Ahn Cheol-soo visits HYBE to talk about ways to promote Korean culture

Hybe Chairman Bang Si-hyuk (left) chats with Chairman of the President’s Transition Committee Ahn Cheol-soo at the company’s office in Seoul on April 2, 2022. (Yonhap)

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

While trying to discuss ways to promote Korean culture, Ahn and members of various subcommittees hoped to hear what the new government can do for startups and the entertainment industry.

Officials from President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s transition team and HYBE continued the discussion on how 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 have helped improve the country’s global standing, such as BTS, Shin Yong-hyun, a spokesman for the transition committee, announced indicates that such a discussion will not be held in a regular briefing on Friday.

Under current law, all able-bodied Korean men are required to serve in the military. But with the recommendation of the Minister of Education, internationally renowned athletes and classical musicians can complete their service and at the same time remain professionally active.

By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])

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