[OP-ED] 5 Korean apps you should DEFINITELY download

Nicole Swayne, Sept. 4, 2016, 9 p.m.

As a fan of K-pop and a lover of Korean culture, we are constantly: trying to learn how to sing certain Korean parts of songs, finding free sites that allow us to watch online K-dramas, and searching for venues for the next K-pop concert. We’re always looking for new ways to implement Korean culture into our own way of life, so what better way to do so than with Korean apps for our phones? I mean, we’re practically on them 24/7 anyway!

1. KakaoTalk

If you’ve ever heard of the app Line, you might also have heard of KakaoTalk. KakaoTalk is used for instant messaging, video calls, online games, and sending cute stickers or gifs. You can use this app to communicate with other people living in Korea, as well as anywhere around the world. There’s also a new Kakao selfie app said to come out soon, so be on the look-out for that!

2. Snow

Snow is the next big selfie app. It’s almost like the Korean version of Snapchat, but with a million more filters! Like Snapchat, you can transform yourself with makeup filters, cute dog ears, and Coachella-inspired flower bands. You can even transform yourself into a manga character with cartoon eyes, become an adorable talking rice ball, and even show the world your new boyfriend with the original boyfriend filter! Even K-pop boy group BTS uses Snow!

3. BTS City

With “fetus” Jungkook and his innocent quirks, slick Rap Monster with his complete swag, Jin as the “mother of the dorm”, J-Hope who both eats AND acts like the king he is, Jimin being as charming as they come, Suga being as sweet as his name, and V who has mastered the performance body roll, BTS is a boy band unlike any other. Imagine they each had a city they claimed for themselves and you could visit it.Well, BTS City is an app that is a true tribute to the Bangtan Boys with seven cities for each member. This addicting app has plenty of activities and mini games to keep you busy when you have some down time. Try the example below, can you see what’s different between these two photos?

4. K-POP Music

Karaoke is the best way to sing along to your favorite songs with you as the lead singer! There have been multiple times where we may have imagined what our lives would be like if we were calling the shots in our own boy or girl band. Now you can! Smule has an app called Sing! which allows you to sing with other people across the globe. However, this app does not have too much variety when it comes to foreign songs. So that’s where K-POP Music comes in! This app has a variety of different Korean radio stations and songs to choose from.

5. Puzzle Barista

The setting of Puzzle Barista is in a take-out cafe, and the objective is to solve as many puzzles as you can! Guests will automatically order once a puzzle is completed, and then it is your duty to serve them. After you serve the guests, you must click them to obtain a bonus tip. Coffee, milk, and ice cream are three main ingredients. You also gain or lose hearts depending on how skilled you become. The more skilled you become, the harder the levels. This unique app is like a combination of both Bejeweled and Diner Dash.

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