Soompi’s Top 21 Features of 2015

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It’s official. Here are 21 of Soompi’s hottest features from 2015:


21. 14 Episodes We Want to See on “Running Man”

Running Man” has been host to some of the most entertaining moments in the variety show world of Korea. With the lovable weekly cast and super famous guests, fans of all ages are crazy for “Running Man.” However, there are still a lot of Hallyu stars who have yet to be a guest on the show. So whether it includes a first-time guest or a returning guest, we’ve put together some themes that would make “14 Episodes We Want to See on Running Man”! 

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20. 10 of the Greatest “Running Man” Episodes of All Time

The “Running Man cast members all have a witty sense of humor, a fierce sense of competition, and a great relationship with each other. Added to this mixture are amazing guests almost every episode and new games that still keep you entertained after almost 250 episodes!

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19. K-Pop Stars and Their Ideal Types

Who is your perfect partner and what qualities do they have in looks and personality?

What about your favorite idols? What qualities do they look for in their ideal partner? From personality to looks, K-pop idols can get really specific or be extra vague about their perfect significant other.

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18. K-Pop Idols as Artists: Songs You Didn’t Know They Made

In the past, idols were often thought of as tools for management agencies to make money. Many teenagers were picked up by agencies because of their good looks and were trained to dance and sing to songs provided by the companies. However, this stereotype of “factory-produced robots” has been disproved by efforts of some idols to become real artists by learning to make their own music.

While you may know that all of the artists listed here are singer-songwriters, the listed songs are ones you may not have known were written by them… 

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17. 10 Korean Celebrities That Are So Smart They’re Sexy

An extremely popular slang expression in Korea these days is the word “뇌섹남” (nue-saek-nam), an acronym literally translating to a “man with a sexy brain.” Its female counterpart is “뇌섹녀” (nue-saek-neo), a “woman with a sexy brain.”

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16. 17 Amazing English Covers by K-Pop Artists

We all know and love K-pop songs, but there are undoubtedly some fabulous songs in English that even K-pop idols adore! From Bruno Mars to Beyonce, these artists have all been covered by many talented K-pop artists. Full article


15. Eat Like a K-Drama: All About Ramyun

It happens when you least expect it.

You’re just minding your own business, watching a K-drama, when suddenly someone is scarfing down the most tantalizing bowl of ramen noodles. You find yourself salivating and suddenly incredibly hungry. You want noodles, and you want them now.

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14. 10 Korean Actresses Who Can Take the Title of “Rom-Com Queen”

Which Korean actress do you consider to be the queen of romantic comedies?

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13. 10 Iconic Ending Poses in K-Pop

Having a awesome ending pose is a very important part of K-pop choreography, as it is the exclamation point at the end of the performance.

Many songs tend to end with the members standing in a line, so it is always amazing to see something creative and memorable.

Check out some of our favorite ending poses to K-pop songs.

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12. The Absolute Best of April Fools’ in Korean Schools

Ahh April Fools’ Day. In Korea, it’s called Man Woo Jeol (만우절 –萬愚節), which translates to “very foolish holiday.” A day when everything from tiny lies to faked deaths is, in the end, forgivable. Within reason.

Specifically, in schools in Korea, it’s a time of teamwork and solidarity. One does not simply prank without the help and cooperation of every single schoolmate. Because that’s how you show everyone up, have fun, make lives difficult, and keep your teachers on their toes.

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11. 10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were From Australia

January 26 is Australia Day! In celebration of this holiday, let’s review our favorite Korean-Australian celebrities. A few may not exactly be Korean-Australian in the traditional sense of the term, or strictly speaking “from Australia,” but they have definitely tasted both cultures and we are glad to have them in Korean entertainment. Check them out and see how many you know! 

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10. 7 Dating Rumors We Wish Had Been True

Part of being a popular celebrity in South Korea means having people watch your every move, reporting on the places you visit, the things you wear and the friends you have. Out of all the rumors, the ones that tend to spread the most are ones related to dating. In the past, there have been a multitude of celebrity dating rumors which have spread online. Some of them have been seemingly far-fetched, while others appeared to have been true.  The idea of some of the rumored couples proved to be popular with certain fans and many people were left hoping the rumors would be confirmed. 

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9. Korean Netizen Vs. International Reactions to K-Pop News

The international audience and Korean audience often have different reactions to the same issue. Take a closer look. 

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8. The 10 Best K-Pop Boyband Hits From the First Half of the Decade

This decade in music has been anything but slow when it comes to K-pop matters. Legions of new acts have debuted, thousands of albums have been released, and G-Dragon has changed his hair color so many times, we’ve lost count!

But now that we have hit the halfway point in the 2010s, what better time than now to take stock of some of the best songs to have hit the charts in the decade so far?

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7. 9 Idol Group First Wins That Made Us Cry Too

Winning a music show is one of the major hurdles for a K-pop group, so it is pretty much expected for them to get very emotional for their very first win.

For some group members, it took years of intense training for them to even debut, so any recognition can mean a lot.

Let’s take a look back at a few times when idol groups got emotional while receiving their first award. You can expect the crying to get stronger as you go further down the list.

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6. K-Pop Idols: Who Trained the Longest and Shortest?

With the recent debut of G.Soul, who trained for 15 years, the length of K-pop idols’ training (which can be particularly long in the K-pop industry) has become a hot topic. 

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5. 7 Things You Should Know About Dating in Korea

Every culture has its unique dating customs, and Korea is definitely no exception. In Korea, dating is all about showing your affection for each other – couple menus, shirts, and sneakers are everywhere. 

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4. 10 K-Pop Groups That Disbanded Too Soon (and Left Us Wanting More)

Barely three months into 2015, K-pop already said goodbye to some six groups, a hint that staying together could be the watchword for the year in music. As girl groups like Jewelry and boy bands like Wonder Boyz call it a day, join us on a journey down memory lane, as we run down a list of 10 essential K-pop groups that said farewell too soon. 

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3. 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Girls’ Generation

Without a doubt, Girls’ Generation is one of the most influential K-pop groups of all time. After their debut in 2007, they rose to fame and were dubbed  “The Nation’s Girl Group.”  While you may know their popular songs and have seen them in a variety of programs and dramas, there are some facts that you still may not know about this epic group. 

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2. 20 Korean Actors That Are Super Hot in Hanboks

Last week, we wrote about actresses that look especially beautiful in hanboks (traditional Korean clothing). Well, we couldn’t leave out the hot male actors! Hanboks are not the easiest garments to pull off and sageuk hair can be even more difficult. Let’s take some time to appreciate our favorite actors who can pull it off effortlessly. 

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1. Dating 101: How Korean Celebrities Date Secretly

Dating is always a hot topic of discussion, but celebrity dating generates discussion like no other. As soon as the dating “scandal” breaks out, we might find ourselves asking: “How did they do it? How did they manage to date without fans finding out about it?” The internet is immediately filled with news and gossip about the latest celebrity couple because everyone is dying to find out about the “when, where, how” of celebrity-style dating, as well as speculate about the possible hints and secret “messages” shared between the couple. 

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