The long-awaited wax figure of Super Junior member Siwon Choi has today arrived Madame Tussauds Hong Kong’s K-wave Zone. As one of the most popular Korean idols in recent years, Choi is also extremely active on social media: his Twitter followers exceeded five million in October, making him the first Korean to achieve this feat. Debuting in 2005 as a member of the ultra-popular pop group Super Junior, Choi has since soared in popularity as a singer as well as television drama and film actor. The Korean wave is undoubtedly surging, and as a core member of Super Junior – an important icon of the K-pop culture – Choi will undoubtedly give Madame Tussauds Hong Kong’s celebrity line-up a strong boost.
Donning a grey plaid-patterned suit and a black tie, Choi’s wax figure looks just as dapper as its living counterpart and exudes the celebrity’s signature contemporary and impeccable style. According to Choi, he chose the hands-in-pockets pose not only because he preferred this pose in casual settings, but it also encouraged fans to interact with his wax likeness up-close.
In spite of the time-consuming sitting process, during which the Madame Tussauds sculpting team took detailed measurements of the K-pop sensation’s various body parts, Choi remained professional and communicated closely with the team. True to his humorous and energetic character, Choi used the team’s instruments to “take measurements” of team members, sending shockwaves of laughter throughout the studio and making the process a most enjoyable one for all involved.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong’s K-wave Zone, the first K-pop themed zone in Madame Tussauds worldwide, is also home to other Korean celebrities including: Kim Soo-hyun, the lead actor of the immensely popular series My Love from the Star; U-Know Yun-ho and Max Changmin from TVXQ!, often referred as “the Kings of K-pop”; Nichkhun Horvejkul, singer and rapper from boy band 2PM; and Bae Yong-joon, best known for his role in the drama Winter Sonata.