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Classical music blossoms in Korea

Updated: 2013-05-24 22:32:48 KST
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Pung Wol Dang in southern Seoul is like heaven for classical music fans, as it has over tens of thousands CDs, and it is the largest store in Korea that only sells classical music albums.
Visitors can buy rare CDs, DVDs, while freely listening to music and reading books.


"The staff here kindly explain music to beginners, and there are many books to read, so I come here a lot."

Founder Park Jong-ho, who is a famous psychiatrist, also runs lecture series, to provide in-depth information on classical music.
His classes are always fully booked.
Experts say the number of Koreans listening to classical music is growing by the day.
Seo Hui-jin has been working at one of Korea's leading classical music companies for the last 20 years, and she says the classical music market in Korea much expanded over the years.


"Over the past two decades, I feel like the number of classical music performances and the size of the market has tripled or quadrupled. The quality of performances has improved, and ticket sales have increased a lot."

The company also runs an online classical music community, made up of around 130-thousand members.


"When we first started the membership community, most members were men in their 40s or 50s from affluent backgrounds. However over the years, the average age has decreased, and now students and women in their 20s or 30s make up a significant portion."

Passion and zeal of Koreans to learn music is probably be one of factors that helped Korea produce some of the world's most renowned stars.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.


Reporter : jiwonpark@arirang.co.kr

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