Youtubers Personalities are the New Megastars.
A new generation of celebrities have invaded social media nowadays with just one click of a button. Not only Koreans but some foreigners are bringing Korean Culture to us. YouTube has the power to make anyone a star! What started out as merely documentation of themselves has turned into lifelong vocations. We can peek at an exclusive private world which we never had accessed before. Below is the list of the top 10 Korean Youtubers:
David Kenneth Levene Jr., commonly known as “Dave” is an American comedy and culture entertainer, who is well known for his witty observations and fluent Korean language skills, with a special focus on the pronunciations of words. His videos include famous foreigners in Korea like Sam Hammington (Australia), Fabien Yoon (France), and Jang Min (Spain) among others. You can surely find time to smile and laugh with him and his friends.
Jwcfree is the concealed YouTube channel ID of Sungha Jung, a South Korean acoustic fingerstyle guitarist. He is known as the ‘Prince of Guitar’ and the ‘August Rush’ in Korea. Ever since joining YouTube when he was only 11 years old, he has continuously honed his incredible acoustic fingerstyle guitar skill. Having a wide range of musical instruments such as classical guitar, ukulele and piano under his belt, it’s no wonder that he is in popular demand even with K-pop artists. He has collaborated with celebrities like 2ne1, G-dragon and Roy Kim and many more among other well-known guitarists. Other than collaborations, he has gone on to release 7 albums of his original compositions and arrangements, and has gone on various world tours. His guitar skills and unique finger style will blow you away!
These two sexy Korean female dancers are sisters Ari and MiU, known for their K-pop dance choreography. Winners in 2012, 2013 and 2014 of UGC Channel award from YouTube Korea. They have since performed concerts and starred in commercials. This girl duo has made their name internationally in Spain, Italy, Poland, United States and many more countries. Waveya’s dance covers are not just K-pop related but include some big hits from Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift covers. There’s no such thing as impossible choreography for them.
Josh and his friend Ollie are lovers of all things Korean. A mixture of British and South Korean Culture bringing you hilarious and entertaining vibes. What could possibly go wrong with this? If you are wondering if it’s just going to be another foreigner endeavoring to cover Korean culture, rest assured as Josh the main man, can speak fluently in Korean and has lived there on and off ever since his university exchange to Korea. Their page should give you the motivation and inspiration to keep studying.
If you have a passion for food, then Maangchi is for you. Korean food is very popular, not only for its spices but for many health benefits. Born and raised in Yeosu, South Korea, and currently residing in New York, her channel is in English and targets the international audiences who are attempting to make genuine Korean food. Having noticed the lack of authentic Korean cuisine in the States, she filled in the gap by producing step-by-step talk through videos to spread her love of Korean food to others. Not only do her videos focus on food, she also attempts to infuse culture by teaching only proper Korean cooking methods and the proper pronunciation of those dishes. She has published a cookbook and been featured in newspapers and websites such as KBS, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, and you know that she doesn’t mess around with her recipes. Her fun and quirky personality is also a reason why she has so many subscribers, as her videos are not only informative but also entertaining. Do check her out for her awesome and tantalising recipes; just be careful not to watch them on an empty stomach.
Born Park Hye Min, Pony, is one of the most famous Korean beauty YouTube celebrities. She has become the “face” of MemeBox. She is also known for being CL’s makeup artist and has become famous globally for her Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson transformation make up videos which have both gone viral. With her youthful ulzzang face, cheerful and down-to-earth personality, she’s an inspiration to all with her dedication and passion for makeup. She has published many makeup books and collaborated with famous makeup brands like Etude House, Shu Uemura and Dior. This girl is on the pedestal and she’s on fire!
CarrieAndToys is a fun filled kid friendly channel. It provides parents of young ones with great ideas on what to get their kids. It reviews toys and shows kids how to play with them. Aimed at much younger kids, Carrie’s channel has a strong focus on popular play things.
Mukbangs eating broadcasts have been quite popular over the last few years and the king of mukbang is none other than Jung Mansu. Many are in awe of his ability to eat so much food, but still stay slim. Jung really is known for his ability to intake enormous amounts of food. His video depicting him eating 10 bowls of Chinese black noodles has 3.8 million views. What a metabolism!
Jun Sung Ahn is to violin as Yiruma is to piano. He is a Korean American musician, YouTube video producer and member of BgA (Boys generally Asian). He is a classically trained violinist who is known for his 2012 violin and dance cover performance of Psy’s Gangnam Style on his YouTube channel and other K-pop and pop music covers. His career has included KCON LA, NY, and Mexico performances, as well as YouTube Fanfest, and Harry Potter collaborations. Top notch in terms of quality & originality, if you think you’re tired of a popular song, we dare you to go and listen to Jun’s violin versions.
Sarah and Kyuho are a Canadian/Korean couple living in Seoul. Their videos are mostly in Q & A or vlog format, making them light, casual and easy to digest. Although mostly comprising lightweight stuff like travel, food and just everyday life, they also try to address ‘heavier’ topics like the stereotyping of a Korean international couple in Korea. So, if you like some romantic vibes check them out on their channel.
That’s it for our top 10 Korean related channels that you should follow! You’re sure to like at least one of the topics mentioned here and if you don’t, just follow them anyway since you are bound to learn something new about Korea! Of course, if this list doesn’t appeal to you, there is an infinite amount of material out there and you are sure to find something to cater for your particular taste. 😉
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