The Penthouse is a popular South Korean makjang drama (a genre akin to daytime soap operas or Latin American telenovelas (that has just been renewed for two more seasons. Photo: Viu
The Penthouse is a popular South Korean makjang drama (a genre akin to daytime soap operas or Latin American telenovelas (that has just been renewed for two more seasons. Photo: Viu

Why is K-drama The Penthouse so addictive? From kimchi slap to strangling, all there is to know about ‘makjang’ dramas – Korean soap operas

  • Makjang is a Korean slang word that describes a terrible situation that couldn’t be any worse. The beauty of these soapy dramas? Characters can and do get worse
  • The infamous ‘kimchi slap’ is far from the only food attack in makjang dramas, with kimbab rolls, soybean paste and pork belly being whipped across faces

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The Penthouse is a popular South Korean makjang drama (a genre akin to daytime soap operas or Latin American telenovelas (that has just been renewed for two more seasons. Photo: Viu
The Penthouse is a popular South Korean makjang drama (a genre akin to daytime soap operas or Latin American telenovelas (that has just been renewed for two more seasons. Photo: Viu
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