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JYJ enthralls 50,000 fans in Gangnam

By 옥현주

Published : Oct. 6, 2014 - 14:33

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True to the name of JYJ’s world tour concert “Return of the King,” the trio seemed like kings who had conquered the K-pop world on Sunday.

On Sunday evening, tens of thousands of people flocked to Gangnam, an affluent southern district of Seoul, for the K-pop concert featuring JYJ.

The entire seven-lane Yeongdong road in front of the Korea Electric Power Corp. headquarters in Samseong-dong, blocked off for the two-hour concert, was filled by some 50,000 fans from home and abroad.

As admission to the concert was on a first come, first serve basis, some fans reportedly camped out at the site for two days ahead of the show.

Those who could not obtain a ticket crammed into the nearby streets to watch the show from a distance.

The three members of JYJ -- Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu -- stepped onto the special outdoor stage at 7 p.m.

They opened the concert with “Be the One” and “Baboboy,” and performed a total of 19 songs. Each member also gave an individual performance of favorite or self-composed songs. 

“Autumn night, it is the best weather to hold a concert in. We are pleased that many more fans than we expected came to this street gig,” JYJ told the audience.

The band said farewell to its fans with the final song “Empty.”

Started in 2011, the K-pop concert is a part of the Gangnam Festival designed to promote hallyu, the overseas Korean pop culture boom. The annual show has also featured A-list K-pop acts such as Rain, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, TVXQ, EXO and SHINee.

JYJ released its second studio album “Just Us” on July 29 and toured eight Asian cities for the concert tour “Return of the King.” 

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