Lotte Duty Free Goes Ahead with This Weekend’s Family Festival Event with Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye

The Sewol ferry sinking tragedy in South Korea is undoubtedly the center of news coverage and public concern in South Korea. Since last Wednesday, all networks have cancelled their variety show and drama broadcasts and that preemption extended into the weekend programs as well. Music events were also scuttled such as comeback showcases and fan meetings and anything that could be rescheduled for a later date got pushed back due to a combination of somber concern in the aftermath of the tragedy and the entertainers not being in the mood to be merry right now. Of course life goes on and the entertainment shows will all return one by one likely this week, but over the weekend one scheduled event wasn’t rescheduled and it has caused a tiny bit of chatter about it. Lotte Duty Free had scheduled a Family Festival three day fanmeeting event and this weekend’s guests were Lotte spokespersons Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho. This event had already been planned well in advance and reportedly over ten thousand attendees were coming from overseas and had already booked flights and hotel rooms. After conferring with Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho, Lotte decided cancelling it outright would be hard on the attendees who had spent time and money on coming so a decision was made to go ahead with the first event date while the second and third event dates have been cancelled. The first event was also downsized down to one hour long only and the program changed from singing and dancing performances to a more solemn prayer session leading to an the two stars being interviewed and having an answer and chat session with fans. I think the organizers tried their best to handle this event while Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye were true professionals in attending despite the whole nation residing in a state of mourning.

Last week Lotte also released wallpapers featuring this year’s star line up so here are the ones for Park Shin Hye, Lee Min Ho,ย Jang Geun Seok, andย Kim Hyun Joong.

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Lotte Duty Free Goes Ahead with This Weekend’s Family Festival Event with Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye — 13 Comments

  1. The only drama that aired was Wonderful Days i wonder why.. It must have been very hard for Lee Min Ho & Park Shin Hye!

    & just out of curiosity since all entertainment & drama programs have been cancelled whats on tv? Is it just news for 24 hours?

  2. From what I’ve seen it’s pretty much all news. It reminds me a little of what happened after 911, when no American station showed regular programming for many days.

  3. Thank god this is the last time we see Lee Minho in red hair. He started his movie shooting last week.
    I miss the buzz and crazy hype before a LMH drama. Is there a chance he will do a drama this year, koala?

  4. I don’t blame either of the actors for this, and I think, considering the circumstances, it’s the only appropriate thing to do. Lotte couldn’t cancel the entire event, and LMH/PSH carried out their obligation and shouldn’t be criticised for that considering they both wanted out in this time.

  5. How old is LMH? Why does he have deep laugh lines already? His mgmt. needs to take better care of his diet. Poor lad. Someone needs to take better care of him. (And, nooooo… I won’t be struggling in line like most of you… lining up for the opportunity.)

    Same goes to JGS. Poor lad.

    • I am curious, “struggling in line” for what opportunity? Also, LMH smokes a lot, so he should take better care of himself as well. He is 26 (27 in Korea), and he will turn 27 (28 in Korea) this June.

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