As the Hallyu wave gradually spread around the world, listening to K-pop music is still illegal in that country.
On August 5, a group of high school students in North Korea were spotted listening to and dancing to BTS’s song “Blood, Sweat & Tears”. They were then arrested and investigated for “having a reactionary ideology and culture”. It is considered illegal in this country.
It is known that K-Pop culture is banned in North Korea. North Korea’s prime minster, Kim Jong-un, previously labeled K-Pop as a “vicious cancer” that is corrupting the youth of the country he leads. As a result, he is imposing harsher penalties on citizens who are consuming South Korean movies, K-dramas and K-pop videos.
Previously, the two countries tried to mend their relationship, Red Velvet was even chosen to perform in front of the president and high-ranking officials of North Korea. However, Korean culture is still thoroughly rejected by the government and the public of that country.