Wednesday, March 14, 2012

'Secret Garden' voted most favorite Korean drama


By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines – The 2010 hit series “Secret Garden” was voted as the most favorite Korean drama by international fans, according to a survey.

Arirang TV’s “Showbiz Korea” held an online survey from Feb. 16 to Mar. 11 among its international viewers about their favorite dramas and stars. A total of 2,024 viewers participated in the survey.
To the question “Out of the following drama with highest ratings, which one is your favorite?,” “Secret Garden” came on top, garnering 16.1 percent or 326 votes.
“Secret Garden” was a hit drama in 2010 and starred Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won. It won as best drama in the 47th Paeksang Art Awards in 2011.
Second is 2009’s “Boys Over Flowers,” which starred Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon and Koo Hye Sun. The drama garnered 265 votes or 13.1 percent.
Third is “You’re Beautiful” (2009) with 11.1 percent or 224 votes, “Goong” (2006) with 8.1 percent (164 votes), “Coffee Prince” (2007) with 7.4 percent (150 votes), “Full House” (2004) with 6 percent (121 votes) and “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” (2010) with 5.8 percent (117 votes).
Surprisingly, hit dramas such as “Jewel in the Palace,” “Winter Sonata,” “Lovers in Paris,” and “Stairway to Heaven” were not in any of the top spots.
The stars of “Secret Garden” were also voted top favorites.
On the question “"If he was mine, I can give everything up!" Which male character would you like to have by your side?,”   actor Hyun Bin came at No. 1 with 15.3 percent or 309 votes.
He is followed by “Boys Over Flowers” star Kim Hyun Joong with 12.3 percent (249 votes), “Boys Over Flowers” star Lee Min-ho with 9.8 percent (198 votes), “You’re Beautiful” star Jang Geun Suk with 8.4 percent (170 votes), “Brilliant Legacy” star Lee Seung Gi with 7.1 percent (144 votes).
International fans were also asked the question “If you're reborn again, which leading actress role in what drama do you wish to live as?”
A total of 281 fans or 13.9 percent voted “Secret Garden” star Ha Ji Won as their No. 1 choice, followed by Yoon Eun Hye for “Goong” with 11.2 percent (227 votes), Park Shin Hye of “You’re Beautiful” with 11.1 percent (225 votes), miss A’s Suzy for “Dream High” with 10.9 percent (221 votes) and Yoon Eun Hye for “Coffee Prince” with 7.8 percent (158 votes).

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