Wembley Stadium in London/Image via Pixabay

Korea has something to do with the London area

Does Korea have something to do with Wembley, an area of northwest London, which houses a big arena and a huge stadium? Strange to say, it might be so.

Koreans are used to the Wembley Stadium because it was the temporary home of Premier League football team Tottenham Hotspur between August 2017 and March 2019.

Included in the football club’s players is Son Heung-min, the prolific forward who also captains the Korean national team. Many Koreans woke up early to watch Son play at the spacious stadium for the past two years.

After the Tottenham Hotspur moved its home to a new ground this year, K-pop acts take over the area.

On May 22, Korea’s largest girl group BlackPink played at the Wembley SSE Arena, which is the second-largest indoor arena in the United Kingdom with more than 12,000 seats.

Back then, queues snaked at the venue even after the show started as many people tried to see the quartet, which debuted in 2016 to become K-pop’s second-largest export.

Ten days later, the top K-pop export of BTS followed suit with its own concerts at the Wembley Stadium, the biggest stadium in the U.K. with around 90,000 seats.

The seven-piece idol group, which was formed in 2013, plans to perform two sold-out concerts on June 1 and 2 at the historic venue that hosted such legendary acts as The Beatles and Queen.

The septet is now on a globe-trotting concert tour named “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself,” which started in May as a follow-up to its latest seven-track album “Map of the Soul: Persona.”

Another K-pop group Monsta X plans to perform at the Wembley SSE Arena midway through July. The seven-member boy group debuted in 2015.


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The publisher studied Korean history in Seoul and management of business administration in the United Kingdom. He has 20-year experiences in the media business. Kim can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.