A Glimpse at the Birthday Boy
EXO’s Baekhyun was born on May 6, 1992, in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO, its sub-group EXO-K, and sub-unit EXO-CBX. EXO officially debuted in April 2012 and has since gained significant popularity and commercial success. Each member has their own fans and so does EXO’s Baekhyun. His fans have their own way of celebrating the idol’s birthday.
Let’s take a closer look at how EXO’s Baekhyun’s fans celebrated his birthday!
Let’s Celebrate #HappyBaekhyunDay!
On his 22nd birthday (international age), EXO’s Baekhyun received a forest from his fans. Twelve of EXO’s Baekhyun’s fan page leaders came together and collaborated with Tree Planet to create “Baekhyun’s Forest” covering an area of 100 m2. The forest was a part of the “Star Forest Project” in which fans are able to create a forest in the name of their favorite celebrities. The “Baekhyun Forest” is located at the Gangnam Neulbut Green Park. His fans planted conica spruce, meadowsweet, syringa, and many other flowers and trees.
The nameplate for “Baekhyun Forest” reads, “Fans of EXO Baekhyun built this Baekhyun Forest to celebrate his Birthday. Scan the QR code to check out the participants of the forest”. EXO’s Baekhyun’s fans also writing messages on social media and community sites. Furthermore, fans prepared bus, train, building and newspaper advertisements that all wished him a happy birthday.
For his 24th birthday, EXO’s Baekhyun received a huge amount of gifts from his fans all over the world. The gifts include the limited edition 40th Anniversary Motif XF Music Production Synthesizer, Burberry apparels, Goyard bag, Dior Homme shoes, Prada shoes, Thom Browne apparels, Playstation 4, Iron Man action figure, Supreme X The North Face jackets, Nike collections, and many other branded items.
Two days before his 25th birthday, EXO’s Baekhyun held an early birthday celebration with his fans at a special event. The event was held at SM Artium located in COEX Mall, where Presidential candidate Moon Jae-in was also holding an event. A spokesperson for Moon Jae-in’s campaign expressed birthday wishes for EXO’s Baekhyun on Twitter. In the event, EXO’s Baekhyun prepared a fun game of bingo and Q&A session to satisfy his fans’ curiosities. He expressed how much he loved and was grateful for every one.
현이가 준비한 이벤트래 ㅜㅜㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ pic.twitter.com/XPgH8PYi47
— 💓ａｒａｌｅ 💓 (@X_i_u__) May 4, 2017
Meanwhile, EXO’s Baekhyun’s worldwide fans celebrated his birthday through their charitable donations to organizations like UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund, Save the Children, and many more. A remarkable fan donated $100 to 26 different organizations each, over the course of 26 days. Other fans donations include eco-friendly sun lamps to impoverished families in Myanmar who don’t have regular access to electricity and 560 kilograms of dog food to the Korean Society for Animal Freedom, in order to help abandoned dogs.
— love B to 빛s (@xiux_) May 5, 2017
— 백현마을 (@baekhyuntown) May 6, 2017
In addition to those donations, EXO’s Baekhyun’s fans prepared birthday congratulatory messages on subway, bus, billboard, and cafe ads. Some of the most impressive ones included Baekhyun Baidu Bar’s seven-part project, which included an entire subway train on the airport express line decked out in support for Baekhyun, and as well as his face on a limited number of Jin Air boarding passes. Fans also set up a birthday ad in Times Square, New York.
— 공항철도 Airport Express (@AirportExpress_) April 10, 2017
EXO’s Baekhyun posted a picture on his Instagram and graciously thanked all the fans for their wishes. He wrote, “#Thank you for your congratulations #birthday #6th of May #Thanks to Eris.” Eris is his nickname for EXO-Ls.
As for his 26th birthday, the birthday wishes from his worldwide fans on Twitter with “#HappyBaekhyunDay” became the No. 1 worldwide trending topic minutes after it became midnight KST. “HappyKyoongDay” written in Korean, also trended as one of the top 10 topics worldwide. Along with “Congrats to Kyoong’s 27th spring” also written in Korean, the three hashtags were the top three trending topics in Korea.
EXO’s Baekhyun posted a picture in his Instagram and thanked his fans for their birthday wishes. He wrote, “This year, it seems it’s once again a birthday where I receive lots of congratulatory messages without fail! Thank you! Our EXO-Ls! I saw all the ‘Kyoong’day messages! Thanks to you guys, I feel very energized while practicing! #Thank You #A happy ‘Kyoong’ Day #I’m going to eat a lot of yummy things today.”
Aside from his fans, EXO’s Baekhyun’s bandmate EXO’s Chanyeol also wishing him a happy birthday through his Instagram post. In a short video clip, EXO’s Chanyeol gleefully says “Happy birthday Baekhyun”, as he pets a Nature Republic cardboard cutout of EXO’s Baekhyun, which he had even tucked into bed.
EXO’s Chanyeol then followed up with another post, saying, “[That post] is the fake one, and this is my real congratulations. Let’s [celebrate] my birthday together also.” It appeared that the EXO members and their dancers held a small birthday party for EXO’s Baekhyun earlier in the day, complete with party hats.
EXO’s Baekhyun is surely blessed with good friends and fans.