All the BTS members were born and raised in South Korea, but now they’re honorary citizens of a city in Minnesota, United States too.
The BTS members have a diverse range of cities they call their hometowns. Suga and V were raised in Daegu, one of the major metropolitan areas of South Korea. Jimin and Jungkook, meanwhile, call seaside Busan home. J-Hope is from the agricultural city of Gwangju, Jin grew up in Seoul’s neighbor Gwacheon, and RM hails from the flower-filled region of Ilsan.
While none of the members have lived in the United States—barring a month Jungkook spent learning dance in Los Angeles—they’re now being honored by a US municipality. According to a new press release, the City Council of Shakopee in Minnesota announced that the BTS members have been declared the town’s new honorary citizens.
The City Council of Shakopee has hereby declared the members of BTS boys band group, namely Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, as honorary citizens of Shakopee, MN.
Situated on the Minnesota River, Shakopee is a city known for its friendly, charming atmosphere and vibrant amenities. Home to an amusement park and racetrack, it’s seen as one of the top entertainment destinations in the region. Shakopee City has a population of just 40,000 people, serving as the birthplace for several athletes and political figures.
Honorary citizenship is a symbolic bestowment, so the BTS members won’t be assuming new nationalities anytime soon.
So far, BTS is yet to visit the state of Minnesota, but if they ever head to Shakopee, they’re sure to be welcomed with open arms.