South Korean heartthrob’s Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, who grabbed global headlines in their military romance, have more memories to dish out to the ardent K-drama fans.
On September 22, a film festival kicked off in Seoul, which celebrated spectacular achievements in the entertainment industry across the world. The annual DMZ International Documentary Film Festival will show 116 films from 36 countries. The event will go on until September 29.
But there is more to this celebration than merely the screening of movies.
Considering that the fan following for Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo is huge, a new initiative has been put in place to make the drama as well as its cast and crew immortal.
The adorable couple enthralled the audience with an amazing on-screen chemistry in Descendants of the Sun. Besides, the K-drama had all the key qualities that South Koreans could relate to. There was romance, friendship, and patriotism. In view of the significant factors, the event will also conduct a two-day tour of Camp Greaves, the filming site of Descendants of the Sun.
At DMZ Experience Centre, you will find the locales of those serious scenes where Song Joong-ki spent time with his fellow soldiers. A few feet further, you will also find the artistic locations where Song Joong-ki wooed Song Hye-kyo.
This discovery trip will enable you to experience every inch of Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo moments under one roof.
According to the VisitKorea website, Uruk, featured in the K-drama Descendants of the Sun, is a fictional war-torn country. The military headquarters of Captain Yoo Si-jin (played by actor Song Joong-ki) and the soldiers in the Uruk dispatch troops are filmed at Camp Greaves DMZ Experience Center in Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do.
According to the VisitKorea website, the US Armed Forces was stationed on the premises for about 50 years after the Armistice Agreement. “After the withdrawal of US Armed Forces, Camp Greaves was on the verge of demolishment but was then turned into a youth hostel with a military experience center, which was opened to the public in 2013,” the website said.
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Camp Greaves is basically a US military base with the oldest cultural heritage. One can get a glimpse of the modern architecture of the United States. Moreover, its strategic location at the DMZ makes it the most sought-after destination for all tourists. Several interactive activities are organized for visitors. Activities like walking along the DMZ cease-fire line and bicycle tour programs are available in this environmental-friendly DMZ region.
“Due to its location, no private or individual visits are allowed and thus all visitors can only enter by joining the DMZ Security Tour organized by the Paju Imjingak Tourist Information Center,” the website said.
“The eighth edition of the festival will screen 116 films from 36 countries around the world in Goyang, Paju, Gimpo, and Yeoncheon counties in Gyeonggi Province surrounding Seoul,” organizers said, according to a report by Yonhap.
The festival this month also includes a “DMZ vision” section for screening titles on inter-Korean division and reunification and a special screening of seven films on Asian women forced to work as sex slaves for World War II Japanese soldiers. Of the seven, four were from Japan and two from Taiwan.
Among Japanese works are Karayuki-San, The Making of a Prostitute, a 1973 documentary film by Imamura Shohei, and Okinawa no Harumoni a 1979 movie by Yamatani Tetsuo.
“We hope through the ‘comfort women’ docu films produced in various Asian countries, viewers will have a chance to get various perspectives and opinions on the issue,” actor Cho Jae-hyun, the executive director of the festival, told Yonhap.
Fans of Descendants of the Sun, Song Joong-ki, and Song Hye-kyo will take part in the camp for sure.
[Featured Image via KBS]