Bae Yong-joon writes on beauty of his native country (Korea Herald)

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Bae Yong-joon writes on beauty of his native country

South Korean actor Bae Yong-joon, the celebrity identified with the Korean Wave, was embarrassed when he could not readily recommend a tourist attraction in his native country when asked by a foreign journalist at a news conference, according to news reports.

Yonhap News said the incident motivated the 36-year-old actor to better understand South Korea's culture and share his findings with his fans, so he went on a year-long journey to write a book.

The book, titled "Travel in Search of Korea's Beauty," is a collection of photos and essays he wrote during his one-year sojourn, spanning indigenous traditions in cuisine, handicrafts, temples and dress-making.

"This book is not a professional book about Korean culture. It is about a beginner's journey in learning Korean culture," Bae said in news conference Tuesday, a day ahead of his book's release in Korea.

A top celebrity throughout Asia who rose to stardom through his role in "Winter Sonata," the first-time author said writing was a challenge.

"The most difficult thing about writing was meeting the deadline, as you know," he said to the hundreds of journalists at the press conference.



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