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Dear readers,

“All good things come to an end”, they say. Well, maybe not all, but I’m afraid my adventure into entertainment blogging must. Although I’ve enjoyed the past six or seven months – particularly the popularity from the Boys Over Flowers craze, this site will be shut down shortly. Due to an upcoming career change, I can’t commit to maintaining a top-quality site – and I’d rather do no site than a mediocre one.

Thanks for your support up until now. Some of your e-mails and comments have been really encouraging. I haven’t decided if I’ll stop writing/translating for good; maybe I’ll contribute occasionally to other sites if they’ll have me.^^ Or, maybe I’ll continue anonymously correcting mistakes on other k-pop blogs, keke. I’d like to return to KPculture in the future because I think there’s a lack of objective Korean entertainment news out there, but it’s not realistic for the next while.

I’ll likely shut down the blog, e-mail account, and YouTube account by the end of this month so if you’d like to copy anything to replace the links you’ve made, please do so. Thanks in particular to people who linked KPculture on their blogroll, we really appreciated it! If you have any questions or requests, please leave a comment and we’ll try to respond. We’d especially like to hear from our regular visitors – what did/didn’t you like about the blog? Thanks for your input (in advance)!



P.S. For those who might have been curious – the blog began with two of us but ends with one. I became independent after becoming best friends with Naver Dictionary. ^^

Yoo Jae Suk for Giordano

Written by KP

August 19, 2009 at 12:42 am

Posted in TV

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  1. Oh gosh I’m so sad. This blog was on my daily routine list (e-mail, fb, kbites, kpculture, dramabeans, yt). I found your blog thru BOF days & have stayed reading ur articles & interviews! I’m sad to see you go b/c you’re one of the very few up-to-date unbias or should i say not so critical straight forward news. Geez I dunno how to word it lol. You’re basically not allkpop, popseoul, seoulbeats is what I’m saying. Surely gonna miss visiting this blog! But anyway, good luck with your future endeavors. ๐Ÿ˜€ I will miss coming here.


    August 19, 2009 at 12:47 am

  2. OMO, i can’t belive that, I’m going to missing your’s blog so much. I really like your goods here…But good luck for you and I hope you will comeback in future


    August 19, 2009 at 1:01 am

  3. i’m going to miss this blog terribly.

    I very much enjoyed the fact that you presented entertainment news and especially, photo spreads without the snarky comments and failed attempts at humour; which, unfortunately, seems to be the de rigueur of all entertainment blogs these days. It was a refreshing change and good while it lasted.

    But I do realize how much one’s time is consumed in keeping a blog that is of high quality and you’ve done a fine job. Good luck in the future!


    August 19, 2009 at 1:07 am

  4. Thanks for everything up until now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good bye and good luck.


    August 19, 2009 at 1:33 am

  5. i cannot believe you are going to shut this down. i’m terribly sad tbh, i love your site. it’s one of the unordinary sources around. i love your articles and stuff. T___T
    but whatever the best for you, i’m sorry i never commented before. but i did really enjoy your news and updates. good luck for everything.


    August 19, 2009 at 2:34 am

  6. I’m a regular reader here…I like this blog the most!
    There’s no attempt to set tone on the comments/opinions. I will miss coming here.

    Thanks so much for what you have shared..and Good luck!


    August 19, 2009 at 2:51 am

  7. I hope you’ll leave this page up to be honest, so we can still look back at the old articles. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sad to see you go, you’ve been one of the good kpop writers and reporters. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    August 19, 2009 at 2:59 am

  8. Aww, this has been my favorite k-blog ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I have really liked that you always seem to go for the most truthful stories, and not the most scandalous interpretation like other blogs. Also the high quality photos have been among the things that have kept me coming back.

    Thanks for everything, and good luck with your new career!


    August 19, 2009 at 3:04 am

  9. I’m really sad to hear that you’ll be closing down this site… but if you do return, I hope you return with the same URL or else how will be know you have returned?! Thank you for very informational posts that was objective, informational, and accurate. What I liked best about this site were the Minimixes. I think they were very informational and yet short and to-the-point. I also loved how you had very HQ pictures and as well as photo shoots that no other K-pop blog covered. I also hope that you keep this site opened, even if you’re not updating it…

    Thank you for everything and good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚


    August 19, 2009 at 3:36 am

  10. oh my..i didnt expect about this though..
    to tell you the truth,i love kpculture so much so of course im so sad to hear about it.

    just wanna say
    thanks for everything,i mean everything!
    good luck!


    August 19, 2009 at 4:31 am

  11. OHNOES ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    As a regular reader who’s immensely enjoyed the posts here for the past couple of months, I’d like to say cheongmal kamsahamnida and good luck on all your future endeavors.

    I’m really going to miss this blog. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    August 19, 2009 at 5:09 am

  12. That is the saddest news of the week. But I do understand lives goes on. All the best in whatever you do in future. If you even set up another blog, please do email us and keep us inform, if possible. I really love your workโ€ฆ.


    August 19, 2009 at 5:22 am

  13. i have been a silent reader here and i enjoyed reading your posts on korean fashion and drama updates~

    i also blogged on my favorites of Korea. quite sad to hear your parting with this blog. gonna miss one good blog on Korea culture! looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future ok! hope we can exchange pointers next time too!

    all the best in your future ahead! hwaiting!!! ^^


    August 19, 2009 at 5:24 am

  14. Good Luck to your next career. I have enjoyed reading your site everyday, to check what’s the latest in the Korean entertainment. Fighting!!!!! ^_^


    August 19, 2009 at 6:04 am

  15. your blogs were very non-bias. i really appreciated that. thank you for your constant dedication and updates. i enjoyed sharing your articles with other sites (such as soompi).

    take care & best of luck to you and your new career! ๐Ÿ™‚


    August 19, 2009 at 8:54 am

  16. It is really sad to hear this news, I got fun in your blog indeed. Now I only can say thanks to you.

    V CHEN

    August 19, 2009 at 9:35 am

  17. Itโ€™s unfortunate that you came to the conclusion that you have to totally shut your blog down. KPculture has become quite a popular blog in a short period of time. From what Iโ€™ve noticed, KP is well respected by other Korean blogs and I hope you noticed that as well. To be honest though the site has diminished in quantity, not quality, the past few weeks but your explanation that the blog was being run by one person as of late clarifies the reason why the updates became fewer and far between. I agree with others that mentioned that KP provided the best HQ photos from photoshoots that other sites didnโ€™t cover and I personally loved how thorough you were with your information on all your posts. Iโ€™ve always enjoyed reading KPculture but I must confess that I enjoyed it even more in the first half of the siteโ€™s life when you posted fresh info before other sites did. Other Korean blogs have shutdown recently, or theyโ€™re on the verge of shutting down, but hearing that KPculture is following the same path is truly upsetting. Those other blogs were destined to shutdown eventually but I thought KPculture would be around for a long time. It really is a shame that you decided to end it all and I hope you reconsider. I really wish you would reconsider but if you donโ€™t then I should take this chance to say thank you for everything youโ€™ve done and good luck in the future.


    August 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

  18. gosh! i’d really miss this blog! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ got introed by a friend bout this blog during BOF days and have been visiting it daily ever since. Love the kr fashion magazine spreads! ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks for all the great articles, photos, etc. do let us know if you decide to reopen this site! best of luck in whatever you do ๐Ÿ™‚


    August 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

  19. Good-bye KP… I really enjoy reading yr blog and it is sad something has come to an end… but everything eventually comes to the end… so… we have to deal with what we need deal with… isn’t it? Good Luck with your new career…


    August 19, 2009 at 11:58 am

  20. Thanks for all the awesome updates and the great pictures! Now I have to look for a site that was as good as yours. GL with your future!


    August 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm

  21. very upsetting but its good to hear u have a new career.
    good luck and i wish you all the best


    August 19, 2009 at 3:52 pm

  22. thats sad to hear…
    your blog was one of my favourties.

    im not surprised.. since alot of other bloggers are getting older and wanting to focus on their careers/studies. KBites recently just added another blogger making it a duo for the very same reason.

    good luck in the future!


    August 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm

  23. Waaah! It saddens me to hear this, but i understand. All the best to you, and thank you very much for the good work and quality that you’ve put in this site.

    This blog is actually one of the few that I trust when it comes to k-news. I hope other blogs will learn and benchmark from your site — straighforward, unbiased, truthful, stress-free blog.

    Do inform us where/which site you’ll be “occasionally” contributing or correctings… stuffs like that.

    God speed.


    August 19, 2009 at 9:28 pm

  24. Aw, this is really sad. I came late to the blog but I find KP my favourite one among all the Korean Entertainment related blogs. You cover a wide range of news, not just music/idol group focused and I find it refreshing. I find a lot of stuff here that I don’t find in any other sites.

    I hope that in the future, you’ll inform us when/where you will be contributing on other sites.

    BTW, congratulations and good luck on the new career. Wishing you all the best.


    August 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm

  25. huh?!! tat’s sad to hear… i just bookmarked your site to my favorites and now it’s going to be gone by end of the month?!

    this is one trusted blog site that i collect updates and information on BOF, the casts and more. tat’s really sad to hear… sob sob sob..

    i have yet to finish going through the WHOLE of your blog, and i guess i will have sleepless nites catching up information on everything u posted.

    all the best to u and hope u will be able to come back soon to start posting for everyone who just simply love korean entertainment and everything.

    i am oso planning to take up korean language very soon and probably next time i will start to be like you. hehehe.

    Hwaiting!!!! \\(~.^)//


    August 20, 2009 at 1:21 am

  26. Will certainly miss all the magazine photos! All the best.


    August 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

  27. i love this blog- yeap trying to be objective is just awesome cos usually the other blogs aren’t (so after awhile i stopped reading them, but i’ve been coming back to yours ;)). gonna miss it and your photofix etc! but i understand about Real Life catching up so g’luck yeah and all the best! ๐Ÿ™‚


    August 20, 2009 at 1:04 pm

  28. Really sad to see Kpculture go. Definitely, I have learned a great deal from reading your blog. Maybe I should have posted something to let you know how amazing your site is. Thanks for always showing covers of up and coming magazine shoot. I love looking at magazine, and it’s very hard to find Korean Fashion Magazine in LA. Maybe it’s just me. But I will miss, your objective views on late breaking news in the Korean Enternaiment.

    You’ll be truly miss. Thanks for feeding my daily addication


    August 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm

  29. +_+… T_T
    i will miss you KP
    there is nothing i don’t like about KP Culture
    KP is so updated, un-biased, trusted & entertaining

    Well, your accompany during BOF will be thing I remember the most,,,
    esp. next episod ‘leaked’ synopsis.. hehehehe

    Wish you all the best in personal & careers
    God Bless ๐Ÿ™‚


    August 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm

  30. OMG KP!!!
    will miss you so much,so sad after read you note.
    you site is amazing and i love you blog.

    i try to understand but still sad..

    good luck for you future..wish all the best for you and FIGHTING!!!


    August 21, 2009 at 2:55 am

  31. I wish you all the best with ur career change! =(! It’ll be sad losing such a good blog like this one! All the best!


    August 21, 2009 at 4:31 am

  32. Thanks for everyone’s kind comments so far! It’s so tempting not to quit when everybody’s so supportive… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but I must. I’m still considering whether to keep the blog open for people to look through the archives or just to shut it down completely. If I shut it down completely, I’ll give a warning in advance. Thanks for your support again. ๐Ÿ™‚


    August 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm

  33. its so sad…you site is really helpful…and i thankful it truly from my heart…

    anyhow…wish you luck with you new career…

    and a big applause for your hardworking…:-)



    August 22, 2009 at 2:41 am

  34. but…can you keep the blog open for people to look through the archives?

    its too sad if you shut it down completely,,,;-(



    August 22, 2009 at 2:43 am

  35. last but not least…



    August 22, 2009 at 2:44 am

  36. Thank you kp!
    All the best for ur fuure endeavours!
    Im sure u’ll be really successful =)
    Will certainly miss u….


    August 22, 2009 at 12:49 pm

  37. thanks for everything!!! ;] i came to this site more than allkpop cause this site has ALL the photoshoots and covers everything!! if you ever want to come back to blogging kpop, i’ll be right here waiting for you ;]best of luck in everything you do!


    August 23, 2009 at 2:45 am

  38. thank you for blogging. ever since BOF i’ve been coming regularly. i love your reports and those magazine updates.. you will be missed much….


    August 25, 2009 at 9:45 pm

  39. if possible, please don’t shut down the blog so people can reveal past materials. wishing u the best!


    August 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

  40. Why is it that all the good ones go? Thank you for your quality addition to the K-Entertainment blog world. It was superb while it lasted. I understand how difficult it is to maintain a good quality site when one works solo. I had been running my site solo, but fortunately these days I have a great bunch of Kbloggers who post links to their own stories on my newsfeed.

    I especially enjoyed your fashion posts and wondered how you extracted those images from the protected sites (kekeke). I’m technically challenged so haven’t figured it out yet.

    I hope when you settle into your new career, you will find time to resurrect this site. In the meantime, best wishes for your new adventures.


    September 1, 2009 at 8:47 pm

  41. I was hit by the BOF fever only recently (yep i’m slow LOL) and stumbled upon your blog. thanks very much for the wonderful stuff you have up here! all the best for your new career. ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you’ll keep the existing content on your blog as other commenters have suggested, it’ll be too much of a waste to delete it completely. cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚


    September 13, 2009 at 7:05 am

  42. Aaaw… seems I found your site too late. I was browsing for images of BoA and found your website. Loved the high quality photos, especially the fact that they’re also water-mark free.

    I’m just a newbie, but the article on Baek Sung Hyun is my favourite! What a cute hottie! Hehe! But it is sad to hear your not planning to contiue. Good luck with whatever plans you have!


    October 6, 2009 at 5:18 pm

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