A festival in Seoul celebrates the 10th anniversary of the K-pop group BTS
Thousands of fans of the K-pop group BTS gathered at Han River Park in Seoul on Saturday (17) for a festival to celebrate the group’s 10th anniversary. Organizers and local police estimate that 400,000 people attended the event.
With the group’s hit songs playing in the background, the “army”, as the group’s fans call themselves, was able to visit several exhibitions scattered throughout the park: a mural reminiscent of the history of BTS since its founding, in June 2013, the costumes used by the artists in performances and memorial sculptures punctuated by the purple color that characterizes the band. The party also had a fireworks display.
The band’s leader, RM, participated in the festival. He read fan letters, performed, and made phone calls with two other members of the group, Jungkook and V.
The festival at Han River is part of a week, starting on Monday (12), of events celebrating BTS, the first K-pop group to reach number one on the US and UK charts.
Seoul City released a tourist map for the occasion, indicating 13 places to visit in the capital, including the Hebei office, the group’s agency, which welcomed hundreds of fans last week. Since Monday, major tourist attractions in Seoul, such as Namsan Tower and Dongdaemun Design Plaza, have been lit up purple.
BTS is the first K-Pop group to reach number one on the US and UK charts. Currently, the group has paused its activities, with two of its seven members doing mandatory military service, Jin and J-Hope, until 2024.
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