BTS can now travel visa-free as South Korea’s Special Envoys
BTS isn’t just one of South Korea’s biggest acts anymore; they’re now the first K-Pop artists to be appointed as special presidential envoys!
On September 14, 2021, South Korean President Moon Jae In met the members of BTS and officially appointed them as “Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture” at the Blue House—the first time for an artist from South Korea’s pop culture industry.
The South Korean President greeted each member with a fist bump as soon as they entered the Blue House, after which they were presented with their certificates of appointment, a diplomatic passport, and a fountain pen. The President’s Chief-of-Staff, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Director of the National Security Office, Second Deputy Director and Representatives from HYBE were in attendance in the ceremony.
After the occasion, the BTS members took some photos with their new diplomatic passports and showed off their sleek and classy looks in their black suits. This is their first time in exactly a year to be reunited with the President since their last visit in 2020 for National Youth Day.
Being presented with a diplomatic passport is huge for BTS, because they’re now considered to be very significant and influential to their country. The diplomatic passport also allows them to travel to several countries—visa-free.
The K-Pop super group will be carrying out their duties as Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture sooner than you think. From September 19 to 23, BTS will be accompanying the South Korea President in his visit to the United States, and will be attending the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 20.
In this event, BTS will be delivering a speech with a video performance as representatives of South Korea and to share a message of consolation and hope to the youth around the world.
ARMYS expressed their pride and admiration for their favorite idols on social media, where many have already seen and heard of BTS’ appointment as special envoys. They even called BTS as “South Korea’s pride”.
— tete (@wafaa2905) September 14, 2021
I live for this HOBI 💞 a sunshine for all
BTS SOUTH KOREA’S PRIDE pic.twitter.com/uBzsMU00pv
— MyUniverse (@iPoisonBatman) September 14, 2021
you dont understand, bts deserve everything 😭
BTS SOUTH KOREA'S PRIDE
BTS ARMY'S PRIDE pic.twitter.com/NV2VdJz6yC
— •ᴗ• (@stillkimseokjin) September 14, 2021
one day you’ll look back on all the progress you’ve made and be proud of yourself for not giving up every time life wanted you to. you can do this. !✨
— ` (@nycxcloth) September 14, 2021
From asking people to watch their concerts for free to being south Korea's pride and sold out enormous stadiums. BTS is here and there's no next BTS. pic.twitter.com/67h9yXokjc
— barb⁷ 🌌 ᶜᵒˡᵈᵗᵃⁿ (@bubsarmy) September 14, 2021
“When I was little my mom used to listen to her friends when they proudly talk about their kids, she just listened without saying anything, so I thought I wanted to make my mom proud of her son too.”
Look at him now😭💜💜
BTS SOUTH KOREA'S PRIDE#BTSPavedTheWay #JIN pic.twitter.com/2j6El3cRWJ
— 💜 (@KSJ___X) September 14, 2021
They never fail to make me so proud of them😔💜
— Mimi ¹³ (@Jiminuha) September 14, 2021
The President of South Korea gave BTS a diplomat passport that allows them to travel over 100+ countries without visa. Okay the power they hold…
— minjung love BTS (@MinjungBts) September 14, 2021
— Anwar^^ (@AnwarSA29) September 14, 2021
Congratulations on your appointment, BTS! You’ve made so many people proud with the tons of achievements you’ve reached all these years. You never fail to give your fans hope and something to live for, and it’s all thanks to your hard work, determination, and heart.
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