The Jakarta Post
Korea Reomit, which Hansol started three years ago, has gained 1.95 million subscribers so far. (Shutterstock/Alexey Boldin)
Amidst Indonesians’ fascination for South Korean culture, there are a few South Korean youths who admire Indonesian culture and express their admiration through YouTube vlogs.
One of them is Jang Hansol, 25, the man behind popular YouTube channel Korea Reomit. Introducing himself as a medhok (thick Javanese accented) Korean man, Hansol uses the channel to share the story of his time living in Malang, East Java.
Korea Reomit, which Hansol started three years ago, has gained 1.95 million subscribers so far. He divided his contents into four categories, namely informative videos, mukbang (Korean eating shows), men’s grooming videos and vlogs, all of which are uploaded onto his channel regularly according to a certain schedule, four or five times a week.
Hansol also said that Indonesia is very interesting because of its diverse culture. As a foreigner who lived in the country, Hansol hoped that his channel would expose his experiences to Indonesian people.
“I want to share my perspective as a Korean guy who lived here in hope that Indonesian people could understand Korean culture and vice versa,” Hansol told The Jakarta Post.
This motive also resonated among other Korean YouTubers who target Indonesians as their main audience, such as Sunny Dahye and Hari Jisun. Both YouTubers are also famous among Indonesians for sharing their experiences of immersing themselves in Indonesian culture. Jisun, for example, made a series of videos depicting herself trying traditional Indonesian bride makeup styles and outfits from several regions, such as Bali, North Sumatra and West Java.
One of Korea Reomit’s avid fans, Zukhruffika, said that Hansol’s channel piqued her interest because she is curious about how Koreans who live in Indonesia feel about the country.
“I was not really interested at first because I’m a little bit picky when it comes to YouTube contents, but he delivers his contents nicely so I like to watch his videos,” the 19-year-old college student from Bandung, West Java said.
Although Hansol was not born in Indonesia, he said he feels a connection to the country. Indonesia, to him, has left a deep impression on him as a unique place with diverse culture, food and languages.
“When I lived in Malang, I was in a minority. I’m the only Korean among my peer group, but it doesn’t put any distance between me and my friends,” he said.
“If anything,” Hansol added, “those differences are what brought me closer to my friends here.” (mut)
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