Lim Seul-ong

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Lim Seul-ong
Seulong at Horror Stories 3 VIP Premiere.jpg
Lim in 2016
Born (1987-05-11) 11 May 1987 (age 33)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer
  • actor
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2008–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationIm Seul-ong
McCune–ReischauerIm Sŭrong

Lim Seul-ong (Hangul: 임슬옹; born 11 May 1987), also known by the mononym Seulong, is a South Korean singer and actor.[2] He debuted as a singer in 2008 as a member of the K-pop boyband 2AM.[3] He made his acting debut in 2010 in the Korean drama, Personal Taste.[4]



In 2008, Seulong took part in Mnet's "Hot Blood". The program showed the intense physical training that thirteen male trainees had to go through to compete for the opportunity to debut in either a 4-member ballad group or a 7-member dance group under the label JYP Entertainment.[5] After going through several elimination processes, Seulong was chosen to become a member of the 4-member ballad group 2AM.

On a talk show, SBS "Night After Night", in 2009, Seulong revealed that he had turned down an initial offer from his current agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) to join YG Entertainment.[6] But he ended up not making it into YG and got another call from JYP. He had studied at Daejin University, Dept. of Theatre and Visual Arts and is currently a student at Kyunghee University Graduate School of Arts, Culture & Arts Management,[7] doing his Master of Business Administration.

Debut with 2AM[edit]

2AM's first single "This Song" released on 21 July 2008. It debuted on 11 July 2008, performing "이 노래" ("This Song").[8] In March 2015, Seulong decided to switch agencies, joining SidusHQ.[9] Fellow 2AM member Jinwoon also signed to another management agency while the remaining members remained with JYP Entertainment. JYP Entertainment assured that the departures did not imply that 2AM was going to be disbanded. However, the scenario has put 2AM on temporary break from any group activities at the moment.[10]

Television and collaboration[edit]

In 2009, Seulong and Jo Kwon were part of "Dirty Eyed Girls" on an episode of 2PM's variety show "Wild Bunny", performing a parody of popular Brown Eyed Girls song Abracadabra. The music video became extremely popular.[11]

In 2010, he collaborated with IU for the song "Nagging" for TV show We Got Married, which reached No.1 on several online music charts. They won an award for "Nagging" on SBS Inkigayo and KBS Music Bank K-Chart respectively. Seulong and Jinwoon make regular appearances as commentators for We Got Married Season II.

While preparing for 2AM's 2013 comeback on 5 March, Seulong was confirmed on 25 February 2013 that he would be one of the emcees for the new season XTM Homme. XTM Homme is Korea's first male style variety show, providing latest fashion trend information and tech news. It is currently in its 5th season. XTM Homme 5.0 was scheduled to broadcast on 15 April 2013. [12][13]


On 31 March 2010, he made his acting debut as a supporting actor in the television drama Personal Taste. He also starred opposite Lee Min-jung in Lunch Box on the single-episode anthology MBC Best Theater, followed by omnibus film, Acoustic. In 2011, he appeared in the sitcom Welcome to the Show, and hosted the music program Inkigayo with Nickhun and Sulli.

In 2012, Seulong was cast in the film 26 Years, in which he played a policeman who wants to assassinate a former president. 26 Years was released through crowdfunding, with 15,000 people contributing to its ₩26 billion (US$23,897,068) budget. For his role in the film, Seulong became the third idol group member to win a rookie award for his or her film debut, following Big Bang's T.O.P and Miss A's Bae Suzy. He won Best New Actor at the opening ceremony of the Marie Claire Film & Music Festival in 2013.[14] He received a nomination at the 49th Baeksang Arts Awards.

In 2013, he took on the role of the Crown Prince in The Fugitive of Joseon, in which a doctor struggles to save his daughter from a terminal illness.[15] Later that year, Seulong and Kim Seul-gi were cast in the leading roles in a remake of the webtoon series Infinite Power. It was released online on Naver and Samsung smart phones.[16]

Seulong was cast in Hotel King (2014), where he played a hotelier with a positive attitude and a loud personality who falls for the hotel heiress.[17]

On 2 January 2015, Seulong's agency announced that he had been confirmed for new tvN's upcoming drama Hogu's Love. He will be acting as lawyer Byun Kang Chul, who has never experienced failure in his life. Byun Kang Chul is a perfect man who grew up in the top 1 percent of Korea. He has been superior since birth to the point where he doesn't need dating skills. "Hogu's Love" is a drama based on the original webtoon series with the same title by writer Yoo Hyun Sook, who wrote the original webtoon series of tvN's Flower Boys Next Door.[18]

Singer actor Seulong has been cast as the lead for the upcoming movie, "Horror Stories 3".[19] "Horror Stories" is a horror movie series in omnibus format. 'Horror Stories 3' plays a role as a bridge between the first and second sequels, thus talks about past, present as well as future. The story of the third sequel is delivered in a unique setting borrowing the scientific fiction genre.

In September 2017, Lim returns to Korean cinema with the comedy film "The Star Next Door". He takes up a role of an idol who gets caught up in a scandal with an actress(Han Chae-young) who has a teenage daughter (Jin Ji-hee) that has a crush on him.[20]


2013: Solo[edit]

Seulong collaborates with Swedish DJ Avicii for a Korean remake of the hit song "Levels". For the newest version with Seulong, James's vocals are replaced with an autotuned verse in Korean. According to a spokesman for Universal Music Korea, Avicii's agency decided on Seulong for the Korean version "after monitoring various artists because they found his voice the most suitable and beautiful." The single named "Levels with Seulong from 2AM" was released on 9 May 2013.[21] The latest version with Seulong was second place on the Daily Pop Chart of Korea's biggest online music website MelOn's Top 100 Chart.[22]

Seulong teamed up with Epitone Project for a song to close off the summer season, titled "Summer, Night". The song was created in an effort to return the favor, Epitone Project had performed for 2AM when they wrote and composed one of the songs on 2AM's previous album, "One Spring Day". The release of the digital single was on 17 September 2013.[23]

2014: Collaborations and first self-composed song "U Don't Know"[edit]

In May, Seulong lent his voice for Yoon Jong Shin's "New You" as part of his monthly new single project. A ballad song titled "New You", a song about cherishing the current moment and the present love a couple may have for one another, without thinking about the past or worrying about the future.[24]

On 4 August, Swings teamed up with female soloist G.NA, 2AM's Seulong, and producer/singer Yoon Jong Shin to release Summer Song "Pool Party".[25]

In the same month at "2014 JYP NATION ONE MIC" concerts in Korea, Seulong and 2 pm member's Taecyeon's collaboration stage, they performed an unreleased new song titled "U Don't Know", which was co-written by both of them, for the first time. The live recording of this song, together with a studio version, was later released in the live album featuring the recording from the concert in November.[26]

2015: "It's cold", "Good Start 2015" Collaborations[edit]

Singer-songwriter Shim Hyun Bo released his fourth album with a new single "It's Cold" in collaboration with Seulong on 2 February 2015. It is one of two title songs from Shin Hyun Bo's new album.[27]

Mnet "Unpretty Rapstar" released Track 2 "Good Start 2015″ featuring AOA's Jimin and Seulong on 27 February 2015. Within just nine hours of its release, the track reached the top spot on major charts including Mnet, Melon, Daum, Genie, Olleh Music, Bugs, Soribada, Monkey3, Cyworld and Naver Music.[28]

Ambassador roles[edit]

Seulong was selected as ambassador for the "2012 Jeonju International Film Festival" along with actress Son Eun Seo. In 2012, Seulong and Jinwoon were selected as Brand Ambassadors for Galaxy Note Day held in Busan and Gwangju.[29]

On 15 July 2013, JIMFF announced that 2AM Lim Seulong and Korean actress Nam Bo-ra were appointed to be honorary ambassadors for 9th Jechon International Music & Film Festival. The festival began on 14 August and continued until 19 August. This is Seulong's second appointment as ambassador for film festival.[30]

Military Enlistment[edit]

Lim's agency announced that he will begin his mandatory military service on 28 November 2017.[31][32] Lim entered the third division recruit training centre in Cherowon County of Gangwon Province.[33]

On 6 April 2018 Lim's agency announced that Lim will no longer be an active-duty soldier. Back in 2011, Lim was diagnosed with Myofascial pain syndrome, internal disc disruption, facet joint syndrome, irregular chest pain, and chronic pain which are symptoms of '12th rib syndrome' which is a rare disorder that requires continuous medication and he had received treatment up until the enlistment. However, the symptoms have worsened during military training and he was moved from active duty to "reservist" status where he waits for a draft notice to complete his rest of the mandatory duties.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Lim Seulong opened his first bar, Nerd on Earth in 2016[35] and second one, Odd Bar, a few months before he was enlisted for military enlistment in November 2017. Both bars feature rooftops and have panoramic views of Itaewon.



Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
As lead artist
"말을 해줘 (7E77 ME, B43Y)" 2015
  • KOR:
Normal single album
"Mood Swing"
feat. Black Nut
  • KOR:
  • KOR:
Melatonin single album
  • KOR:
"That Moment" (그 순간) 2017
  • KOR:
Non-album single
"You" (너야)
feat. Beenzino
40 You single album
"That's Right"
  • KOR:
"Sea of Love" (너의 바다)
  • KOR:
Non-album single
"Nagging" (잔소리)
with IU


  • KOR:
"How We Feel"
with DJ Clazzi


54 Clazzi Volume 1 - Infant
"Summer, Night" (여름, 밤)
with Epitone Project
2013 43 Non-album singles
"New You"
with Yoon Jong-shin
2014 61
  • KOR:
"U Don't Know"
with Taecyeon
  • KOR:
JYP Nation Korea 2014 'One Mic'
"It's Cold (차갑다)" 2015
  • KOR:
Shim Hyun Bo - Warm (4th Album)
"On the Way to Love" (뭔가 될 것 같은 날)
with Yoon Hyun-sang
2016 31
  • KOR:
Non-album single
"Always In My Heart" (이별을 배웠어)
with Joy
  • KOR: 415,364+
SM Station Season 1
As featured artist
Avicii feat. Seulong
2013 9
  • KOR:
Non-album singles
"Pool Party"
Swings feat. Seulong, G.NA, Yoon Jong-shin
2014 40
Genius Nochang feat. Seulong, Shin Ji-soo, Lovey, Sin Bo-hye, Jeon Hyo-jin
  • KOR:
"Don't Let Me"
C Jamm (씨잼) feat. Seulong
  • KOR:
Good Boy Doing Bad Things Album
Soundtrack appearances
"Road of Tears" (눈물길)
with Changmin
2012 52
  • KOR:
Dr. Jin OST Part 3
"Flower" (꽃)
with V.A
  • KOR:
26 Years OST (Remake of Lee Seung Hwan's 꽃 Flower - 2003 "His Ballad II" album)
"Good Start 2015" (시작이 좋아 2015)
with Jimin
2015 2 Unpretty Rapstar Track 2
with Esna
  • KOR:
Hogu's Love OST Part 3
"Lovely" (Lovely해)
with Bomi
  • KOR:
Some Guys, Some Girls OST Part 1
"Same Thing"
  • KOR:
Love Cells 2 OST
"If You Are Love" (그대가 사랑이라면) 2016
  • KOR:
Mrs. Cop 2 OST Part 2
"Finding Differences" (틀린그림찾기)
with Kisum
  • KOR:
Uncontrollably Fond OST Part 2
"Ordinary Lives" (평범한 일상) 2017
  • KOR:
Mata Hari OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Korean Music Copyright Association Registration[edit]

KOMCA Registration name Registration number Songs
임슬옹 10008531 [43]



Year Title Role Ref
2010 Acoustic Ji-hoo [44]
2012 26 Years Kwon Jung-hyuk
2014 Late Spring Bicycle lad (cameo)
2016 Horror Stories 3 Lee Saeng
2017 Star Next Door Yoon Ji Hoon

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Ref
2010 Personal Taste
Kim Tae-hoon [4]
Lunch Box Soo-cheol [45]
2011 Welcome To The Show
Seulong [46]
Dream High
Firefighter (cameo)
2013 The Fugitive of Joseon
Crown Prince Lee Ho
Infinite Power
Jang Seon-jae
2014 Hotel King
Seon Woo-hyeon
2015 Hogu's Love
Byeon Kang-cheol
Love Cells 2
Web drama
2016 Mrs. Cop 2
Oh Seung-Il
2017 Let's eat, Anna
KTH Web drama
Park Ji-yong [47]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref
2013 Homme 5.0 XTM Host
2014 Homme 6.0
2016 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant, episodes 87–88
2017 Duet Song Festival Contestant, episode 37
Dialogue is Necessary tvN [48]


Year Title Role Ref
2017 Mata Hari Armand [49]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 5th Cyworld Digital Music Awards Song of the Month (June) "Nagging" (with IU) Won
12th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Collaboration Nominated [50]
2nd Bugs Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated [51][52]
Best Duet (Bronze) Won
Best Variety Star We Got Married Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Personal Taste Nominated
2013 1st Marie Claire Film & Music Festival Best New Actor 26 Years Won [53]
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Nominated [54]
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated [55]
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor The Fugitive of Joseon Nominated
2015 51st Paeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Drama) Hogu's Love Nominated [56]


Year Date Song title
2010 27 June "Nagging" (with IU)

Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song title
2010 25 June Nagging "(with IU)"
2 July


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  24. ^ Im Seulong Sings "New You" for Yoon Jong Shin's Monthly Project,, 2 January 2015.
  25. ^ to Release Summer Song "Pool Party" Featuring G.NA, 2AM's Seulong, and Yoon Jong Shin,, 2 January 2015.
  26. ^ Entertainment to release "JYP NATION ONE MIC" live album[permanent dead link],, 2 January 2015.
  27. ^ Hyun Bo releases "It's Cold" MV teaser ft. 2AM's Im Seulong,, 2 March 2015.
  28. ^ "Unpretty Rapstar" releases Track 2 "Good Start 2015″ ft. AOA's Jimin and 2AM's Seulong[permanent dead link],, 2 March 2015.
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  49. ^ (Korean) "임슬옹, 데뷔후 첫 뮤지컬 '마타하리' 캐스팅…옥주현과 호흡". xportsnews. 11 April 2017.
  50. ^ Winners at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards!., 28 November 2010.
  51. ^ Bugs reveals the results for "2010 Bugs Music Awards",, 14 December 2010.
  52. ^ (in Korean) 소녀시대, 벅스뮤직어워드 '올해의 노래' 등 3관왕,, 15 December 2010.
  53. ^ Marie Claire Korea [@marieclairekr] (20 February 2013). "제1회 마리끌레르 필름&뮤직 페스티벌 루키상은 영화 <26년>의 임슬옹 님! 어머나, 정말 훤칠하시군요! 축하합니다!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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