Watching K dramas was not my thing until one of my college friends introduced it to me. Descendants of the Sun was the first drama I watched, making me want more. I became addicted because of it, opening me to other things related to South Korea. If you are a beginner in Korean dramas, you might not notice the changes at first, but you will realise that you get some of the things they do and even tell yourself that you wish you could taste their food. Do not worry because you are not the only one experiencing the same.
HOW KOREAN DRAMAS INFLUENCED ME
A Korean drama fan in Singapore knows how hooking the shows are, especially if you have been watching for years. I might realise it late, but I never hesitated to accept them. You will also get influenced the longer you watch the dramas, so do not get surprised if you will look for something you saw in the show. Aside from that, here is how Korean dramas influenced me:
1. KOREAN DRAMA INSPIRED ME TO WEAR MAKEUP
One of the things you will not miss in Korean actors is their physical appearance. They have this so-called ‘beauty standard’, and many try to fit into the category. Aside from the face shape and overall appearance, you will notice that their skin always glows. They inspired me to wear makeup without putting too much on my skin. They also made me buy their beauty products.
2. KOREAN DRAMA OPENED ME ABOUT THEIR CULTURE
100 Days My Prince was a Korean drama that opened me up about the culture of South Korea. It is a historical drama, and I learned about their traditional wear and manners. But even if some parts are not applicable today, it made me realise that the country has already gone through so much that they keep improving through the years. If you also start watching the same genre, you might also have the same understanding.
3. KOREAN DRAMA IMPROVED MY FASHION SENSE
Because of watching Korean dramas, I noticed that my fashion sense also improved. I became more open to different colours and clothing styles that matched various events. But even if people stay in their homes, you will see them checking the clothes their favourite actors modelled. Korean fashion also became known in Singapore because of Korean dramas and K-pop.
4. KOREAN DRAMA INTRODUCED ME TO K-POP
If there is one thing I will always be thankful for, it is when Korean dramas introduced me to K-pop. Descendants of the Sun gave people the soundtrack of 2017, making me a fan of EXO through Chen. If you are a newbie to watching the drama, the songs they use are what you should not miss checking out.
Korean dramas have influenced many people internationally, and you could be one of them. For the past years, I always get the same feels and vibes from the first time I started watching. You can have the same experiences as mine, but they could also be different. Do not limit yourself from being open to the Korean entertainment industry. To learn more about how Korean drama influences people in Singapore, visit the website of ELLE.