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Virtual reality K-pop concert using 5G technology wows ASEAN leaders at banquet

Entertainment 15:22 November 26, 2019

BUSAN, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries were captivated by a virtual reality K-pop concert using 5G technology, the presidential office said Tuesday.

The K-pop performance shown on a large screen wowed the leaders of the 10 ASEAN countries and their spouses during a summit banquet held Monday in the southeastern port city of Busan, according to Yoon Do-han, senior Cheong Wa Dae secretary for public communication.

K-pop singer HyunA and digital characters danced in a concert that was realized with 5G technology and motion recognition sensors.

This photo, provided by SK Telecom Co., shows a virtual reality-based performance using 5G technology, named "5GX K-pop performance," held during a summit banquet on Nov. 25, 2019. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

"The ASEAN leaders were surprised to see the movie-like virtual reality unfold on a big screen," Yoon said in a message to reporters.

The performance, arranged by top mobile carrier SK Telecom, was intended to showcase the strength of South Korea by combining the country's 5G technology and K-pop, whose popularity is high in ASEAN countries.

A hologram of a large bronze bell from the Unified Silla (676-935), known as the "Bell of King Seongdeok," also drew attention.

It was installed at the entrance where Moon and first lady Kim Jung-sook received the guests. It rang as each leader arrived at the venue.

"The Bell of King Seongdeok symbolizes a peaceful country," said Tak Hyun-min, a former protocol presidential aide in charge of the summit's cultural events.

"We've decided to embody the hologram of the bell, the most beautiful artwork during the Unified Silla era, wishing for peace and tranquility across ASEAN," he added.

The southeastern port city of Busan that is hosting South Korea's special summit with ASEAN was part of the Unified Silla.

President Moon Jae-in (R) and first lady Kim Jung-sook (L) pose for a photo with Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei, who attended a welcoming banquet at a hotel in the southeastern port city of Busan on Nov. 25, 2019. A hologram of a large bronze bell from the Unified Silla era (676-935), known as the "Bell of King Seongdeok," was installed at the entrance where Moon and Kim received guests. (Yonhap)

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