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Tourists flock to S.Korea surgeons seeking celebrity looks


Joo Kwon, the founder of CEO of JK Plastic Surgery Center, pictured at his office in Seoul, last month. Chinese are packing Joo's centre -- one of the country's largest -- and many other clinics, lured by the looks of South Korean entertainers who have taken Asia by storm.

It was in the mid-2000s when South Korean plastic surgeon Joo Kwon noticed a trickle of Chinese women walking into his clinic, even though he hadn't advertised overseas.

"They somehow found a way to the clinic... and nearly all of them said they want the face of Lee Young-Ae," Joo said, referring to a top South Korean actress who starred in the pan-Asian hit drama "Jewel in the Palace".

The trickle has now turned into a flood of Chinese packing Joo's JK Plastic Surgery Centre -- one of the country's largest -- and many other clinics, lured by the looks of South Korean entertainers who have taken Asia by storm.
A Hallyu (Korean wave) of pop culture over the past decadeCollapse )

Source: bangkokpost
Tags: culture, plastic surgery
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