The Finger Heart: the cutest gesture in K-culture!

Son Ye-jin in Crash Landing on You

Have you ever seen someone make a heart shape with their fingers? Maybe you’ve done it yourself, but did you know that in Korean culture, this gesture has a special meaning? Known as the “finger heart” or “son-ga-rak haet” in Korean, this hand gesture has become a popular symbol of love and affection.

The finger heart originated in Korea and has since spread across Asia and beyond, with celebrities and fans alike adopting the gesture as a way to show love and support. The gesture is made by placing the thumb and index finger together to form a heart shape, while the other fingers are extended.

So why has the finger heart become so popular in Korea? For one, it’s a quick and easy way to express emotions in a society that places a high value on etiquette and respect. It’s a subtle way to show affection without being too overt or bold, which is particularly important in a culture that values modesty and humility.

The finger heart has also become a popular symbol in Korean pop culture, especially in the world of K-dramas. In recent years, many K-drama characters have been seen making the finger heart gesture, often in romantic or emotional scenes. For example, in the popular K-drama Crash Landing On You, the lead characters played by Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin both make finger hearts during their touching reunion scene.

In another popular K-drama, Itaewon Class, the main character played by Park Seo-joon makes a finger heart to his love interest played by Kim Da-mi, expressing his feelings for her without saying a word.

But it’s not just K-drama characters who are making the finger heart gesture. Many K-pop idols and celebrities are also known for using the finger heart to connect with their fans. BTS, one of the most popular K-pop groups in the world, often use the finger heart gesture in their performances and fan interactions.

So whether you’re a fan of K-dramas or K-pop, or just looking for a new way to express your affection, the finger heart is a simple but meaningful gesture that has become a significant part of Korean culture. So go ahead, try making a finger heart today and spread some love and positivity!