By Ashley Cruz

BTS members wear the hanbok in their official photo for Chuseok, the Korean harvest festival. PHOTO COURTESY OF BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT

On Oct. 5, BTS received a letter of appreciation from the government for their promotion of hanbok, the traditional Korean clothing, by wearing it in live performances, music videos, photo shoots, and anywhere, really.

The Letter of Appreciation for the Love of Hanbok is awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Hanbok Advancement Center of the Korea Craft & Design Foundation to individuals and organizations that spread hanbok and its cultural significance to other countries.

Recently, Jungkook made a buzz online after being spotted wearing a modern hanbok at the airport. This has prompted a fashion trend among Korean celebrities and caused the seller’s website to crash after receiving massive orders online. 

However, this was not the first time that the boy band was recognized by the government for their promotion of Korean culture. In February, Jimin received a plaque of appreciation from the Kim Baek Bong Korean Fan Dance Conservation Society praising his iconic interpretation of the fan dance for their IDOL stage at the 2018 Melon Music Awards. He took to Twitter to thank fans for the recognition.

On Oct. 24, 2018, the septet was also awarded the Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit at the Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards for “outstanding meritorious services in the fields of culture and art in the interest of promoting the national culture and national development.” BTS are the youngest recipients of the award in history.

In their acceptance speeches, the members expressed their gratitude for this milestone and honor, and promised to continue being torchbearers of their culture around the world. “With the mindset of a representative of the nation, I will spread awareness of Korea throughout the world,” rapper Suga said.

Earlier this year, the official video of the Korean national anthem was released, featuring BTS. For the third consecutive year, the group was named Honorary Tourism Ambassador of Seoul. On Sept. 13, the Seoul Tourism Foundation launched the “Live Seoul Like I Do” campaign — a video series featuring the seven members promoting different sites and activities in Seoul. 

Now the question is, will we see them in hanboks on red carpets more often?