It Turns Out BTS Is Also Popular In North Korea

A North Korean defector-turned radio jockey has admitted that despite the K-Pop ban in North Korea, BTS is super popular there.



According to BJ Han Song Yi, who appeared as a guest on Ji Seokjin‘s 2pm Date with Ji Seokjin radio show, North Koreans have to use a code word to talk about BTS, calling them “Bangtan Bag”.

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“I know a broker unnie in China and she said BTS is really popular in North Korea. They call them “Bangtan Bag”. It’s like a code used to refer to BTS and talk about listening to their songs. I think an inspection team has been created because of the Hallyu wave. So people use codes to talk.” — Han Song Yi


When the broker asked if she knew anything about BTS’s latest album, Han Song Yi recommended “Fire” because it’s one of her favorite BTS songs.

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Han Song Yi is a self-confessed K-Pop fan, previously confessing she “defected because of Winner and BIGBANG.”

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“I like G-Dragon and Kang Daniel. I defected because of them.” — Han Song Yi

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