Kim Ki Bum’s first appearance in the drama was in episode 4, which was broadcasted on October 13. Many viewers remarked on Kim Ki Bum’s eyes, saying that they looked bloated like they have gone under surgery. Netizens commented with “He looks different; is it because of surgery?” and “Please explain.”
On October 15, Kim Ki Bum directly responded to the rumors on his Twitter. He wrote, “Eyelid surgery? My eyes were swollen because of allergies so I had to put on a lot of makeup. I don’t care what other people think but to people who know me – I didn’t do eyelid surgery.”
With rumors addressed, it seems that fans can now focus on Kim Ki Bum’s return to the small screen for the first time in three years. He will be displaying his matured acting as scholar Park Paeng Nyun, who is a member of King Sejong’s inner circle.