Well first of all welcome. let me intruduce myself, my name is William I'm portuguese living in Canada and I'm curently 20 years old. As some people already know I'm a big korean fan. in this blog I want to share what i know and what I like about korean culture. And yes I know a lot of blogs already exists intruducing korean culture but anyhow I realy wanted to share my personal point of view so hope you all enjoy !!
Some time ago I went to a store downtown Montreal and bought a korean flag, and some thing shoked me. When I asked the lady for the korean flag she didn't even know wish one was the korean flag. After describing the flag to the lady she gave it to me and asked me if I could tell her what is the meaning of the four black trigrams. I decided to tell her the meaning of the flag.
As all of you can see the korean flag as three parts. The white background, the blue and red circle in the midle called TAEGEUK and of course the four black trigrams in each corner of the flag. Each of these parts have a meaning. For exemple the white background symbolizes "cleanliness of the people." the taegeuk represents the origin of all things in the universe and the four black trigrams are related to the Five Elements of fire, water, earth, wood, and metal. Of course the real complex of the flag is a longer history. I'll let you research for your selfs !! ^_^.
Every single people I know asks me how did I becam such an korean fan ? Well Its time to tell you the storie behind all this.
Once I was looking for something surfing the internet and a picture of a girl apperd in the page I was, and the girl was kind of cute. The name of the picture was BoA A.K.A Beat of angle. Idecided to look for more on youtube, and I realized she was a korean signer. Her voice was so pure I decided to look for more music and that about it.
Let me show you the first video I whatched from BoA in short words the begining of my love for korea !!
Enough blabering, let me intreduce you to the first korean signer I known. Let me intreduce you to the voice of all voices. Let me intreduce you to the beat of angle = BoA !!!
Birth: 11/5/1986 Birth location: Kyung Gi Do (south korea) Speaking languages: Korean, Japanese and english
BoA or Kwon is a korean signer, she wanted at age 5 to become a signer. Its then that at 11 years old she was piked after an audition organized by the home of disc SM Entertainement. She made albums not only in Korea but also in Japan, China and Thailand. Right now home of disc SM Entertainement is making her parepare becoming an intercultural star in Asia. Here albums were also taken out in versions " Overseas " in all of asia. As of right now she as sold more than 10 million albums!! She sings in Korean, Japanese, English and some in chinese !!.
Ladys and gentleman, let me introduce you the groups of all groups, TURTLES. A Korean hiphop group composed of 3 member:
Turtleman Real name : Yim Sung-hoon Date of birth : September 3rd, 1970 Physique : 169cm, 100kg Hobbies : Driving, computer games Talent : Cooking
Z E Real name : Lee Ji-hee Date of birth : July 27th , 1970 Physique : 165cm, 49kg Hobbies : Embroidery, cooking
Geumbi Real name : Sohn Yeon-ok Date of birth : November 13th, 1982 Height : 165cm Hobbies : Walking her dogs, collecting perfume
The first member, Turtleman, is the leader of the group he is the rapper. The second rapper is the female Z-E (in my opinion she is my favorite of the 2 girls!) and the lead vocalist Geumbi. This band has 5 albums and one best of album. They first debuted in 2001 with a great song called Four Seasons, even dough it was they first one I think its a exelent song (well actualy I realy like all of ther songs one of my favorites bands ever) This band is very special they have a very unique sound, melody, very very chearful sound. The thing that makes them so cool is that they are known as always performing live on stage, and what is very cool is that Turtleman, composed, wrote and produced all the songs on the second studio album. On the second album performance Turtleman suffered some health issues but he still got passed it and performed live with new songs for there 3rd album. Some people may already know the sad news that strok me very hard, Turtleman was found dead in April in is appartment. Dead of an heart attack. This news made me actualy shade a tear because that man was an inspiration for me and im sure for a lot of other people. All I can say right now is may Turtleman be in peace and may the music still flow in him, rest in peace my friend.