On 7 June 2020, the 7-member South Korean supergroup participated in Dear Class of 2020—a virtual commencement “ceremony” held on YouTube that brought together inspirational leaders and artists including Former US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (among many others) to congratulate and celebrate this year’s graduates, their families, and their communities.
In the livestream—which you can rewatch here—the members of BTS each delivered a moving and comforting speech, then closed the virtual celebration with a trio of breathtaking performances, singing “Boy With Luv,” “Spring Day,” and “Mikrokosmos”—all of which they filmed at the National Museum of Korea.
The National Museum of Korea houses a diverse collection of more than 310,000 historically valuable articles ranging from the Paleolithic Age to the early 20th century. It has six galleries that exhibit a variety of fascinating subjects—from prehistory and ancient history to arts and crafts.
It is also home to numerous national treasures of Korea, including a gold crown from the Silla Kingdom, a Goryeo celadon, and a ten-story pagoda from the Gyeongcheonsa Temple Site.
Currently, the National Museum of Korea is closed due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but once it reopens, one of the easiest ways for foreign visitors to gain access to its attractions is by getting the Discover Seoul Pass—your all-in-one tour pass in Seoul that grants you free admission and discounted benefits to the city’s major tourist spots.
As the Honorary Tourism Ambassador of Seoul, BTS is known for showcasing some of the South Korean capital’s most beautiful sites in the content they put out. They have also featured other stunning locations in the country in various videos and specials for fans, including Gangwon in Spring Day’s music video and Awon Museum & Hotel in Wanju (which is close to Jeonju Hanok Village) for their 2019 Summer Package.
The National Museum of Korea
Address: 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 용산구 서빙고로 137 (용산동6가)
How To Get There:
Take Seoul Subway Line 4 (Gyeongui-Jungang Line) to Ichon Station, Exit 2. The museum is connected to the subway via an underpass
Hop on Bus No. 400 or 502 and get off at the National Museum of Korea Bus Stop
Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
10:00-18:00 – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00-21:00 – Wednesdays & Saturdays
10:00-19:00 – Sundays & Public Holidays
*Closed on select holidays (New Year’s Day, Seollal, and Chuseok)
Which destination in South Korea are you most excited to visit because of BTS or your favorite K-Pop group? Let us know in the comments!
*Featured image via BANGTANTV on YouTube