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A five-day immersion camp in Korean culture sounds like something devised by the country north of the 38th parallel. But Hallyu Camp 2012 is a decidedly South Korean affair, sponsored by the embassy’s King Sejong Institute. Participants will learn about traditional Korean customs and social values, but the real hook is exploring how pop culture has exploded there since the end of despotic rule in 1987. Not only has South Korean cinema become one of the most interesting movie scenes in the world, the glossy triteness of K-pop has somehow become a worldwide phenomenon. (If you’re not 15 and don’t know what K-pop is, its artists make Justin Bieber seem like Marvin Gaye.) “Hallyu” means “Korean Wave,” an all-encompassing term for the pop-culture revolution, but it’ll take a five-day camp to explain how the nine-member manufactured music group Girls’ Generation (shown) relates to Oldboy, the 2003 stylized excursion into cinematic hyperviolence.
Hallyu Camp 2012 runs 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5 to Aug. 10 at the Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $200. dynamic-korea.com. (202) 587-6168.