The animal superstar currently resides in Everland, a popular theme park run by Samsung C&T, a South Korean construction and engineering company. Thanks to the popularity of videos showcasing her growth from infancy, Everland's official YouTube channel recently surpassed 1.1 million subscribers. Fu Bao's photo essay book, published in 2021, has achieved sales of 24,000 copies as of August this year.
Fu Bao was born to her father "Le Bao" and mother "Ai Bao" in July 2020. Her parents were sent to South Korea by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016 as a gesture of friendship. Although Fu Bao was born and raised in South Korea, she must return to China in 2024 to search for a male partner. The Chinese government has sent more than 70 pandas to 21 countries, but they should all return to China when their loan contracts expire.
Roh's primary objective was to acquire a limited-edition key ring with the image of the baby panda born with a weight of 197 grams. The pop-up store had a limited stock of 197 key rings, all crafted from premium leather to commemorate the panda's birth. Each product costs 60,000 won ($45.7).
"I arrived here alone, but while waiting in line, I had the chance to meet three fellow Fu Bao enthusiasts. We quickly formed a strong friendship as we are united by our shared passion for the Chinese panda," she expressed her joy. One of her new friends named "Song Hye-young" said she came from Cheonan, located some 84.1 kilometers (52.2 miles) south of Yeouido.
Some couples were taking selfies in photo zones with images of a bamboo forest and wooden benches. "I became a big fan of Fu Bao while watching her video content on social media and decided to come here with my girlfriend," said a 23-year-old college student Lee Jun-yeop. The couple lives in the southern port city of Busan which is about 321 kilometers south of the pop-up retail shop.
Pre-bookings for shop entry sold out within just five minutes of opening. On-site reservations will be available from November 14 to 16 and then again from November 20 to 22.
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