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I’m from Myanmar and a K-pop fan too. Actually, I’m an EXO-L and I really like K-pop. Last week, we did a research to know which idols are the most popular in Myanmar. We gave fans a poll of K-pop groups or idols from No.1-11.
I gave this result to an organiser that I know. They liked the result and advised us to do one more poll where they can vote one time for their favourite idol groups from No.1-3. I hesitated a little but I thought we should do it so I can write this news for worldwide K-pop fans to know Myanmar fans too. And then organisers can decide to do more K-pop concerts in Myanmar. Myanmar people between 10-30 years of age like K-pop. There may be around 40%!
Some people from our country sneer at us because we like K-pop. Actually I think this is normal since music is music which we can listen with our hearts and for the idols that we support. This is our independence. Usually, some K-pop fans are students and under parental guidance. Their parents don’t like this case but some can understand. Usually they fight with their parents to watch K-pop concerts. In our country, concert’s prices are a little higher for them, but they are saving their money for concerts, to buy official albums, goods and photo books, etc. If we buy albums in our country it is so expensive because we pay double price than original album price. But how cute K-pop fans here, because they still buy these albums to support their idols.
I’m an engineer, 27 years old and I have been supporting EXO. Over four years I do birthday donations, gatherings, cover dances and song parties for EXO’s 3rd year anniversary. A K-pop cover dance and song event in 2015, SM Town Cover Dance and Song In Myanmar 2015, EXO’s 4th year anniversary cover dance and song and fan gathering in 2016, and SM Town Cover Dance and Song In Myanmar 2016. I did a lot of fan gatherings and birthday donations for EXO. It’s my crazy job.
All of my friends and acquaintances think that I should have a boyfriend or marry at this age and they sneer at me every time. They told me your idols don’t even know how much you support them. But It’s ok for me because it is not possible for them to know every fan because they already have a lot of fans worldwide. So I don’t respond to them much because I don’t want to fight them and these are my personal choices.
I like K-pop and support idols because I admire and respect them. They work so hard for their music and performances and that is very inspiring. That is why I use my money and time for them. Three months ago, 6th of May 2017, EXO came to Myanmar for the KFM concert. Before KFM, June July Moe Media Group contacted me and the KFM organisers talked about KFM. I was so shocked and could not believe it. I thought it was a dream.
I helped them as much as I can. I canceled my plan to go abroad that time because I must be present there on May or April 2017. I already promised my Mom to go study and work in Singapore for my future. I thought if I go to overseas, I can watch EXO concerts too but since they will come to Myanmar that time it became a must for me, because it’s my dream to see them here. So I decided not to go and my mom was angry at me. Me and my mom didn’t talk for a long time. I wanted to say sorry but I couldn’t. I know it’s my fault. Now I want to tell my mom, “Mom, please trust me. Thank you for understanding a fool girl like me. I will show you that I can succeed and how it’s good for my life. Love u mom. Chit tal”
This is our quick research for K-pop fans in Myanmar. Please enjoy.
So I posted a poll on my personal account with groups or idols that they can vote for. The idols that we have included on the poll were IU, KARD, GOT7, Twice, Red Velvet, MAMAMOO, NCT, Seventeen, EXO, BTS, and Halo.
I was surprised because in just 10 minutes, there were already about 300 comments. Actually, Myanmar has a lot of K-pop fans so I wanted to do a poll. They believed me and gave their comments.
I want to show everyone that we have a lot of K-pop fans here in Myanmar. We also really love our K-pop idols. My wish is for more idols to consider Myanmar too and do concerts with their fans. I believe organisers can consider this result if they want to do concerts in Myanmar. We hope there will be more K-pop concerts here in Myanmar.
The initial voting result for the current top K-pop idols in Myanmar from No.1-11 were the following:
- Red Velvet
- Seventeen & Twice
1) Reason for research: We wanted to know the top idols in Myanmar nowadays to help the concert organisers decide better in the near future.
2) Research Duration: July 28 to July 30 2017
3) Participants: About 2,000 K-pop fans in Myanmar
4) How: A poll was conducted on Facebook. One person can only choose up to three top idols. One person can only comment once. Repeated answers were not counted.
- RED VELVET
- WANNA ONE
- SUPER JUNIOR
- MONSTA X
- 2NE1 & VIXX
After KFM, I was so happy. If more K-pop idols come to Myanmar, we will be really happy. KFM made the most happiness in my life because it’s my dream for the last four years. My dream really came true. For all K-pop fans in our country, I hope to see more successful concerts and for us to dream more.
I will also work harder in making dreams come true and to achieve my own goals. Thank you everyone and kpopchannel.tv!
Contributor: Tin Myint – Myanmar