BTS: RM Donates 100 Million Won To Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation


The Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation revealed that BTS leader Kim Namjoon, popularly known by his stage name RM, had silently made a 100 million won (over Rs. 57.1 lakh) donation for the preservation, restoration, and utilization of cultural assets overseas in September 2021.

Soompi, a Korean media portal, reported these donations were put to use for the conservation of Joseon Dynasty hwarots, a ceremonial garment worn by royal women during the Goryeo and Joseon dynasty, at the Los Angeles County Museum for Art (LACMA). Currently, there are 40 hwarots in the world, 30 of which are in South Korea and 10 overseas. Additionally, RM’s donations will be used to create a catalogue introducing Korean paintings.

RM had been recognized by Arts Council Korea as one of the Patrons of The Arts in 2020 when he donated 100 million won to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. In addition, he also loaned a sculpture piece from his collection, “Horse” by sculptor Kwon Jin Gyu, to the Seoul Museum of Art.

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The K-pop sensation has lent his voice, in English and Korean, as the audio guide for The Space Between: The Modern in Korean Art, the first major exhibition of modern Korean art held in the West, at LACMA and on the official website of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA). The exhibition began on September 11th and will continue till February 19th, 2023 and is featuring approximately 130 works.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the leader of BTS posted a series of snaps from LACMA and wrote, “I personally participated in audio guide for some of the works I love for this historical exhibition. It’s available onsite at LACMA and online on the MMCA website.”

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“This is the first major exhibition of modern Korean art ever held in the West,” he wrote in the post.

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