BTS will reunite for a free concert in South Korea

K-pop boy group BTS will gather in the southern port city of Busan on Saturday for a concert they hope will help the city and the South Korean government win a bid to host the 2030 World Expo.

Titled ‘BTS Yet To Come in Busan’, the free concert will start at 6pm local time and is expected to draw around 100,000 fans to the stadium and designated areas in Busan, more than 300 kilometers (190 miles) southeast of the capital Seoul. , according to the metropolitan authorities of Busan.

The concert comes after the seven-piece group announced a hiatus from group musical activities in June to pursue solo projects, raising questions about the group’s future.

As BTS’s oldest member Jin, who turns 30 next year, faces mandatory military service in South Korea, the country’s defense minister said in August that BTS would be able to perform overseas while serving in the military.

Under the 2019 revision of the law, globally recognized K-pop stars were allowed to leave their service for up to 30 years. Military service is highly controversial in South Korea, where all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28 are required to serve. efforts to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea.

Four countries – South Korea, Italy, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia – have submitted competing bids to host the 2030 World Expo, according to the Bureau International des Expositions. The country for the 2030 World Expo is expected to be chosen next year.

In July, BTS was made an official ambassador for the 2030 World Expo in Busan.

BTS debuted in June 2013 and became a worldwide sensation with their upbeat hits and social campaigns aimed at empowering the youth.

Last year, BTS became the first Asian group to win artist of the year at the American Music Awards. The group met US President Joe Biden at the White House in May to discuss hate crimes targeting Asians.