Busan can’t wait to welcome BTSBusan is bustling with excitement as tens of thousands of fans prepare to visit to see K-pop superstars BTS over the weekend.
The septet will arrive on Saturday for the Busan leg of the band’s fifth Muster [Magic Shop] fan meeting/concert events at the Busan Asiad Auxiliary Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.
City officials expect the events will bring in about 45,000 ticket holders to the southern port city, with some 10 percent of them from outside of Korea.
To greet the fans, Busan devised special events featuring two BTS members born and raised there: Jimin and Jungkook.
The Busan Tourism Organization put together tours that walk fans through the Busan neighborhoods where Jimin and Jungkook spent their childhood and attended elementary school.
Information on the tours is available on the Naver blog of the Busan Tourism Organization.
The city will also operate a special souvenir shop in front of the concert venue selling merchandise featuring seagulls, a nickname for Jungkook and an animal symbolizing Busan, as well as mochi, Jimin’s nickname.
“We prepared a selection of Busan local specialties that are related to BTS,” the organization said.
Local communities and BTS fans, called ARMY, draped the city with banners and posters celebrating BTS’s arrival, including a set of three banners in Busan’s Geumsahoedong-dong in Geumjeong District, where Jimin spent his youth.
The city has been also adorning major Busan landmarks like Gwangan Bridge and the Busan Cinema Center with lights in BTS’s signature color, violet, in celebration of the events.
The police are planning to dispatch six companies and many traffic police officers across the city over the weekend to maintain order.
Standing room tickets are reportedly being selling for nearly 1 million won ($844), about 10 times the original price, as of Friday.
Following the weekend, the band is moving to the capital for the Seoul leg of the fifth Muster [Magic Shop] tour in the Olympic Gymnastics Arena, southern Seoul, on June 22-23.
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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