It has been revealed that the family of one of BTS's members had applied for a business license to the Dong-gu office in Daegu for a permit to operate a gallery. The application for the permit was approved.
In a phone call with Gyeongbuk Ilbo on June 27, Dong-gu mayor Bae Ki Cheol explained, "SUGA's family said they wanted to build a memorial exhibit in their hometown, and there were no legal issues so they have been trying to get a building permit before. The application has been approved now because there might be people who think that I was using this as a way to take advantage of the elections before."
According to the Gyeongbuk Ilbo, SUGA's family applied for a building permit for a small restaurant and small retail store last year in June. The family also applied for a construction permit around the Dongchon Amusement park. They applied for the construction of two buildings - a restaurant (950.38 m²) and a retail store (499.71 m²).
Although the application was to operate a restaurant and a retail store, it has been revealed that the family will also run a gallery, such as a K-pop library, after the construction of the building is complete.
An official from the ward office stated, "We proceeded with the procedure according to the application for a general business premises permit while discussing the future procedures with the client. During that process, we found out that the family of a famous group will run the business. The review period was lengthened while discussing permission with the relevant departments, but it is not something that was granted because of being a member of a famous group."
It is expected that the tourist attraction and business will boom when this gallery opens near Dongchon Amusement Park.
Meanwhile, BTS's SUGA has also expressed his love for his hometown Daegu. He had even donated 100 million KRW (~78,000 USD) to his hometown in February 2020, when COVID-19 spread on a large scale in Daegu.