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K-pop or Korean pop is steadily carving its spot in the mainstream music industry. South Korea is exporting Korean culture and language through K-pop. This is evident in devoted fans from all over the world well-versed in Korean traditions, history, even the language and the Korean alphabet. All of these are rooted in the love for Korean music and music artists.

BTS giving their closing remarks in Hamilton, Ont. on September 20, 2018. (Photo credit: Ciel Emonde)

BTS, a Korean boy group, is currently the headlining artist for K-pop. The boy group had a sold out three-day concert in Hamilton in 2018. The heavy K-pop fans’ presence in Hamilton made police prepare to maintain security in the city, proving that K-pop’s influence definitely has arrived. 

Ciel Emonde, a second-year industrial engineering student at University of Toronto, collects BTS albums, keychains, posters and other merchandises. (RSJ/Axile Gerona)

Meet Ciel Emonde, a 20-year-old BTS fan who traveled to Hamilton and New York to see BTS live. K-pop introduced her to new people, allowed her to learn a new language and improved her self-confidence all through the power of music. Reporter Axile Gerona has the story.

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