Bae Yong-joon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Bae.
Bae Yong-joon
Bae Yong Joon.jpg
Bae Yong-joon's waxwork made by his Japanese
Born (1972-08-29) August 29, 1972 (age 42)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Yonsama, BYJ
Occupation Actor, Model, Television Producer, Businessman
Years active 1994–present
Agent KeyEast
Korean name
Hangul 배용준
Revised Romanization Bae Yong-jun
McCune–Reischauer Pae Yongjun

Bae Yong-joon (born August 29, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea), is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in numerous television dramas and one of the first kkonminam icons. He is known as Yon-sama (ヨン様) to his Japanese fans.


Early life[edit]

Born in Mapo-gu, Seoul, he was educated in Il-mun Preschool and Myung-il Elementary School. He eventually went to study in PaiChai Middle School and Hanyoung High School. Later he went on to the Sungkyunkwan University with his major is FTM (Film, TV & Multimedia) in 1999.[1]

2005 Taiwan visit[edit]

During an August 2005 visit to Taiwan on a 3 day visit to promote April Snow,[2] Bae went to the hospital to see a cancer-stricken fan, who is a mother and who has drawn hundreds of portraits of Bae.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bae acknowledged that he is dating Lee Sa-gang (aka Sagan Lee, Sagang Lee, 이사강), and a photograph of her has since been distributed on the Internet.[4] However, according to a 2005 edition of the I-weekly, a MediaCorp owned magazine in Singapore, Bae has since separated from Lee, citing personal reasons. He has since decided to keep his marital status private.[5] Sources, notably HanCinema, maintain that Bae is still single.[6]

In 2006, he opened a business in Seoul. A healthy Western cuisine restaurant named "Gorilla in The Kitchen" in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. The unique name comes from an animal known for its energy and wisdom: the gorilla. Otherwise known as “Yon-sama’s restaurant” the restaurant has received praise from diners thanks to its unique concept, elegant interior, great service, and tasty food.[7]

Bae's agency, KeyEast Entertainment, reported that Bae's apartment at Samseong-dong, Seoul caught fire on May 7, 2006 around 8:00 p.m., due to a short circuit. The house was empty when the fire broke out, thus causing no injuries. However, the fire caused damages costing up to 10 million won.[8]

In 2011, he moved into a house in Seongbuk-dong from the villa in Samseong-dong, Seoul where he currently resides. Bae bought his first house which is located at the end of an expensive residential area well known as the rich village in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul. It gives a quiet and cozy impression.[9]

He also opened a business in Waikiki, Hawaii. A coffee shop named after his restaurant in Seoul, "Gorilla in The Café". And it opened last April 2012.[10]

In 2013, he won the grand prize at a hallyu awards ceremony hosted by the Japanese media industry and also received the best actor award in the Korean drama category of the Korean Entertainment 10th Anniversary Awards in Japan.[11]

Bae is recently a majority shareholder of KeyEast.



Year Title Role Network Notes
1997 PpilKu
2003 Untold Scandal Jo-won
2005 April Snow In-soo

TV series[edit]


Year Title Role Network
2009 Winter Sonata Anime Kang Joon-sang / Lee Min-hyeong
SKY PerfecTV!


  • 2004: The Image: Volume 1
  • 2005: 100 Days of Bae Yong-joon
  • 2007: BYJ Family Book
  • 2009: Journey in Search of Korea's Beauty
  • 2012: Visit to Kyoto


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