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BTS Fans Have Donated $300,000 Of Ticket Refunds To Coronavirus Relief Inspired By Member Suga

Fans were inspired to donate by BTS member Suga, who donated 100 million won to his hometown of Daegu last week.

It was announced last Thursday that BTS were cancelling the Seoul dates of their upcoming Map of the Soul tour due to the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea.

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The group's company, Big Hit Entertainment, announced the cancellations in a statement posted to Weverse, saying: "We must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists and the dire impact a last-minute cancellation may have on guests from overseas, production companies, and staff."

South Korea has seen the second-highest number of coronavirus outbreaks in the world, only after China.

The group were due to kick off the tour in April with four shows at Seoul's Olympic Stadium. As it stands, the tour will now begin in Santa Clara, California at the end of April.

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The company promised that all the fans who had purchased tickets to the shows in Seoul would be refunded — and many fans have been donating those refunds to aid the country's coronavirus relief efforts.

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According to reports from the Korea Herald and Korea Times, donations to the Korea Disaster Relief Association from members of the BTS ARMY have now exceeded 400 million SKW — or approximately $333,000 USD.

Coronavirus donations by @BTS_twt fans have reached almost 400 million won (US$333,000), according to Korea Disaster Relief Association. Since Suga whose hometown is the most affected Daegu, donated 100 million won last month, donations are pouring in, the association said.

But an official for the charity told the Korea Herald that they expected the actual number of donations from BTS fans to be much higher.

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"Donations made under individual members’ names without any mention of BTS were not counted in the statistics because it’s difficult for us to figure out whether the names are attributed to BTS members or the donors’ real names," they said.

They also revealed that their website crashed for about 10 minutes on Friday due to the influx of people trying to make donations.

Fans were inspired to donate by BTS member Suga, who last week donated 100 million SKW (about $83,000) to the coronavirus relief efforts in his hometown of Daegu, which is most affected by the outbreak.

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In a statement at the time, Suga said: "I wanted to contribute to help with the difficulties of my hometown, even if it’s just a little."

Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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