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A Complete Guide To K-pop Idol Support Events

K-pop has been gaining surging popularity around the world in recent years. As the K-pop fandom becomes increasingly more prominent, this has led to the creation of "support events," in which idol fan clubs organize various activities to celebrate their idol's birthday, debut, comeback, and debut anniversary. These activities all together form an essential and unique part of K-pop culture. Let's check out different types of K-pop idol support events and get amazed by the creativity and power of the K-pop fandom!


近年來,韓國流行音樂 (K-pop) 在世界各地越來越受歡迎。隨著韓流粉絲圈不斷壯大,不同的「應援活動」也逐漸出現。各個偶像粉絲後援會舉行各種活動來慶祝偶像的生日、出道、回歸和出道週年紀念日。這些活動共同構成了K-pop文化中重要且獨特的一部分。讓我們一起探索不同種類的K-pop偶像應援活動,並感受K-pop粉絲的創意和力量吧!



1. Subway station/bus stop advertisements 地鐵站/巴士站廣告


Surrounded by many universities, such as Yonsei University, Hongik University, and Sogang University, Hongdae and Sinchon have long been the "young people and popular culture districts" in Seoul. Therefore, many fan clubs put advertisements in Hongdae and Sinchon subway stations and bus stops for their idols to celebrate their birthdays or other important occasions. Fans sometimes even write messages on paper and stick them on the advertisement. If you pass by the subway and bus stations of these two places, you can always find K-pop fans waiting for the advertisements to appear on the LED screens and excitedly taking photos with them.


被延世大學、弘益大學、西江大學等大學包圍的弘大和新村長久以來也是首爾的「年輕人和流行文化區域」。因此,許多粉絲俱樂部會在弘大和新村的地鐵站和巴士站設置廣告,以慶祝偶像的生日或其他重要場合。粉絲們有時甚至會在紙上寫下訊息,並貼在廣告屏幕上。如果你經過這兩個地方的地鐵站和公車站,不時也能看見K-pop粉絲等待廣告出現在LED屏幕上,並興奮地與它們合照。



Photo by Bonnie Lo




Photo by Bonnie Lo



2. Cafe events 咖啡廳活動


K-pop idol fan clubs also collaborate with cafes in Hongdae and Sangsu areas to organize cafe events to celebrate their idols' birthdays. There are many beautiful cafes with different themes in these two places. Fan clubs would decorate the cafes with the idols' photos and play videos or songs of them. Fans can order drinks and desserts like cakes and cookies to receive merchandise made by the fan clubs such as paper cups, photo cards, postcards, and stickers. Some fan clubs would even organize lucky draw events where fans can get extra gifts. Fans can even write letters for their idols, which the fan clubs will then pass the notes to the idols' relatives or company. Cafe events are a perfect time for fans to chill and meet other fans simultaneously.


K-pop偶像粉絲後援會還會與弘大和上水地區的咖啡廳合作,組織咖啡廳活動來慶祝偶像的生日。這兩個地方有很多主題各異的咖啡廳。粉絲俱樂部會用偶像的照片悉心佈置咖啡廳,並在店内播放他們的影片或歌曲。粉絲們可以品嘗飲料和甜點,如蛋糕和餅乾,以獲得後援會製作的周邊商品,如紙杯、小卡、明信片和貼紙。有些後援會甚至會組織抽獎活動,讓粉絲們可以獲得額外的禮物。粉絲甚至可以給他們的偶像寫信,粉絲俱樂部會將這些信件交給偶像的親人或公司。咖啡廳活動是讓粉絲放鬆心情、與其他粉絲見面的絕佳時機。



Photo by Bonnie Lo



Photo by Bonnie Lo



3. Exhibitions 展覽


Hongdae and Sangsu are also popular places for fan clubs to set up exhibitions for their idols. They transform the exhibition venue into an aesthetic gallery filled with their beloved idols' photos, making it a space for fans to look back on the growth of their idols and share the joy of their birthday with other fans. Many exhibitions include a message wall that allows fans to leave messages for their idols. Imagine how touched the idols would be when they see the wall full of heartwarming words from their fans! While some exhibitions are free, others require fans to purchase food or flowers to enter.


弘大和上水也是粉絲後援會舉行偶像展覽會的熱門地點。他們將展覽場地變成一個充滿藝術氣息的畫廊,展示他們心愛的偶像的照片,讓粉絲們回顧偶像的成長,並與其他粉絲分享偶像生日的喜悅。許多展覽都設有留言牆,供粉絲給偶像留下訊息。試想像一下偶像看到粉絲們溫馨的留言時會有多麼感動啊!有些展覽是免費的,但也有一些需要粉絲購買食物或鮮花才能進入。



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4. Life four cuts (인생네컷) 人生四格


Taking life four cuts photos with friends is a trend among the MZ generation in Korea. Walking along the streets in Seoul, you can always spot a photo shop every few steps. In response to the popularity of life four cuts, many fan clubs design beautiful life four cut frames of their idols and upload them to photo shops. Some frames would include the idol's photos, while others include the idol's respective animal characters and even expressions that the idols always say. Fans can take lovely life four cuts photos with the special frames to record this percious moment between fans and their idols.


和朋友一起拍攝「人生四格」已成為了韓國MZ世代的一種潮流。在首爾的街頭漫步,每走幾步你便能看到一家人生四格照片店。為了迎合這個潮流,許多粉絲後援會設計了美麗的偶像四格照相框,並將其上傳到照片店。有些相框會有偶像的照片,而其他相框則有偶像的代表動物角色甚至是偶像的口頭禪。粉絲們可以使用這些獨特的相框拍攝可愛的人生四格照片,為這個粉絲與偶像之間珍貴的時刻留下記錄。





5. Flashmob Cover Dance Event 快閃翻跳活動


"K-pop in public" has become a global phenomenon in the K-pop fandom in recent years, where fans would make dance covers of K-pop songs in public areas. Therefore, some fan clubs and K-pop dance cover teams would organize flash mob events to celebrate a particular idol group's anniversary. For example, last month, many BTS fan clubs and dance cover teams worldwide held flash mob events to perform dance covers of BTS songs to celebrate the group's 10th anniversary. They then upload the video of the flash mob to YouTube to share their incredible performances with ARMYs from different places.


近年來,「在公衆地方表演K-pop」已成為全球K-pop粉絲的一種文化,粉絲們會在公共場所拍攝K-pop歌曲的舞蹈翻跳影片。因此,一些粉絲後援會和K-pop舞蹈翻跳團隊會組織快閃活動來慶祝某個偶像團體的週年紀念。例如許多防彈少年團 (BTS) 的粉絲後援會和K-pop翻跳團隊在上個月於全球各地舉辦了快閃活動,表演BTS歌曲的舞蹈翻跳,以慶祝組合成軍十週年。他們也會把快閃活動的視頻上傳到YouTube,與來自不同地方的ARMY(防彈少年團粉絲名稱)分享他們精彩的表演。





In conclusion, the K-pop fandom has organized different support events for their idols. Not only do these activities allow fans to show their love to their beloved idols and promote them to the public, but they also serve as nice occasions for fans to gather and connect and share their love toward their idols with one another. Which activity do you find the most interesting?


總結來說,K-pop粉絲為他們的偶像組織各種應援活動。這些活動不僅讓粉絲們向他們心愛的偶像表達愛意,並能趁機向大衆宣傳偶像,同時也為粉絲們提供了一個美好的機會互相認識和交流,並互相分享對偶像的熱愛。你認為哪個活動最有趣呢?



Author: Bonnie Lo

Translation: Bonnie Lo (CHN)

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