Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul (Thai: นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล, rtgs: Nitchakhun Horawetchakun , Chinese: 尼坤; pinyin: Ní Kún; born June 24, 1988), known mononymously as Nichkhun (Korean: 닉쿤), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, model and actor. He is currently based in South Korea as a member of 2PM, a South Korean boy band.
Nichkhun was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California to Thai-Chinese parents. He is ethnically Chinese as he has ethnic ancestral roots from China, his paternal grandmother is Chinese, hailing from Hainan while his paternal grandfather is a Thai born ethnic Chinese. Though he was born in the United States, Nichkhun has also self-identified himself as Thai as well as Thai-Chinese and Of Chinese descent. He also has stated on the Chinese variety show Happy Camp that both of his parents are Thai born ethic Chinese with ethnic ancestral roots from China as his mother Yenjit Horvejkul is a second generation Thai Chinese born to Chinese parents who emigrated to Thailand from China. His mother is the chief executive officer of a Thai pharmaceutical company called the Union Medical, one of the leading pharmaceutical importers and distributors in Thailand that was established in 1976. He has also revealed on Twitter that he has extended family and distant ancestors from Guangzhou.
He comes from a wealthy financial background and his luxurious lifestyle portrayed in the K-pop tabloids with photos of his home and private school earned him the nickname “Thai Prince" in South Korea. Nichkhun has one older brother, Nichan, and two younger sisters, Nichthima (Yanin) and Nachjaree (Chereen). At the age of five, he moved to Thailand from the United States with his family and studied at Dhepkanjana School and Tangpiroondham School. At the age of twelve, he studied at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand for a year and a half and moved back to the United States to finish his schooling at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. After high school, he was a coach at Rosemead High School for their badminton team. There, he was scouted by a scout manager of JYP Entertainment at the Los Angeles Korean Music Festival.
After passing the audition hosted by JYP Entertainment, he signed a ten-year contract with the company but later re-signed for an eight-year contract, not including training, and was brought to South Korea in 2006 as a trainee, being put into a class of 24 other students. Park Jin-young informed him that he was required to learn how to sing and to dance, learn Korean and Mandarin Chinese, and to bulk up. He first appeared through MNET's Hot Blood, a program that showed the intense physical training that 13 male trainees had to go through for the opportunity to debut in either a four-member ballad group (2AM) or a seven-member dance group (2PM)[note 1] under JYP Entertainment.
On 4 September 2008, Nichkhun debuted as part of 2PM with their first single "10 Points out of 10 Points" (Korean: "10점 만점에 10점") from their single album "Hottest Time of the Day". They have released five studio albums in Korea and four studio albums in Japan.
Nichkhun was one of the hosts for the Korean Music Wave in Bangkok in 2010, 2011, and 2013. In 2010, along with Taecyeon and Yoon Eun-hye, Nichkhun played one of the main characters in a 12-minute music video drama for Cass Beer, which was released on February 8. Nichkhun also hosted JYP's talent competition Superstar Survival. On June 2010, he was cast in the second season of variety show We Got Married, pairing up with Victoria of f(x). The couple, known as Khuntoria, was featured on the show from episode 52 to episode 91, leaving in September 2011.
In 2015, Nichkhun joined the cast of Chinese movie Forever Young, Gardenia in Blossom (Forever Young, 栀子花开), starring Li Yi Feng and Zhang Hui We and a new Chinese music reality show Youth Trainee. He will also be a special guest on a Thai sitcom, Yes Sir My Boss.
^"California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGV3-45W : accessed 4 July 2015), Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul, 24 Jun 1988; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.