Stray Kids made serious moves today, performing for Republic Korea’s National Day at the Expo 2020 in Dubai.
They performed “Thunderous,” a self-produced track that embodies Korean culture. The song takes traditional instrumentals and mixes them with modern hip-hop elements, making the song feel classic, but modern.
As Ambassadors, @Stray_Kids was given the chance to perform in front of important people and the President of South Korea for the opening of Korea Week. They performed ‘Thunderous’ – a song that distinctly represents Korean culture with mixed modernity. I am so proud to be a fan. pic.twitter.com/zZHIoWqILL
— isha🍀 (@eyesmilejeong) January 16, 2022
Stray Kids also performed their song in hanboks, showcasing their pride for their country to the world.
stray kids performing in front of south korea’s president and other vips overseas wearing modern hanboks.. they have come so far 🙁 pic.twitter.com/36mFeWRost
— ✰ tyne. (@MlNHORIZON) January 16, 2022
Fans have been expressing how proud they are of Stray Kids for this accomplishment in their career.
always proud to remember how skz started from the literal bottom to performing in such a big event like this. they build their success and achievements step by step and that’s something to look up to now that we’re here.
— 🍭 (@Iixielogy) January 16, 2022
Many fans remember when Stray Kids first debuted and how hard they have worked to get to this point.
no because to think that stray kids started out with jyp entrusting their longest trainee at the time to create a grp from literal SCRATCH and now here they are dominating the entire world being one of the top and most successful 4th gen grps first million seller in company
— aria. (@CH4NL1A) January 16, 2022
Though they only debuted 3 years ago, they have managed to secure a spot at Expo 2020, representing Korea and performing in front of President Moon Jae-in.
january 18th being 3racha’s 5th year anniversary and 2 days before that they managed to perform in front of the south korean president and get a standing ovation as ambassadors 😭
— 0325 LOVESTRAYKIDS ⚡️ (@backsdoor) January 16, 2022
It’s amazing to think about how far Stray Kids have come and where they are going.
IMAGINE HOW 3RACHA MUST FEEL RN!! THEY STARTED THIS IN THEIR TINY DORM ROOM WITH ONE LAPTOP AND NO PROPER EQUIPMENTS AND NOW THEY ARE IN DUBAI PREFORMING INFRONT OF VIPS AND THE PRESIDENT OF KOREA STOOD UP AND CLAPPED FOR THEM AND WENT TO GREET THEM. STRAY KIDS ARE GOING PLACES!
— HAN-a✨SAW SKZ (@cchanniee97) January 16, 2022
This is an incredible feat for Stray Kids and we look forward to seeing what’s up next for them.
See the full performance here:
A previous version of this article said that Stray Kids debuted 5 years ago. They debuted 3 years ago.