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South Korea will send 160 K-Pop stars to North Korea for four days

South Korea is preparing to send 160 K-Pop stars to Kim Jong-un’s rogue nation as relations between the countries continue to improve.

Seoul will send performers to Pyongyang for a four day visit from March 31 to April 3 for the first time in more than a decade.

The group will include local pop legends Cho Yong-pil and Choi Jin-Hee, five-member K-pop group Red Velvet and Seohyun, a former member of the famous K-Pop group Girls’ Generation. 

The visit was announced in a statement issued after inter-Korean talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

It comes as part of the dramatic thaw in relations kicked off by the recent Winter Olympics gathers pace.

South Korea is preparing to send 160 K-Pop stars to Kim Jong-un’s rogue nation as relations between the countries continue to improve. The performers will include Seohyun, a former member of the famous K-Pop group Girls’ Generation, seen here in the US in 2014

Seoul will send performers to Pyongyang for a four day visit from March 31 to April 3 for the first time in more than a decade.  Pictured: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (right) with an official

Seoul will send performers to Pyongyang for a four day visit from March 31 to April 3 for the first time in more than a decade.  Pictured: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (right) with an official

They will stage the first performances by South Korean acts in the North since 2007.

‘It was not easy to select songs that are wanted by both sides,’ Yoon Sang, South Korea’s chief delegate to the talks, told a press briefing Tuesday.

Seoul said the North had invited the art troupe ‘in order to keep the momentum for peace and reconciliation’, which was galvanised by the Winter Olympics and built on when South Korean special envoys met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this month.

The North sent its own art troupe to South Korea to celebrate the the Olympics last month, with 140 members of the Samjiyon Orchestra staging two performances.

Despite the misgivings of some South Koreans, tickets were in high demand, with 156,000 people applying for 530 pairs of available seats.

The North sent its own art troupe to South Korea to celebrate the the Olympics last month as well as a team of cheerleaders (pictured)

The North sent its own art troupe to South Korea to celebrate the the Olympics last month as well as a team of cheerleaders (pictured)

The South Korean troupe will give two concerts, at the 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and the Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium, which can accommodate some 12,000 spectators, Yonhap news agency reported.

The concerts come ahead of an inter-Korean summit slated for late April at Panmunjom.

In 1985, South Korean musicians held their first concert in Pyongyang as part of cultural exchanges.

Following a historic summit between Seoul and Pyongyang in 2000, various Korean singers, including Cho Yong-pil, performed in the North.



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