Koreawave (also known as the Korean Wave) is an aesthetic heavy centered around South Korean popular culture; especially Korean pop music (commonly referred to as "K-Pop") and Korean drama shows. It goes without saying that North Korean aesthetics are not covered by this aesthetic at all, and those wishing for a DPRK look will have to look for some forms of Laborwave.



Glossary

Stan (n): Refers to fans of any celebrity or media figure, Although it's commonly used for k-pop fans. The term originally came from Eminem’s song “Stan"

"K-pop stans will find you."

Stan (v): To stan something means to support or “stand up” for it, akin to fangirling/boying It can be used as a compliment too.

"Jisoo's interview was so good, I have to stan."

Bias (n): Your favorite member in a group.

"All the members in 1TEAM are good, but I think Je Hyun is my bias."

Stream (v): To stream means to view it repeatedly to help increase the view count.

"I hate you and I'm going to burn your house down. Anyways stream Dynamite."

Saranghae (사랑해): Translated to "I love you" in Korean. This is an informal way to say it, used between close people like significant others. It is usually paired with the finger heart gesture.

Fashion

Korean fashion is a fashion style that is known for being expressive and reflecting a sense of individuality, defined largely by cute mini skirts and mini dresses, statement long sleeve t-shirts, layered shirt dresses, and stylish loose-fitting trends.

Dramas and Movies

Korean Dramas have exploded in popularity in recent years, with international brands such as Netflix making them available to the general public outside of South Korea. Romantic dramas and Dramadies are the most popular of these shows. Movies are also a part of this aesthetic, both those originating within South Korea and the ones made by the Korean diaspora as a whole. Films such as the Oscar Winning Parasite have gained International Praise and entering the greater sphere of pop culture.

Music

K-pop is a genre of popular music originating in South Korea. While the modern form of K-pop can be traced back to the early 90s, the term itself has been popularized since the 2000s, replacing the term Gayo, which also refers to domestic pop music in South Korea. Although it generally indicates "popular music" within South Korea, the term is often used in a narrower sense to describe a modern form of South Korean pop that is influenced by styles and genres from around the world, such as experimental, rock, jazz, gospel, hip hop, R&B, reggae, electronic dance, folk, country, and classical on top of its traditional Korean music roots.

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J-hope 'Daydream (백일몽)' MV

The more modern form of the genre emerged with the formation of one of the earliest K-pop groups, Seo Taiji and Boys, in 1992. Their experimentation with different styles and genres of music and integration of foreign musical elements helped reshape and modernize South Korea's contemporary music scene.

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