By JONAH HICAP
Aaaand that's a wrap! Thousands of BTS fans from across the world have completed ARMYPEDIA, probably the biggest digital collection of anything and everything dedicated to K-pop superstars BTS and their fandom, known as ARMYs.
ARMYPEDIA's mission was simple: chronicle and archive all events encompassing 2,080 days since BTS made their debut on June 13, 2013, until February 21, 2019.
"We're thankful for our ARMY for filling each of the 2,080 days in ARMYPEDIA," said BTS.
Fans had fun finding the 2,080 puzzle pieces, each with a QR code representing a particular date, that were hidden around the world and online from February 25 until the campaign's completion on March 24.
At Jakarta's Senayan City shopping mall, fans "found" a huge LED billboard with a QR code that had the words "1946th puzzle," corresponding to the date October 10, 2018.
"Finally u noticed INA Army. Now drop more tour dates for Asia include Indonesia! You sweetie!" tweeted the fan.
Clearer QR code for #ARMYPEDIA was found in Senayan City, Jakarta Indonesia @BigHitEnt @BTS_twt @bts_bighit— 정 진달래 (@jeonazalea) March 19, 2019
Finally u noticed INA Army😪 now drop more tour dates for Asia include Indonesia! You sweetie! pic.twitter.com/p8WH4jkoH8
Across the world at CF Toronto Eaton Centre mall in Toronto, Canada, a BTS ARMY found another QR code for the 1636th puzzle with the date December 14, 2017.
"Guys I found this in Eaton Centre sjsksjdjsjs #ARMYPEDIA," she wrote.
They were busy filling up the huge digital collection of BTS memories and finding the QR codes, similar to the Pokemon Go phenomenon.
The ARMYPEDIA website allowed ARMYs to upload memories related to BTS – from photos and videos to writings. It was opened ahead of BTS' much-awaited comeback on April 12.
This is the first such project dedicated to a K-pop artist.
The date June 13, 2013 was the first puzzle to be solved. For the date, fans posted a video BTS's debut performance of "No More Dream" on Mnet's "M Countdown" music TV show.
In a span of just four weeks, fans discovered the 2,080 puzzle pieces that unlocked the dates.
On March 10, about 10,000 BTS ARMYs joined the first ARMYPEDIA offline event 'Run Army in Action' at Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall. The fans had a great time as they answered quizzes and watched BTS concert footage on a giant screen.
Spotify even joined in the ARMYPEDIA hunt by providing limited-edition QR codes on its website, social media channels and on-ground.
"Any PH ARMYs out there? I just past by this led monitor in Market Market on my way to my office @ARMYPEDIA @Spotify @BTS_twt #BTS #ARMYPEDIA #ThisIsBTS #spotifyplaylist," one fan in Manila tweeted.
On March 23, around 10,000 fans once again gathered in Seoul for the second ARMYPEDIA event, "ARMY United in Seoul," that was livestreamed around the world on YouTube and attracted more than 130,000 viewers through BTS' official channel Bangtan TV.
RM noted that "we find strength and happiness in every moment you are with us. You've given us so much love, and now we want to get to know our fans more. We filled our album with our genuine feelings and the messages that we want to share with you."
The completion of ARMYPEDIA came ahead of BTS' comeback on April 12 with their new album "Map of the Soul: Persona." A comeback trailer featuring RM was published to YouTube yesterday, March 27. The Bangtan boys are back.