Former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson revealed on Friday that he closed a partnership deal with Korean actor and singer Lee Seung Gi alongside other Korean investors to establish a Korean lifestyle hub in Manila, which will be called “Little Seoul.”
The proposed location for this project is Metrowalk in Pasig City. Singson stated that the hub is envisioned as a comprehensive complex comprising various buildings and centers. It will serve as a dynamic space where Filipino talents can thrive, further develop their skills, and engage in creative pursuits.
“If things go well, this will soon lay its foundation at Metrowalk and will complete construction in two to three years,” Singson told Manila Standard Lifestyle while waiting for the arrival of the Korean superstar at his private hangar at the NAIA.
“It’s like a little Korea, but we will call it Little Seoul. And once we’ve finalized the project, we might involve the Department of Tourism, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Trade and Industry,” he said ensuring that Little Seoul aligns with broader national objectives, such as promoting tourism, creating employment opportunities, and fostering economic growth.
The concept of Little Seoul draws inspiration from the vibrant cultural landscape of Korea. Singson envisions a place that captures the spirit and charm of the country, recreating a miniature version of Korea within Manila by offering an immersive experience of Korean culture.
Asked about the project, Lee said, “It’s only our second time to meet but we are looking forward to more Philippine projects together.”
Lee returned to the Philippines for The Dreamer’s Dream Chapter 2 Asia tour concert, held at the New Frontier Theater on May 27. His previous visit to the country took place in 2019 when he held a fan meet for his popular series, Vagabond, at the same venue.
Impressed by the scenic beauty of the Philippines, Lee expressed his fascination and mentioned his desire to film a television series in Vigan. Additionally, he even said interest in releasing a Filipino song. Speaking to the press, he enthusiastically stated, “I firmly believe that creating Korean shows in the Philippines would be amazing.”
“I visited Vigan and I found it a beautiful city. Someday we would like to film a series there,” the actor shared.
Lee is known for starring in the hit Korean dramas A Korean Odyssey, Mouse, and The King 2 Hearts, to name a few.