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Fans give $61,000 forest to K-pop star for her birthday

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Two days ago (May 16), Korean singer-actress IU spent her 22nd birthday working on the film set of Korean drama Producer.

To her delight, her fans made her day by giving her one unforgettable birthday present.

Soompi and Allkpop reported that fans who contributed to her gift managed to raise around 5 million won (S$61,000) for the IU Forest Project.

Their environmentally-friendly efforts saw them plant more than 250 types of trees since January so that they were able to give IU her very own forest.

Located in Yeouido, the plot of vast greenery is filled with a wide variety of trees, including cherry and boxwood trees.

Yeouido is a large island in the Han River in Seoul, South Korea.

Said the fans who took part in the project: "We’re thankful to be able to participate in this forest project in celebration of IU’s 22nd birthday.

"We hope that just like the beautiful flowers and the trees that provide shade and a place to rest, many people will be able to receive beauty and rest in their hearts through IU’s music and various activities.”

If a $61,000 forest sounds like an extravagant gift to you, here are other expensive gifts that other celebrities have received.

1. EXO's Baekhyun


Being in a K-pop boy band certainly has its perks.

EXO member Baekhyun's fan club, called Polar Light, had apparently splurged on him last Christmas.

This was the extensive gift list that broke the Internet when Korean media picked up on it in January.

 - Rolex watch

 - Tom Ford sunglasses

 - AKG earphones

 - APC trilby

 - MSGM hat

 - Paul Smith trainers

 - MSGM Sweatshirt

 - Rag & Bone Sweatshirt

 - Super spectacles


2. Isaac Dang


The Taiwan-based Malaysian singer was gifted with an iPhone 6 from Singaporean Joyce Chai.

The ardent fan actually flew to Taiwan to give it him last September in hopes that he would be one of the first people in Taiwan to own an iPhone 6.

Dang is known to be an Apple product fanatic.

So he struck a deal with with Ms Chai, which she accepted.

He accepted the phone only on the condition that he paid for her airfare to Taiwan and the cost of the phone.


3. Park Si Hoo


In 2011, fans of the Korean actor gave him a car on his birthday.

His fan club, made up mostly of women in their 30s, forked out a whooping 150 million won (S$182,580) for the car.

Source: Soompi, Allkpop, Korea Herald