ASTRO Cha Eun Woo visited the memorial space of the late member Moonbin.
On June 4th, Cha Eun Woo posted several photos and videos on his official SNS account.
The released footage shows Cha Eun Woo visiting a place that looks like Namhansanseong Fortress with ASTRO member Yoon San Ha. The two stood side by side with their shoulders crossed and looked down at the beautiful mountain scenery.
According to ASTRO’s agency Fantagio, Moonbin’s family consulted with them and decided to operate an external memorial space to honor Moonbin at Gukcheongsa Temple in Namhansanseong Fortress, Gwangju, Gyeonggi starting from June 7th. Since Moonbin loved the moon when he was alive, the memorial space was named “Moon’s Space”.
The agency said, “We would like to express our deep gratitude to AROHA (ASTRO’s fandom” who visited Haneul Park in person to remember and cherish the brightest moments of Moonbin until the 49th day as well as comfort each other’s sorrow. We fully understand AROHA’s wish to pay remembrance to Moonbin for a longer time. Therefore, after careful consultation with Moonbin’s family, we decided to prepare an external memorial space for AROHA, who have always showered Moonbin with generous love, to send warm greetings to him for a little longer.”
They continued, “Although Moonbin’s religion is not Buddhism, we still set up ‘Moon’s Space’ at Gukcheongsa Temple in Namhansanseong Fortress at the request of his family. This memorial space will operate for a long time starting from 5:30 a.m. on June 7th. We understand that the path to Gukcheongsa Temple is uphill and narrow, which may cause inconvenience to everyone, but we sincerely hope that AROHA can visit the space comfortably at any time to find comfort and soothe your painful heart”, adding “We would like to express our deep gratitude to all AROHA who have always been with ASTRO.”
Moonbin passed away on April 19th at the age of 25. His funeral was held privately on April 22nd. ASTRO members, including Cha Eun Woo, also guarded the late Moonbin’s mortuary and joined the funeral.
Cha Eun Woo visited Moonbin’s memorial space at Fantagio’s building before it was moved to Gukcheongsa Temple and left a heartwarming letter, saying “I went for a walk with Sanha and we came here because I couldn’t sleep. Are you sleeping well? Why am I missing and regretting everything I did with you, even the smallest things… Be hundreds of times happier in the land of the moon. I’ll take care of everything you left behind, so don’t worry too much. You did well. I love you and I’m sorry, my friend.”
On May 30th, Cha Eun Woo released videos and photos of Moonbin on his SNS with the caption “My friend”. In a video, Moonbin was singing “Stalker” by 10cm while wearing sunglasses, and Cha Eun Woo recorded Moonbin singing with his camera. Later, Cha Eun Woo also shared his cover of 10cm’s “Stalker”. Wearing a hat to cover his face, Cha Eun Woo focused on the lyrics and sang with his sincerity.
Meanwhile, Moonbin was born in 1998. He made his name known to the public after appearing in the music video of TVXQ’s “Balloons” in 2006 and KBS 2TV’s drama “Boys Over Flowers” in 2009. After receiving idol training for a long time, he debuted as a vocalist and dancer of Fantagio’s boy group ASTRO in 2016. Expanding his musical spectrum through various music and stages, Moonbin later formed a unit with ASTRO Sanha and gained huge love from global fans after releasing their first mini album “IN-OUT” in 2020.
The name ASTRO of Moonbin’s group means “star” in Spanish. In his real name Moonbin, Moon means “the moon” and Bin is “shining”. Therefore, fans around the world are saying that Moonbin will always shine like an eternal star in their hearts.