About a week ago, Conan announced that he would be traveling to South Korea to meet his fans — Worst Korea for you few folks reading in Best Korea — and filming one of his remote shows during the visit. It’s always fun when Conan goes on location for anything, but this trip seems like it might be aiming to go to new heights. We know this because the host took control of the official Team Coco Instagram account and has been documenting the entire trip.
Sunny Lee, the fan who sparked the idea was at the airport to meet Conan, along with a bunch of other fans. As you can see in this video featuring Clueless Gamer sidekick Aaron Bleyaert, folks were pretty excited for the comedian’s arrival.
Even if Conan wasn’t taking notes at every turn, it seems like the folks in Korea are treating him like royalty. He’s getting plenty of coverage on his own by the Korean people on social media and the Korean news. He even ruffled a few feathers after a scheduled appearance had to be canceled, according to The Korea Times:
The event was supposed to last for about two hours on Monday evening with some 230 Korean fans at the Posco P&S Tower in southern Seoul, but ended after just 30 minutes without a clear explanation. Shortly after his departure from the scene, the U.S. Embassy posted a photo of O’Brien standing with the ambassador.
Fans at the event claim the ambassador’s unexpected appearance might be the main reason for the bungled event. But the U.S. Embassy in Seoul and the event’s organizers denied the allegations, saying his visit was “brief” and the ambassador had nothing to do with the short-lived event.
Other than that, Conan has been welcomed with open arms and seems to have plenty of interesting segments lined up for when the episode finally airs. Not only is Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead involved, the two visited the DMZ together. It might not be a Korean spa, but it’s definitely noteworthy:
And it seems like Conan is even set on having fun with Jordan Schlansky during the visit, taking a cardboard cutout to a Taekwondo to let a master kick its head off.
Conan will also make an appearance on the drama One More Happy Ending on Korean network MBC. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, Asian Wiki has you covered:
Han Mi-Mo (Jang Na-Ra), Baek Da-Jung (You Da-In), Go Dong-Mi (Yoo In-Na) and Hong Ae-Ran (Seo In-Young) were once members of idol group “Angels.”
Han Mi-Mo now works as a rep for a remarriage consulting business. She is also divorced. Her former bandmate Baek Da-Jung is also a rep at the same company. She married a rich man, but her marriage is on the rocks. Go Dong-Mi is now an elementary school teacher. She is single and feels lonely. Hong Ae-Ran is a representative for an internet shopping mall. The women are still friends.
Song Soo-Hyuk (Jung Kyoung-Ho) is a reporter and a single father. He has a friend, Goo Hae-Joon (Kwon Yool), who is a doctor and single. Song Soo-Hyuk and Goo Hae-Joon become involved with the women.
So it’s basically Sex In The City meets Girls? I think. Should be fun either way. Check out some of the other great stuff from the trip below. Here’s hoping that Conan will somehow have to end up eating his octopus friend or will make it part of his show, replacing La Bamba.