K-Pop Culture Invades Cambodia

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K-Pop Festival Contestants (Photo: Ly Malin, Embassy of Republic of Korea)

PHNOM PENH, (Khmer Times) – The Preliminary K-Pop Festival staged by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea on July 25 was a huge success with its massive audience.  

The Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center (at CKCC) was jam-packed with (Korean celebrity) Psy-lookalikes and Gangnam style fashion. Everyone who attended the K-Pop Festival Preliminary heaped praise on the event and offered encouragement to performers.

With the tremendous influence of K-Pop on the young generation, there seems to be no stopping the “Korean Wave”of fashion, style and music, which is being copied en masse by young Cambodians, who number around six million aged 18 years or below.

At the upcoming K-Pop World Festival in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea is gearing up to showcase talents of the world’s die-hard K-Pop fans. This is part of its annual international Korean  Music Dance and Song Festival and will be held in October.

The winners (for Dance and Singing) for the local preliminary event, feature the best amateur Cambodian K-Pop acts, who will represent the country and compete among the other handfuls of international qualifiers. They will be competing for the ultimate grand prize of 10 million Won.

The winners are Mr. Kim Se in the singing competition and Team BC-Q  for the dance competition. 

According to a representative from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Ly Malin, “The videos will be reviewed again by the Korean Committee in Seoul in order to choose one of the two winners, who will be representing Cambodia in the final competition.”

The winners received a wide range of prizes including digital cameras,  Samsung Galaxy smartphones worth $1,000 and whoever will be chosen to represent the country will get a round-trip airfare to South Korea.

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