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5 South Korean Variety Shows you must watch

South Korean variety shows are like drugs, once you have a taste of them you can never get enough.

They are fun, entertaining and amusing to watch. Some of them are so funny that they can leave you rolling on the floor laughing while there are some that come with tearjerker moments.

With so many choices out there, we narrowed them down to 5 South Korean variety shows you must watch:

South Korean variety show, Running Man. Credits: SBS.
1. Running Man

Running Man is perhaps the number one variety show in South Korea right now after Infinite Challenge ended on Mar 31 this year.

The show is about members taking part in a series of missions to become the winner at the end of the race.

For the past eight years, the show welcomed numerous notable guests including action star Jackie Chan, French soccer player Patrice Evra, and more recently Hollywood actors Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill and Simon Pegg.

2. Knowing Brothers (Ask Us Anything)

In the Korean entertainment industry, the hierarchy of sunbae-hoobae (senior-junior) is very strict.

However, this show throws strict seniority rules out of the window where the casts and guests are allowed to speak banmal (informal language) with each other regardless of age.

Unlike most Korean variety shows, Knowing Brothers joke about what most consider as sensitive topics in the industry such as smoking, divorce and bankruptcy.

3. 2 Days 1 Night

The motto of this show is “Real Wild Road Variety”, where it recommends various places of interests in South Korea viewers can visit.

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The cast has been changed numerous times since its first inception in 2007 but their chemistry still manages to bring laughter for the viewers.

The latest line-up for 2 Days 1 Night are Kim Jong-min, Cha Tae-hyun, Kim Joon-ho, Defconn, Jung Joon-young and Yoon Shi-yoon.

4. Master in the House

Just like 2 Days 1 Night, the cast will spend two days and one night with ‘Masters’ of various fields.

While looking for this Master, they will play a series of games to decide who sleep in the Master’s bedroom.

The show stars Korean variety show veterans and singer Lee Seung-gi, Lee Sang-yoon, Yang Se-hyung and Yook Sung-jae.

5.Law of the Jungle

Law of the Jungle is a much less annoying version of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Every episode features celebrities sent to survive in remote locations around the world.

In each location, they have to hunt, prepare meals and make shelter for the group.

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at Kajomag.com or Twitter at @patriciahului.
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