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Kim Tae Hee brings the ‘Rain Effect’ to Malaysia

The newly-married Korean actress makes her first media appearance across the causeway after getting hitched

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL, Malaysia
16 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL, Malaysia

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL, Malaysia
16 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL, Malaysia

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL, Malaysia
16 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL, Malaysia

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL. (Photo: BONIA)

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL, Malaysia
16 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL, Malaysia

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL, Malaysia
16 Mar 2017

Kim Tae Hee at the official launch of BONIA flagship boutique in KL, Malaysia

Fans waiting for Kim Tae Hee at Pavilion Elite. (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

Fans waiting for Kim Tae Hee at Pavilion Elite. (Photo: BONIA)

Malaysian actors Nazi Othman and Tong Bing Yu on the red carpet. (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

Malaysian actors Nazi Othman and Tong Bing Yu on the red carpet. (Photo: BONIA)

Fringe activities at BONIA's global flagship boutique opening ceremony (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

Fringe activities at BONIA's global flagship boutique opening ceremony (Photo: BONIA)

BONIA's global flagship boutique in Pavilion Elite, KL (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

BONIA's global flagship boutique in Pavilion Elite, KL (Photo: BONIA)

BONIA's global flagship boutique in Pavilion Elite, KL (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

BONIA's global flagship boutique in Pavilion Elite, KL (Photo: BONIA)

BONIA's global flagship boutique in Pavilion Elite, KL (Photo: BONIA)
17 Mar 2017

BONIA's global flagship boutique in Pavilion Elite, KL (Photo: BONIA)

DIRECT FROM KL: A little more than a month ago, Korean superstars Rain and Kim Tae Hee tied the knot in a low-key budget ceremony at a church located in Gwahedong, Seoul. The A-list couple made headlines for keeping the entire affair low-key, from their modest wedding venue to their simple outfits, despite sharing a combined real estate value worth tens of millions of dollars.

Fast forward to last Friday. Fresh from a beachside honeymoon in Bali, the newly-minted “Mrs Rain” returned to Southeast Asia as guest of honour for the grand opening of BONIA’s global flagship boutique in Pavilion Elite, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This was her first work event since getting married.

Dressed in a beigey pink lace number vaguely reminiscent of her self-designed white lace wedding gown, the Hallyu beauty was greeted by hundreds of screaming fans on the red carpet.

She smiled and waved, giving everyone a look at her flawless mien, before four personal bodyguards whisked her into the boutique, where more than 30 mall security personnel formed an impenetrable wall around her.

In case you’re wondering, yes, she’s really petite in real life and looks as good as she does on TV. Her face is literally palm-sized. She also radiated an ethereal dewy glow from her “no-makeup makeup” look which, we’re told, was the handiwork of three hair and makeup artists from her personal entourage from Korea.

The 37-year-old’s answers to questions posed at the closed door media session was were short, sweet, and peppered with plenty of girlish giggles, shy smiles and coy remarks.

As expected, no updates were given about her life after marriage or her work plans for 2017. The actress, whose last drama was 2015’s Yong-pal, simply expressed a desire to meet fans in Malaysia with a new drama in time to come – and that was all that was needed to drive them delirious with joy.

A few more fun facts gleaned from the fashion graduate’s brief interview on stage: she absolutely loves Malaysia’s bak kut teh, after tasting it during a short stopover in the country when she was visiting a friend in Singapore last year (hey, how come we didn’t get wind of this?). She is also a fan of small bags (like the Bonia bucket bag from the Moray collection she was toting around), which should be “big enough” to fit all of her belongings while still looking trendy and minimalistic.

Speaking of arm candy, the newly-married actress appeared at the event without her best accessory (her hunky husband) in sight, but the K-pop entertainer sure made his presence felt in the form of a heavy downpour that enveloped the city for hours later that night.

Guess we’ll call it the, uh, Mrs ‘Rain Effect’.

Click on for more pictures from the event!

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