Feast from the east – why Britain is surfing the Korean culture wave — The Observer

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From food to football, fashion to pop music, South Korea’s creative exports are making their mark

— by Vivek Chaudhary: The ears of millions of young music fans have been captured by its polished pop, foodies have been tantalised by its gastronomic delights, and the country’s artists and actors are also part of a creative wave, known as hallyu, that is establishing South Korea as a major cultural force.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min was the latest to join the line of cultural pioneers, trotting off the pitch at Manchester City’s Etihad stadium on Wednesday as his nation’s flag was waved by a delirious Spurs fan and others sang a song dedicated to him: “Nice one Sonny, nice one son.”

He was not the only Korean hitting the heights in Britain in recent days, as BTS became the first K-pop act to top the national charts and their two dates at Wembley in June sold out within minutes…

Image courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment

April 21, 2019 — 07.01 BST

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