Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki officially ended their marriage after a closed-door hearing at a Seoul Family Court in July. Since then, the Descendants of the Sun actress decided to step away from the spotlight to focus on herself more. There were even claims saying that Hye Kyo enrolled in an art school in New York City after finalizing her divorce from Joong Ki.
Recently, Song Hye Kyo received a special birthday gift from her avid followers. AllKPop reported fans of the Encounter actress bought an ad placement in a giant billboard New York City Times Square on Friday to celebrate her 38th birthday. It remains unclear how much the ad cost. However, Thomson Reuters and Nasdaq’s billboards, reportedly, cost around $30,000 a week.
Sightseers were quick to notice a sweet note at the bottom of Song Hye Kyo’s Time Square ad. It says it is a tribute to the actress from both her Korean and international fans. This is the first time that Time Square featured a South Korean actress. ARMY, previously, did the same thing during the celebration of the BTS group’s fifth anniversary.
Meanwhile, Song Hye Kyo made headlines again, earlier this week, after she donated a number of Korean guidebooks to Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Family House in Los Angeles, Calif. “We have recently talked about continuing this project until we can donate Korean guidebooks to every single historical site commemorating our Independence, so I expect this collaboration to last for another decade,” Professor Seo Kyung Duk said in a statement.
For starters, Song Hye Kyo and Professor Seo, who is from the Sungshin Women’s University, have been working together for eight years now. Their mission is to donate Korea guidebooks to each international historical site honoring the martyrs who fought and died for Korea’s liberation and independence from Japanese colonial occupation.
Netizens were quick to praise Song Hye Kyo for her advocacy. “A great person who appreciates and promotes History and Culture and contributes for the next generation. very admirable. Great job!! one fan commented. “Highly admirable! Instead of defending entertainers who use their celebrity status to corrupt, self serving ends, we should be praising the entertainers who actually use their influence to make a positive contribution to society,” another said.