Park Bo-gum

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Park Bo-gum
Park Bo-gum at the 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards (May 3, 2017) 5.png
Born (1993-06-16) June 16, 1993 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Park Bo-geom
Education Myongji University
(Musical Theater)
Years active 2011–present
Agent Blossom Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 박보검
Revised Romanization Bak Bo-geom
McCune–Reischauer Pak Po-kŏm
Park Bo-gum Signature.png

Park Bo-gum (Hangul박보검; Hanja朴寶劍; born June 16, 1993) is a South Korean actor. He gained recognition for his diverse range of roles in film and television, notably, a psychopathic lawyer in Hello Monster (2015), a genius Go player in Reply 1988 (2015) and a Joseon Crown Prince in Love in the Moonlight (2016).

Park is the youngest artist to be named Actor of the Year by Gallup Korea. He is also the first ever actor to top Korea Power Celebrity list by Forbes.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Seoul on 16 June 1993, Park is the youngest of three siblings. "Bo-gum" (寶劍) means 'precious sword'.[1] His mother died when he was in fourth grade.[2] He started learning to play the piano when he was in kindergarten and was a pianist and choir member at church.[3] He was also in the swimming varsity team of Seoul Mokdong Middle School.[4]

During Park's sophomore year of high school he sent a video of himself singing and playing the piano to prominent talent management agencies which led to several offers.[5] Park, who initially wanted to be a singer-songwriter, later changed his career path after a suggestion that he would do well acting.[6][7] He graduated from Shinmok High School in 2012, and enrolled at Myongji University as a Musical Theater undergraduate in March 2014.[8][9] The following year, he represented his university's cultural overseas exchange program where he traveled to cities in England, France, Italy and Switzerland.[10]


2011–2013: Beginnings[edit]

Park debuted as an actor under Sidus HQ, playing a supporting role in the thriller film Blind (2011).[11] He then joined Blossom Entertainment and featured in the action-comedy film Runway Cop (2012), one-off KBS drama special Still Picture (2012) and the period drama Bridal Mask (2012).[12] In 2013, he landed his first major role in the weekend drama Wonderful Mama playing the playboy son of Bae Jong-ok's character.[13]

2014–2015: Rising popularity and breakthrough[edit]

In 2014, Park played the teenage version of Lee Seo-jin's character in the melodrama Wonderful Days and played a prodigy cellist in the KBS2'S Cantabile Tomorrow, an adaptation of the Japanese manga Nodame Cantabile.[14][15] The roles earned Park Best New Actor nominations in both the KBS Drama Awards and APAN Star Awards.[16][17]

At a fan-signing event for Reply 1988, February 2016

He next featured in box-office hits A Hard Day (2014) which also screened at Cannes Film Festival and The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) which became the highest grossing Korean film of all time.[18]

In May 2015, Park joined Music Bank as a co-host alongside Red Velvet's Irene. They both gained attention for their chemistry as well as singing and hosting skills.[19] The press called them one of the best partnerships in the show's 18-year history and Park was awarded the Best Newcomer Award at the KBS Entertainment Awards.[20][21]

A departure from his previous roles and public image, Park gained rave reviews from audience and critics with his scene-stealing role in crime drama Hello Monster (2015).[22] The portrayal won him the Popularity and Best Supporting Actor awards at the year-end KBS Drama Awards.[23] The same year, he featured in Coin Locker Girl which screened at Cannes Film Festival.[24] The role earned him a nomination for Best New Actor in Film at the Baeksang Arts Awards and won him a Rising Star Award at the 11th MaxMovie Awards.[25][26]

He then starred as one of the leads in the third installment of the Reply series where he played the genius Go-player Choi Taek in Reply 1988 (2015). The show was a hit with audience ratings peaking at 18.8% making it the highest rated Korean drama in cable television history, and earned Park the nickname "Nation's Little Brother".[27] The role catapulted him to fame in Korea and made him known as an emerging Korean Wave star, with the Top Chinese Music Awards presenting him with Best International Artist Award, the American-based DramaFever Awards giving him the Best Rising Star Award and tvN10 awarding him Asia Star Award.[28][29]

2016–present: Mainstream success[edit]

At a fan-signing event for Love in the Moonlight, October 2016

In February 2016, Park featured in tvN's travel program Youth Over Flowers: Africa.[30][31] After more than a year as Music Bank host, he left the show in June 2016.[32]

In August 2016, he starred in KBS2's historical drama Love in the Moonlight alongside Kim Yoo-jung.[33][34][35] A domestic and overseas hit, Moonlight achieved peak audience rating of 23.3%.[36][37][38] Its popularity was called "Moonlight Syndrome", and solidified Park's status as a versatile leading actor.[39][40][41] He received several accolades for the role including a Best Actor nomination and Popularity Award at the 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards, as well as the Top Excellence Award at the 30th KBS Drama Awards.[42] Park also released his first soundtrack for Moonlight's OST entitled "My Person" which topped Melon, Mnet, Bugs, olleh, Soribada, Genie, Naver and Monkey3 charts upon its release and debuted at #3 on Gaon Music Chart.[43][44]

He embarked on his first Asia-wide fan meeting tour in the tail-end of 2016, visiting eight cities and meeting more than 30,000 fans in the continent's East and Southeast regions until March 2017.[45][46][47]

In the media[edit]

Park, a Hallyu star, is known for his upstanding persona.[48][49] Colleagues describe him as kind and polite with advertisers praising his "boyishness and manliness", "easygoing and high-class image" and "bright and positive vibe".[50][51] His pop culture influence has been referred to as "Bo-gum Magic" and after Moonlight, Park has been called the "Nation's Crown Prince".[52][53][54][55][56] He has also been affectionately called the top candidate for "Nation's Son-in-Law" stemming from his diverse fan-base ranging from teens to grandmothers.[57][58][59][60][61]

In 2016, by the age of 23, Park became the youngest artist to be named Actor of the Year by Gallup Korea.[62][63] In 2017, he topped Forbes magazine's Korea Power Celebrity list, making him the first ever actor to do so.[64][65]


Park is an endorser of a wide range of brands in and outside South Korea.[66][67] The "Park Bo-gum Effect", coined by the Korean Business Research Institute, refers to his consistent high brand reputation ranking indicating his effectiveness as an endorser across different demographics.[68]



In June 2016
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Blind Min Dong-hyun
2012 Runway Cop young Cha Chul-soo
2014 A Hard Day Officer Lee Jin-ho
The Admiral: Roaring Currents Bae Soo-bong
Twinkle-Twinkle Pitter-Patter Jun-woo Short film[69]
2015 Coin Locker Girl Park Seok-hyun

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2012 Hero Kang Dong-woo OCN
Drama Special "Still Picture" young Kim Hyun-soo KBS2
Bridal Mask Han Min-kyu Ep. 26–28
2013 Wonderful Mama Go Young-joon SBS
2014 Wonderful Days young Kang Dong-seok KBS2
Cantabile Tomorrow Lee Yoon-hoo
2015 The Producers Himself Ep. 9 cameo
Hello Monster Jung Sun-ho/Lee Min
2015-2016 Reply 1988 Choi Taek tvN
2016 Love in the Moonlight Lee Yeong KBS2 [70]

Variety show[edit]

In August 2016
Year Title Network Notes
2015 2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 Cameo (Season 3; Episode 103)
2016 Youth Over Flowers: Africa tvN Cast member
Running Man SBS Cameo (Episode 293)
Sister's Slam Dunk KBS2 Cameo (Season 1; Episode 2)
2 Days & 1 Night Guest (Season 3; Episode 137, 138, 139)
2017 Running Man SBS Cameo (Episode 342)[71]
Infinite Challenge MBC Guest (Season 4; Episode 524, 525, 526)[72]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2015 Forget You (Teaser) d.ear Also vocals and piano[73]


Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2015-2016 Music Bank KBS2

KBS World

With Irene
2015 29th KBS Drama Awards With Jun Hyun-moo, Kim So-hyun
2016 KBS Song Festival With Seolhyun [74]
30th KBS Drama Awards With Jun Hyun-moo, Kim Ji-won [75]
2017 Music Bank World Tour: Singapore With Irene [76]
Music Bank World Tour: Jakarta [77]



Year Title Peak chart

2016 "My Person (내 사람)"
  • KOR: 335,921+
Love in the Moonlight OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Fan meeting[edit]

In December 2016
Date City Country/Region Title Venue Ref.
January 16, 2016 Seoul South Korea Our Exciting First Meeting KBS Arena [80]
April 23, 2016 Taipei Taiwan Close to U Taipei International Convention Center [81]
December 10, 2016 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Oh Happy Day:
2016-2017 Asia Fan Meeting Tour
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre [82]
December 17, 2016 Hong Kong Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Expo [83]
January 13, 2017 Jakarta Indonesia Kota Kasablanka [84]
January 22, 2017 Taipei Taiwan National Taiwan University Sports Center [85]
February 4, 2017 Tokyo Japan Tokyo International Forum [86]
February 11, 2017 Bangkok Thailand Thunder Dome, Muangthong Thani [87]
February 18, 2017 Singapore Singapore The Star Performing Arts Center [88]
March 11, 2017 Seoul South Korea Grand Peace Hall, Kyung Hee University [89]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 28th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Cantabile Tomorrow, Wonderful Days Nominated
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Cantabile Tomorrow, Hello Monster Nominated
14th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer Award Music Bank Won
29th KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award, Actor Hello Monster Won
Best Supporting Actor Won
2016 InStyle Icons: Next Generation New Generation Actor Award N/A Won [90]
11th Max Movie Awards Rising Star Award Coin Locker Girl Won [91]
8th Style Icon Asia Style Icon N/A Won [92]
16th Top Chinese Music Awards Best International Artist N/A Won [93]
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Coin Locker Girl Nominated [94]
Most Popular Actor (Film) Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Reply 1988 Nominated
iQiyi Global Star Award N/A Nominated
InStyle Fashion Award N/A Won
4th Annual DramaFever Awards Best Rising Star Reply 1988 Won [95]
Best Kiss (with Lee Hye-ri) Won
5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Won [96]
9th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Love in the Moonlight Nominated
tvN10 Awards Made in tvN Actor, Drama Reply 1988 Nominated [97]
Best Kiss (with Lee Hye-ri) Nominated
Asia Star Award Won
Asia Artist Awards Most Popular Actor N/A Nominated
Asia Star Award, Actor N/A Won [98]
Best Star Award, Actor N/A Won [99]
Melodi Awards Most Influential Korean Drama Personality N/A Won [100]
OSEN Awards Star of the Year N/A Won [101]
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Asia Popular Artist Award N/A Nominated [102]
SBS Cult Two Show Awards Most Mentioned N/A Won [103]
30th KBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Love in the Moonlight Nominated [104]
Top Excellence, Actor Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Nominated
Netizen Award Won
Best Couple (with Kim Yoo-jung) Won
Best Kiss (with Kim Yoo-jung) Won
2nd Fashionista Awards Best Dresser of the Year N/A Won [107]
2017 Korea Brand Awards Special Award N/A Won [108]
16th Korea Assembly Grand Award Acting Award N/A Won [109]
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor, Television Love in the Moonlight Nominated [110]
Most Popular Actor, Television Won [111]


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