South Korean pop idols hit Pattaya for Chinese New Year TV special

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Top South Korean music artists and pop stars descended on Pattaya to film a Chinese New Year’s TV special that the Tourism Authority of Thailand hopes will spur more Koreans to visit.

Super Junior, 2PM, 2AM, Shinee, Kara, Beast, U-Kiss and CN Blue were among the young stars headlining the “Idol Expedition” variety program that began shooting at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel’s main ballroom Jan. 17.  In all, a cast and crew of more than 100 South Koreans were brought in by TAT offices in Seoul and Pattaya.

Approximately 20 well-known Korean pop stars joined to shoot the “Idol Expedition” New Year show. Approximately 20 well-known Korean pop stars joined to shoot the “Idol Expedition” New Year show.

The 140-minute special will be broadcast on the SBS network in South Korean for the Chinese New Year Feb. 3-5.  TAT said the show likely will be seen by five million Koreans.

TAT Seoul Director Walailak Noipayak said hosting the show in Pattaya will be great exposure for Pattaya and do a lot to promote Korean tourism here.

Left, the Korean superstars’ fan clubs were waiting to cheer their heroes. Left, the Korean superstars’ fan clubs were waiting to cheer their heroes.