[Event Review] KCON 2013 Celebrates Korean Wave


Los Angeles transformed into Hallyu heaven for K-Pop fans last weekend with the return of KCON 2013! The two-day event dedicated to “All Things Hallyu” was held on August 24-25 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, and welcomed over 20,000 fans.

The upgraded event included numerous celebrity panels, contests, autograph sessions, performances, workshops on Korean makeup, food, fitness, and more! Finally the weekend was topped off with a star-studded episode of Mnet’s M!Countdown: What’s Up LA featuring G-Dragon, EXO, f(x), Teen Top, 2AM, Dynamic Duo, Super Junior M‘s Henry, Yoo Seung Woo, Crayon Pop, and Missy Elliott.

KCON offered a packed scheduled for fans with a huge variety of activities to participate in. Let’s take a closer look at the events of the weekend!


Whew – the day sure was hot and packed with lots of excited fans and K-Pop blasting everywhere! Soompi Team had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with our readers and new fans at our Soompi booth. We had lots of goodies to give away, including CDs (some signed), shirts, stationery, pins, and stickers to show off your love for K-Pop.

Our fan art station gave attendees a chance to showcase their artistic talent. More than 50% of the art submissions were EXO drawings! (Kris and Chanyeol were especially popular subjects). Can you believe some of these were drawn on the spot in just a few minutes?

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kcon_winnersWinners of Soompi’s give away raffle.

Convention Overview

Similar to the 2012 convention, KCON 2013 was held in an outdoor venue. Though the sun was shining high and bright, attendees received fans from KCON and vendors to help stay cool.

After passing through ticket check-in, attendees could check out the various fan clubs, sponsors, merchandisers, and food trucks lined across the circumference of the concert hall. The three packed panel tents were scattered away from each, preventing congestion in the main walkway.


NEXT: Artists up close, panels, workshops, and more!