Rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer Kim Nam-joon, from South Korea, is better known by his stage name, RM (Rap Monster). The South Korean boy band BTS is led by him. In 2015, RM released “RM”, his debut solo mixtape.
In 2018, he released his second mixtape, Mono, which went on to become the highest-charting album by a Korean solo artist in the history of the charts, peaking at number 26 on the US Billboard 200.
Additionally, he has worked with musicians including Lil Nas X, Wale, Younha, Warren G, Gaeko, Krizz Kaliko, MFBTY, Falls Out Boy, and Younha.
Here is more about BTS’ RM 100 Million Donation to Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation.
News reports state that the BTS member has given 100 million (USD 71,854) to protect and revive Korean cultural heritage abroad. Since last year, he has given to the foundation twice, including this most recent installment.
According to the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation, the musician, whose real name is Kim Nam-joon, recently gave the funds with the request that they are utilized to protect, restore, and make use of Korean cultural assets abroad.
“RM recently donated 100 million won to our foundation, saying he wants the money to go toward preserving, restoring, and utilizing artifacts outside of the country,” said CHA and the Overseas Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation.
For the second time, he has given the foundation connected to the Cultural Heritage Administration 100 million won. When it wasn’t public knowledge at the time, he sent the same sum of money a year prior.
With the money given by the musician last year, the organization collaborated with the Los Angeles County Institution of Art (LACMA) to conserve a “hwarot,” or bridal robe from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), which was owned by the American museum.
Hwarot is a type of traditional Korean dress used during the Joseon dynasty by exclusively royal women for ceremonial events and afterward by commoners for weddings.
The organization stated that after following the proper processes, it will import the piece of cultural heritage into South Korea within this month.
According to the organization, the additional donation provided this year would be used to create an art brochure to increase global awareness of Korean paintings as asked by RM. According to experts, about 40 such bridal robes still exist, with roughly 10 of them being located abroad.
It is assumed that the LACMA’s hwarot is from the first half of the 20th century. The musician is renowned for displaying a keen interest in art, frequently generating media attention whenever he is photographed at galleries in Korea and other countries.