BTS has always been known as one of the top Kpop megastars in the world today. And their influence is extremely wide, even related to political issues. During the trip to New York within the framework of the 76th UN General Assembly, BTS’s influence was further demonstrated through the story told below by Secretary of Presidential Protocol Tak Hyun-min .
Recently, Mr. Tak Hyun-min, Blue House Protocol Secretary, appeared on Kim Eo-jun’s YouTube broadcast ‘다스뵈이다’ on October 1st. On broadcast he shared his experience of the visit of the First Lady and BTS to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States, and is considered one of the three largest art museums in the world along with the Prado Museum in spαín and the Museum of Art. Hermitage in яυѕѕια.
The protocol Secretary Tak Hyun Minsaid: “This year is the 30th anniversary of the simultaneous membership to the United Nations with the North, and every country usually give a present to the United Nations every five years. Works representing its cultural achievements are donated and arranged in across the UN building. At first, we indented to donate a work of art to the UN. Come to think of it, there was no guarantee that our donation would be placed where we wanted. They have limited space and don’t accept all donations. Under the Cultural Heritage Protection Act, we cannot take an authentic heritage abroad. We cannot donate a fake one. That’s why we came up with an idea that we could donate artworks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the finest art museums in the world. It has the arts of кσяєα gallery.”
He continued: “To be honest, the gallery is still humble. But the presentation of artworks would be watched by people around the world. We thought the Met would be a right place and they also wanted our artworks because of higher demand for кσяєαn culture. They wanted modern works, not ancient ones. Then, that was less burdensome for us and the first lady and BTS would present modern works of choice. The gallery has become kind of a BTS spot. Many did not know the Met has a кσяєαn gallery.”
Therefore, he and the Blue House contacted the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but: “Actually, when we first told the museum that we were willing to donate artworks, they said we should wait. That’s because a lot of valuable works are on the waiting list. Then I said, “Oh, we don’t have much time. Actually, BTS and the first lady were supposed to visit you. If so, we’d like to find another museum.” Before I finished, everything was worked out well. I said, “Didn’t you say you were busy?” Their attitude was changed…”
He continued: “At first, they suggested having a simple event, but finally they were considerate enough to hold an event on the Roof Garden and showed the first lady around their storage facilities. They just asked for one thing. They said, “We appreciate your visit, and it would be nice of you to visit us after our opening hours.” We did their favor.
And of course, we have seen the power of BTS. With BTS and the First Lady of кσяєα, the museum not only welcomes the present on display, but also solemnly welcomes BTS and the First Lady during their visit. They even hold a special event to welcome First Lady and BTS to the museum.
Not only giving full praise to BTS, the secretary also commented on BTS’s appearance at SDG and their speech. Like many others, the secretary said that the appearance of BTS is really a memorable milestone when for the first time a кσяєαn artist appeared at SDG and talked about youth issues, representing кσяєα and the future young generation.
BTS had a nice and safe trip to New York. They also performed very well the role of Special Presidential Envoy For Future Generations And Culture and became the pride of the nation. And the story of the power of BTS, perhaps, will become a legend forever that people have to repeat again and again.