On the 1st at 2 PM (local time), the ‘K-Pop Cover Dance Festival Thailand’ event was held at Future Park Rangsit Shopping Mall in northern Bangkok, Thailand.
In a congratulatory speech, Moon Seung-Hyeon, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Thailand, said, “Recently, idols with whom Korea and Thailand exchange together are also loved by Thai fans. Such exchanges between Korea and Thailand strengthen the friendship between the two countries and serve as a good partner for the growth of soft power.”
The interest in the festival, which was held offline for the first time in three years after the coronavirus, was shown through the great cheers of the participants and the audience. On each shopping mall floor, they were seated in three or five places, giving warm applause and response. The audience’s enthusiasm heated the cool interior, stopping the footsteps passing by and enjoying it together.
Cho Jae-il, director of the Korean Cultural Center in Thailand, said, “I am delighted to have the Korean Cultural Center, Seoul Newspaper, and Korea-Taiwan Exchange Center together for the first time in three years since the corona crisis to hold an offline event. Lisa, GOT7 BamBam, NCT Ten, and (G)I-DLE Minni are gaining worldwide popularity as K-pop singers. So it is meaningful as it continues to develop through exchanges with the world.”
The 13-member’ GunSquad’, which covered Seventeen’s thanks, won Thailand’s championship and received cheers like the audience’s enthusiasm. The Gun Squad, composed of people in their late teens to late 20s, has a variety of jobs, such as students, engineers, and cooks, and the big thing that unites them is their love for K-pop.
Team leader Boss said, “It’s been about three years since we danced together. I’ve liked K-pop cover dance for a long time, so I wanted to participate in Thailand’s representative team. He added, “All the members have never been to Korea, so I want to see a lot, and above all, I want to win the final in the global finals in Seoul.”
After conveying their final impressions, the winning team enjoyed winning the Thailand stage by taking pictures together for a long time, surrounded by fans in the audience.
Hong Ji-hee, CEO of the Korea-Taiwan Exchange Center, said, “It seems that a thrilling stage has been held since the coronavirus. It seems that the teams have developed more in the meantime.” “It is touching because everyone seems to have worked hard despite the difficult situation.”
The ‘2022 K-Pop Cover Dance Festival, which marks its 12th anniversary this year, is the world’s first and largest K-pop online and offline Hallyu fan communication program. The Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korea Entertainment Producers Association, Korea Music Performers Association, Seoul Tourism Foundation, New Era, All-K-Pop, and Pentacle were sponsored. The winning teams from each country will be invited to the final finals of the Seoul World Finals on the 15th and enjoy a stage of hot exchange with multinational K-pop fans.