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Another Kim Jong Un lookalike excites crowds in Ho Chi Minh City’s ‘backpacker area’

Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:39 GMT+7
Another Kim Jong Un lookalike excites crowds in Ho Chi Minh City’s ‘backpacker area’
A foreign visitor poses for a photo with Dragon Kim, who dresses up as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, on Bui Vien Walking Street in Ho Chi Minh City on February 24, 2019. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Another doppelganger of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared in Ho Chi Minh City’s ‘backpacker area’ on Sunday night and was quickly surrounded by excited residents and tourists.

The Kim Jong Un impersonator was spotted strolling along Bui Vien Walking Street in District 1 in the evening.

Many people tried to take photos with him, while some even live-streamed the moment on Facebook.

The man dressed up and acted as if he were the real North Korean leader, but there were times when he was just being himself, singing and dancing to the crowd.

During a brief interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, the man said he is Dragon Kim, a South Korean national who has lived in Vietnam for four months.

Kim currently manages an English center in the southern metropolis.

The Kim Jong Un doppelganger is surrounded by the crowd. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre
The Kim Jong Un doppelganger is surrounded by the crowd. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

He has been impersonating the North Korean leader over the past seven years as he traveled to the United States, mainland China, and Hong Kong, among other places.

It is all just for fun and to entertain people, Kim stated, adding he does not get paid for ‘cosplaying’ the North Korean leader.

Kim apparently decided to entertain people at Bui Vien with his impersonating, at a time when the real Kim Jong Un is scheduled to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi later this week.

People take selfies with Dragon Kim. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre
People take selfies with Dragon Kim. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

On this occasion, a pair of doppelgangers of the two high-profile leaders were seen in the Vietnamese capital last week, capturing both media and public attention.

On Friday, Howard X, the professional and famous impersonator of Kim Jong Un from Australia, and with Russell White, a Canadian lookalike of U.S. President Donald Trump, shook hands in front of the press in Hanoi on Friday.

The two, donning typical costumes of the leaders, hired their own bodyguards.

A visitor live-streams the moment on social media. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre
A visitor live-streams the moment on social media. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Howard X became internationally popular after appearing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, dressing up as the North Korean leader. He also arrived in Singapore in June 2018 ahead of the first Trump-Kim Summit in the city-state.  

The second North Korea-U.S. Summit is scheduled to take place in Hanoi on February 27 and 28. Trump and Kim met for their first summit in Singapore last June.

Dragon Kim sings to people on Bui Vien Walking Street. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre
Dragon Kim sings to people on Bui Vien Walking Street. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

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