South Korean actors Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo shared the stage with celebrities who took Korean culture to great heights.
Seated next to each other, all eyes were on the Descendants of the Sun stars who played Yoo Shi-jin and doctor Kang Mo-yeon in the greatest military romance of South Korean history.
The awards ceremony took place on Thursday at the National Theater of Korea. Both Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo looked visibly happy sitting next to each other.
Watch the crowd go crazy in the event below.
According to a recent report by Inquisitr, Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo became a global social media sensation, as the K-drama fans outside South Korea, having no access to KBS2, watched this grand military romance on online video streaming platforms. The on-screen duo, who was much appreciated for their performance, were acknowledged nationally among few other change makers of South Korea.
The President’s Award was given to Descendants of the Sun co-stars Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, singer BoA, writer Kim Eun-sook, blues musician Lee Jung-sun, comedian Uhm Yong-soo, and cartoon artist Lee Hyun-jae.
After the release of Descendants of the Sun, both Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo helped South Korea scale new heights. While the beautiful actress made her country proud by promoting South Korean fashion and winning the Goddess of Asia title, Song Joong-ki was chosen as the ambassador for South Korean tourism. Together, the on-screen couple of Descendants of the Sun redefined K-pop, its culture, and presented the country in a good light.
South Korean president Park Geun-hye spoke highly of Song Joong-ki, calling him a true soldier.
“I am very happy to see you becoming a great hallyu star after completing the military well,” the president said, according to a report by Inquisitr.
Both actors have remained true to themselves. When asked to represent a brand or a product, Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo became its ambassadors only if they believed in the product or service.
According to a report by Inquisitr, Song Hye-kyo turned down a brand ambassador offer for Mitsubishi Group when she learnt that the automobile giantwas involved in lawsuits over the alleged use of Korean forced labour during Japan’s colonial rule over Korea.
Even the online presence of both these stars are huge. Despite China imposing ban on South Korean celebrities, including Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, they still have fans in China. In fact, Song Joong-ki topped the list for most searched South Korean actor on Chinese search engine Baidu, while Song Hye-kyo recently was among the most searched South Korean actress on Google.
For Song Hye-kyo fans, the Presidents’ Award is a sight for sore eyes. Fans were earlier dismayed when their favorite actress lost the Seoul Drama Award on September 8. Even, the APAN award for the best actress was a deal breaker.
The President’s Award is something which both stars deserve, as both Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo have visibly transformed the South Korean entertainment scene.
And now, this honor seems to surpass all awards because it reflect how Song Hye-kyo as well as Song Joong-ki played an active role in reshaping and boosting South Korea’s economy.
After the conclusion of the military romance Descendants of the Sun, Song Joong-ki started filming Battleship Island, which is slated for an early release next year.
Song Hye-kyo, on the other hand, is waiting for an opportune moment to grab that perfect role which will make her a character as memorable as Dr Kang Mo-yeon in Descendants of the Sun.
Fans were elated as the President’s Award For Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo is truly an honor.
[Featured Image by Ahn Young-joon/AP Images]