December 07, 2023

K-pop and cultural exchange in North Korea: does it make a difference?

Observers weigh the pros and cons of a South Korean concert in Pyongyang

South Korean singers are once again back on stage in North Korea. A roughly 190-member troupe of artists, including Cho Yong-pil, Lee Seon-hee, Choi Jin-hee, the Yoon Do-hyun band, and girl group Red Velvet arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday to perform two concerts - the first such event since 2005.

On Sunday they performed for Kim Jong Un and his wife, and are set to perform a joint concert with North Korean artists at the Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium on Tuesday.