Descendants of the Sun star Song Hye-kyo, among other things, is also known for her generosity. She has been known to make donations to help organize cultural events in South Korea, and also volunteers her time constantly to causes that appeal to her. However, the reason that her fans do not hear much about it is because Song Hye-kyo is careful not to draw much attention to either her donations or her volunteer work.
However, owing to the overwhelming popularity of Descendants of the Sun, it is now clear that Song Hye-kyo is followed more closely by the media than ever before. That is why, when on the occasion of South Korea’s anniversary of its liberation from Japanese colonial rule, Song Hye-kyo decided to make a generous donation, the media outlets in her native country were awash with reports of how the Descendants of the Sun star had once again shown her philanthropic side.
Now the world will know how Song Hye-kyo donates not only money, but a substantial part of her time to volunteer work — and never once gloats about it.
According to Allkpop, the Descendants of the Sun star, along with professor Seo Kyung Deok of Sungshin Women’s University, donated 10,000 brochures related to the Korean independence movement to Utoro Village in Japan. The brochures, as reported by Asia Starz, contain information about a historic Korean site in Japan, where they will be freely distributed to visitors to give them a better sense of the history of the site.
This is not the first time that Song Hye-kyo has done something like this. Back in April this year, she made a similar donation in New York — also with the help of professor Seo — in an attempt to raise awareness about South Korea’s history and its struggle for independence.
According to Yibada, the professor designs the brochures while Song Hye-kyo furnishes the required materials and pays for its printing. The overarching reason for such a contribution is Hye-kyo’s sense of sadness at not finding Korean language brochures when visiting historic archaeological sites and museums overseas.
“Whenever I travel for work or leisure, I see brochures in Chinese and Japanese at various archaeological sites and museums, but no Korean brochures.
I get very sad and disappointed by that. It also harms my pride as a citizen of Korea.”
As mentioned earlier, not even the staunchest fans are entirely aware of the philanthropic side of Song Hye-kyo. Apart from donating brochures in New York and now Japan, she has also made similar donations in other Asian countries, including China. Earlier this year, she donated another 10,000 Korean language brochures toward the Provisional Government Building of the Republic of Korea at Changsha, China. It was an effort which was even appreciated by Chinese officials, who later said that such simple acts of philanthropy by celebrities who are as famous in China as they are in South Korea could go a long way in determining the long-term relationship between the two countries.
Moreover, when the South Korean star learned that there were no Braille guidebooks available at the Independence Hall of Korea in Cheonan, she funded a project for the publication of 1,000 guidebooks.
But if you think Song Hye-kyo’s concerns are satiated by distributing Korean language brochures, you are mistaken. As KDrama Stars reports, she is also deeply involved in volunteer work. The Descendants of the Sun star has been volunteering and actively supporting children rights and animal rights groups for almost a decade, while continuously working with stray dog shelters for three years in a row. Her work involves taking care of the strays, as well as cleaning up garbage and other mundane chores, but by all accounts, Song Hye-kyo does not only enjoy working at the shelter, but intends to keep going there every year.
Talk about being a humble international star! Take a bow, Song Hye-kyo.
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