The World Association for Hallyu Studies (WAHS) is an international organization of Hallyu researchers and practitioners in diverse disciplines.
In light of Hallyu’s emergence as a cultural icon and a key field of study across the globe, WAHS aims to bridge its theory and practice. 

Following its inaugural general meeting in January 2013, WAHS was granted permission to incorporate from the Ministry of culture, Sports and Tourism in March. Since 2021. WAHS has formed 36 overseas branches to build a global network across 26 countries, facilitating transnational collaboration and communication through Hallyu.

Registered as a legal donation organization (June 30, 2016)
Incorporated under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

President's Greetings

With its recent strides, Hallyu (the Korean Wave) has been calling the world’s attention not only Korean but the country of Korea itself. Bringing Kim Ku’s pioneering vision to bear upon the fabrics of contemporaneity Korea is indeed claiming the seat of a cultural powerhouse.

Undeterred by the growing intensity of international competition with global platforms that accelerate and pace of content consumption and distribution, Korean culture is demonstrating a sustainable capacity on the merits of digital infrastructure.

Rather than stopping short at merely celebrating or marveling at such feats, we must keep an open channel of communication to further analyze, reflect on, and study Hallyu as a phenomenon.

As such, the World Association for Hallyu Studies (WAHS) will strive to facilitate cultural exchange and collaboration across scholars, researchers, and students of Hallyu towards the aim of its cultivation and enrichment, serving as a vital platform for research and networking. We look forward to your interest in, and support for WAHS’s efforts.

World Association for Hallyu Studies
President Siyeun, Moon

Board Members


The 3rd President

Prof. Siyeun, Moon

Sookmyung Women’s University

Professional Experience


Vice President

Prof. Chulwon, Kim

President, Tourism development & quality research Society
Professor of Hotel and Tourism College, Kyunghee University

Prof. Yonggu, Suh

Dean, Sookmyung Women’s University Graduate School of Business

Prof. Il-hyeon, Bae

Professor, Department of Distribution Management, Hyupseong University

Prof. Chan-Wook, Park

Director, Culture Industry Center, Culture and tourism Research Institute

CEO. Young-moon, Kim

CEO, Mayfield Hotel
Non-executive director, Korea Culture & Tourism Institute


The 1st ~ 8th Congress for Hallyu

‘13.10. ~ ’21. 09. / Every year

1. 2014년 한류전략연구학술대회

2014 Hallyu Strategy Essay Paper Contest

2. 한류_프랑스한국워크샵 포스터

Seminar on cultural exchange to celebrate the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and France

3. 2016한류전망포럼

2016 Hallyu Prospect Forum

4. 제4회 한류 대학(원)생 에세이논문 컨테스트

Student Essay & Article Contest

5. Video Work 컨테스트

Hallyu Video Work Contest

7. Cullure and Empathy

Online International Journal ‘Culture and Empathy’

8. 2021 지구촌한류현황

A general review of the current status of the Global Hallyu of KF