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K-Pop Banned And Illegal In North Korea For More Than 40 Years

Re-Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source:koreaboo

Media: koreaboo

Posted: Monday February 19, 2018 @ 3:31 am PST

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K-Pop has been officially banned in North Korea for more than 40 years under the communist government, but thanks to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, South Korean pop songs have been played in North Korea for the first time in decades.

The Korean Central News Agency reported that the North Korean band called Samijyon Orchestra “played several southern songs” before the Northern party officials and artists in Pyeongyang.

 

K-Pop is still illegal, though, and anyone caught listening to it will be punished – allegedly even killed.

 

“Enjoying anything from South Korea is illegal in North Korea. In the case of a sudden police raid, if we fail to hide the tape or CD in advance, it would be used as an evidence against us.” — Lee Je Son

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