The 6-member boy group EXO-K’s members went to Seoul Seongdong-gu Hawang Shipridong’s Eden I Ville nursery facilities on February 22nd at 3:00pm to do volunteer work.
Was there a time that I’ve looked this carefully to the back of a man that was cleaning bathroom floors. The boy group EXO-K who has the mysterious concept of “the boys from EXOPLANET” somehow seems to have come to Earth in order to ‘clean.’
The six members of EXO-K, D.O (Do Kyungsoo, 21), Kai (Kim Jongin, 20), Suho (Kim Junmyeon, 23), Chanyeol (Park Chanyeol, 22), Sehun (Oh Sehun, 20), Baekhyun (Byun Baekhyun 22,) have visited the Seoul Seongdong-gu Hawang Shipridong’s Eden I Ville nursery facilities the past 22nd of February at 3:00pm. It was in order to clean every corner of the space where 50 people, infants and teenagers ranging from 0 ~ 18 years of age, live and to spend time with the kids. <Oh My Star> joined that path.
It was the third time that EXO-K, who has been doing volunteer work in nursing homes and facilities for the disabled since before their debut, visited this place. The members all said “we volunteered in lots of places, but we like coming to see the kids the most.” Now they can even ask “you’ve grown a lot?” and recognize some kids. Though I don’t know what EXO-K is, they have formed a relationship either as an oppa, hyung, or uncle, and with the entrance of their welcomed faces they were responded with excited hugs.
EXO-K’s D.O is cleaning Eden I Ville’s restaurant.
Do they clean their dorms this well too?
With their chant “begin cleaning”, D.O, Baekhyun and Suho to the underground restaurant, Kai and Sehun to the play area, and Chanyeol to the bathroom, they all moved in perfect order. The reporter couldn’t just sit and watch so in order to help clean the restaurant he got a mop, and since D.O who was in charge of vacuum cleaning said “we have to get rid of the dust first and then wash it with water” he decided to follow the teachings of the “volunteer sunbae (senior).”
Cleaning the restaurant finished faster than expected. It was thanks to the female middle school students from Even I Ville who have offered to help with the mopping. Though it isn’t possible to know if they usually have been cleaning this way, the students sighed at the fact that the restaurant wasn’t as big as a field and used the “oppas” as their motives and finished the happiest cleaning of their lives.
Just in time, the cleaning of the play area was coming into conclusion as well. Sehun, who was in charge of the steam cleaning, had pretty meticulous hands. With the question “do you clean your dorms this well too” Sehun and Kai responded with “A-ha” and laughed neither showing a positive or negative response. Meanwhile, Chanyeol who had been left alone became one with the brush and was cleaning off old dirt from the floor. Even when he revealed “I always do the bathroom cleaning” Chanyeol keeps a smile on his face.
EXO-K members are playing Korean Jacks with the kids of Eden I Ville. Now it is Kai’s turn.
The game of Korean Jacks with ‘oppas’, could it be forgotten
Even in the “Play” mission, the role that Chanyeol was in charge of was difficult. Thanks(?) to being the tallest among the members, he was loved for and known as the uncle “only for riding on his shoulders.” In the floor, Kai rolled excitedly on the floor with the male kids. The kid who particularly stayed in only Kai’s arms remembered him as the uncle who played with him the longest. Sehun who had his hair dyed blonde received the odd question “hyung, what country did you come from?” and responded with laughter.
As soon as Baekhyun entered the infants room, he searched for the girl who he found particularly cute and sat her on his lap and took a candy out, saying “I saved it to give it to her.” Sehun also added “there was a kid I really liked, but (he/she) has gone to the United States for adoption” and expressed his sadness. Even so he said “it’s a good thing because (he/she) was granted with good parents” and nodded accordingly. D.O was completely absorbed in a game of slap-match (traditional Korean game) for a long time with the male kid who requested to battle against him. Suho who was nowhere to be seen was alone in another room, hugging and patting a newly-born kid.
The highlight of this day was the final Korean Jacks battle between Chanyeol and Kai and the female middle school students. With this one analogue game, the stars and fans became one.
EXO-K’s Sehun and D.O are carrying the kids on their shoulders.
Lastly, after revealing one kid’s room papered with EXO-K’s pictures to the members and seeing their moved reactions, the day was concluded by taking pictures as commemoration.
Though it was merely a couple of hours of carrying the kids, stiffness in the shoulders could be felt. When asked to the leader Suho if they could finally rest now, he responded by saying “after eating, I think we will have to go back and practice diligently until 1~2 in the morning.” It seemed that volunteer work was possible since it was still before their comeback. Still, EXO-K promised a next time with a greeting “let’s meet again.”
After EXO-K left, some male students dressed in Taekwondo attire came running downstairs by a close call. They said they wanted to show their Taekwondo to the uncles, but they were a little bit late. So come next time again in order to see the Earthling boys’ Taekwondo demonstration.
Eden I Ville director Lee Soyoung
“EXO-K who I like because they are bright, are also hard workers”
The first time EXO-K formed a bond with Eden I Ville was about 3 years ago, during their training period. Director Lee Soyoung said about the members “they don’t waste or evade time and they’re the style to find work and do it independently” by complimenting them and added “most of all, it’s easy for the teachers to approach them because they’re bright, and the kids also like them.”
Translated by yixing_s @ SMent_EXO
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