The dance has inspired a host of parodies, the song has hit the top of the charts in South Korea, Malaysia, Finland and Latvia, and the YouTube video has accumulated more than 227 million views.
Now, according to Thai media, Gangnam Style, by Korean pop star Psy (also known as Park Jae-Sang) has inspired a West Side Story-esque show of rivalry between two Bangkok gangs who are said to have had a dance-off before engaging in a gun battle. Gangnam (‘South of the River’) is one of the 25 local government districts which make up the city of Seoul, South Korea.
The INN website reported that the two gangs were dining in the same restaurant when “the younger members of both groups danced provocatively at each other in the manner of top hit Gangnam Style”.
The dance-off escalated into an argument and, eventually, a gun attack in the upmarket Ekkamai neighbourhood, in which one of the gangs fired at least 50 bullets from a carbine and an 11mm gun.
No one was injured, police Lt Col Apichart Thongchandee said. He said the two gangs had a history of confrontation and would face arrest warrants.
Meanwhile, the viral sensation that inspired the initial dance-off could be on its way to becoming the first Korean song to reach number one in UK charts.