BTS postpones its North American tour in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic

(L-R) Jimin (Park Jimin), Jungkook (Jeon Jeongguk), Rap Monster (Kim Nanjoon), J-Hope (Jung Hoseok), V (Kim Taehyung), Jin (Kim Seokjin) and SUGA (Min Yoongi) of BTS (Bangtan Boys) band visit the Today Show'Today' TV Show, New York, USA - 21 Feb 2020

BTS is reprogramming its North American map of the soul tour in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The 37 date trek was originally scheduled to start next month.

The tour was scheduled to begin on April 25 and 26, with a two-night stint in Santa Clara, California, at Levi’s Stadium and a tour in Chicago, Illinois, at Soldier Field on June 5 and 6. The dates have all been postponed, with the rescheduled dates to be “announced soon,” according to the Ticketmaster website, which said, “Please keep your tickets, as they will be valid for the new date.”

In February, K-pop sensations were also forced to cancel a series of April concerts scheduled in South Korea due to growing concerns over coronaviruses. The shows were intended to serve as homecoming shows for the South Korean group Map of the Soul.

While fans will have to wait to hear the band live for now, they can still watch BTS online while learning Korean. The group announced that it is hosting 30 language courses on the Weverse social media app. The series launched earlier this week. Each episode lasts three minutes and is accompanied by a lesson plan developed by researchers from the Korean Language Content Institute and Professor Heo Yong from the Department of Korean Education at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. The series will reuse material from the group’s reality show, Run BTS!, And YouTube series such as Bangtan Bomb and BTS Episode. Fans can access the language course episodes via Weverse.