UST Museum reintroduces Sampaloc campus with BTS-inspired exhibit


THE UNIVERSITY reintroduced the UST Sampaloc campus to students with an exhibit inspired by K-pop boy group BTS launched on Tuesday at the UST Museum.

The “UST Goes Namjooning” exhibit followed the concept of “Namjooning,” which was inspired by BTS leader Kim Nam-joon’s habit of spending time for oneself and reflecting by visiting museums, connecting with nature, reading, and others. 

The exhibit featured a knowledge section showcasing UST landmarks and basic information about them through a series of photos taken around campus by Thomasians, similar to how the BTS leader would share his Namjooning by posting pictures on social media.

It also included a “rest, relaxation, and play area,” where visitors could play games played by BTS members in their variety show “Run BTS!”

Assoc. Prof. Anna Bautista, who led the exhibit curation, said the exhibit was meant to let Thomasian students rediscover the campus after not seeing it for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“Ang dami kasi nating treasures in the campus, landmarks, and we can use Namjooning as an entry point to reintroduce our campus, what we have, our treasures, to the students kasi ‘yung first, second, and third-year natin hindi nakapasok,” the interior design faculty member told the Varsitarian.

She added that BTS’s popularity among Thomasian students was one of the reasons the curators chose Namjooning for the campus exhibit.

The exhibit will be open to the public from Sept. 13 to Oct. 21. 

The following may visit the UST Museum for free:

  • UST students, faculty members, support staff, and alumni with ID;
  • senior citizens and persons with disabilities with valid IDs;
  • tour guides;
  • teachers with school tour groups; and
  • members of the International Council of Museums.


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