K-pop stars to heat up Vietnam's capital this November

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The nine-member band, Girls' Generation, will join the other 12 South Korean bands and singers at the K-Pop Festival 2012 Concert in Vietnam next month

A slew of well-known South Korean bands and singers will be performing for one night only next month in Hanoi, in what local media have dubbed "one of the most outstanding cultural events in Vietnam" this year.

The concert, which will take place at My Dinh National Stadium at 7.30 pm on November 29, is part of the festivities commemorating the 20-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and South Korea.

Dong Bang Shin Ki (DBSK), Girls' Generation (SNSD) and Hyuna will rock the stage at the K-Pop Festival 2012 - Concert in Vietnam with their respective hits: "Catch me," "The Boys," and "Bubble Pop." 

The event will also feature Beast, FT Island, INFINITE, KARA and T-ARA. 

Award-winning Vietnamese singers Thanh Lam and Tan Minh will open the 3.5-hour event with romantic songs about Hanoi and love.

The event is being held jointly by the South Korean broadcaster Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), South Korea's 9M Art company and Vietnam's VK media based in Hanoi. 

Tickets will be priced VND350,000-2.5 million (US$17-120). Information is available at www.kwave.com.vn.

The nine-member band SNSD, one of the top all girl bands in South Korea, was the first Korean act to appear on CBS, ABC and NBC, the three major television networks in the United States. SNSD has also won numerous awards, including Best Female Group and Artist of the Year, at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

DBSK, reduced to a duo in 2011, is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's biggest official fan club.

Hyuna, a member of the all girl band 4Minute, has many award-winning solos and collaborations on her resume, including "Bubble Pop," "Trouble Maker," and "Oppa Is Just My Style," another version of PSY's worldwide hit "Gangnam Style."  

The 20th anniversary includes many other cultural events taking place in October and November, according to The Thao & Van Hoa.

Cultural and culinary festivals are scheduled to take place in Hanoi from November 2-4 including: the displaying of traditional dishes and agricultural products from Vietnam and South Korea; traditional martial arts performances from both countries; as well as the new dance craze inspired by the smash hit "Gangnam Style."

Earlier, the first Vietnam Korean Film Festival kicked off on October 18 in Ho Chi Minh City featuring ten outstanding Korean films. The same films will be screened in Hanoi from December 6-8.      

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