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Ultimate Guide To K-Pop Hyungs/Eonnies

Previously we have given you a list of your bias maknae’s, the following are their Hyung’s or Eonnies (Korean word for older male and female than your age). Here’s the following list of your favourite idols:

  1. Yoo IL (5urprise)

    ©Yoo Il, yooil0111, Dec. 4, 2015, www.instagram.com

    Yoo Il born Park Sang-il on January 11, 1990 is a South Korean actor. In 2009, he made his debut as a cast member of the variety show Allzzang Generation (ko). Since 2013, he has been a member and the leader of Fantagio’s actor group 5urprise.

  2. MJ (ASTRO)

©MJ, officialastro, May 17, 2017, www.instagram.com

 

Kim Myung Jun a.k.a. MJ, March 5, 1994 at Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. After a JYP audition, he was awarded a one-year scholarship to Seoul National University. In 2015, he appeared in Fantagio Web Drama 투비컨티뉴드 “To Be Continued”. He calls himself “Smile Engine”, his nickname is “Happy Virus”.

 

  1. CNU (B1A4)

Shin Dong-woo born June 16, 1991 in in Cheongju, North Chungcheong, South Korea. He better known by his stage name CNU. A singer and actor, he is best known for being a member of the South Korean boy group B1A4. In 2012, he appeared in the KBS sitcom Sent From Heaven. He later studied at Hanyang University at the Department of Theater and Film.

 

  1. Jisoo (BlackPink)

    ©Jisoo, blackpinkofficial, Jan. 27, 2018, www.instagram.com

 

Kim Ji Soo (김지수) born January 3, 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. She trained for 5 years and the was the third member of BlackPink to be revealed. Jisoo can play the drums and the piano. She has a dog named Dalgom. Aside from Korean, she can speak Chinese and Japanese.

 

  1. EunKwang (BTOB)

    ©EunKwang, Cube Entertainment, www.cubeent.co.kr

 

Seo Eun-kwang (서은광) born November 22, 1990, also simply known as Eunkwang, is a South Korean singer, entertainer, and the leader and main vocalist of the South Korean boy group BtoB. He graduated from Dongshin University, majoring in Practical Music. Eunkwang also contributed as the lyricist in their fourth mini album, Beep Beep with the song “Melody” that is dedicated to their fans. In 2013, Eunkwang made his musical debut as “Albert” in “Monte Cristo” the musical. He also joined the cast for the musical, “Bachelor’s Vegetable Store” as Chul Jin-yeok.

 

  1. Jin (BTS)

©Jin, bts.bighitofficial, Feb. 1, 2017, www.instagram.com

 

Kim Seokjin (김석진), better known by his stage name Jin (진), was born in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea on December 4, 1992. He has an older brother named Kim Seok Jung, who introduced Jin to the world of hip-hop. Before joining the band BTS, Jin intended to work at his father’s company. Due to his good looks, Jin was first scouted by one of the biggest talent agencies in South Korea, SM, but he refused to join the agency thinking that it was a scam and that the person approaching him was lying. In 2015, he enrolled at Konkuk University in southeastern Seoul, majoring in film. He graduated in February 2017. He is currently pursuing further studies at Hanyang Cyber University. He named his future children– the girl to be Yu-sun (유선) and the boy to be Yu-bi (유비). He chose V as the member he is closest to.

  1. Yong Hwa (CNBLUE)

    ©Yong Hwa, Elle Korea, Oct. 25, 2017, www.instagram.com

 

Jung Yong-hwa was born on June 22, 1989 in Seoul, South Korea. A musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the leader, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band CNBLUE. Jung made his television debut in You’re Beautiful (2009) and has since starred in television dramas Heartstrings (2011), Marry Him If You Dare (2013) and The Three Musketeers (2014). In 2015, Jung made his solo debut with the album One Fine Day.

 

  1. Xiumin (EXO)

    ©Xiumin, exo.smtown.com

 

Kim Min-seok born March 26, 1990 in Guri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, better known by his stage name Xiumin, is a singer and actor. He is best known as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO, its sub-group EXO-M, and its sub-unit EXO-CBX. He was a student at Kwandong Catholic University where he attended a seminar and gave a presentation for students in Applied Music. Xiumin learned martial arts and has a black belt in Kendo and Taekwondo. He also trained in Wushu and Fencing. Xiumin is also known as an avid fan of football and is an honorary ambassador of the Korea Football Association. Before Xiumin’s participation in S.M.’s Everysing Contest, he had auditioned for JYP in 2008 but was rejected. In 2008, Xiumin won second place in the S.M. Everysing Contest. He later became a trainee through S.M. Entertainment’s Casting System. He was revealed as the seventh member EXO in January 2012.

 

  1. Mark (GOT7)

    ©Mark, mark_tuan, Feb. 17, 2018, www.instagram.com

Mark Yi En Tuan a.k.a Mark was born on September 4, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, United States. He became a JYP trainee in 2010. Mark is close to BTOB’s Peniel, BTS’s V, Monsta X’s Minhyuk and f(x)’s Amber. He lived in Brazil and Paraguay for a couple of years. His favourite colour is red and he is a good swimmer. His favourite subject during high school was Mathematics. He was pretty good at it. His motto is “Work hard, play hard”.

 

  1. Sung Kyu (Infinite)

    ©Sung Kyu, woolliment.phps.kr

 

Kim Sung-kyu born April 28, 1989 in Jeonju, South Korea, is referred to as Sunggyu or Sungkyu. He is the leader and main vocalist of South Korean boy band Infinite. He attended Jeonju National University High School and was in the school rock band called “Coma Beat“. In 2008, he auditioned for SM Entertainment but failed to make the cut. Due to his admiration for rock band Nell, he initially auditioned at Woollim Entertainment under the recommendation of Nell’s manager whom he’d met at the café where he worked at part-time. In 2010, Sung-kyu finally made his debut with Infinite on June 9. On February 15, 2013 Sung-kyu graduated from Daekyung University’s Practical Music program and received along with members L, Sungyeol, Hoya, and Dongwoo, the ‘Proud Daekyung University Student Award‘ in the hope that the group would continue to grow and bring prestige to the school. Sungkyu is currently a student of Practical Music at Hoseo University.

 

  1. Youjin (KNK)

    ©Youjin, KNK_Fanbase, 15.04.2017, twitter.com

 

Kim Youjin known as Youjin was born February 10, 1993. He is a former TS Entertainment trainee and trained with B.A.P. He participated in YG Entertainment’s idol survival show “MIXNINE” but didn’t pass the auditions. He wants to travel to a lot of countries and explore diverse cultures.  Youjin’s ideal type is petite and cute someone like Han JiMin.

 

  1. Solar (MAMAMOO)

    ©Solar, solar.mamamoo, 27.02.2018, www.instagram.com

 

Kim Yong-sun (김용선) born on February 21, 1991 in Gangseo-gu, South Korea. She is better known by the mononym Solar (솔라), signed under Rainbow Bridge World (formerly WA Entertainment). Solar is the leader and main vocalist of Mamamoo. In 2016, she appeared on MBC variety show “We Got Married” with Eric Nam. She graduated from Modern K Music Academy University.

 

  1. Shownu (MONSTA X)

    ©Shownu, MonstaX_SHOWNU, 2015-10-21, www.weibo.com

 

Sohn Hyun-woo (손현우) a.k.a. Shownu born 18th June 1992 in Changdong, Donbonggu, Seoul, South Korea. He is the leader of his group MONSTA X and was a former JYP trainee for about 2 years with GOT7 with whom he is friends. He was a back-up dancer in Lee Hyori’s BAD GIRL. Shownu starred in “High-end Crush” (2015). His ideal type is a pure woman like the actress Gong Hyojin.

 

  1. Irene (Red Velvet)

 

Irene was born Bae Joo-hyun on March 29, 1991 in Daegu, South Korea. She attended Haknam High School in Daegu. She joined S.M. Entertainment in 2009 and trained for five years. In December 2013, Irene was one of the second batch of trainees introduced as a member of S.M. Entertainment’s pre-debut group, SM Rookies, alongside trainee Lami and now-NCT member Jaehyun. She also appeared in the music video of labelmate Henry Lau’s song “1-4-3” several months prior. In November, she appeared in the music video of Kyuhyun’s single “At Gwanghwamun“. From May 2015 to June 2016, Irene hosted the music show Music Bank with actor Park Bo-gum. It was announced on February 26, 2018 that she was selected to be the model of contact lens brand Cooper Vision.

 

  1. S.Coups (SEVENTEEN)

    ©S.Coups, www.pledis.co.kr

 

Choi Seung Cheol (최승철) also known as S. Coups was born August 8, 1995 in Daegu, South Korea. He created his stage name himself. The S stands for Seungcheol and Seventeen. The Coups means big success. As a rapper, he wants to have his own cool name. He’s one of the original Pledis Boys and was originally supposed to be a NU’EST member. S. Coups was formally a member of ‘Tempest’ before Seventeen was created. The meaning behind his real name is that Seung means clearly winning/winning and the Cheol means fair. It means to win fairly. He prefers Summer to Winter. He trained for 6 years. He’s a black belt in Taekwondo (studied it for 7 Years).

 

  1. Suhyun (Snuper)

    ©Suhyun, Snuper – 스누퍼, 28.02.2018, www.facebook.com

 

Choi Hyung-geun (최형근) also known as Suhyun born on the 1st Oct. 1992. His blood type is A and he was a zodiac sign of Libra. Suhyun has a tattoo in the collarbone area that says “there are two kinds of music, the good and the bad. i play the good kind”.  He wanted to be a lawyer or president. And was considered the king of games in the group, before entering the Music Industry. He once worked at a ramen manufacturing place where he cleaned off the machines that turned the flour into powder. He has donated to a cause that helps children in Nepal.

 

  1. Nayeon (TWICE)

    ©Nayeon, twice.jype.com

 

Born Im Na Yeon (임나연) on 22nd Sept. 1995 and known by her stage name Nayeon. Nayeon was chosen for JYP’s girl group 6mix but they disbanded and never debuted. When she was a kid, Nayeon entered a child model contest and got cast by JYP. At the time, her mom refused, but 10 years later, in 2010, she secretly entered a JYP open audition and passed. She was the first sixteen member to be announced and the first member to be confirmed in Twice. Nayeon’s left leg is weak due to her being in a car accident when she was still in her childhood days. Nayeon and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo and Jennie are very close friends.

 

  1. N (VIXX)

 

Cha Hak-yeon (차학연) born June 30, 1990 in Changwon, South Korea. He is better known by his stage name N (엔) in Changwon, South Korea. He began his acting career in 2014 in MBC’s romantic-melodrama Hotel King as Noah. He has since had roles in The Family is Coming (2015), Cheer Up! (2015) and Tomorrow Boy (2016). N began his career as a radio host in May 2015 with his show VIXX N K-pop on SBS Power FM. N studied at Howon University and spent a year in Japan. Before debuting with VIXX, N participated in a musical called Gwanghwamun Love Song and entered in dance competitions. He had an extensive dance background, specializing in hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and contemporary. In 2009, he participated and won various competitions held by big entertainment agencies such as SM, YG, and JYP. His blindfold dance, which he personally choreographed, won the Grand Prize at the Korean Youth Dance Festival.

 

  1. Jisung (Wanna One)

 

Yoon Byeong-ok (윤병옥) was born on March 8, 1991 in Wonju, Gangwon-do, South Korea but he legally changed his name to Yoon Jisung (윤지성). He ended ‘Produce 101’ on the 8th rank with a total of 902,098 votes. He was a trainee at MMO Entertainment with Daniel, both were backup dancers for Fiestar’s Cao Lu. After Park Seongwoo was eliminated, Jisung was the oldest trainee in Produce 101. Jisung’s ideal type is younger than him. Anyone? Put your hands up!

 

  1. Kevin (ZE:A)

    ©Kevin, kevinkim88, 29.12.2017, www.instagram.com

 

Kevin was born Kim Ji-yeop (김지엽) on 23rd February 1988 in Korea and was raised in Sydney, Australia. He speaks English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese and has a younger sister name Michelle. He was a member of the 2nd Season of “The Romantic & Idol”. Kevin became a host on the Australian Popasia radio show called “SBS PopAsia!”. His ideal type is a kind-hearted girl. Are you? 😉

 

There are many who do not believe that this level of success will be maintained. However, success breeds success! The best example of the fruits of the Korean government’s tactic of using a ‘soft power’ policy of endearing the country to the rest of the world came at the recent Winter Olympic Games!

Not only was the event a magnificent extravaganza, but the South’s open arms policy was embraced by the North and they fielded a joint team. Such an occurrence, which not long ago would have been unimaginable, opened the eyes of the watching cosmos and sowed seeds of hope for the future.

If such progress can be made on the political front, it is surely within the capability of Koreans to sustain a long and successful Entertainment Industry!

 


Featured Image Source: Concert at the Arena, Brodie Vissers , burst.shopify.com

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