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Celebrate KultScene’s 2nd Anniversary With This K-Beauty Giveaway

Untitled design (10)In 2014, a few friends put their heads together and thought up what we now know as KultScene. To celebrate our second anniversary on May 19, we’ve put together a celebratory slew of giveaways to thank our readers for sticking with us. And by slew, we mean seven giveaways; one per day leading up to our anniversary! We launched our four giveaways earlier this week, so now it’s time for one featuring the biggest trend coming out of Korea today, K-Beauty. (And if you haven’t heard, we’re giving away a SnackFever box, a copy of BTS’s latest album, a few cute t-shirts from KORE Limited, a pair of adorable bracelets from BE.ARUM, turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.)

Tonight, we’re offering you the chance to improve your already beautiful looks! (If that’s possible. The latest anniversary giveaway is sponsored by the beauty brand Glow Recipe! All of Glow Recipe’s products are curated with care from South Korea to make sure that you’re not putting anything harmful on your skin. We have a set that includes Yuripibu Artichoke Power Essence and Lindsay COOL (tea-tree) Modeling Mask) for your winning pleasure.

To enter, just follow KultScene on our social media accounts using the plugin below. However, because of shipping concerns, this giveaway is only open to readers in the United States and its territories. The winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced on May 20 at midnight EST through our Facebook and Twitter, so make sure to check back.

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We want to thank Glow Recipe for sponsoring the giveaway, so check out their site, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see all of the fun things they’re picking with love for the site.

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Celebrate KultScene’s 2nd Anniversary in Style With Our BE.ARUM Bracelet Giveaway [GIVEAWAY][CODE]

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In 2014, a few friends put their heads together and thought up what we now know as KultScene. To celebrate our second anniversary on May 19, we’ve put together a celebratory slew of giveaways to thank our readers for sticking with us. And by slew, we mean seven giveaways; one per day leading up to our anniversary! We launched our three giveaways earlier this week, so now it’s time for the third. (And if you haven’t heard, we’re giving away a SnackFever box, a copy of BTS’s latest album, a few cute t-shirts from KORE Limited, and a partridge in a pear tree).

Food, music, and clothing are important, but everyone loves something shiny! Tonight’s anniversary giveaway is sponsored by the jewelry brand BE.ARUM! All of BE.ARUM’s jewelry incorporates inspirational Korean phrases and our lucky winner will win two friendship bracelets from BE.ARUM’s You Are Lovely line. (Sorry, we don’t know what colors the bracelets are in advance!)

So what are you waiting for? Entering is easy, just follow the plugin below. However, because of shipping concerns, this giveaway is only open to readers in the United States and its territories. The winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced on May 19 at midnight EST through our Facebook and Twitter, so make sure to check back. But if you want to go ahead and order other clothes, be sure to check out BE.ARUM’s site before the winners are revealed because we have a 10% off code for you. Use KULTSCENE2 at checkout to get 10% off on BE.ARUM’s site through May 22.

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We want to thank BE.ARUM for sponsoring the giveaway, so check out their site, Facebook and Instagram to see all of the fun things they’re doing. Also be sure to tell us what your favorite Korean phrases are, subscribe to the site, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, and Tumblr to keep up with all of our posts.

Celebrate KultScene’s Anniversary With A K-Pop T-Shirt from KORE Limited [Giveaway]

13161995_10157142649120019_371399973_nIn 2014, a few friends put their heads together and thought up what we now know as KultScene. To celebrate our second anniversary on May 19, we’ve put together a celebratory slew of giveaways to thank our readers for sticking with us. And by slew, we mean seven giveaways; one per day leading up to our anniversary! We launched our first two giveaways earlier this week, so now it’s time for the third. (And if you haven’t heard, we’re giving away a SnackFever box and a copy of BTS’s latest album, so enter now!)

If you’re looking at anything published by us, you are likely a Korean pop culture aficionado. And while it’s not all just about K-pop, this giveaway is. Tonight’s anniversary giveaway is sponsored by KORE Limited! Each of our three lucky winners will win a K-pop related T-shirt, which usually begin at $19.95.

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So what are you waiting for? Entering is easy, just follow the plugin below. Because of shipping concerns, this giveaway is only open to readers in the United States and its territories. The winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced on May 18 at midnight EST through our Facebook and Twitter, so make sure to check back. But if you want to go ahead and order other clothes, be sure to check out KORE Limited’s site before the winners are revealed.

You can enter for either one or all three of the t-shirts, so make sure to enter the right one!

G-Dragon and Taeyang wearing KORE Limited hats

 

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We want to thank KORE Limited for sponsoring the giveaway, so check out their site, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see all of the fun things they’re doing. Also be sure to tell us what your favorite Korean snacks are, subscribe to the site, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, and Tumblr to keep up with all of our posts.

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Us! Win a Box from SnackFever [GIVEAWAY]

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In 2014, a few friends put their heads together and thought up what we now know as KultScene. To celebrate our second anniversary on May 19, we’ve put together a celebratory slew of giveaways to thank our readers for sticking with us. And by slew, we mean seven giveaways; one per day leading up to our anniversary! We’ll announce the winners leading up to the date, but we’ll kick off the first giveaway today!

As a Hallyu lover, you know it’s not all just about K-pop and K-dramas, it’s also about food. Tonight, we launch the first of our week-long celebrations with a giveaway sponsored by SnackFever, a subscription service that delivers Korean snacks straight to your door once a month! And while plans start at $11, one lucky KultScene winner will receive a box packed with lots of Korean treats handpicked by the oppas at SnackFever. Each box is a surprise, but you can expect yummy things every time.

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So what are you waiting for? Entering is easy, just follow the plugin below. However, because of shipping concerns, this giveaway is only open to readers in the United States and its territories. The winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced on May 16 at midnight EST through our Facebook and Twitter, so make sure to check back. But if you want to go ahead and order a subscription, be sure to like Snack Fever on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Snapchat.

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10 K-Pop Songs That Teach Basic Korean Phrases + Chance To Win Korean Study Guides

B.A.P Where Are You What Are You DoingK-pop songs are filled with tons of catchy Korean phrases, and any longtime fan of K-pop has probably picked up a few words or phrases here and there. But many Korean songs have English choruses, leading to many K-pop fans just singing along with the English hook rather than taking in much Korean language skills. In this list, we’ve compiled some of the best Korean songs for learning a bit of Korean language, which will help you out if you ever find yourself in Korea, or if you just want to impress people with all of the cultural diffusion that K-pop promotes.

In case these songs aren’t enough for you, and you feel like you really want to get your Korean on, check out our giveaway at the bottom of this list for two books that will help you study Korean vocabulary and grammar.

1. “Hi” [Lovelyz “Hi~”]

Annyeong is a shorter version of annyeonghaseyo, or Korea’s formal word for “hello.” Lovelyz’ “Hi~” is the perfect example of a bright song to learn how to greet someone in Korean. (Fun fact: if you’ve seen the American TV show Arrested Development,” you’ll need to re-learn the pronunciation since the characters mispronounce annyang throughout the series.)

2. & 3. “Oppa” & “Noona” [Psy “Gangnam Style” & SHINee “Noona, You’re So Pretty”]

The most popular Korean word in 2012 was easily “Oppa” thanks to Psy’s famous song “Gangnam Style.” Many people may not actually realize that oppa is actually the Korean word that technically means a girl’s older brother, and is what female call old males who they have a close relationship with, whether it’s brothers, friends, boyfriends, or husbands.

The equivalent term for males to call an older female was made famous in SHINee’s iconic 2009 debut song “Noona, You’re So Pretty.” Noona similarly means a boy’s older sister and can be used for women a younger man has a relationship with.

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‘Hello, I Love You’ Is (Probably) The First Novel About Romancing A K-Pop Star [INTERVIEW+GIVEAWAY]

hello-i-love-youThere is no such thing as too many books, especially when they relate to K-pop and falling in love with K-pop idols. Katie M. Stout, the author of the young adult romance novel “Hello, I Love You” spoke to KultScene about her book.

1. Congratulations on publishing “Hello, I Love You”! How did it feel when you got to the end of the long writing-editing process?
Thank you! Honestly, it felt a little surreal. I wrote and edited the book for about nine months before I queried, then that took almost a year. My agent and I were on submission for about six months with it, and all-in-all, it was about three years from finishing a first draft to seeing it on shelves. So publication day was definitely a victory day.

2. The book is all about K-pop, and there’s a lot of mentions of Korean dramas. How did you get into that scene?
I’d never even heard of a Korean drama until I was in college. I was teaching English in China and went into a video store, where they had some K-dramas featured. I picked up one on a whim (it was “49 Days”), and once I’d started, I couldn’t stop. That led me to other dramas, like “Heartstrings” and “Dream High,” which ended up being two inspirations for my book.

3. What made you decide to write a book about South Korea? Have you ever spent time there?
Because I was writing about K-pop, it seemed like a natural progression for the book to be about South Korea. It didn’t make sense to me for a book about a K-pop singer to be set in New York, for example.

I had never been to Korea when I was writing the book, but I actually got to visit the same week I signed with my agent. I had finished up an internship in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and made a stopover in Seoul before going back home. It was so fun to visit the places I’d written about!


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4. I read somewhere that the book was supposed to be set in China. Why the change?
Yes, originally, the book was set in China. I wrote it that way because I was inspired by my own time in China. I also liked the idea that both of my main characters would be foreigners living in another country and they would bond over that. However, when my book was acquired by St. Martin’s, the team there felt like it was too confusing to have that many cultures represented in one book. So I shifted the setting of the entire book to South Korea, which I’ll admit, was no easy feat.

Fun fact: the book was originally called “From China, With Love,” referring to the letters that my main character writes her brother back home. My editor at St. Martin’s came up with the idea to name it after the Doors’s song that features so prominently in the book.

5. “Hello, I Love You” is about music. What songs were you listening to when writing, other than the title song?
I listened to a lot of music while writing, mostly K-pop. I joke that, like some actors are “method actors,” I consider myself an “immersive writer,” meaning that whatever I’m working on at the time, I consume only media that matches my current work in progress. So while drafting and editing HILY, I listened to a ton of Girls’ Generation, BIGBANG, CNBlue, Shinee, Teen Top, and other K-pop bands. I also watched a lot of K-dramas; some of my favorites at the time were “Big,” “Monstar,” “Rooftop Prince,” and more recently, “My Love from Another Star.”

6. What Korean music and television shows are you a fan of? Have you ever gone to a K-pop concert?
Other than the ones mentioned above, my favorite K-drama is probably “City Hunter,” which is mentioned in my book but not by name. Two of my characters have a conversation about a specific drama, and I think people who’ve watched “City Hunter” should recognize it based on the description. [We did!]

I haven’t been to a K-pop concert, sadly. I’m from the Atlanta area, which never really has K-pop bands come through, and while I was living in England, I was in a region that had no concerts at all, so it just hasn’t been convenient. I thought about going to one when I was in Seoul, but I ended up not doing it. I still regret that.

7. What difficulties did you face while writing?
I had the usual difficulties, including the big one, which is namely trying to ensure that your book doesn’t suck. That means I agonized over words and character development and pacing of the book, etc.

But more than that, I had a lot of researching to do. I’d never been to the places I was describing, which meant I needed to know what they looked like. I also had to look up old Korean rock bands, because I didn’t know any but my characters needed to. And there was the typical research about food and language and other parts of the culture that I didn’t know previously.

And lastly, I really struggled with my main character. She’s going through a very specific personal struggle, and I wanted to portray that genuinely. While some people have felt that my portrayal isn’t sensitive, I’ve been encouraged by readers who have moved to other countries and lived as expats who’ve told me that Grace’s experience reminded them of their own. It’s certainly similar to the one I had when I moved to England, and I felt it was important to portray a character going through culture shock if she moves to another country – that’s real, and it’s not realistic to not talk about that at all.


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8. Which character do you think you want to be friends with?
Oh, Sophie for sure. I loved her from the first page she showed up. Both of my main characters have a little too much angst, so I wouldn’t want to be with them all the time, but Sophie is just kind and fun and funny. I also really like Yoon Jae, and if I were in Grace’s shoes, I think I might have been interested in him instead of a certain brooding leading singer.

9. What was it like creating an imaginary K-pop band? What were you influenced by?
My biggest inspiration for the band in my book was CNBlue, one of the few K-pop bands with members who play instruments. I knew I wanted them all to do more than just sing and dance, so I needed a real band to model them after. I imagine their sound to be similar to older CNBlue music, as well – songs like “Love Girl” or “Sweet Holiday.”

10. What’s one thing you want readers to know about the book?
I think it’s helpful for them to know that the book isn’t just about K-pop. It has K-pop in it, but it’s more about two people who have broken pasts that have to learn to recognize their faults before they can come together. It’s also told from the perspective of a Westerner with zero knowledge of Korean pop culture, who holds some distinct prejudices she never knew she had – and that she has to learn to recognize before she can move past them. It’s about culture shock, family, love, and forgiveness. And it has kissing, too.

11. To my knowledge, this is the first English-language novel about K-pop. How do you feel about that? Do you think we may see more in the future?
There may be other YA novels out there about K-pop, but I don’t know of any. In many ways, my book is the first of its kind, and that was actually both exciting and difficult. I came up against a lot of closed doors. I had numerous literary agents while I was querying tell me that they liked the book but had no idea how to sell it. I was told over and over again that the market wasn’t ready for a book about K-pop, and it was disheartening. I’m still thankful for both my agent and publisher who disagreed with everyone else and thought the YA market was ready.

It’s encouraging, as well, that my book did something new. I’d love to see more books about K-pop in the future! I’ve gotten some criticism that my book isn’t as informative as many people wanted it to be, but I like to think that I helped open the door for more K-pop-focused books in the Western YA industry – so we can have those books that are more informative and about Korean protagonists and are more in-depth studies of culture and everything my book is not. I think that would be amazing! And if my little book accomplishes anything, I hope it’s that.

Do you want to own a copy of “Hello, I Love You”? We’re here to help! Katie M. Stout gave KultScene the chance to raffle off one copy of the book, so enter now for your chance to win! (Unfortunately, this is only open to residents of the United States, but you can buy the book from Amazon and many other bookstores.)

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What K-pop star would you like to fall in love with? Let us know in the comment section below and be sure to subscribe to the site and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr to keep up with all of our posts.