BBC News – South Korea’s K-pop craze lures fans and makes profits

Miwa Tanaka is browsing in the Hottracks music store in downtown Seoul, lost in thought at one end of the Korean-music aisle.

The racks in front of her are seeing a brisk trade – but Ms Tanaka is taking her time, considering a fistful of compact discs in her hand, their bright “buy-me” colours competing with her glittery eye-shadow.

She is not pleased at having her shopping interrupted. Neither does she understand our questions, in English or in Korean.

Ms Tanaka is Japanese. She is on holiday to do a little shopping, and immerse herself in Korean culture. And by culture, she is not talking about just the old palaces and modern art.

“My whole family is really into Korean music and TV dramas,” she says. “We make sure to watch them together at home all the time.”

Article: BBC News – South Korea’s K-pop craze lures fans and makes profits.

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