K-pop star receives forest as birthday present


  • Lifestyle
  • Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014

EXO group member Baek-hyun gets a whole 'forest' to himself, thanks to his adoring fans. 

Fans of Baek-hyun, a member of K-pop boy band EXO, set up the “Baek-hyun Forest” in celebration of his 23rd birthday on May 6. Baek-hyun’s 12 fan clubs joined hands to organise “Baek-hyun United” to proceed with the forest project. The group raised funds within the organisation to create a small forest inside the Neulbut Park located at Daechi-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.

According to representatives of Tree Planet Inc, plants such as Jezo spruce, lilacs, Japanese maple and Bridal wreath were planted to form the forest. Tree Planet is a social enterprise that specialises in planting trees and takes on projects such as creating forests in honour of celebrities.

The fans who participated in the project expressed their overwhelming desire to dedicate a forest to their beloved celebrity.

“We are so glad to have created a forest that everyone can enjoy on our celebrity’s birthday. We hope that this place will be a place to rest for local residents,” they said.

Baek-hyun’s fans also began advertising the star with a bus wrapped in his posters. The bus ran through Seoul and Gyeonggi Province until the service ended on May 15. “Hello, this is Always-happy-Baek-hyun. I would like to thank you for all the love and attention given to EXO and myself. I think I am the most blessed and happiest person in the world because of my fans,” Baek-hyun told his fans via a letter on EXO-K’s official website.

EXO released its second EP, Overdose early last month, setting a new record for preorders in K-pop history. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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