Kang Ho-dong

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Kang Ho-dong
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Birth name Kang Ho-dong
Born (1970-06-11) June 11, 1970 (age 46)
Jinju, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
Years active 1993–present
Genres Comedy
Spouse Lee Hyo-jin (이효진) (m. 2006)
Notable works and roles SBS X-Man
SBS Love Letter
SBS Star King
MBC Golden Fishery
KBS Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days
SBS Strong Heart
SBS Barefooted Friends
KBS Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education
Korean name
Hangul 강호동
Hanja 姜鎬童
Revised Romanization Gang Ho-dong
McCune–Reischauer Kang Ho-dong

Kang Ho-dong (born June 11, 1970) is a South Korean television host and comedian, who first became known to Koreans as one of the top Korean traditional wrestlers. Along with comedian Yoo Jae-suk, he has terminated his contract with De Chocolate E&TF (a.k.a. Stom E&F) for issues of non-payment.[1] On 9 September 2011, an emergency press conference was held at the Seoul Garden Hotel, in regards to his tax evasion. Due to the controversy surrounding his name at the time, Kang Ho Dong decided to temporarily retire from the Entertainment industry. With this latest development however, it seems that he can finally relax after a long battle against suspicions and rumors,He did not commit acts of intentional evasion, as it was merely a mistake made on behalf of his accountant and his agency, Which made him to dealt twice with two different unresponsible Agency in a row after his issues of non-payment with his previous agency along with his fellow Yoo jae-suk [2] but has since announced his return to the entertainment industry from late 2012 with S.M. C&C as Kang's new agency.

Personal life[edit]

Kang Ho-dong was born in Jinju on 11 June 1970[citation needed] to a family of one brother and three sisters. Kang Ho-dong first met his wife on arranged double blind date with Yoo Jae-suk and on November 12, 2006, Kang married Lee Hyo-jin. On March 13, 2009, they had their first child, a boy named Kang Si-hoo.


Kang Ho-dong graduated from Masan Business High School. After graduating from high school, he started participating actively in professional Ssireum (Korean wrestling) matches. Early in his wrestling career, he lost many matches. However, on July 8, 1989, at the 44th national ssireum championships, the unseeded Kang managed to defeat the legendary Lee Mangi and went on to win the tournament, which marked the start of his successful Ssireum career. Known as 'Devil on the sand' for his arrogant and fearless demeanor, he went on to win the Baekdujangsa Ssireum Championship seven times and the Cheonhajangsa Ssireum Championship five times, he was widely recognized as the youngest ever Cheonhajangsa title holder.

After Kang retired from wrestling, he began his MC and comedian career in 1999, appearing on MBC as a talent. He was influenced by Lee Kyung-kyu, who is a famous MC and comedian in South Korea. He later became the host of a number of popular variety programs such as X-Man, Love Letter and Ya Shim Man Man. Kang has won numerous entertainment awards, and is widely recognized as one of the best television hosts in Korean television history. In 2011, He hosted four popular variety programs – Happy Sunday - 1 Night 2 Days,[3] Golden Fishery, Star King and Strong Heart.

On September 9, 2011, Kang held a press conference announcing his retirement from the entertainment industry due a demand for back taxes by the National Tax Service,[4] but was not charged with tax evasion as his annual tax payments do not exceed W500 million. It was merely a mistake made on behalf of his accountant and his agency.[5] On 17 August 2012, Kang signed exclusive contracts with SM C&C with Lee Soo-man convinced him personally when he is retired and along with fellow MC Shin Dong-yup SM Entertainment and made a comeback. In December 2015, Kang joined JTBC's new variety show, Knowing Bros, as the cast member along with comedian Lee Soo-geun.[6][7]

Kang also owns a chain of Korean barbecue restaurants called Baek Jeong.[8]

Notable programs[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Year Start Year End Network Title Note
1997 1997 KBS 열려라 코미디 Open Comedy - 어머니 Mother
1999 1999 슈퍼 TV 일요일은 즐거워 Joyful Super Sunday TV - MC 대격돌 Standby Cue
2002 2002 슈퍼 TV 일요일은 즐거워 Joyful Super Sunday TV - MC 대격돌 Standby Cue
2003 MBC 강호동의 천생연분 Kang Ho-dong's Soulmates
2004 SBS 티풀 선데이 Beautiful Sunday
2003 2003 KBS 빅 스타, 이런모습 처음이야 Big Stars, First Looks Chuseok Special
2003 SBS 소원성취 토요일 Saturday Wishes
2004 실제상황! 토요일 Real Situation Saturday - X맨 X-Man
2008 야심만만 Ya Shim Man Man
2004 2005 MBC 실험쇼, 진짜? 진짜! Experimental Show, Really?! Really!
2006 SBS 실제상황! 토요일 Real Situation Saturday - 연애편지 Love Letter
일요일이 좋다 Good Sunday - X맨 X-Man
2005 2005 MBC 대통령과 함께하는 드림!드림!드림!
2006 2006 KBS 설특집 스타 대격돌 천하별미
2007 SBS 일요일이 좋다 Good Sunday - New X맨 New X-Man
2011 MBC 황금어장 Golden Fishery
2007 2007 KBS 두뇌왕 아인슈타인
2007 해피 선데이 Happy Sunday - 준비됐어요 Are You Ready
2011 SBS 스타킹 Star King
2011 KBS 해피 선데이 Happy Sunday - 1박2일 1 Night 2 Days
2008 2009 SBS 야심만만 시즌2 Ya Shim Man Man Season 2
2009 2011 강심장 Strong Heart
2012 2013 MBC 황금어장 Golden Fishery Resume MC position
2012 2016 SBS 스타킹 Star King Resume MC position
2013 2013 KBS2 달빛프린스 Moonlight Prince
2016 우리동네 예능과 체육의 능력자 Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education
2013 SBS 일요일이 좋다 Good Sunday - 맨발의 친구들 Barefooted Friends
2015 2015 tvN go New Journey to the West (신서유기) End on October 2, 2015
2015 KBS 투명인간 Invisible Man
Present JTBC 아는 형님 Knowing Bros
2016 2016 tvN New Journey to the West 2 (신서유기 2) End on June 17, 2016
Present JTBC Let's Eat Dinner Together (한끼줍쇼)
2017 Present MBN Parents Watch
2017 SBS SBS Elementary School Teacher Lunar New Year special [9]
2017 tvN go New Journey to the West 3 (신서유기 3) End on March 12, 2017
tvN go New Journey to the West 4 (신서유기 4) Begin in June 2017 [10]
O'live / tvN Island Trio



  • 2005: "Oh! Happy Day" (Christmas carol featuring child actress, Chae Eun)
  • 2009: "Horror Show" (featured in MC Mong's repackaged album, Humanimal, also featured in the music video)
  • 2009: "Ho Dong Show" (featured in MC Mong's repackaged album, Humanimal as a bonus track)

Awards and achievements[edit]

Ssireum (wrestling)[edit]

  • 1987: 제17회 회장기쟁탈전국장사씨름대회 장사급 준우승 (Runner-up)
  • 1989: 44th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
  • 1990: 47th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
  • 1990: 18th Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)
  • 1991: 54th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
  • 1991: 21st Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)
  • 1992: 24th Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)


Year Award Category Results
1995 TV Journal Star King Top Excellence Award Won
1998 MBC Entertainment Awards Excellence Award in a Comedy/Sitcom Won
2002 MBC Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award in a Variety Show Won
2003 SBS Entertainment Awards Special Award, MC category Won
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best TV Entertainer (Soulmates) Won
2005 4th KBS Entertainment Awards Special Award, MC category Won
2007 SBS Entertainment Awards Daesang Won
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Daesang for TV (Happy Sunday) Won
20th Korean Producers' Award of Korea Best Show Host (1 Night 2 Days) Won
2008 Famous Creative Entertainment "1 of top 50" Won
9th Korea Visual Arts Awards Photogenic Award, MC category Won
7th KBS Entertainment Awards Daesang (1 Night 2 Days) Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Daesang (Golden Fishery) Won
2009 8th KBS Entertainment Awards Daesang (1 Night 2 Days) Won
2010 SBS Entertainment Awards Daesang ('Strong Heart') Won
2013 SBS Entertainment Awards Producer MC Award ('Star King') Won


  1. ^ "Yoo Jae Suk files law suit against KBS, MBC, SBS and former agency" Allkpop . 11 December 2010. Retrieved 2015-01-06
  2. ^ " 14 September 2011, Retrieved 2012-03-16
  3. ^ "South Korean celeb programs popular in North". The Korea Herald. March 27, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ (Korean) "강호동 연예계서 잠정 은퇴" MBC News. 9 september 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-16
  5. ^ "TV Host Cleared of Tax Dodging" Chosun Ilbo. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-16
  6. ^ Yoon, Dong Won. "‘아는 형님’ 강호동 이수근 민경훈 출연확정…12월을 수놓는 8인의 별들!". 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  7. ^ Chae, Sun Ah. "강호동 `아는형님` 출연확정, 이수근도 끌고 간다…어떤 예능일까?". 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  8. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/10/food/la-fo-gold-20121110
  9. ^ "Non-Korean Idols Try To Guess Meanings Behind Korean Words To Hilarious Results". Soompi. 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  10. ^ "Producer Of “New Journey To The West” Hints Return Of Season 3 Cast". Soompi. Soompi. 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tak Jae-hoon
KBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang
2008 & 2009
Succeeded by
Kang Ho-dong