Song Joong-ki arrives to a rousing welcome

|     James Kon     |

THE hysteric screams of the mostly female crowd rang through the arrival hall of Brunei International Airport at 3am yesterday as Song Joong-ki, the famous lead actor of the 2016 Korean drama Descendents of the Sun, emerged.

The Korean superstar is in Brunei Darussalam to film the upcoming drama Asadal Chronicles, a historical fantasy series depicting the civilisation of the mythical, ancient Korean city of Asadal, the capital of Gojoseon.

The filming of a portion of the drama in the country represents a tremendous coup and one of the biggest successes for Brunei tourism, a reality made possible due to the efforts of Sinar Tour and Travel Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the Tourism Development Department, the sponsors of the event.

It is seen as a big help in promoting Brunei Darussalam as a tourist destination and placing it much more clearly on the world map.

Song Joong-ki will be in Brunei for two to three weeks for the filming.

Song Joong-ki, the famous lead actor of the 2016 Korean drama Descendents of the Sun, arrives at Brunei International Airport. – SINAR TOUR

Studio Dragon Co Ltd, the drama’s pro-duction company, chose Brunei Darussalam as a filming location due to its pristine forests and peaceful, natural environment.

Such authentic places are rare in Korea and fit the drama’s ancient storyline, the company said.

It added that Brunei’s beautiful natural landscape was discovered by its reconnaissance team, who were “very happy and satisfied with the sites and locations”.

Asadal Chronicles is directed by Kim-Won Seok, a veteran in the industry who has directed famous Korean television series such as Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) and Monstar (2013), and written by Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-Yeon.

It is scheduled to be aired in the first half of this year.