First K-pop concert held in Czech Republic

December 4, 2015
K-pop boy band SHINee (Korea Times file)

K-pop boy band SHINee
(Korea Times file)

The Czech Republic saw its first K-pop concert Friday as South Korean President Park Geun-hye made an official visit to Prague to meet with its leaders.

K-pop already has some exposure in Central Europe, with a Hallyu club membership from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland numbering 160,000, according to Yonhap.

Tickets for the concert, which were made available online on Nov. 27, were sold out in five hours.

Kralovka Sports Arena saw 1,800 fans fill its seats to see popular acts like SHINee, Red Velvet and dancer Poppin’ Hyun-joon live. They were also treated to a display of Korean traditional performances, from samulnori to the lion dance.

Park was present at the concert. She hopes the event becomes a starting point for locals to become more interested in Korean culture, the presidential Cheong Wa Dae said.