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7 fun facts: Park Seo Joon hugs, shakes hands with lucky fans at Manila 'fun' meet

Kathleen A. Llemit - Philstar.com
7 fun facts: Park Seo Joon hugs, shakes hands with lucky fans at Manila 'fun' meet
Korean star Park Seo-joon at the press conference for his "fun meeting" presented by I AM Worldwide on October 14, 2023.
Philstar.com / Deni Bernardo

MANILA, Philippines — Park Seo-joon's "fun meet" truly lived up to its name. The Korean star shared his thoughts and even gamely interacted with some of his fans who were able to shake his hands and hug him at last night's fan meeting by health brand I AM Worldwide held in Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

The Korean star's warm personality is evident as he was in close proximity to four of his fans who won the games at one of his segments. Their excitement could not be contained especially when the star himself shook their hands and hugged them, which does not often happen in other fan meets. 

His latest fan meet was relatively short compared to the most recent ones, but it was jampacked with activities where fans were able to get to know him better. 

Show producers wittily named the segments that play around the Korean star's name. The segments were called "Park at Your Own Wish," "Let's Seo Them" and "Seo and Tell." 

His own interpreter's efforts to translate in both English and Filipino was also welcome and refreshing. 

Here are some of the fun facts or trivia Seo-joon shared to his fans last night:

1. 'BTS is the best'

The star was asked what song he would prefer on a trip with his fans. The genre choices included hip-hop, love songs and classical. 

When host Sam Oh asked him what he would pick, Seo-joon remarked: "BTS is the best."

Seo-joon is friends with BTS member V. The two is part of Wooga squad, along with Park Hyung-sik, their other co-star in the 2016 historical, youth-oriented series "Hwarang." 

2. He Googled himself.

Who could stop someone famous as himself when even ordinary people dare Google themselves? Seo-joon revealed that he used to search his name online. 

"Absolutely I have," he said. "Honestly, I searched myself in Google in my early days, my debut days, but these days, I don't do it too much." 

3. He's a spontaneous traveler!

Seo-joon went deep when he said that the benefits of traveling alone affords one to "arrange" his thoughts or simply reflect. 

He also revealed that he is not a planner. This tidbit came out in a surprise when Sam asked if he has a good sense of direction. 

"Rather than have a good sense of direction, I don't set a destination whenever I travel. I just usually say when I want to go to this direction, I would go here. So I think I cannot say really if I get lost or not," he explained. 

4. He'd rather indulge than starve himself. 

The actor actually cooks for his friends and confessed to liking simple food like fried rice. Seo-joon said that he never skipped eating for a whole day. 

"I'm a person who would rather eat a lot and exercise a lot," he said.  

5. Pants all the way. 

The fans screamed when he revealed that he just mostly wears pants when he sleeps or at home. 

6. Solo time at the cinemas.

Watch out for his movie premieres. Seo-joon said that there are times he goes to the cinemas alone. 

"I love film so I go to cinemas alone a lot and whenever I have a premiere of a new movie, I would like to see personally how the audience will react to the movie, so I go to the cinema alone a lot," he revealed. 

7. He reveals the reason why he works out. 

The star of the upcoming superhero film "The Marvels" revealed about one part of his body that he said he works on. 

Sam asked about his best body part and the actor's translator answered in Filipino. 

"Sa totoo lang po, nagkukulang po ako sa lahat ng parte. 'Yun po 'yung dahilan kung bakit patuloy po ako nagwo-work out is dahil wala po akong masyadong confidence sa aking katawan," the actor said. 

Seo-joon left a hopeful message to his fans at the close of the almost two-hour fan meet. 

"It's an honor for me to meet you once again and I think I have received so much energy from you guys. I'll make sure to come back again so we'll have another great time together again. Thank you and I love you all," he said before leaving the stage that was lit with amazing display of lights. 

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