Swansea City’s South Korean international Ki Sung Yueng is to have a “Gangnam style” wedding next month to actress and TV presenter Han Hye-jin.
The pair have announced they will wed in a luxury hotel in the Gangnam district of Seoul on July 1.
The bustling city centre district became world famous because of Gangnam Style – the smash hit dance anthem by South Korean pop star PSY which took the world by storm.
The wedding of 24-year-old ex-FC Seoul and Celtic midfielder Ki and Han Hye-jin, a popular TV presenter and movie actress in South Korea, will be one of the social events of the year in Gangnam.The pair are regarded as the “Posh and Becks” of South Korea given Han’s glittering entertainment world career and Ki’s status as one of South Korea’s leading international football stars.Speaking in Seoul, 31-year-old Han said this week: “I’m getting married on July 1.We promised to tie the knot and become one.” She added: “Ki can only make time for our wedding during his vacation.“If we miss the opportunity this year, we’ll have to wait until next year, so we thought this time would be best in consideration of the importance of the next football season for him.” The couple will have a private family wedding at the Inter Continental Hotel in Samseong-dong, Gangnam, which is equipped with a towering “skybar” enjoying panoramic views over Seoul.
Gangnam is known as the “Mayfair of Seoul”, a high-rise district in a modern, upmarket shopping area which features the huge Korean World Trade Centre seen in the Gangnam Style video.
Despite its modern looks, Gangnam does feature one large, traditional temple, Bongeun.
Han told a Korean newspaper: “We decided to rent wedding clothes and exchange only wedding rings.
“We chose a wedding hall that could accommodate a lot of people, but it will be far from a luxury wedding.” Han’s agency Namoo Actors said: “Han wanted to forestall groundless rumours about her marriage.
“She will travel back and forth between Britain and Korea while continuing her career after the marriage.” Gangnam is one of the 25 gu (local government districts) which make up the city of Seoul, Gangnam literally meaning South of the (Han) River.
The couple met two years ago at a charity football match in Vietnam.