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Immerse yourself in the breadth — and, depending on how critical you are, the depths of Korean popular culture at this year’s KCON Los Angeles. With bands such BTS transcending their native county to become a global phenomenon, this year’s event should be bigger than ever.  A bicoastal celebration — nay, veneration — of the Korean cultural experience, over four days (a first for KCON USA) you’ll experience K-pop from bands at Staples Center like ONEUS, Chungha, LOOΠΔ Momoland, NU’EST, and SEVENTEEN, as well as K-couture, K-lifestyle, K-cuisine — hell, even K-rails at the construction sites outside the Convention Center. And don’t count the North Koreans out just yet! They finally got a pizzeria in 2009. They’re catching up!

Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown; Thu.-Sun., Aug. 15-19, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; $36-1800. (213) 741-1151, facebook.com/events/383030635853544

LA Weekly