KUALA LUMPUR, 10 October 2016 – There were no Monday blues for K-drama fans who were treated to a special date with South Korean actor Kim Rae Won (김래원) on 10 October. The open-to-public fan meeting at Pavilion KL was organized by the number one Korean entertainment channel ONE HD.
The dashing Kim Rae Won was greeted by more than 5,000 ardent fans from all across Malaysia. Some arrived at the venue as early as 9.30am to secure a good spot and show their support for their oppa “Hong Hong Hong,” as he is affectionately known.
The actor’s visit to Kuala Lumpur follows the incredible success of his recently concluded hit drama series Doctors, which is the highest rated drama across all international channels in Malaysia. When it premiered earlier in June, the immense popularity of the drama propelled ONE HD to the top spot on Astro during its telecast slot, rating eight times more than the other Korean channels combined.
“The response from viewers to Doctors has been very encouraging. We are delighted to give back to our loyal audiences through this opportunity to meet its leading man Kim Rae Won,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President & Head, Content, Production & Marketing, Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television. “As the leader in Korean entertainment in the region, it is a pleasure for us to be able to engage viewers beyond their television screens and see them having a great time meeting their favourite stars up-close and personal.”
With fans packing the venue to the brim, the man of the hour spared no effort in dazzling them all with his iconic megawatt smile. The meet-and-greet session was punctuated by deafening screams from fans as he shared more about his experiences filming the drama Doctors.
To the delight of those present, six lucky fans were also selected to re-enact iconic scenes from Doctors onstage, including the memorable dance in the rain between Kim Rae Won and Park Shin Hye. The participants took on the challenge with gusto, prompting nonstop laughter from the audience and effusive praise from the star himself. The evening ended on a high note with Kim Rae Won signing exclusive event posters for fans, before taking his leave amidst continued cheers from the audience.
Catch more of Kim Rae Won in Doctors, which will return for an encore telecast on ONE HD (Astro Ch 393) starting from 30 October, airing every Sunday at 12.45pm with two episodes back-to-back.
Synopsis of Doctors
Due to a traumatic childhood, Hye Jung (Park Shin Hye) has grown up to become a tough-as-nails ruffian who is completely untrusting of others. When she is sent to live with her grandmother, she meets neurosurgeon-turned-teacher Hong Ji Hong, who ends up taking her under his wing and becoming her mentor. Under his care and guidance, can she put her past behind her and become an accomplished neurosurgeon too?