K-Pop’s 4Minute to Perform in Rangoon

By Yu Mon Kyaw 30 March 2015

RANGOON — Korean all-female pop band 4Minute will grace the stage in Rangoon later this week, much to the pleasure of those fans who can afford to attend the extravagant event.

Tickets ranging from 25,000 kyats (US$25) to a staggering 600,000 for VIP seats are now available at Royal Garden Hotel in Rangoon. The show will be held at the Myanmar Event Park on Shin Saw Pu Pagoda Road at 7:30 pm on Apr. 4.

The K-Pop wave took Burma by storm in the late-2000s, and a number of glitzy stars have since made stopovers in the commercial capital since 2011, when political reforms ushered in a new era of relative openness to foreign influence.

4minute, a popular group back home, is a five-member female ensemble founded in 2009. The group will be promoting their latest album, “Crazy.”

Members Jihyun, Jiyoon, Hyuna, Gayoon and Sohyun will be making limited press appearances on Apr. 3. Hyuna, perhaps the most well-known member of the group internationally, was featured in the pervasive PSY hit “Oppa Gangham Style”, and has released several solo albums.

Many were taken aback by the costly tickets for 4Minute’s performance, but previous events have been even more pricey; in August 2014, another K-Pop band, 2NE1, charged up to 900,000 kyats for the best spots.

Even in Burma’s largest urban center, Rangoon, the average earner’s monthly salary doesn’t come close to 600,000 kyats, leaving many fans anxious to see who will turn up in those primo slots.