Psy caused a riot in Paris on Monday gathering approximately 20k people for a Gangnam Style flash mob at Trocadero square, opposite the Eiffel Tower. South Korea’s Minister of Culture announced yesterday that Psy would be honored with the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit for his “outstanding meritorious services” to the art. According to AsianOne, a culture-ministry official said: “Psy has been chosen to be decorated for not only being a long-term artist, but also for advertising Gangnam widely and increasing the world’s interest in South Korea.”
The Gangnam Style video went viral after its July release, becoming the second-most- viewed clip in YouTube history, where it has notched up more than 650 million hits, despite being sung almost entirely in Korean. Almost overnight, the 34-year-old singer, whose real name is Park Jae Sang, was transformed into South Korea’s best-known cultural export, and a national hero at home.