Meeting Lee Seung Gi at KCON 2014: A fan account
His smile is magical.
That’s all I could think of as I stared up at the handsome Lee Seung Gi. I couldn’t believe it. I was less than 10 feet away from one of my favorite K-drama stars and his smile was making my knees go weak. I had expected to have a wonderful time at KCON, but I never dreamed I’d have such a fantastic opportunity during my weekend filled with all things Hallyu.
I really lucked out. Since KCON is largely focused on K-pop as opposed to K-dramas, I found that quite a few KCONers had no idea who Lee Seung Gi even was. (Gasp!) After getting over this initial shock, I learned I could use it to my advantage. KCON gives out scratch-off cards to convention goers with chances to attend artist engagement sessions. Of the 8 scheduled sessions, only one was entirely dedicated to K-drama stars. At this event, the actors Lee Seung Gi and Lee Seo Jin (Grandpa Over Flowers/ Lovers) held back-to-back fan signings.
My original card only gave me the chance to see and high-five the K-pop band B1A4. At first I was excited (they are adorable and I love their music), but my excitement quickly faded when I realized I was speaking on a panel about K-dramas and OSTs at the exact same time. Oh no!
But never fear. Trading these cards is a big part of the KCON experience since everyone has his or her own preference and bias group. As soon as I announced I had a B1A4 high touch session, new opportunities opened up. I was quick to act and snatched up a Lee Seung Gi signing ticket! My KCON dreams were about to come true.
Flash forward to Sunday afternoon. I joined the line of people waiting for Lee Seung Gi’s event. The sun and sweltering heat may have been strong, but not nearly as strong as the excitement in the air. I found it very easy to make friends in line. What better way to draw people together than a mutual love of K-dramas?
We waited, and waited, and waited some more. For unknown reasons, the event got pushed back an hour, but I admit the time flew by. I was too focused on seeing Lee Seung Gi to worry about anything else!
When Lee Sueng Gi finally emerged, the screams were deafening. He strode on stage, his giant smile and adorable dimples lighting up the entire venue.
He took a moment to thank everyone for coming and then sat down to begin the signing session. Believe me when I say he looks just as good as (perhaps even better than) what we see on the small screen. I wasn’t expecting his gorgeous smile to strike me so hard!
Fans were divided into two groups. About 75 lucky fans participated in the signing while around 200 other fans watched from behind. The line moved quickly and before I knew it, it was time for me to meet Lee Seung Gi!
My Lasting Impressions From the Experience
1. Lee Seung Gi’s Dedication to Fans is Remarkable
For every single fan that came on stage for the signing, Lee Seung Gi gave a personalized signature. He would ask for their name and make sure that he spelled it correctly. After giving the autograph, he shook their hands and thanked them for coming.
When it was my turn, I told Lee Seung Gi that I loved his dramas and he asked me which one is my favorite. (My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox!). I took a chance and asked if I could get one more signature for my friend who’s also a big fan. To my surprise, he was quick to agree and even asked for her name to personalize the autograph. I couldn’t believe his kindness!
2. Lee Seung Gi's English is Quite Good
He opened the event with a short speech entirely in English. The whole time he really made an effort to greet and interact with his international fans. I can attest that the gesture was really appreciated!
See Kwon Sang Woo and Choi Ji Woo reunited on the screen in the scandalous melodrama Temptation
3. He Kept a Smile on his Face the Entire Time
I could tell that Lee Seung Gi really enjoyed interacting with his fans. He would often look up during the signing and wave to the crowd. Despite the limited time, he didn’t rush and made sure that he could speak with each fan that came on stage.
The final heart-melting moment occurred at the very end of the event. One last fan still needed to meet Lee Seung Gi, but because of her wheelchair, she couldn’t come onto the stage. Lee Seung Gi instead went to her side and knelt next to her while he gave her a personalized autograph. There was a collective “Awwwww” from the audience as we were instantly touched by Lee Seung Gi’s heartfelt gesture.
Overall, it was fantastic to meet Lee Seung Gi in person. Not only is he handsome, but his kindness and dedication to fans is really amazing. Yoona truly is lucky to be dating this wonderful man!
Need more Lee Seung Gi in your life? Be sure to watch his dramas here on DramaFever! You Are All Surrounded, King 2 Hearts, and My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox are some of my favorites. Please excuse me while I go back to binge watching his shows!
Rachel's K-drama and K-pop blog MY RARA POP is full of great information for any fan of Korean entertainment. Be sure to check it out for more KCON photos!