Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting
I’m assuming most of you who are reading this have no idea who Lee Jong Suk is, so let me introduce him to you–
He played a talented gay musician/producer who falls in love with popstar Oska in my favorite drama of all time, Secret Garden.
He had an epic bromance with Kim Woo Bin in School 2013.
He was a competitive swimmer in No Breathing.
He won over our hearts in I Hear Your Voice.
He manages to be effortlessly cute…
…and handsome at the same time.
In short, I’ve loved him since I first saw him in Secret Garden year ago.
When I first found out about the fan meeting I was beyond thrilled! However, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect because I had never experienced one before. The tickets were only 40,000 won each so at that price there was no saying no!
I arrived to the fan meeting early because I had to pick up the tickets for Claire and I at will call and I wanted to make sure I could buy merchandise.
After picking up the tickets, I grabbed our free goodie bags!
This is the bag it came in.
Jong Suk is the current face of Skin Food, so there was this Tomato special kit.
I can’t wait to try it out!
This mysterious bag…
With this water bottle inside! 믿어 (or mido) means “believe” or “trust”. During the fan meeting we found out that Jong Suk designed this water bottle himself!
This super cutie postcard was inside.
As was this packet.
It was a welcome kit for The Shilla which is a fancy mall for duty free shopping.
Look at all of these vouchers! Guess who’s going to be singing “I like to shop at the duty free shop”?
I easily made back the 40,000 won I spent on the ticket in the swag bag!
While I was waiting in line for merchandise another fan gave me this packet–
There are three pictures of Jong Suk.
These two photocards.
And two each of these stickers!!
This is the merchandise I bought–
I kind of have a thing for lightsticks, so I couldn’t resist!
And I bought this shirt. We found out during the fan meeting that “megaton89” is Jong Suk’s ID for online games that he plays!
After this Claire and I grabbed lunch. I had a version of bibimbap (mixed rice) but under the rice was jajjang sauce, and the topping were salmon eggs, seaweed, lettuce, and a fried egg. Delicious!
We had about an hour to wait, so we checked out the rice wreaths.
Flower wreaths are traditional to send to congratulate someone, but they have evolved recently when it comes to fan meetings and concerts.
Fans come together to raise money to donate and with the flower wreath items like rice, eggs, or ramen will be donated in the name of the celebrity to people who can’t afford them. Isn’t that the most awesome thing you’ve ever heard of?
They had this set up so everyone could take pictures. Did I happen to mention that the fanmeeting was in honor of his 26th birthday?
Fans were invited to write birthday messages to Jong Suk and place them on this tree.
The tree was filled with messages!
This was the view of the fans milling about when I went to the bathroom. The theater the fan meeting took place in sat about 2,100 people. There were many fans from Japan, and China, but besides the three Russian girls we saw we were the only white girls in attendance.
There was really a surprising mix of people. There were young people, old people (with grey hair), men, women, couples, fathers, and mothers. People of all stations in life love Lee Jong Suk!
This was from our seats. We were threatened before coming in that if we were caught taking pictures or video during the fan meeting our phones would be confiscated!
I was so excited! While we were waiting here they started to play one of the songs from the Secret Garden soundtrack, Appear. It really touched me to the point of bringing tears to my eyes. Not only did it remind me of all of the repeated viewings of Secret Garden with my Mom, but it also reminded me of how long I have loved Jong Suk for! This was going to be a special night!
When we walked into the theater, we were each handed one of these banners–
On je na mido means “always believe/trust”.
The back gave detailed instructions for a surprise event that us fans were going to pull off for his birthday. After the video that the fans made in honor of his birthday we all had to hold up these banners and say (in Korean of course) “Thank you for being born, I love you!” After that there were song lyrics on the very right of the banner for us to sing. But more about that later!
Lee Jong Suk came out a few minutes late. It was supposed to start at 5pm and he came out around 5:10. He started by singing a song for us. It was super endearing because even though he was by no means a great singer, he was obviously flustered at his lack of singing skills. He was so cute!
Then the MC for the night came out and went through a series of questions for Jong Suk relating to his body, starting from his head down to his toes. We got to find out about how he keeps his lips looking so beautiful, what color underwear he prefers to wear, and what kind of style he prefers for women to wear! This lasted around twenty or thirty minutes.
Then he had a quick outfit change (he described it as feeling like he was in a fashion show). He then revealed that his fan club would officially be named “With JS” after the fans voted for it. He cut a cake in honor of his official fan club name, and during this time he mentioned that he called Kim Woo Bin (remember him from School 2013?) to ask him if he could appear at the fan meeting but Woo Bin told him that he already had plans for today so he would be unable to attend.
Lee Jong Suk then answered ten questions that fans sent in prior to the event. Most of them revolved around his most recent drama, Doctor Stranger. Then taped happy birthday messages played from his friends Kim Woo Bin, Park Shin Hye (who is just so lovely and will be acting opposite of Jong Suk in the upcoming drama Pinocchio), Sistar’s Bora, and Park So Joon.
After the messages a birthday cake was brought out for Jong Suk and all of the fans sang happy birthday and Jong Suk made a wish and blew out the candles.
Suddenly, the song “Appear” started to play. We were all confused (even Jong Suk)! What was happening?
Then, it happened. We heard this unmistakable deep voice…
The crowd went wild!
I lost my mind (literally)! I grabbed a hold of Claire’s hand so tightly and started to scream!
Kim Woo Bin came out!
He pulled off the ultimate surprise!!
As soon as Woo Bin and Jong Suk laid eyes on each other they ran into each others arms and embraced in one of the most loving hugs I have ever seen!
It was about a MILLION times more enthusiastic than this one!
After their initial few hugs, Jong Suk had to turn his back to us because he was crying so hard! Jong Suk couldn’t stop crying at seeing Woo Bin, he cried for a good five minutes! And upon witnessing this, Woo Bin started to cry too!
Even I started to cry! Witnessing this epic bromance that I have fully supported since the beginning in person was so touching and a moment I will NEVER forget!
Jong Suk was barely able to collect himself and then ate some cake (Woo Bin even fed some to him personally). The MC also made Woo Bin solo sing “Happy Birthday” to Jong Suk and he choked up at the line “I love you Jong Suk~” (in the Korean version of “Happy Birthday” instead of saying “Happy Birthday dear Jong Suk~” they say “I love you Jong Suk~”).
Woo Bin stayed for about twenty minutes and then had to run off because he was busy. You could really feel the love between the two of them as well as how much Jong Suk really appreciated Woo Bin coming!
Then there was a raffle where Jong Suk picked ticket stubs and gave away two pieces of clothing that he wore from School 2013, two shirts he wore in photoshoots, and two autographed megaton89 shirts. When the lucky winners came up on stage to collect the clothes Jong Suk hugged each of them multiple times! Most of the girls were shocked beyond words and most of them were crying.
After this a video was played that international fans put together for Jong Suk wishing him a happy birthday. Then was our banner surprise! We held up the banners, said our line and started to sing.
Lee Jong Suk was crying once again! He was so touched! As if I didn’t love him enough before, his true humbleness put me over the edge! He thanked us for coming and told us to get home safely and then the fan meeting was over.
Lee Jong Suk was so adorable, cute, kind, and humble during the entire two hours that he spent with us. I could not have wished for a more perfect experience!
Really Kim Woo Bin coming made this night one that I will never forget, not only was I treated to spending two hours with Lee Jong Suk, but getting to see Kim Woo Bin in all of his glory was a dream come true!
What a magical night!