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News Roundup: What happened in January?

It’s the beginning of a new year and it has started off with a bang!! With lots of comebacks, couple alerts, and a Bafta nomination this month, let’s start the roundup.

New Couple Alert!

©Lee Joon and Jung So Min, 26.01.2018,

Lee Joon and Jung So Min were confirmed to be dating this month after they were spotted on dates! Even though Lee Joon is currently enlisted in the military their love seems to be growing strong. The pair met on the set of the drama ‘My father is stranger’ where they had many romantic scenes, with their love spreading from the on-screen to real life. We wish this new couple all the best!!



Like we said before it’s a new year and that means a whole new bunch of comebacks, and wow hasn’t it been a busy month?! Although we can’t mention them all here a couple of favourites.


©Holland, 26.01.2018,

Holland released his debut single ‘Neverland’ on the 21st of January as the first openly gay Korean Idol. Although being relatively unknown until a couple of weeks ago when he started teasing his new song. K-Pop watchers anticipated his debut and wanted to see more LGBTQ representation in the media in South Korea. The MV for ‘Neverland’ reached 700,000 views with the first 24 hours!! We love the song can’t wait for more from this talented guy!


©Sunmi, 26.01.2018,

After the disbandment of Wonder Girls and leaving JYP, she signed up with MakeUs Entertainment and proclaimed “At my new agency, I will work hard on my music and show everyone a new side of myself.”She has definitely succeeded in that. Sunmi had a comeback on January 18th with the song ‘Heroine,’ following the successful release of the song ‘Gashina’ last year.

Stray Kids

©Stray Kids, 26.001.2018,

Formed through the reality survival show ‘Stray Kids’ the nine members released their pre-debut extended play (EP) on the 8th of and will officially debut in the first half of the year. It debuted at number 2 on Gaon’s album chart and Billboard’s world album chart.


©Jonghyun, 26.01.2018.

On the 22nd of January, SM Entertainment post-humously released the late SHINee member’s album. Jonghyun’s album ‘Poet’ has topped the worldwide iTunes album chart. He once again proved to all his fans, that he was a talented artist and will always be remembered.

Other Comebacks include: Park Hyo Shin, Momoland, Mamamoo, Kriesha Chu, Infinite, MXM, and Chungha.


K-Drama and Film news.


©Longing Heart, 26.01.2018,


Longing Heart aired this month with CNBlue’s bass guitarist Lee Jung Shin as the lead man (his first leading man role!) This drama see’s him heading back in time when he can’t forget his first love portrayed by Lee Yeol Eum. This time travel drama is a heart warming watch and we can’t wait to see the rest of it.

©The Handmaiden, 26.01.2018,

The Handmaiden is the first Korean film to be nominated for a Bafta. The film, directed by Park Chan Wook, was nominated in the best non-English film category at the 2018 Baftas that air Sunday, February 18. It’s a great step forward for the world to see how great Korean films are.


©Chung Hyeon, 26.01.2018,

Chung Hyeon the twenty-one year old from Suwon South Korea has made to the history books. It’s another first for South Korea, this month as he’s the first Korean to ever appear in a Grand Slam semi-final. He was facing Roger Federer after eliminating the likes of Novak Djockvic and Tennys Sandgren. Even though he retired part way through the match due to an injury, Ferderer himself said that Chung Hyeon was destined to be a ‘great great player.’ Us here at Inspire me Korea all agree!!




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Featured image source ©Jonghyun, 26.01.2018.



Molly Goode

Unashamedly a giant nerd and bibliophile. Obsessing over Korea has become my life. <3



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