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
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
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.[2]

2005 Taiwan visit[edit]

During an August 2005 visit to Taiwan on a 3 day visit to promote April Snow,[3] Bae went to the hospital to see a cancer-stricken fan, who is a mother and who has drawn hundreds of portraits of Bae.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] Sources, notably HanCinema, maintain that Bae is still single.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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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