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8 Activities To Experience Korea in Sydney

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by Gwen Lee (subscribe)
Staff at, a language school in Sydney teaching adults and children Japanese and other Asian languages.
Published March 20th 2016
The popularity of Korean pop culture has swept Asia since the late 1990s and was relatively unrecognised outside Asia until the song 'Gangnam Style' by Psy became an international sensation in 2012. South Korea aims to be a prominent player in the entertainment industry with their music videos and soap operas.

What activities could one do to experience Korea without actually traveling to Korea?

Travel to Koreatown

Sydney is home to several Koreatowns including Strathfield in the Inner West, Eastwood in the North-West, or Campsie in the South-West. You can also find Korean retail section around CBD's Pitt St and Liverpool St.

Try Korean Cuisine

While in the neighbourhood, do try some Korean cuisine. Korean's BBQ, mixed rice, and fried chicken are popular choices.

Visit Sydney Korean Festival

Sydney Korean Festival
Photo: Sydney Korean Festival

Enjoy various performances such as traditional ensemble samulnori, Korean traditional dance, K-pop dance, Korean sword performance, taekwondo, and taste some Korean street food. This year, the festival is held at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, on 2 April.

Join K-pop Dance Classes

K-pop refers to popular music originating in South Korea. Integral to K-pop music videos is the dance, which is especially choreographed to enable fans to easily imitate the dance moves. This in turn prompts fans to form their own group, record their dance and post the videos on YouTube, which helps spread the popularity of K-pop dance. Some dance studios offering K-pop dance classes are listed here:

JK M Academy (Also teaches vocal lesson for a career in the Korean entertainment industry)

K-Pop Star Australia

Crossover Dance Studio

Compete in K-pop World Festival / Korean Culture and Information Service (Jeon Han) / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

Once you've mastered the K-pop dance style, gather your crew to perform a K-pop cover and give yourself a chance to win some cash prizes and travel to Korea to compete against other international winners. Competition is open for non-Korean.

Watch past winners here

Go to K-pop Karaoke Bar

Koreans love karaoke. You don't have to sing Korean songs, but there's no stopping you from practising some Korean songs prior and impress your friends, coupled with some K-pop dance moves (if you can, no pressure). Click here if you want to practice some K-pop songs complete with lyrics. Once you're ready, head out to the karaoke bar. Who knows you might get lucky and get spotted by a talent scout!

Watch K-pop MV

Attend K-pop Concerts / Korean Culture and Information Service (Jeon Han) / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Although the number one band EXO won't be performing in Australia, you can still go to other concerts. To know who's coming, keep an eye on K-pop Concerts in Australia.

Learn Korean Language

With the growing popularity of Korean culture, more people have become interested in learning Korean nowadays. Korean is featured in the Hollywood movie The Interview starring James Franco. Talk show host Conan O'Brien spoke Korean in his Korean soap-opera debut.

With more Koreans in Australia, it is now easy to learn Korean from native speakers at local language schools.
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