You know you’ve made it when the prime minister of a country that you’re about to visit wants to personally meet you.
“Descendants of the Sun” actor Song Joong Ki (송중기) is stopping by Thailand on 7th May as part of his “2016 Asia Tour Fan Meeting”, which is scheduled to happen at the Thunder Dome in Bangkok.
The South Korean actor shot to international stardom recently due to the success of “Descendants of the Sun” (태양의 후예), in which he plays Captain Yoo Shi-Jin, cementing his status as the most wanted man in Asia. As a result, thousands of fans are expected to turn up at his Thailand fan meet for a chance to see him in real life.
In fact, Song Joong Ki is so wildly popular that even Thailand’s prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-ca, has showed interest in meeting him!
allkpop quoted Prayut-Chan-o-ca as saying, “Song Joong Ki who appeared (on the drama) as the captain is very handsome.” before expressing his desire to meet with the star during his visit in Thailand.
This was also echoed by a The Korea Times article, which confirmed that Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), had asked the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) to help arrange a meeting between Prayut Chan-o-cha and Song Joong Ki.
In case you didn’t know, Prayut Chan-o-cha has been quite vocal about his admiration for “Descendants of the Sun” and Song Joong Ki. At a government function in Thailand earlier this month, he openly urged citizens to watch the sensational K-Drama.
“What I have seen is that they have inserted a sense of patriotism, sacrifice, obeying orders and being a dutiful citizen. So please watch it and if anyone wants to make such a drama I will financially sponsor it to make people love government officials, uncorrupt officials, and make the Thai people love each other,” he said.
Meanwhile, organisers Blossom Entertainment has since responded to the news saying, “No specific schedule in Thailand has been confirmed. We are still figuring out locations and schedules for the Asia Tour.”
For what it’s worth, we hope that they do get to meet. It would be a meeting of epic proportions, and a true testament to Song Joong Ki’s popularity!