Ahn Cheol-soo visits HYBE to discuss ways to promote Korean culture

Hybe Chairman Bang Si-hyuk (L) speaks with Chairman of the Presidential Transition Committee Ahn Cheol-soo at the company’s offices in Seoul on April 2, 2022. (Yonhap)

Presidential Transition Committee Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo visits the headquarters of HYBE, the K-pop powerhouse that runs BTS, in Yongsan-gu, central Seoul.

In an attempt to discuss ways to promote Korean culture, Ahn and members of different subcommittees hoped to hear what the new administration can do for start-ups and the entertainment industry.

President-Elect Yoon Suk-yeol and HYBE Transition Team Leaders continued the discussion on ways to provide a sustainable environment for artists amid the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of the latest media technologies, including the metaverse platform.

While many expected Ahn and HYBE officials to discuss granting exemptions from military service to pop artists who helped elevate the country’s global standing, like BTS, Shin Yong-hyun, spokesperson for the transition committee, announced that such a discussion would not take place. during a regular Friday briefing.

Under current law, all able-bodied Korean men are required to serve in the military. But with the recommendation of the Minister of Culture, international award-winning athletes and classical musicians can complete their service while remaining professionally active.

By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])

Helen D. Jessen