest of their albums.

The District 9: Unlock Tour begins late January and ends in mid-February. From New York to Los Angeles, Stray Kids will be kicking off 2020 with a Bang… Chan. HA.

Which song do you hope to see Stray Kids perform live during their concert tour?

Cover Image: Stray Kids (JYP Entertainment)
Written by Sarah Wong

Daring Foods to Try in South Korea

Unique to every culture, food is an aspect of our lives that brings fulfillment and satisfaction. Be it sweets or meals, food is our guilty pleasure. In South Korea, there is a wide variety of food that is mouthwatering, but there are also many other meals that may strike you as quite odd. For those who have done their research, you will know that Korean culture is known for many things, and food is one that definitely stands out. We hope you’ve worked up an appetite because here are 5 of the most daring foods one can try in South Korea!

  • Jokbal (Pig’s Feet)

Made up of boiled pigs’ feet, jokbal is a delicious Korean dish that is cooked with the perfect mix of ingredients. Deboned and cut into various slices, jokbal is served onto a large platter and is an excellent meal to share with friends and family. In order to get an authentic Korean experience, you should wrap a piece of jokbal in lettuce and add your choice of extra sauce and veggies. Furthermore, this meal is said to be excellent for hangovers and does wonders for your skin. Overall, you do not want to miss out on this savory Korean invention. 

  • Beondegi (Silkworm Larvae)  

For those who hate bugs, we suggest you skip this popular Korean snack since it might make your skin crawl. Served by many street vendors, beondegi is a Korean delicacy. Consisting of seasoned silkworms that are usually boiled or steamed, beondegi is described to have a crunchy texture and a juicy taste. Even though they may look a bit intimidating, many foreigners and locals recommend this snack and praise it for its nutritional value. If you have the stomach to feast on this creature, you might just acquire a liking for it!

  • Gaebul (Live Spoon Worms) 

Are you a seafood lover? Well, if you don’t mind their worm-like appearance, you might just come to like gaebul! Usually served with salt and sesame oil, gaebul is chopped up into small pieces that you can take on the go. Traditionally, gaebul is served raw, but it is possible to grill the worm. Since it is nutritious and inexpensive, it is a typical Korean dish that is enjoyed by many individuals.

  • Sannakji (Live Octopus)  

Literally meaning living octopus, sannakji is a Korean treat that is served in many different ways. Usually, the body (tentacles) of the octopus is cut up into small pieces, placed on a plate, and seasoned with sesame seeds and oil. Even though the tentacles are detached from the octopus, they will move around in your mouth so you will be in for quite a surprise. Either way, sannakji is a traditional meal that you do not want to miss!

  • Sundae (Boiled Intestine Sausage)  

Commonly known as blood sausage, sundae (soondae) is a must-have Korean delicacy that you must try while in South Korea. Consisting of boiled cow or pig intestines, sundae is seasoned and stuffed with a variety of other ingredients. Ultimately, this creation takes the form of a mouthwatering sausage. Luckily, this is a popular Korean snack that is sold by multiple street vendors in South Korea. 

Are there any other daring foods in your country that make your skin crawl? If so, let us know in the comments below! 

Written by Valeria Voelkl