There are tons of YouTube channels out there, and the Korean ones are no exception. But sometimes, as a native watching the said content, there's no denying that some distort or exaggerate the culture since some are based on things that are culled from very personal and limited knowledge.
So, I came up with my own list of more genuine, unbiased (no shameless sales pitches), and intensively researched channels which in my opinion truly celebrate the Korean spirit. The content is relevant, current, and accessible since they are subtitled either in Korean or English.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy.
1. Asian Boss
If you're into politics and international relations, I definitely recommend this Asian Boss that's run by two businessmen-turned-full-time-YouTubers (one MC being Steve from Korea). They listen attentively to the citizens and have a strong vision when bringing meaningful discussions on Asia and its role in today's world. (Tone: serious)
Jaykeeout is known for doing various kinds of social experiments even when the topic runs a bit sensitive or controversial. You'll see how people react to social issues, thus the raw and spontaneous opinions. Some people say that the people in his videos do not really qualify as participants of "social experiments." However, the reactions are flat-out entertaining so why not give it a shot? (Tone: easy-going, natural)
3. Arirang Culture
Arirang Culture offers a more global, objective view on Korean culture. Arirang TV is run by Korean-Americans residing in the U.S., hence the impeccable English narration. They mainly cover and analyze the path of the Hallyu (Korean Wave) symptom, interviewing professionals in cultural studies and not just citizens. So, if you want to get a more comprehensive perspective of Korea, this channel is for you. (Tone: typical informative American documentary)
4. Talk to Me in Korean
If you call yourself an avid Korean learner, but still don't know "Talk to Me in Korean", you are missing out. This is one of the most popular sites for learning Korean language and culture. They are a team of true-blue Koreans who are passionate about sharing their local knowledge to international people. Apart from the language videos, they also do some guest sessions on Korean culture. (Tone: educational and friendly)
5. The World of Dave
If you found the last four channels way too serious for you, I bet you'll enjoy this one. Dave, The owner The World of Dave is an American living in Korea for seven years. He speaks pretty decent Korean in his videos and he collaborates with a lot of Korean friends and other YouTubers in Korea, which make an exciting mix. His topics cover culture to language, or random fun stuff, while giving pretty authentic information on Korean behavior. (Tone: fun and very upbeat)
Last but not the least, is the Korean telenovela. Drama is a great resource as well. But be warned, the plot and gorgeous actors and actresses have proved to be highly addictive.
Content Curator | Cebin Jeong
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