Joon Park

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Joon Park
Park during a g.o.d concert in 2017
Native name
Park Joon-hyung
Born (1969-07-20) July 20, 1969 (age 50)
South Korea[1]
EducationCalifornia State University La Quinta High School
OccupationActor, singer
Kim Yoo-Jin (m. 2015)
RelativesDanny Ahn (cousin)
Musical career
GenresK-pop, R&B
Years active1999–present
Associated acts
YouTube information
Also known asWassup Man (와썹맨)
Years active2018–present
Subscribers2.2+ million
(October 2019)
Total views192+ million
(October 2019)
Catchphrase(s)What's up, man!
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2018
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2018
Updated October 11, 2019
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBak Jun-hyeong
McCune–ReischauerPak Chunhyŏng

Joon Park (Korean name: Park Joon-hyung, Korean박준형; born July 20, 1969) is a Korean-American singer, actor and entertainer based in South Korea. As a singer, he is best known as the leader and rapper of the Korean pop group g.o.d.

Early life[edit]

Park was born in South Korea, the youngest of three siblings, and raised in the United States, later becoming an American citizen.[1] His father died when he was young, leaving him and his older siblings to be raised by their single mother. He graduated from La Quinta High School in Westminster, California and attended California State University, Long Beach. Prior to entering the entertainment industry, he worked at an advertising firm as a graphic designer.[2]


Early years and forming g.o.d[edit]

In 1997 Park moved to Seoul, South Korea, where his older sister had been working, with the dream of creating a pop music group. He wanted to mix Korean music with a twist of western culture. The first member he recruited was his cousin Danny Ahn,[1] followed by Danny's friend Son Ho-young, aspiring singer Yoon Kye-sang and rookie actress Kim Sun-a.[3] However, their agency was forced to cut funding for trainees due to the 1997 Asian financial crisis and only relented due to Park and the other members' persistence. Singer-songwriter Park Jin-young was introduced to be their producer and the group was initially a six-piece mixed-gender group tentatively named "GOT6".[4][5][6]

In the midst of preparations for the group's debut and album, Park was cast in a beer commercial for Oriental Brewery and also landed a small recurring role in the SBS sitcom Soonpoong Clinic (ko) as the boyfriend of Song Hye-kyo's character. Park later stated that all his earnings from the commercial and sitcom was spent on daily living expenses during the period he and the other members did not receive financial funding from their agency for over a year.[7]

Kim Sun-a left to pursue acting.[3] The final member, high school student Kim Tae-woo, joined the group in July 1998 after sending in an audition tape and impressing Park Jin-young during their meeting.[6][3] The now five-member band then became g.o.d, short for Groove Over Dose.

1999–2005: g.o.d[edit]

g.o.d debuted on television in January 1999 but their performance of "To Mother" (어머님께) was met with a lukewarm response from critics as the song's subject matter was highly unusual for that of an idol group, whom were usually pitched as teen idols.[6][8][9] Nevertheless, the song would go on to be one of g.o.d's most famous hits. It was partly based on Joon's childhood being raised by a widowed single mother. The group also gained attention due to the large age gap between Park and Kim (12 years) and Park being much older than most of their contemporaries, who were either in their late teens or early twenties.

The group nearly broke up in 2001 after Park was discovered to be dating, which was considered to be taboo for most pop stars in South Korea at that time.[10] Their management announced, without informing Park or the other group members, that Park was to leave the group and g.o.d would continue as a quartet. It was met with strong objection from fans, who signed petitions against the decision and threatened to boycott concerts. Ahn, Yoon, Son and Kim held their own press conference to show their support for Park and their management eventually backed down.[11][12][13][14]

2006–2014: Hiatus and acting[edit]

Park with Jamie Chung (left) on the cover of KoreAm

With Yoon having left the group in 2004, they decided to take a break in 2006 as the lead vocalist of the group Kim Tae-woo was required to perform his compulsory military duty. The other four members began their solo careers in the entertainment industry while Park returned to the United States. He moved back to the Los Angeles area to pursue acting, having a cameo on Speed Racer as the Platinum blond-haired Yakuza Driver and the role of Yamcha in the live-action film version of Dragonball Evolution in which he starred with Chow Yun Fat, Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum and Jamie Chung.[15] He injured his back while filming Dragonball Evolution and was forced to rehabilitate for over two years.[7][16]

2014–present: Return to Korea[edit]

Park returned to Korea as the members of g.o.d had agreed to reunite for their 15th anniversary in 2014. He re-signed with SidusHQ, which also manages g.o.d.[17] Since g.o.d's reunion, he has been utilizing his graphic design background in contributing to the production of their concerts, providing artwork for background visual effects and designing concert posters.[18]

Park made a cameo as himself on MBC drama You Are My Destiny, which starred his long-time friend Jang Hyuk, who had featured in the music video of g.o.d's debut song "To Mother".[19] He and fellow K-pop stars Sunny from Girls' Generation and Jackson Wang from Got7 joined the cast for the second season of Roommate, a reality television series in which various celebrities share a house and are responsible for all household chores and meals.[20] The show was not renewed for a third season due to low ratings despite the new additions being well-received.

Since returning to Korea, Park has largely been cast in various variety and reality shows such as Infinite Challenge, Saturday Night Live Korea, Radio Star, Life Bar and others, having gained popularity with audiences due to his cheerful persona and candidness. He also appeared in the music videos for "Shake That Brass", the title track of singer-rapper Amber Liu's debut EP Beautiful,[21] and "Hot Sugar" (뜨거운 설탕), the comeback single of Kim Jong-kook's group Turbo.[22]

In July 2018, Park opened a YouTube channel called Wassup Man featuring himself video blogging his travels in Korea. The videos began going viral on social media in South Korea and the channel had nearly 900,000 subscribers within two months.[23] Based on data compiled by YouTube of the most viewed and popular videos in South Korea, Wassup Man drew the most number of South Korea-based subscribers within the shortest period of time during 2018.[24]

Personal life[edit]

On May 4, 2015, Park's agency announced that he would be marrying his non-celebrity girlfriend, a flight attendant, whom he had been dating for about a year. They married on June 26.[25][26] On May 10, 2017, the couple welcomed a daughter into their family.[27]



Year Movie Role
2008 Speed Racer Yakuza Driver
2009 Dragonball Evolution Yamcha
2011 Hero: 108 Mr. No Hands


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Soonpoong Clinic (ko) Joon
2009 Dark Blue Shin Uncredited
2014 You Are My Destiny Himself Cameo
Love Cells Doraejoon (One man salesman) Cameo

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Notes
2014 Roommate Regular cast; season 2
2015 Animals
2016 The Friends in Chiang Mai With Danny Ahn and Ryohei Otani
2016 Take a Look At Myself (ko) With Jackson Wang
2016 I Can See Your Voice Seasons 3-5
2019 TMI News Cast member
2019 Stage K [ko] Cast member
2019-present Super Hearer Villain[28]


As a featured artist
Title Year Album Ref
"Gotta Clue"
(Coco Lee feat. Joon Park)
2005 Exposed [29]
"Memory and Remembrance" (기억과 추억)
(Kim Tae-woo feat. Joon-hyung, Ho-young and Danny)
2009 T-Virus [30]
(Park Joon-hyung, Lee Ji-hye, Jang Su-won and Hyerin)
2016 digital release for Event King (이달의 행사왕) [31][32]
(Paul Kim feat. Park Joon-hyung)
2018 정규 1집 Part 2 [33]


  1. ^ a b c "The Bromance Special". Happy Together. Season 3. Episode 389. March 12, 2015. KBS2.
  2. ^ "'오빠생각' 박준형 "데뷔 전, 광고대행사에서 일했다"". 10Asia (Korea Economic Daily) (in Korean). July 22, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "We Can See Korea Trip (part 2)". 2 Days & 1 Night. Season 3. Episode 414. October 18, 2015. KBS2.
  4. ^ "Episode 9". Handsome Boys of the 20th Century. June 11, 2013. QTV.
  5. ^ "Park Jin Young Reveals That g.o.d's Original Name Was GOT6". Soompi. December 23, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "다섯 남자 god의 귀환…가슴에 담아뒀던 이야기 첫 공개" (in Korean). MBC. November 29, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Episode 212: g.o.d". Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy. December 7, 2015. SBS.
  8. ^ "Episode 1". Handsome Boys of the 20th Century. April 16, 2013. QTV.
  9. ^ "신인상 놓치고도 최고인 톱가수들 ⑴". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). January 16, 2010.
  10. ^ "사랑한 죄로 퇴출될 뻔했던 GOD 박준형, 한고은". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). January 31, 2002.
  11. ^ "Park Joon Hyung Almost Got Kicked Out of g.o.d Because of His Girlfriend". Mnet. October 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "god 멤버퇴출에 성난 팬들". The Hankyoreh (in Korean). September 12, 2001.
  13. ^ "[연예가 소식]god 멤버 4명 "박준형 퇴출 철회하라"". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). September 13, 2001.
  14. ^ "Well, g.o.d Bless Us All: A Boy Band Returns". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 25, 2001.
  15. ^ Rossum roars onto 'Dragonball' cast
  16. ^ "'god' 세상에 이런 그룹이…아빠 준형, 엄마 계상·데니, 장남 호영, 막내 태우". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). July 12, 2014.
  17. ^ "god 박준형, 싸이더스HQ와 전속계약..13년만에 친정행". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). January 23, 2015.
  18. ^ "[HI★리뷰] "앞으로 20년 더" god, 이래서 국민그룹". Kukmin Ilbo (in Korean). November 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "g.o.d's Park Joon Hyung Reunites with Jang Hyuk in 'Fated to Love You' Cameo". Mnet. August 12, 2014.
  20. ^ "SNSD′s Sunny, g.o.d′s Park Joon Hyung, and GOT7′s Jackson to Move In as New ′Roommates′". Mnet. September 11, 2014.
  21. ^ "Amber's 'Shake That Brass' Video Basically Features Every K-Pop Star Ever". February 13, 2015.
  22. ^ "Watch: Turbo Has Some Summer Fun In Cameo-Filled MV For "Hot Sugar"". Soompi. July 25, 2017.
  23. ^ Park Ju-young (August 28, 2018). "[Trending] Why do young Koreans go crazy for 'Wassup Man'?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  24. ^ "[ONE SHOT] 지난해 유튜브 인기 영상 톱 10…뉴라이징 유튜버는 '와썹맨'". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). January 7, 2019.
  25. ^ "god 박준형, 26일(오늘) 13살 연하 승무원과 비공개 결혼… 품절남 합류".
  26. ^ "Idol group leader ties knot". The Korea Times. June 28, 2015.
  27. ^ "god 박준형, 자신과 똑닮은 딸 출산 전해 "이제 파파쭌"".
  28. ^ "'슈퍼히어러' 빌런으로는 김구라 박준형 붐 엄현경..." 인천일보 (in Korean). 2019-06-19. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  29. ^ "Exposed". iTunes.
  30. ^ "기억과 추억". Naver Music. Naver. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  31. ^ "이달의 행사왕". Naver Music. Naver. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  32. ^ "이달의 행사왕". jTBC.
  33. ^ "정규 1집 Part 2 '터널'". Naver Music. Naver. Retrieved 16 May 2018.

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