Celebrity watch in streets of Seoul

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Celebrity watch in streets of Seoul

Running into world-famous celebrities can make your day.
I once sat next to Arnold Schwarzenegger in a Los Angeles pizza joint. And I ran into Tina Chow, Karl Lagerfeld’s legendary muse, on a L.A. street.
But, what’s your chance of running into these stars in Korea?
A few months ago, Muccia Prada, the Italian designer for Prada, passed me on an Apgujeong-dong crosswalk.
Just last weekend, Collective Soul, an American alternative rock band, was spotted hanging out at a live-music club in Itaewon. If I had known, I would have stayed another half an hour. I heard they didn’t sing ― thank goodness.
There will be plenty of famous musicians at the 2003 Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Gyeongsang province. The fest kicks off Tuesday.
Classical musicians are like rock stars here. Their concerts are held in amphitheaters and stadiums; their portraits are splashed across the pages of newspapers and on banners that span bridges.
Alas, rock stars are rarely feted when visiting Korea.

by Ines Cho
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