Around 2:50pm we headed over to the front of M department store to see what we thought would be something with fire hoses . . . earlier we had seen fire fighters and other workers setting up stuff. When we arrived we saw this big crowd . . .
And then a Korean came over some loud speakers and said the festival wanted to honour the memory of President Roh . . . and Guns N Roses came over the speaker playing "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" . . . I'm not kidding.
Here's the video,
Another foreign guy standing next to me snickered, and I have to admit I did too . . . seriously, Guns N Roses for a tribute to a dead president?
When the music started this guy began to do something that looks like a ritual dance--or is it just some kind of modern dance with white furry things? Not sure . . .
You can see in the background a bunch of press guys with cameras going nuts taking pics . . .
The whole atmosphere of a rock concert seemed surreal and I couldn't believe my eyes when the paper confetti began falling from the cranes . . .
Seeing as this was my first ever attendance at a public event/festival paying its respects to a dead president I'm not sure what is 'normal' and what isn't for Korea--but is it really that hard to figure out that playing a ROCK SONG might not be appropriate for this kind of situation?
Maybe this is just a case of me 'not understanding Korean culture' . . . I don't know.
What do you think? Appropriate? Inappropriate? To each culture their own?