Bae Ho

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Bae Ho
Born(1942-04-20)April 20, 1942
Shandong, China
DiedNovember 7, 1971(1971-11-07) (aged 29)
Seoul, South Korea
Years active1963–1971
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBae Ho
McCune–ReischauerPae Ho
Birth name
Revised RomanizationBae Si-ung
McCune–ReischauerPae Si-ung

Bae Ho (Hangul: 배호; April 20, 1942 – November 7, 1971)[1] was a South Korean singer, known as the "Elvis of Korean trot."[2][3] A statue commemorating his biggest hit, "Turning around at Samgakji (돌아가는 삼각지)" stands in front of Samgakji Station in Seoul.[4]

Early life[edit]

Bae was born Bae Sin-ung (Korean: 배신웅)[5] in Shandong, China, the son of Korean independence activist Bae Gook-min. He moved to what would become South Korea with his family in 1945 following the end of the Japanese occupation.[1][2][3]


Bae debuted as a singer in 1963. His popularity grew after the 1967 release of his song "Turning around at Samgakji" (Hangul: 돌아가는 삼각지), which topped music charts for five consecutive months.[3] He ultimately released about 300 songs.[2]

In 1966 he fell ill with nephritis and spent his last years battling the disease. He died in 1971.[3]


  1. ^ a b "배호 소개" [Bae Ho Profile]. Mnet (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  2. ^ a b c Park, Soo-mee (2001-12-01). "[HOT TRACK] Gone but not forgotten". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  3. ^ a b c d Seok, Namjun (2011-03-26). "스물아홉 해 짧은 삶 남기고 배호가 떠난 지 40년…" [A Short Life of 29 Years; 40 Years after Bae Ho Left...]. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  4. ^ "삼각지역" (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  5. ^ Kim, Yeong-jin (2012). 백석 평전 [Biography of Baek Seok] (in Korean). Midas Books. ISBN 978-8989548515.