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A birthday advertisement from fans for girl group Girls' Generation's youngest member, Seohyun, has been garnering attention. On June 28th, Girls' Generation's representative fan cafe "Cistus" posted an advertisement for Seohyun's 20th (21st) birthday in Sports Seoul. The "oppa" and "samchon" fans from the fan cafe came together to express their heartfelt emotions to Seohyun on her special day.

Translation of the advertisement:
We wonder how you're doing.
It's been a while since we've seen each other.
If you're healthy
If you're always smiling
As these wonderous and sad times go by
Your birthday has come once again.

When we're serious
Looking to learn something
Or being modest, we miss you.

Knowing we will get to see you soon
It's true that we are even more anxious.

Our hearts flutter thinking of our days to come.
Be prepared for the day we pour out the cheers and love
we could not give to you, even if we wanted to.
We have become thankful for being able to give that much.

June 28th is..

The 21st birthday of Girls' Generation's maknae 'Seohyun'
Who always makes smiles appear on fans' faces.
We put our hearts, that are loving, missing,
and waiting for Girls' Generation and 'Seohyun', forward..
And sincerely wish you a happy birthday.

"Cistus" fan cafe's manager expressed his unconditional support for the girls by stating, "All Girls' Generation members have become adults now, and even though they will be turning older in the coming years, they will always be girls to us fans."

Seohyun's fan club celebrated her birthday by dubbing the day "Hyun Tan Jeol", which in essence means celebrating the day Seohyun entered the world.

Meanwhile, Girls' Generation is continuing their Japan Arena Tour Concert, and will be performing on the 28th and 29th at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

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"Let's be together until Grandma Generation"
First solo interview during school days... "It's fresh"
"Starring in a Japanese drama" Topping various charts since announcing it

"SeoㆍChinㆍSo, introducing Seohyun's friend, Sports Hankook."

Girls' Generation's youngest member, Seohyun. She has a one-of-a-kind relationship with Sports Hankook. June 28th is her birthday as well as the anniversary of Sports Hankook's first published paper. It was Sports Hankook that delivered livid news about Girls' Generation's activities; from their debut in August 2007, to them meeting fans beyond Asia.

Sports Hankook was also the first place she had a solo interview with. Seohyun was just a high school student when she confidently revealed, "I want to star in a Japanese drama". She is now a college student and has been leading the K-Pop wave with her group members by taking over music charts in Japan after 4 years. It seems like it is only a matter of time before Seohyun's previously out of reach dream of starring in a Japanese drama comes true.

One June day, where the rain was chasing summer to begin, Seohyun met with Sports Hankook to celebrate each other's birthdays. Seohyun looked at the records Sports Hankook had of her and Girls' Generation since their debut and couldn't hide her smile. It was as if we were meeting as long-time friends, and were able to quickly fall into our past. A smiling Seohyun stated, "Let's continue on together until 'Girls' Generation' becomes 'Grandma Generation'."

▲First, happy birthday.
=Thank you. Happy birthday to Sports Hankook too.

▲Were you aware of your unique relationship with Sports Hankook?
=When I heard about it not long ago I was surprised. I knew there was a reason why you always write only good articles. Haha.

▲How did you feel?
=I felt like it must be fate. I will keep reading for sure. Am I too serious? Haha.

▲From Girls' Generation's debut till now we've gathered all the articles. We want to give it to you as a birthday present.
=Wow! This is the first time I'm seeing them in paper. (After looking at the articles without talking for awhile) After viewing articles on the internet and seeing them on paper, it feels different. You're really giving this to me? It is a present I can't forget. I will have to show it to unnies.

▲It feels like it was only yesterday when you gave your first individual interview after debut.
=That's right. At that time I really didn't know anything. I didn't know what to say and I didn't know what content was going to come out in the article.

▲(Pointing at the article) Seeing your debut self how does it feel? Is there anything embarrassing or anything you would like to hide?
=Not in the least. My hair bangs looked fresh. Looking at the old me is a really pleasant feeling.

▲At that time of the interview you said you would like to participate in a Japanese drama.
=I still have that dream. At that time I was really into "Nodame Cantabile" and lately I am watching a drama called "Hotaru's Light". It would be so nice if the day I participate in a Japanese drama comes.

▲At that time there were no plans for Japanese activities. If you look at the articles it's like you predicted your Japanese advancement.
=Haha. It appears so. My dreams have become a reality. If I have a goal and work hard towards it, it feels like the people around me are giving support. In the name Girls' Generation there are dreams inside it. The dream of making the world a girl's generation has not changed. Until Girls' Generation becomes Grandma Generation please be with us.

▲The time you most remember.
=I remember when we stood on stage for our first performance and we all cried for the longest time. Our period as trainees was so long, we went through hardships together and now we finally showed ourselves to the world. I think I will never forget it. It's amazing to see old interviews and they remind me to never forget my beginnings. Without knowing it people change little by little. I am most fearful of that. I will always make the effort to never change who I am.

▲Not too long ago your performance in Paris was a big topic. Can you feel the Hallyu fever?
=Yes, of course. Because of the steady effort of my sunbaes I think Hallyu is getting this much attention today. I don't think it's something we suddenly made. I think it's luck we are able to be active right now. A sense of responsibility is developed. We will pave a road so that there will be others who will promote overseas.

▲Personally which work do you remember the most? 
=I did a duet with Joo Hyunmi sunbaenim. She is someone my parents like. Doing a duet with her was something I could never think of and I was so nervous. Because she warmly held my hand I was barely able to finish the performance. Thinking about it now I'm really thankful.

▲Were there hardships debuting at a young age?
=It's hard when people pay attention to even the little things you do. You become careful of every action and every word. Now I've become used to it and I've learned to be very thankful for even the smallest of attention.

▲It's Sports Hankook's 7th anniversary. If there is anything you would like to say.
=Whenever I meet Sports Hankook reporters I'm always glad. They are hard working and shall I say trustworthy? I ask to keep good articles in the future. Also always good news about Girls' Generation? I offer my greetings. Please keep watching over us.

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[서현]안녕하세요~ 오늘 생일을 맞이한 21살! 소녀시대 막내 서현입니다^-^ 6월 28일 오늘… 생일을 너무나 많은 분들의 축하 속에 보낼 수 있어 정말 행복합니다^^ 제가 감히 이렇게 많은 분들의 사랑과 축하를 받아도 되는지 모르겠습니다..ㅎㅎ 가장 먼저 사랑하는 부모님께.. 저를 낳아주셔서 진심으로 감사하다는 인사를 드리고 싶어요!! 그리고 지금 이 글을 읽고 계시는 저를 아끼고 사랑해주시는 여러분.. 뭐라고 표현해야 제 마음이 모두 전달될 수 있을지.. 저의 글 솜씨로는 표현할 수 없을 만큼 진심으로 감사하고 있습니다. 처음 데뷔했을 때부터 하루, 한달, 1년, 2년.. 언제나 저에게 노래할 수 있는 이유를 만들어 주셔서, 무대 위에서 빛날 수 있게 만들어 주셔서, 힘들어도 다시 일어나서 웃을 수 있게 만들어 주셔서, 끝까지 저를 믿어 주셔서 정말..감사합니다^^ 지금까지 함께 해주셨듯 앞으로도 함께 해주실 거라고 믿습니다~! 언제나 그 자리에 머무르지 않고 새로운 모습, 발전하는 모습으로 여러분께 보답하겠습니다!! 다시 한 번 생일 축하해주셔서 감사합니다~ 여러분..사랑해요^-^
아 진짜 길다… 편지받았어ㅠㅠ 흑흑..
주현아 나도 사ㄹ- 흑흑…


Hi~ Today is my birthday and I’m 21! This is SNSD maknae Seohyun . Today June 28th….I’m so happy to receive so many birthday greetings from you guys^^ I never knew I would be getting so much love and greetings from so many people..hahaha Firstly, to my beloved parents…I would like to thank you for bringing me to this world!! And to those who are reading this now, those who care and love me…I will express everything I have in my heart..I sincerely thank you very much although I can’t really express this well in writing. From the time When we first debuted, a day, a month, 1 year, 2 years …all this while, you gave me the reason to sing, you enable me to shine on the stage, you bring smiles to my when i faced hard times and you believe in me till the very end, really..thank you^^ All of you have been with me till now and I believe in the future, we’ll stick together too~! I will return the favor by presenting more improved self. Once again, thank you for your birthday greetings~Everyone…I love you^-^


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On this special day, we celebrate Girls’ Generation’s Seo Joohyun’s 20th (21st) birthday. It’s easy to associate our favorite maknae with recognizable traits, but over the years, we have also witnessed her compelling growth both as an individual and as an artist. Seohyun doesn't intend to be just an idol star, she has her sights on being one of the greatest public figures anyone has come to known.

“Thirty years later, I want to study a lot and become a diplomat.”

Seohyun trained and entered the K-Pop industry at an early age. However, that didn’t deter her from working hard to reach the goals she had set for herself. Spotted on a subway train and subsequently asked to enter SM Entertainment , Seohyun made it a point to never neglect her studies while preparing for her debut. “Studying just gives a good impression of you… There’s no reason for me to give it up.” Her ability to multi-task and stay consistent in whatever that she puts her heart into has proved to be one of her best attributes, allowing her to thrive in even the most strenuous of situations.

This "4-dimensional" girl is always aware that she is not just Seohyun, but also a representative of Girls’ Generation. Her professionalism and kind demeanor is one of the most talked about in fan accounts, and she is often highly praised for her polite mannerisms. A favorite among the managers, she makes it a point to always take care of her health and to keep herself rooted by looking up to role models like Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon. Her persistence to never live a day with regrets and shame is nothing short of admirable. “I want to live a life where I wouldn't feel ashamed of myself.” Her actions and her words are essentially emblematic of the pure and honest Seohyun we have all come to love. 

As the years passed, Seohyun also proved her capabilities to be an adept all-rounder. One of her distinctive talents would be her natural forte in playing the piano. She showed her limitless piano skills for special performances and at concerts, and members like Sooyoung also attested to her potential. Moreover, Seohyun is known for her stability in aspects like her singing and dancing. Often responsible for harmonizing and known for executing dance moves well, Seohyun complements the members with her polished adaptability. She catches everyone by surprise every time she presents a new side of her on stage, making it a unique charm that simply cannot be ignored.

“I want to show a Seohyun with many different charms that can't be found in real life.”

Her talents, however, did not come without hard work and constant practice. Known for being the one who always practices her facial expressions, and known for her keen interest in learning languages like Japanese and English, it is clear that Seohyun always leaves room for improvement and is always ready to better herself.

“I think the best deed you can do for your parents is to become a child your parents can be proud of.”

As an only child, Seohyun received her parents’ blessings to chase after her dreams. One of the best memories would have to be when Seohyun’s mother appeared on an episode of SBS’s KJE Chocolate to surprise her daughter with a heartfelt letter and a picture diary as a birthday gift. Instead of struggling with the frequent absence of her family by her side, Seohyun became even more determined to lead a life both she and her parents could be proud of. Time away allowed her to appreciate and understand the importance of family, and her lesson learned is also one for fans to emulate as well.

While constantly being in the public eye can be seen as a challenge, Seohyun instead took it in stride and found ways to expose herself to new concepts. Her decision to be on MBC’s “We Got Married” was a surprise to both the members and the fans alike. However, as the variety show progressed, it became clear that she was learning valuable lessons from each episode. She was persistent during the process of knitting a scarf from scratch amidst her busy schedules, and according to member Tiffany, was also able to better express her emotions when singing.

This proved that with each and every experience Seohyun went through, she was able to not only develop herself as an individual, but fine-tune her aptitude as an artist as well. 

Seohyun is one of the members who always speaks fondly of the strong bond between Girls’ Generation. “Although we are not real sisters, I think we are sisters bonded by fate.” She never fails to speak out about how thankful she is for having them by her side. As the youngest of the 9, she knows she is protected by their love, and it is that transparency that allows her to freely speak her mind around them. Who else would tell Seohyun she was turning too yellow after eating all those sweet potatoes? And who else would she scold about eating too much fast food that they could die?

Being part of such a close-knit group not only allowed her to view different perspectives and opinions, but she also learned to compromise. “I'm thankful for the fact that we're walking to the same path with the same goal.” Often calling the members her second family, Seohyun pours her everything into Girls’ Generation's activities, eager for their name to be spread across borders so she can make a difference.

I think us nine members and the SONEs have a special relationship, because with your unchanging love since we debuted, we all grew together.

Like some of the members, Seohyun didn’t immediately know that she wanted to become a singer. “My dream was to be a person giving lots of happiness and joy to others.” As she learned more about the power of music and how it was able to influence others, Seohyun made up her mind to dedicate her life to being an artist. “I’m filled with pride and energy every time I go up on stage.” She strives to always present herself in the best light and to be a person fans can always be proud of. Known for her subtle but generous fan service, Seohyun gives back by always showing her gratefulness towards the people who are supporting her.

"I will take responsibility in what I do, and never let you down as your singer, as your girl, Seo Hyun, and Seo Joohyun."

As someone who never forgets about her roots, Seohyun has proven to be an individual who has a variety of charms both in her personality and her stage presence. She has taught so much to the people around her, and with her unchanging passion for a career she loves, Seohyun is sure to lead a life everyone can be proud of.

Happy 20th (21st) Birthday, maknae Seo Joohyun!


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