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Song Hye-kyo, HK's Favorite Korean Star

2009/07/07 | Permalink | Source

By Kim Rahn
Staff Reporter

Residents of Hong Kong selected actress Song Hye-kyo as their favorite Korean star.

Song topped the popularity ranking in a survey conducted on 1,145 Hong Kong citizens at the International Travel Expo at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center from June 11 to 14, according to the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Tuesday.

In the survey which allowed multiple replies, 40.4 percent picked the 27-year-old actress, who gained popularity there through soap operas "Autumn in my Heart" and "Full House".

Actress Lee Young-ae, the star of the drama "Jewel in the Palace" (Dae Jang Geum"), who took first place last year, took second this year, with 40.2 percent.

Trailing her were Jun Ji-hyun, also known as Gianna Jun with 31.2 percent; Bae Yong-joon, better known as "Yonsama" with 16.2 percent; singer and actor Rain with 14.4 percent; and actor Ji Jin-hee with 12.9 percent.

The surveyed people also said if they have a chance to visit Korea, they'd like to visit Seoul, followed by Jeju Island and Gangwon Province. Those who have traveled Korea said they liked shopping the most, as well as the food and natural scenery.

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