Hallyu star Lee Joon-gi [JG Company]
An upcoming Korean language learning book featuring Hallyu star Lee Joon-gi is already causing stir among his fans in Southeast Asian countries.
The book, titled "Hello~ Korean", was written by two authors and features the Korean actor who participated from the early planning stages, offering his ideas and lending his famous voice free of charge for its narration.
"We are receiving an enormous amount of phone calls and emails asking about the book ever since news got out that Lee Joon-gi had taken part in it", an official at publisher Mari Books was quoted as saying.
The official explained that while a majority of inquires are from fans and publishing companies in Asia including Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia, several colleges and language schools in the region are said to be asking about using the book for their Korean classes as well.
The traditional language learning textbook will be available in four languages -- Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese.
"Hello~ Korean" will be taking advance orders at online bookstore Yes24 starting this Friday and available at offline bookstores from May 26.
Lee, 28, became a household name throughout Asia after playing a woman-like clown in the 2005 hit film "The King and the Clown" and starred in many notable television dramas including "My Girl" (SBS, 2005), "Time Between Dog and Wolf - Drama" (MBC, 2007), "Iljimae" (SBS, 2008)" and most recently "Hero - Drama" (MBC, 2009).
Last week, he joined the Korean army as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory two-year military duties and is currently receiving basic training at Nonsan military camp.
Korean language learning book featuring actor Lee Joon-gi
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