JaeJoong’s visit to Thailand’s King was that of a “State Guest”

Posted: April 6, 2011 in JYJ, Kim Jaejoong
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Jaejoong’s Visit to Thailand’s King was That of a “State Guest”

Kim Jaejoong Performs Soundly as the Cultural Envoy Making a State Visit… Volunteers to Visit Thailand’s King in Hospital.

Jaejoong Himself Suggests Paying a Visit to the Nation’s King Lying Sick in Bed;

Royal Family Returns the Favor by Attending Concert to Support

JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong visited Thailand’s King in the role of a State Guest to wish his recovery.

Kim Jaejoong visited on March 23rd Siriraz Hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand to wish for the recovery  of health for the nation’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He went through the  prayer ceremony and prayed for the well-being of the nation’s King and  People.

Kim  Jaejoong’s visit to the hospital materialized through coincidences. He  became aware of the news of the King being ill in bed because he saw the  yellow bracelets the fans were wearing while he was visiting Thailand  for the concert’s promotions and asked for their meaning. He volunteered  to visit the King on the spot to the surprise of those around him. The  yellow bracelet was a symbol created by the royal family for the  unification of Thailand’s citizens. But recently, due to the illness of  the King, it is understood as a prayer for his recovery.

Kim Jaejoong, when meeting the press after finishing the performance on the 3rd and asked about the fact of his visit to the hospital, answered: “As  much as Thailand’s fans love us, I wanted to return (the amount of) that  love by expressing my respect for the person who is loved and respected  by the fans. I wasn’t able to see the King personally but I wish that  he will recover in as few days as possible.”

Thailand  is highlighting Jaejoong’s thoughtful actions as very unusual.  Jaejoong, in heading to the hospital, wore a pink necktie to express his  wish for the recovery and himself composed the prayer. As these facts  are becoming known, the praise for Kim Jaejoong is rising up all over  Thailand. This is because he acted not merely as a singer visiting for a  concert but rather as a cultural envoy promoting the friendship of the  two countries.

As  the Korean Wave suddenly arose all over Asia, there have been many side  effects. In not respecting the other’s cultures but rather concentrating  on the unilateral export of the Korean Wave, there can be detected now  sentiments of the anti-Korean Wave. Also, the arrogant acts of the stars  who visited foreign countries were also pointed out. Because the crisis  of Korean Wave has been brought up multiple times, the moving story of  Kim Jaejoong from Thailand adds warmth.

According  to an affiliate of Thailand’s Tourism, Jaejoong’s visit is understood  as that of a State Guest. This is because even if one wishes to visit  the hospital bed, the royal family’s permission is needed. The royal  family also treated Jaejoong with utmost care. As one example, because  Jaejoong had visited Thailand for a concert he had not prepared a suit.  For him, Thailand’s royal family showed their sincerity by emptying an  entire floor of the famous shopping center Siam Paragon for Jaejoong to  choose an outfit. On the 2nd, royal family themselves visited  the Concert and watched, and even expressed thanks for Jaejoong’s  visit. Kim Jaejoong answered with care: “I’ve done no more than my  duty.”

JYJ, of which Kim Jaejoong is a member, met with around 22,000 fans over the 2nd and the 3rd in Bangkok, Thailand’s  Impact Arena Concert Hall through their World  Tour Concert in Bangkok. JYJ, with the Bangkok performance as the  kickoff, will continue the heat of the Tour—Taipei, Taiwan on the 23rd; Beijing, China on May 7th, and Korea on June 11th and 12th.

Source: Hankook Ilbo
Translation Credit: JYJ3

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