In recent years, Korean dramas, more commonly known as K-dramas, have grown in popularity, riding the “Korean wave” (a recent spread in Korean popular culture around the world, including the music, entertainment and fashion). I think this is mainly due to the widespread availability of Korean products through streaming services and the modern globalization of consumer industries.

During Japan’s rule over Korea, broadcasting began in 1927, enabling the start of K-Dramas and laying the foundation for the first national television station known as the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), which started in 1961. The next big step for Korean television, and therefore theater, was when, in the 1980s, color television became commercially available across the country. This accumulated grand view counts in Korea as the Korean era described how “the streets became quiet around the time of the airing of” K-dramas. Yet despite this surge in popularity, K-drama has remained entirely in South Korea and its international viewership has remained low.

However, as we dive into the current era, we see a new appreciation for K-dramas on an international scale. This proposes the idea that the advancement of the internet and the widespread availability of streaming services, including new options to have shows captioned or dubbed for overseas viewers, has enabled the genre to ” expand its number of views exponentially. This increase in popularity grew through K-drama’s “Stray” film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Hwang Dong-hyuk’s “Squid Game” which received over 111 million viewers within 17 days of its release, making it Netflix’s most watched program. .

Overall, the future of Korean drama is uncertain; the rise in popularity might just be a seasonal trend, the genre might even continue to develop, or Western film companies might spin out K-drama for the money. In conclusion, there is no definitive answer, but as modern audiences we end up with the exciting prospect of seeing it unfold firsthand.


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