From BTS to KBBQ: How South Korea shaped world culture
South Korea’s cultural power is on the rise around the world. Here are some of the most influential South Korean phenomena in Australia and around the world, from motor vehicles and K-pop to K-dramas and cuisine.
The ‘Korean wave’ or popular spread of South Korean culture has been globally influential since the turn of the 21st century: so much so that the terms Korean wave and hallyu (‘wave/flow of Korea’) were even added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2021.
South Korea is now a popular travel destination alongside Japan in East Asia, as tourists in love with the country’s catchy tunes, tasty cuisine and popular technology make plans to travel the nation’s sub-tropical islands, high-tech cities, ancient Buddhist temples and coastal fishing villages.