Charmed by an alien

Charmed by an alien
Kim Soo Hyun charms crowd
Korean actor Kim Soo Hyun was in Singapore for his first fan meeting session held on 27 April 2014.

SINGAPORE - He joked about packing carrying 30 pieces of underwear in his luggage while filming overseas.

He created fake captions for photographs shown to his supporters at his fan meet, then cheekily apologised for lying.

He cried at the end when it was all over.

To the neutral observer of South Korean actor Kim Soo Hyun's first fan meet held here on Sunday night, he gave the impression of being entirely spontaneous - unlike many of his compatriots too well schooled in PR.

If nothing else, the actor whose popularity in the region rose phenomenally on the back of the hit drama My Love From The Star gave his fans - especially the handful who travelled across the continent - their money's worth of His Playful Kim Soo Hyun-ness.

When one lucky fan was picked to get her wish granted by him, her request was to get him to sign the ticket stubs to all three fan meetings she had attended in Guangzhou, Bangkok and Singapore.

Ardent Chinese fan Cora Ke, 27, a manager who was seated in the first few rows at the fan meet, said later: "I was so nervous when I went on stage. I think he's really cute and sincere. Next, I want to go to his fan meet in Japan."

Fervent international fans unable to resist the draw of the K-pop star of the moment have followed him across Asia for his fan meetings as part of his 2014 Kim Soo Hyun Asia Tour 1st Memories.

The tour kick-started in Seoul, South Korea, last month and includes stopovers in Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Yokohama, Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta.

Tickets for the Singapore fan meet went on sale in March. The top two categories of tickets, which cost $238 and $188, sold out within hours of their release.

Among the 2,800-strong crowd at the fan meeting held at the Singapore Expo on Sunday night were excitable fans chatting in Thai and groups of girls speaking in such crisp Chinese, they had to be from China.

The boyish Kim, 26, has garnered legions of fans after starring in this year's hit drama My Love From The Star as a 400-year-old alien professor Do Min Joon. The series ended last month in Singapore.

One newly minted fan is Thai national Wandee Chaisiwamongkhol, who flew in from Bangkok last Saturday as she could not get enough of the actor despite having attended his sold-out fan meeting in her hometown last month.

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