Han Seung-yeon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Han.
Han Seung-yeon
Background information
Born (1988-07-24) July 24, 1988 (age 25)
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Genres Pop, Dance-pop, Rock
Occupations Singer, Dancer, MC
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels DSP Media
Associated acts Kara, SS501, Puretty, 4Tomorrow
Korean name
Revised Romanization Han Seung-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Han Sŭngyŏn

Han Seung-yeon (born July 24, 1988) is a South Korean idol singer, dancer, and actress. She is known for being the main vocalist of the girl group Kara, formed by DSP Media in 2007.


Han Seung-yeon was born on July 24, 1988, in Seoul, South Korea. She left South Korea to study at Tenafly High School in New Jersey, United States. However, she withdrew from high school mid-course in order to pursue a singing career.[1] After returning to South Korea, she debuted as a singer on March 29, 2007, as a member of the girl group Kara along with Park Gyuri, Jung Nicole and Kim Sunghee. During her time with the group, she passed a high school qualification exam, the College Scholastic Ability Test, and was accepted by Kyung Hee University, majoring in Theater and Film.[1]


Main article: Kara (band)

Kara debuted as a quartet on M! Countdown in March 2007 with their debut single "Break It" from their first studio album entitled The First Blooming. In early 2008, however, member Kim Sunghee left the group due to parental pressure.[2] She was eventually replaced by Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung, and the group made their comeback as a quintet with "Rock U" in July 2008.

Solo artist[edit]

Due to Kara's debut album The First Blooming being relatively unsuccessful, Han went on to participate in many variety shows from late 2007 to early 2009 in order to keep the group recognizable to the public.[3] She was the VJ for MSL Break from 2007 to 2008. She replaced Tiffany of Girls' Generation as co-host of Boys and Girls Music Guide in June 2008 with Kim Hye-sung,[4] and later with actor Kim Soo-hyun.[5] Their segment ended on May 8, 2009. From October to December 2008, she was part of the cast of the MBC Every 1 reality show I Need a Family - Season 2, where a group of celebrities would live life as a family, consisting of a father, mother, son and daughter.[6] She also became part of MBC's entertainment news show Section TV as a "pop correspondent," debuting on November 21, 2008.[7] On July 31, 2011, she became a co-host of SBS's Animal Farm.

Han was featured on rapper Nassun's single "Come to Play," which was released in March 2009, and was featured on the soundtrack for the movie Why Did You Come to My House? (2009), releasing her first solo song entitled "Miracle."[8] In October 2009, she became part of the "Dream Team Girl Group" named 4Tomorrow for Samsung's campaign Samsung Anycall. Their digital single "Tomorrow" was released on October 6, and the official music video for their single was released on the October 12, starring actor Lee Dong-gun.[9] In 2010, she recorded the song "Super Star" for the soundtrack of the KBS2 drama Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010). She performed the song as one of her solos during the South Korean leg of Kara's tour entitled Karasia in February 2012. In 2011, she recorded the song "Because of Love" for the soundtrack of the SBS drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011).

In January 2012, it was announced that each member of Kara would be recording solo material for their upcoming concerts, and it was later revealed that Han's song was entitled "Guilty". She performed her solo song during the group's tour along with the other members and their respective solo songs. The Japanese version of "Guilty" was later included in Kara's special album Kara Collection in September 2012. It was released digitally in Japan on August 26, with the video being released on September 4.[10][11] The Korean version of the song was included in the group's compilation album Kara Solo Collection, which was released on December 4 in South Korea. The track was released digitally on November 30 along with its respective music video.[12] She made her solo debut with "Guilty" on MBC's Music Core on December 15.[13]


Han made her acting debut as a child actress in a bit part in Star in My Heart (1997).[14]

After cameos on the sitcoms More Charming by the Day (2010) and Salamander Guru and The Shadows (2012), she appeared as the protagonist's younger counterpart in the daily drama Pure Love (2013). Then in her first major supporting role, Han portrayed Choi Suk-bin in the period drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love (2013).[15]



Main article: Kara discography


  • "Come to Play with me" - Nassun feat. Han Seung-yeon (2009)
  • "Miracle" - Han Seung-yeon (Why Did You Come to My House? OST) (2009)
  • "Dugeundugeun Tomorrow" - 4 Tomorrow (with Uee, Hyuna, Ga In) (2009)
  • "Super Star" - Han Seung-yeon (Mary Stayed Out All Night OST) (2010)
  • "Because of Love" - Han Seung-yeon (Warrior Baek Dong-soo OST) (2011)
  • "Guilty" - Han Seung-yeon (2012) - KARA Collection
  • "Should I love alone" - Han Seung-yeon (Her Lovely Heels OST) (2014)


Variety show[edit]

Network Title Role Dates
MBC Game MSL Break VJ
  • October 17, 2007 – August 27, 2008
KMTV Boys and Girls Music Guide MC
  • June 30, 2008 – May 8, 2009
MBC Every 1 I Need a Family - Season 2 Herself
  • October 7, 2008 – December 30, 2008
MBC Section TV Pop correspondent
  • November 21, 2008 – January 25, 2009
SBS Animal Farm MC
  • July 31, 2011 – present
SBS Running Man Guest (ep 93-94)
  • May 6, 2012 & May 13, 2012

Television drama[edit]

Network Title Role Dates
MBC Star in My Heart Orphan (bit part)
  • 1997
MBC More Charming by the Day Intern (cameo, ep 80)
  • August 3, 2010
TV Tokyo URAKARA Han Seung-yeon
  • January 14, 2011 – April 8, 2011
SBS Salamander Guru and The Shadows Seung-yeon (cameo, ep 8)
  • March 16, 2012
KBS2 Pure Love young Kim Sun-mi
  • February 18, 2013 – present
SBS Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Choi Suk-bin
  • April 8, 2013 – June 25, 2013
SBS Plus Her Lovely Heels Shin Ji-hoo
  • January 24, 2014 – March 25, 2014
MBC Jang Bo-ri is Here! Lee Ga-eul
  • April 5, 2014

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Details
2008 "Lucky Days"



Main article: Kara (band) § Awards


  1. ^ a b (Korean) Kara's Han Seung-yeon - "I know I was privileged to attend Tenafly High School"
  2. ^ http://coolsmurf.wordpress.com/2008/02/28/kim-sung-hee-leaves-kara-idol-competitions-a-new-phenomenon-in-the-industry/
  3. ^ (Korean) Myung-Hwa Jung Han Seung-yeon admits to having 2 difficult years. joynews.inews24.com. November 4, 2009. Retrieved July 21., 2010.
  4. ^ (Korean) Kara's Han Seung-yeon is Tiffanys successor on "Sonyeon Sonyeo Gayo Baekseo". IB Times. June 25, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  5. ^ http://global.mnet.com/news/newsdetail.m?searchNewsVO.news_id=201202080930_3307
  6. ^ (Korean) Hongryeol Lee and Bora Keum star together as a couple. Isplus.com. October 7, 2008.
  7. ^ (Korean) Jang, Suh-yoon. "Section TV" Panel Overhaul... Kara's Han Seung Yeon Debuts as Reporter. MyDaily. November 17, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2008.
  8. ^ (Korean) Kara "Thank you fans". Nate. September 28, 2009.
  9. ^ (Korean) Lucky Lee Dong-gun, What Connection with Han Seung-yeon. Joins.com/Newsen. October 12, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  10. ^ http://recochoku.jp/song/S21487744/
  11. ^ http://www.universal-music.co.jp/kara/news/2012/08/20120822topics/
  12. ^ http://nbiz.heraldcorp.com/view.php?ud=20121127000363
  13. ^ http://www.koreaboo.com/index.html/_/music-shows/han-seungyeon-makes-solo-debut-with-guilty-r19248
  14. ^ http://news.nate.com/view/20111007n13588
  15. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (4 February 2013). "KARA's Han to work with Kim Tae-hee". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  16. ^ (Korean)"Han Seung-yeon donates talent for Joachim de Posada audiobook". Daum. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 

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