Cities worldwide joined together in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the K-pop boy band BTS. The group, who debuted on June 13th, 2013, has reached a significant milestone in their career, and fans are commemorating the occasion with art, music, and landmarks turning purple.

Seoul, in particular, is gearing up for the 2023 BTS Festa, where iconic and tourist landmarks will display the band’s signature color. In the Philippines, SM Mall of Asia is hosting various activities in honor of BTS until July 9th. The MOA Globe was lit up in purple to recognize the band’s anniversary as well.

The Korea Post released a set of commemorative stamps that showcased the remarkable journey of BTS spanning over a decade. These stamps, available in 10 different types, depict various images from their celebrated albums such as “Wings,” “Love Yourself: Tear,” and “Butter.” Around 1.5 million copies of these stamps were launched and were accompanied by exclusive stamp packets that featured 250,000 copies, each containing an image of BTS and a commemorative stamp. BTS fans and collectors can now celebrate their love for the sensational K-Pop group with these unique and valuable stamps.

BTS Members’ Messages for ARMYs

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, BTS members wrote messages for ARMYs, their fans. RM tweeted, “I see that we tweeted all sorts of things…I was really happy as I read through all of our cringey tweets that have piled up over the years. Sometimes it strikes me what a good and important thing memory is. Let’s walk together as we make more priceless memories like these in whatever form they may take in the future!”

V said, “It’s really touching. In a way, it’s been more than 10 years as we’ve been leaving these records behind since our trainee days. I hope to read them all once again from the start when I have the time! haha.”

“I want to thank each and every one of you for sharing your precious moments, crying and laughing with us for the past 10 years,” Jungkook said. He added, “And thank you for teaching us a little. or maybe even too much, about happiness and love. I want to keep walking with you all for the next 10 years as well, even if we may go at a different pace.”

“I just know that there are so many things the future holds for us, so let’s trust, depend on, and love each other and continue to create memories that will abide deep in our hearts. I love you, ARMY,” Jungkook added.

Seoul Landmarks Decked Out in BTS

Seoul landmarks were decked out in purple to celebrate the 10th anniversary of BTS, according to the global fandom platform Weverse. Here are the landmarks in Seoul that celebrated BTS:

1. HYBE Yongsan HQ Building: FESTA slogan, “BTS PRESENTS EVERYWHERE” decoration on the facade; graffiti drawing of BTS’s portraits on the walls (June 9 – June 30)

2. Namsan Seoul Tower: Purple lighting on the upper tower of Namsan Seoul Tower (June 12 – June 25); media facade on the lower part of Namsan Seoul Tower (June 13 and June 17)

3. Sejong Center (Gwanghwamun Square): Media facade on the exterior wall of Sejong Center (June 13 – June 25, 19:00 – 22:00)

4. Some Sevit: Purple lighting on the three islands of Some Sevit (June 12 – June 25, 19:30 – 23:00); media facade on the large screen in Some Sevit (June 13 – June 25, 17:00 – 20:00, except June 19)

5. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP): Purple lighting and FESTA slogan beams projected on the upper exterior wall of the Miraero Bridge at DDP (June 12 – June 25, 20:00 – 24:00)

6. Lotte World Tower: Purple lighting on Lotte World Tower (for 10 minutes at 20:00 and 21:00, June 12 – June 25, twice a day)

7. Seoul City Hall Main Building: Purple lighting on the exterior wall of Seoul City Hall Main Building (June 13 – June 25, 19:00 – 22:00)

Landmarks in other cities across the globe, including New York’s Empire State Building, the Tokyo Skytree Tower, and the Sydney Opera House, also turned purple to celebrate BTS’s 10th anniversary.

BTS has become a global phenomenon with its music, fashion, and philanthropy. They have broken numerous records, including being the first Korean act to top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart with their hit song “Dynamite.” They continue to inspire and connect with their fans through their music and message of self-love and acceptance.

With their 10th-anniversary celebrations, BTS continues to make history and leave a lasting impact on their fans worldwide. As RM tweeted, “It’s been a while since our debut, but I’m happy that we can still share happy moments like this together. Thank you so much for the past 10 years, and let’s be together for a long time!” ARMYs, in turn, expressed their love and loyalty to BTS, vowing to support them in their future endeavors.