BTS Awarded Order of Cultural Merit by South Korean Government
BTSâ seven members were awarded South Koreaâs Hwagwan Orders of Cultural Merit in Seoul on Wed (Oct. 24). The septet -- RM (Kim Namjoon), Suga (Min Yoongi), J-Hope (Jung Hoseok), Jin (Kim Seokjin) Park Jimin, V (Kim Taehyung), and Jeon Jungkook -- are the youngest recipients to ever receive the honor. They were awarded their medals at the 2018 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Award, held at Seoul's Olympic Hall.
Earlier this month, South Korean prime minister Lee Nak-yeon announced that the Cabinet had decided to award the chart-topping group the honor for their efforts at spreading South Korean culture and language throughout the world. Cultural Minister Do Jong-hwan gav e the BTS members their medals during Wednesday's ceremony.
In their acceptance speeches, BTS thanked their fandom, ARMY, and those who they've worked with, and reflected on the recognition. "Weâre often overseas, and many people sing along with our songs in Korean and tell us proudly that they studied Korean,â said Jin according to Soompi. âIt makes me proud. Weâll continue to try to increase knowledge about our culture.â
âIâm happy that it seems that weâre really becoming the hope of popular culture,â said J-Hope, referencing his stage name. âThe Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit is such an immense award. Itâs an award that carries weight and includes the hard work of many staff members, BTSâs blood and sweat, and the cheers of ARMY all over the world.â
Jimin later took to social media to thank fans, saying, "Together [I/we've] received this award. Seriously thank you."
Asid e from BTS, other musicians including Red Velvet, who performed in North Korea as part of a diplomatic contingent in April, and Guckkasten, whose Ha Hyun-woo performed at the Olympics Opening Ceremony in February, were at the event, where both were winners of Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourismâs Commendations. Other popular entertainers, including Yoo Jae Suk, and industry creatives were also awarded at this yearâs event.
BTS returned to South Korea earlier this week after spending over 50 days in North America and Europe amid their Love Yourself world tour. During their jaunt, the group spoke at the United Nations about self-affirmation while in New York, and performed in front of and met the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in while in France. They will release âWaste It On Meâ with Steve Aoki on Thursday (Oct. 25)Source: Google News South Korea | Netizen 24 South Korea