Friday, 22 August 2008

Bae Yong Joon wants to create a book to introduce Korea

Bae Yong Joon probably thought of this project while he was in the confines of his hospital room, recuperating from his shoulder operation.

Bae, who loves to take photographs, intends to pack his bags and travel across South Korea with his camera, photographing all the beautiful sights his homeland has to offer. He will then compile it into a book, so that people would not only know of the commercial Korea or what you see in dramas, but something deeper. Something only a native would experience and know. Okay, i want a book like that, and hope it comes in English!

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Bae loves to take photos and intends to embark on a
journey to bring you beautiful photographs of his homeland
- Korea. Will you help him?

Guess what!? He needs your help with this project. Bae has requested that you share with him special places in Korea that you think would be good to include in his book. Being one of Korea's top hallyu stars has kept him so busy that he probably does not have time to travel.

Below is his translated message to fans...

Hello everybody. I hope that you have been doing well.

Even though the weather was unpleasant today, I thought that the cool breeze was refreshing. The cold rain and wind also seemed to suggest a change of seasons. I realized that time had passed very quickly and a sense of urgency began to take over. You see, while resting I had made a mental note of all the things I wanted to do. And so I now write this letter to you.

First, I would like to apologize for causing you to worry about me. My surgery was a success and there were no complications. After spending a few days in the hospital, I am now recovering from the operation. My recovery has been progressing very quickly and I am now able to sit in front of my computer and write this letter to you. I promise that I will never cause you to worry like this again, and I am very grateful for your support. I hope that you will always take care of your health.

Among the things that I would like to do, there is one idea that I would like to share with you now.

I once mentioned that I would like to create a book that introduces Korea to the reader. I admit that part of the reason behind my book idea is my love for taking pictures. However, for a while now I have also wanted to exhibit the beauty of Korea.

I understand that many of you in Asia began to show interest in Korea at the time you began to support me. Some of you even visited Korea. However, I have wished for some time that your travel destinations included more sites which are not related to drama filming locations.

I wished that there was some way to say the following to you and other tourists who were able to experience some of the greatness of Korea but who then had no choice but to leave the country due to a lack of relevant information:

“Even for Korean citizens who have lived in Korea their whole lives, exposure to Korea’s natural landscape, culture, and history is a moving experience. Please capture the beauty of Korea with your camera. This is where I was born and where I grew up. This is the beauty of Korea which was shown in the dramas and movies I appeared in.”

This made me think about picking up my camera and starting a journey myself. Then I got the idea of making a book which would share the beauty of Korea through my photographs of the country.

I started to think about places which I would recommend to tourists. But I could only think about famous places and the few sites that I have personally visited. And I know that there are many wonderful places which I have either not visited or do not know about. To make matters worse, I could not find any satisfactory and helpful sources of information. Then I realized that I could try asking you for help! I was wondering what you thought about making the book together with me.

What do you think? Please give me your thoughts.

Please tell me about the various places you have visited in Korea. Any information, whether in the form of a letter or photograph, would be greatly appreciated. Even an old traditional restaurant in the countryside or a sunset you witnessed while stretching outside of your car would be suitable for the book. I would even like to hear about the fun episodes that occurred while you were here in Korea. I would also like to hear from those of you who live in Korea and who have had the opportunity to experience the true value of our country during your journeys.

Perhaps you are curious about Korea and you haven’t actually visited the country. That is good for the book too. Please tell me which aspects of Korea you would like to know more about, which places you would like to visit, what types of food you would like to eat …

I will use all of my efforts to focus on the creation of this book after listening to all of your ideas. I hope that the book will cause people who are interested in Korea to want to stay in Korea for a long time.

My camera, notebook, and pen are now ready to start the project. As soon as I hear from you, I will pack my bags. For now, please send your emails to webmaster@byj.co.kr. Later, I will try to set up another method of receiving your ideas.

It feels good to finally write down what I have been thinking about for the past few weeks. I now will wait with great anticipation for your input. I will carefully study everything you send.

Please remain healthy and happy.

Love,
Bae Yong Joon

August 19, 2008

Source: Soompi Forums

6 Comments:

Bri@n said...

sounds like he heard his fellow peer KSW is getting married and wanted to occupy himself with a project of some sort.

Liz said...

Wah, what a long letter. He certainly is recovering well from his surgery to be able to type such a long letter! Good to note that.

I think K-popped! should volunteer some information for the project :-).

Orchid said...

i would like to request to travel with Mr Bae... ;-)

wawa said...

yay...

what a nice of him by giving a chance to his fans to involve with the book & make it become real...

yokee 요키 said...

if u have any suggestion for him, kindly email to ilovekorea@byj.co.kr

together with the details below :

E-mail details:
1) Name (ID of byj.co.kr if applicable)
2) Contact number and e-mail address
3) Idea or opinion (please state clearly the specified place name or location)

3. Time limit: Aug. 22, 2008 ~ Sep. 11, 2008 (for three weeks)

this is the new email specially created by his agency to accomodate this special project ^^

Anonymous said...

To bri@n and Liz, What's up guys?Why so nasty? Don't waste yr time if you have nothing positive to say. Can you guys be more mature and serious?

 

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