A free Korean Pop Super concert is scheduled to take place on 17th June 2017 at Changlimithang national stadium as part of the festivities to mark 30 years of friendship between South Korea and Bhutan
Superstar Park Jea-Sang, popularly known as PSY, pulled out at the last moment, but five other K –pop bands, Double Eight, Badkiz, Seven O’clok, Steller, Classy and Fresh Boyz, will be performing at the concert that is scheduled to begin at 3 in the afternoon.
Damcho Rinzin, of the Tourism Council of Bhutan said they are carrying out few activities to celebrate 30th years of friendship with Korea including a special offer for Korean tourists from June to August. A Korean food festival was organized by a Korean private company with support from TCB.
He also said that the 10,000 tickets, the capacity of Changlimithang stadium, were all allotted to the registered audiences within two days. “There are more than 2000 registered and non-registered audiences who did not get the tickets and they will not be able to make it for the concert,” he said.
Tshering Choden, a school going youth, said she is excited and wants to make it to the concert no matter the upcoming mid term examinations. “This is a life time opportunity and I don’t want to miss the chance,” she said.
Kinley Dorji, a 13 year old student, said that he was in queue to get registered with TCB on the first day itself. “I am very happy that I will be seeing them live”, he said.
However, Sonam said, “I was really looking forward for PYS’s performance and I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the cancellation”.
There were students waiting in queue the whole day and they managed to get tickets for the concert only last evening.
There are groups from Samdrupjongkhar, Bumthang, Gelephu and Phuentsholing who just came to witness the K-Pop concert taking leave from their jobs.
TCB is yet to finalize the program list for the concert and more than 60 people from Korea including artist, musicians and bands are in the country to perform.
While Psy’s absence was not explained it may have to with his sudden 14th June announcement in Korea that he would be doing a summer concert starting from 29th June in Busan and then would be moving onto Seoul. Given the limited time period Psy may have opted for his summer concerts in Korea over Bhutan’s unique K-pop fan base. Everyone had expected Psy to come after a video appearance about his Bhutan concert.
Update: A Korean translator for the organizer’s group claimed that Psy had to pull out due to his own concert commitments in Korea which were clashing with the Bhutan event.