KUALA LUMPUR: Neither rain nor thunder was going to hamper the dreams of fans of South Korean heartthrob Lee Minho from catching a glimpse of him.

The actor, 28, was in town yesterday for a brief fan meet, held outside the front entrance of Pavilion KL.

Just before he made his appearance at 6pm, it had begun to rain but fans who had waited at the spot for several hours refused to budge to find cover.

When he finally showed up, thunderous screams were heard from the throng of fans outside the mall, and also those inside.

“Selamat datang!" Lee greeted the crowd with a gentle smile.

“Even though it is raining, you still come to see and support me. I'm so thankful for that."

Lee, who had flown in on Thursday night, was here to launch the South Korean restaurant Kyochon outlet at the mall. He is the ambassador for the franchise in Malaysia.

Dressed in a pair of grey slacks, and a light grey shirt, he presented Kyochon calendars and took commemorative photos with some lucky draw winners.

This marks Lee's sixth visit to Malaysia.

"Malaysian fans are so warm and friendly. That's why I always enjoy myself when I come here. Malaysia is beautiful."

Before he parted, Lee said that he would like to come back as a tourist and visit interesting places in the country.

"Saya cinta kamu," he said, to the screaming fans' delight.

Lee is one of the biggest stars in South Korea, having starred in highly-rated drama series including Boys Over Flowers, City Hunter and The Heirs.

He recently completed filming the China-Korea-financed action comedy film Bounty Hunter, set to be released later this year.

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Fans waiting for Lee Min Ho's arrival at Pavilion. Pix by Amirudin Sahib.
Winners of KyoChon 1991 competition pose with Lee Min Ho (centre). Pix by Amirudin Sahib.
Despite the rain, fans waited to catch a glimpse of Lee Min Ho. Pix by Amirudin Sahib.