* This post is written by Elleonora Ibragimova, one of the Korea Blog’s Worldwide Korea Bloggers.
Sounds shocking, right?
It is truth, though.
Recently I caught myself discussing Korean history with an Uzbek person who has never been to Korea, or studied Korean history at school, or has no relations with the country or whatsoever (except for a friend who is living in Korea, i.e. me =). But you know what? He really seemed to know it all – we were arguing about the Joseon dynasty, about Japan’s invasion and the relationships in South East Asia, and why Korean women wear hanbok… I was pretty amazed by all the knowledge. What is the secret, you ask?
Watch Korean dramas!
For the past several years, the Uzbek national TV has been showing various historical dramas which depict interesting episodes of Korean history.
Many teachers at school say that Uzbek students know Korean history better than Uzbekistan’s history. Although, that is a joke, but proves a point that history can indeed be fascinating in the form of movies and dramas. Finding out what happens in the next episode is a great motivation of learning the actual events in the past.
One of such historical dramas is The Queen Seondeok of Silla (or “The emperor woman”), “선덕여왕.”