Before you’re going to insult me read this post first. As you all know Kpop has become very popular all around the world. This is exactly the problem of Kpop. Because it is so successful the entertainments think they should do it like the american music industry, to get more international fans and to be well-known. They’re telling their idols to show more skin and to act differently to impress the western fans. but it doesn’t impress me! What I mean is they don’t have to do this! In the end all what matters is the fame and money. Like always. I mean look at the Girlgroup ‘Wassup’ seriously twerking? excuse me but, since when is that Kpop? are they portraying Miley Cyrus? when you listen to K-pop and American music there’s no difference. Kpop music is now just upbeat music with dubstep and electro in it. example: 2NE1’ s falling in love. is this kpop for you? Just because they speak some Korean and the rest is just English? or CL, GD, etc. No wonder that Lorde and other artists have interests in them. But tell me was it like that before? When Kpop wasn’t that American? I became a Kpop fan because I thought it was different! I was sick and tired of American music and all what is was about! In Korea exists rap music too, sure like in every country. but it isn’t Kpop. Since the Gangnam style Era Kpop changed way TOO much. What I am trying to say Is people started to say “I like Gangnam style I am an Kpop fan now!” that’s what i mean people don’t even know what exactly Kpop is! and it doesn’t matter how much Kpop will turn American or be popular there will always be people there who dislike it. Seriously the Entertainments can’t expect that every one knows or will like Kpop! For example in the country where i live the most people don’t even know what Kpop is! I even showed a non-kpop friend of mine GD’s michigo Mv she said “the song is s*hit” “he is crazy” etc. See? Yeah some people are ignorant and racist, but that’s not the matter now. I am an K-pop fan since 2009 and believe me I know what Kpop is. And I am sure many of you know that too. When you look now the rookies make hip hop music etc. The true Kings of Kpop are for me DBSK and Super Junior. Although DBSK split and SJ’s music changed a lot into dubstep and of course American. I may sound to you like I totally dislike American music. NO! I don’t dislike it! I just don’t want that Kpop and the idols are influenced by the American music industry. Just some Kpop groups have this Kpop concept like A-pink etc. I am sure that I look to you like an old Kpop fan that stuck in the “Sorry Sorry” and “Gee” era. lol no and believe it or not I am an EXOTIC. too be honest I hate the thought of it that Kpop will grow more because The people who talked shit about Kpop started to like it! It’s like all my non-Kpop friends that absolutely hate Kpop come to me spazzing over their ‘bias’ and sing to korean songs! What the actually f*ck?! When BIGBANG became popular with “fantastic baby” and “BLUE” Taeyang changed a lot! Sure he wants to experience an other style and make other music but, as he came up with cornrows and Snoop Dogg like hair i was like “WTF” what I mean is they seriously want to “try” it that way. I am not bashing Kpop, I am self a fan! But Kpop isn’t Kpop anymore! They even get choreographers from other countries. And composers as well. Do you see my problem here? they even get help to be more like the western artists! I don’t even want to talk about I Got A Boy.. Search for examples like SHINee’s Juliette or ring ding dong, Lucifer, 2ne1 & big bang lollipop ect. you will see the difference from then and now. Kpop was,cute, it gave’s songs with meanings, ect. Of course they are still such songs and concepts. but it changed too much and most groups make just hip hop now. I have no choice, either I like it or I hate it. But i can’t force myself to like it. be honest please wasn’t it one of the old Kpop songs that made you to an Kpop fan? groups like DBSK, SJ, SNSD, KARA, or B2ST, BIGBANG? Because many people came trough this groups to Kpop. I turned trough DBSK’s Balloons into an Kpop fan.
I feel so better now that i let it all out. And i was afraid to post this on my tumblr because of some crazy fans, and I am sure al would get mad at me. I am sorry for my bad English it isn’t my language. Please Please don’t bash me. This is my opinion and respect it please. Like I said, I am not a hater I am self a Fan. and I know that many of you think otherwise or disagree with me. that’s all I wanted to say. if you want to bash me please do so. Just because I think otherwise. anyways thank you for taking your time to read this.
I'm not sure if you can answer this, but do you know any places to shop in Korea? I'm going next month and wanted to know the best places to go!
Oh jealous! I love Korea…the shopping, the food, the energy…like I said, jealous.
It’s been a few years since I moved back to the States so, my level of expertise is probably a bit outdated in that Korea is changing by the minute, but I’ll try to provide a few decent areas to help you start…Oh by the way, I only know places in Seoul, so hopefully that’s where you’ll be heading.
1. Myeongdong: Even though it’s hectic and crowded, it’s a good place to start. Also, great street food.
2. Garosugil: When I was living there, I loved the boutiques and cafés they had on that street, but I heard lately it got really commercialized, ie. a F21 set up shop, and the wonderful quaint atmosphere (what I loved about it most) is no longer there…but I’d still check it out.
3. Hongdae: It’s a college area and lots of artists live/hang out there. I had a lot of fun shopping for unique items there. Also, a great place to grab drinks and enjoy indie bands.
4. Insadong: Great for first time tourists. It has an awesome traditional Korean feel to it, great place to shop for souvenirs.
5. Apgujeongdong: This part of town (especially Rodeo) used to be my old stomping grounds, but I heard lately it’s a bit passé…but who knows maybe not?
6. Dongdaemun: Night-shopping at its best! It’s a bunch of buildings huddled together and each building has several floors chock-full-o endless merchandise. They hold little concerts on the streets, people walk around and eat street food — it’s all very energetic.
7. Samchungdong: Not really a hotspot for shopping, but it’s a super cute place to chill and walk around and enjoy the old/new school feel of the streets there.
8. The malls? When I was there Coex was one of the biggest, but I know that now there’s a huge one that was erected not so long ago.
9. Itaewon: The shopping sucks there, but the food is great. Seoul’s been really upping their international food game, so hit it up. Apparently, this is the place to chill these days. Lots of bars, cafés, and restaurants.
10. Gangnam, Jamsil, Gosok Terminal, Yehwa Stations (to name a few): OK, so this might sound weird, but they sell some legit stuff underground in the subway stations, at least they were when I was there.
Tips: I’d steer away from spending too much time and money at department stores. They mostly sell whatever styles, and if they sell imported/western brands the prices are crazy inflated. Also, try shopping near universities (like Hongdae and Ehwa). The prices are reasonable and the styles are young and fun.
Hope this helps! Have a great time in Korea. Tell her I say hi.