June 7, 2006
Singer Rain will give a concert on Thursday in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, the origin of the Korean Wave or Korean pop culture craze. Expectations for the first concert to be given there by the talented Korean singer have run so high that some 20,000 tickets sold out just two days after they went on sale on May 29.
But the SK Telecom office in Ho Chi Minh, the organizer of the concert, is still being inundated with calls asking about tickets. SKT arranged the "S-Phone Forever Concert" to celebrate sales of over 500,000 handsets of its CDMA (code division multiple access) S-Phone in Vietnam and distributed invitation tickets to local customers.
It is not only Korean residents and teenage fans in the Vietnamese city who badly want to attend the concert. Rain’s fans in Hanoi have also expressed regret about not being able to attend the concert and expect that they can see him during his Asian tour scheduled late this year.
Besides Rain, Jewelry and Chaeyeon, both also popular in Vietnam, will participate in the concert along with other top Vietnamese singers.
Thanh Nien, the leading local newspaper, reported that Korean singer Rain, who became popular in the country through the hit drama Full House and was named one of 100 most influential people in the world by the U.S. magazine Time, will visit Vietnam.
The Korean cable channels K-MTV and M-Net as well as Vietnam TV will film the concert. Local police say that they will station some 750 police officers around the venue where the concert is to be held and have other officers standing by in case of emergency.