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Museum for showcasing K-pop stars to be built in L.A.

All Headlines 10:08 August 08, 2013

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top entertainment agency said Thursday it will build a museum for showcasing its K-pop stars and hallyu, or the global popularity of Korean pop culture, in Los Angeles.

S.M. Entertainment Co. said it has recently purchased a building in the center of Koreatown in L.A. through its American unit with a plan to transform it into a popular destination for hallyu fans and tourists.

Korean TV shows and pop music, known as K-pop, have secured hordes of fans in Asia, Europe and the Americas in recent years.

The building will have a museum, tentatively called "SM Town Museum," honoring its artists such as TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, as well as an entertainment space and a Korean restaurant, the company said.

"We will remodel the building into an entertainment space where visitors can experience Korea's various cultural content," the company said in a release. "We hope it will grow into a mecca of hallyu in the Americas."


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