The Seoul city government has announced today (Wednesday) that it will develop South Korea’s first dedicated K-pop arena.

The arena, which will be designed for concerts only, aims to tap into K-pop’s rise to become a global phenomenon. It is scheduled to open in 2024.

“We plan to start the work to construct the concerts-only complex, Seoul Arena, in September next year on a 50,149-square-metre lot near Changdong Station for completion at the end of 2023,” a city official told Korean news agency Yonhap.

The 18,000-capacity Seoul Arena will also include a smaller 2,000-seat concert hall, a K-pop Hall of Fame, a K-pop special exhibition hall and a theatre. Unusually, the arena will be designed to locate its stage in the centre of the facility.

The official added: “Concert infrastructure is still inadequate despite the global K-pop craze, and Seoul Arena will make it possible for local and foreign pop artists to hold more than 90 massive live concerts annually.”

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