With the threat of the novel Coronavirus spread across the world and most of the countries under lockdown, life can become monotonous and mentally challenging. No concerts, no sports events, no schools or offices, being in self-quarantine is the only option now for billions of people during this global pandemic.
Although daunting, as per experts, it is a good way to ‘flatten the curve’ of the number of rising infections. However, staying in doesn’t mean that you can’t have any form of entertainment or cant enjoy meaningful activities. With the internet connecting everyone, there are a number of things to do while in lockdowns at home.
For all those who are facing lockdowns and also those who want to enjoy entertaining and interesting activities, koreatechdesk.com has listed some of the things to do and how some innovative Korean startups can help you accomplish it.
1) Read books, comics online
Reading is one of the best things to do when you are just lingering indoors and have ample time and energy. Reading rejuvenates the brain cells with new information, knowledge, and also entertains.
Korean startups that offer online reading are Braincolla that has an app named ‘iink’ that specializes in machine learning and deep learning in the text-content field by developing algorithms that provide personalized book recommendations and predict the next bestseller. The algorithm matches readers with books based on their taste. Bookjam is another cloud-based platform that helps transform all digital content to high-quality eBooks and also distributes them through diverse channels. Then there is Millie’s Library, a Korean e-book subscription service launched in 2017, which is allowing free access to its library of 50,000 titles for two months.
If you don’t want to get into novels, non-fiction titles, then you can dabble in some colorful fantasy world with online comic books. Korea is a leading country when it comes to serving online comics. There are a variety of topics covered in the webtoons or webcomics that you choose from like Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Humour, Slice of Life, LGBTQ, Comedy, Action, Drama, Horror, etc
Naver has Webtoon with Korean comics and the Line Webtoon that offers translated versions of many Korean comics in languages from English Chinese, Spanish, German, Thai and Italian are available. Daum Webtoon, owned by Daum Kakao, is of the oldest webtoon platforms in Korea, with comics like “Dead Man’s Letter,” a popular mystery series that has been converted to a TV series as well. Lezhin is the leading webtoon service in Korea right now, with more than 8,000 webtoon titles and 250 new titles launch each week. There is also Mr Blue and Toomics, which have equally interesting webcomics for fans.
2) Play Online Games
If you are more of a person who needs stimulating exercises, then go ahead and play some online games. South Korea has the fourth-largest mobile games market in the world. More than half of the Korean population plays games on their smartphones, so definitely, the Korean game startups here are always innovating and producing interesting online games. PUBG is, of course, the most famous export in online games from Korean game online, but there are other companies as well which cater to exciting games.
Nexon’s Dungeon Fighter Online is one of the most popular games in the world. Some of its other popular games are Arcane Showdown, Closers, FIFA Online 4, KartRider: Drift, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. More than 10% of all mobile games revenue made in Korea came from Netmarble has games such as Lineage 2, Marvel Future Fight, and Cooke Jam. The startup also has Seven Knights 2, The King of Fighters All-Star, and A3: Still Alive. Gravity, Smilegate, and NCSoft are other online game platforms for gaming aficionados.
3) Listen to Music
It has been proven that in times of distress, a doze of music can help relieve the mind of worries. So if you want o relax amidst the pandemic chaos outside, just put on the headphones and listen to your favorite music. There are popular platforms like Naver music, Kakao Music, Melon, Genie Music, etc. but there are some startups that have innovative music streaming for fans. Spoon Radio is the most popular when it comes to live audio streaming. Launched by Korean startup Mykoon, Spoon Radio has millions of fans who enjoy its live audio broadcast from numerous DJs across the world. Then there is Muzlive, an innovative startup platform that releases a smart music album played on smart devices. Music fans can not only enjoy the possession value of a physical music album but also use music, photos, and video of the artist by the digital smart platform with Smart Music Album.
4) Do Online Chats – Connect with old friends and make new friends
Staying all the time indoors without socializing can become quite gruesome. So if you can’t physically meet anyone, why not go for online chatting and even video call someone. Korean startups like Jandi, SendBird are suitable for official and business chats. Skype, Kakao Talk, Viber, Whatsapp, etc. are popular when it comes to video chats with family and friends.
But if you want to make new friends, then you can use Azar, a video-chat platform by Korean Startup HyperConnect. It is quite popular worldwide and has users from more than 230 countries.
5) Make Travel Diaries
For those who love traveling, this could be the worst period in their lives. There is no scope of any travel adventures happening soon. So when you are stuck at home with no travel happening, why not revisit and record all past travel memories.
Korean startup 3linediary app allows travelers to record their experiences through photos and short texts. Joon-ho Bae and his wife developed the app after a 400-day journey. Another exciting app for travelers is the chat app Doongle. Though Doongle’s focus is for those on their travel ventures, it still can be a handy tool for connecting with people across the globe with a similar love for travel and adventure.