Stars' Divorce Spoils Local Festival

  • By Jeong Sung-won

    July 01, 2019 12:34

    A local festival in Taebaek, Gangwon Province themed on the 2016 mega-hit TV series "Descendants of the Sun" has been canceled on news that its stars Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo are divorcing.

    The organizers in an emergency meeting Friday decided to cancel the festival scheduled for late July.

    Taebaek was the location for the show that aired from February to April 2016.

    A statue of the stars of the 2016 TV series "Descendants of the Sun" in a park in Taebaek, Gangwon Province /Yonhap

    After the success of the series, Taebaek spent W540 million restoring the film sets and build a theme park nearby to attract tourists (US$1=W1,156). It includes a statue of the two actors kissing.

    It seems there was too much riding on the real-life love story, with even the title -- "Taebaek Couple Festival" -- dependent on a happy outcome.

    The city will now search for a different focus.

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