Panda Maternal Magic: Ai Bao and Adorable Twin Cubs Make TIME's Top 100 Photos of 2023 | Be Korea-savvy

Panda Maternal Magic: Ai Bao and Adorable Twin Cubs Make TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2023

YONGIN, Dec. 01 (Korea Bizwire) – Ai Bao, the renowned mama panda celebrated for being Fu Bao’s mother, made headlines by giving birth to twin sisters Rui Bao and Hui Bao, in July this year. This heartwarming moment has earned her a spot among TIME magazine’s Top 100 Photos of the Year in the United States.

Everland, under the management of Samsung C&T’s Resort Division, proudly announced that their giant panda family photo stood as the sole representation from Korea in TIME’s prestigious selection for 2023.

Each year, Time, a prominent U.S. current affairs weekly, curates a collection of 100 photos that resonate with people worldwide. The featured snapshot was captured in the early hours of July 7, just after Ai Bao welcomed the arrival of the adorable twin pandas, Rui Bao and Hui Bao.

twin panda

Describing the moment, Time magazine stated, “The first female twin pandas born in South Korea, alongside their mother Ai Bao, at Everland in Yongin, South Korea, on July 7.” This image not only gained attention in domestic media but also garnered widespread recognition in major international media outlets.

pada twins

An official from Everland expressed, “It appears to have conveyed hope and emotion, capturing the essence of life’s mystery for people worldwide.” The twin pandas, Rui Bao and Hui Bao, have blossomed from their initial weights of 180 grams and 140 grams, respectively, at birth to over 8 kilograms each.


Their endearing life stories shared on Everland’s social media platforms have drawn immense attention and affection. The park is set to open to the public early next year, once Rui Bao and Hui Bao are mature enough to accompany their mother comfortably, having acclimatized to the outside world.


Image credit: Everland, Samsung C&T’s Resort Division, Yonhap /

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