SINGAPORE- Just when everyone thought the South Korean craze had hit its peak with Gangnam Style and was set to go downhill, a hankering for all things Korean has been hotting up like kimchi.
If there were a time when the Hallyu (literally, flow from Korea) Wave ruled the world, it probably is now.
M looks at five hot trends in the world of K-pop and South Korean culture...
Stylistically, these patterns are often deemed retro and campy. But you can always count on your favourite K-pop idols to make them cool and current again.
This year, big names such as 4Minute, Girls' Generation, IU and T-ara N4 chose to go floral, from magazine shoots to album promotional pictures.
It was also the new look of top boy bands SHINee and Infinite, who prove that it takes real men to channel boho-chic, topped off with a generous dose of flower power.
COMING OUT ABOUT PLASTIC SURGERY
It is an open secret that many female celebrities in South Korea have gone under the knife. Altered faces are practically the norm in the image-obsessed world of K-pop.
But 2013 marked a turning point for being open about cosmetic surgery - three stars have publicly acknowledged that they have done nips and tucks, including Kara's Goo Hara (fillers injected into her nose), After School's Uee (double eyelid surgery) and 2NE1's Minzy, who told fans through her label YG Entertainment that she had "fixed" her "crooked nose".
Whether you are for or against plastic surgery, these stars admitting that they have gone for plastic surgery deserve our respect.