Actor Ryu Si-won has been selected as the Korean Wave star chosen by models.
He will receive the prize at the 2006 Korea Model Festival Award on Friday evening at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Seoul. The event is being hosted by the Korea Model Association.
Three thousand Korean male and female models chose the honorees, including Ryu, through votes.
The ‘international exchange’ award went to Japanese actress Aoi Miyazaki, and Korean actor Lee Jun-ki received the special Korean Wave award. The meritorious Korean Wave honor went to producer Yoon Seok-ho of the hit drama series Winter Sonata.
Screen stars Jeong Joon-ho and Son Ye-jin were chosen as the best model-turned-actors for TV commercials, and Kim Seong-soo and Lee Seon-jin were recognized in the fashion model category. Actors Chun Jung-myung, Kim Ah-jung and singers Park Sang-min, Bada and Son Ho-young received the popularity prize.
The Friday award ceremony that will gather together all the top Korean models will also feature a special performance. Twenty five Korean models and Chinese and Japanese models will hold a fashion show together.
Foreign ambassadors and diplomats in Seoul will be invited to the event.