Guess which country is getting a South Korean K-Pop Academy?
The spread of K-pop and K-dramas has attracted fans across the globe. Many international fans became fond of the Korean culture from the first time they heard K-pop. And now, South Korea is establishing a K-pop Academy in a country across the Pacific Ocean! Guess where!? It's a North American country, but it's not the United States!
The Korean Cultural Center in Mexico City announced on June 7 that South Korea is opening a K-pop Academy to let local fans get first-hand experience in the unique K-pop training program.
It is a 10-week program composed of two parts, with the first six weeks devoted to learning Korean lyrics, mastering Korean pronunciation, and vocal and dance training, and the remaining four weeks focusing on advanced instruction in singing and choreography. The teaching staff will be professional vocal trainers and choreographers who have worked with top K-pop groups such as TVXQ, JYJ, and Girls' Generation, provided via South Korea's Howon University, which is in charge of implementing the program.
According to the news, the school is sponsored by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and is a part of the programs offered at Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and the Korean Cultural Center there.
It is actually not a surprise that Mexico was selected to be a site for the K-pop Academy. South Korean President Park Geun Hye recently visited Mexico in April and attended the "K-Soul in Mexico" festival during her visit. The event included performances by the idol group Infinite and was packed with 3,200 people. At the event, President Park thanked the attendees and said that South Korea will make efforts to create more cultural exchange opportunities between the two countries.
A K-pop Academy appears to be just the right step to take!
According to the Korean Cultural Center, over 400 people have already applied for the 60 available spots in the academy. "This academy will provide an opportunity for us to upgrade the way we spread Korean culture, from simply watching it to experiencing it," said Director Chang Chi Young, who estimated that there are 140,00 fans in Mexico.
How about you? Are you interested in attending a K-pop academy?
(Cover photo is Infinite performing at the K-Soul in Mexico festival.)
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