Park Ji-hoon

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Park Ji-hoon
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Park in September 2019
Native name
Born (1999-05-29) May 29, 1999 (age 20)
Masan, South Korea
Alma materSchool of Performing Arts Seoul
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active2006–present
Musical career
Years active2017–present
Associated actsWanna One
Korean name
Revised RomanizationPark Ji-hoon
McCune–ReischauerPak Chihun
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Park Ji-hoon (Korean박지훈; born May 29, 1999) is a South Korean singer and actor. Park first made his debut as a child actor, appearing as a supporting cast member on the MBC historical drama Jumong (2006) and earned roles in the several television dramas such as The King and I, Kimchi Cheese Smile and Iljimae. He also established himself as a musical actor through his participation in the musicals Peter Pan, The Harmonium in My Memory and Radio Star.

After winning in the second place of Mnet's Produce 101 season 2, Park rose to prominence as a member of the boy group Wanna One, formed in 2017.[1] The group achieved both critical and commercial success, with six Korean topped-five singles. With the conclusion of the group activities in January 2019, Park began his solo career with EP O'Clock in March 2019. He also returned to the acting scene in September 2019, making a lead role on JTBC historical drama Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency.

Early life and education[edit]

Park Ji-hoon was born on May 29, 1999, in Masan, South Korea.[2][3] Although he comes from Gyeongsang Province, Park has lived in Seoul since he was seven-years-old.[4] He graduated from National Middle School of Traditional Arts, where he majored in musical theatre.[5] Park majored in broadcasting arts at School of Performing Arts Seoul[6] and graduated in January 2018.[7] Park was accepted into Chung-Ang University’s Department of Theater for 2018.[8]


2006–2016: Beginnings[edit]

Park debuted as a child actor, participating in musicals Peter Pan (2007–2009), The Harmonium in My Memory (2010), and Radio Star (2010–2011), and in television dramas Jumong (2006–2007), The King and I (2007–2008), Kimchi Cheese Smile (2007–2008), Iljimae (2008), and more.[9] Park also appeared in SS501's reality show SS501 SOS (2006), although his face was blurred out through the episodes.[10] In 2007, he appeared in KM Idol War with Big Bang.[11] During his childhood, he continued to be active in musical theatre, television broadcasts, and film, as well as working as an advertisement model.[12]

Less active in the entertainment industry in his teen years, Park began training to become an idol singer under SM Entertainment and Fantagio. Due to a knee injury, he did not make it to the final line up of Fantagio's boy group Astro and subsequently transferred to Maroo Entertainment.[13]

2017–2018: Produce 101 and Wanna One[edit]

In 2017, Park represented Maroo Entertainment in the second season of Produce 101. He experienced a sudden rise in popularity after going viral as "wink boy (ko: 윙크남)", after the introductory "It's Me (Pick Me)" stage on M Countdown, before the show had started airing.[14] Consequently, Park's participation in the survival show received extensive media attention, to the extent that his self-made aegyo catchphrase "save you in my heart (ko: 내 마음 속에 저장)" trended on social media and was used by various companies using the phrase for marketing purposes.[15] The phrase was later crowned as the best catchphrase of 2017 by KOCCA.[16] Furthermore, Park received offers from various companies to become their advertisement model while the show was still being aired,[17][18] and it was later revealed that Park had signed an exclusive contract with Maroo Entertainment before the show had started.[19] He finished second, which made him a member of the project boy group Wanna One under YMC Entertainment. Wanna One disbanded on December 31, 2018 and officially completed activities after their sold out 4-day final concert series 'Therefore' that ran from January 24 to 27 at Gocheok Sky Dome.[20]

2019: Return to acting and solo career[edit]

On March 26, Park released his debut solo album, O'Clock, with the lead single "L.O.V.E."[21][22] The same month, Park was cast in JTBC's upcoming historical drama Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency,[23] which was aired on Sept 16.[24]


Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
O'Clock 2


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"L.O.V.E" 2019 59 O'Clock


Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2006–2007 Jumong MBC
2007 The Stories of One Thousand People SBS Lee Dong-gyu (Episode 20)
2007–2008 Kimchi Cheese Smile MBC
The King and I SBS Eunuch
2008 Iljimae Villager's son
2011 The Unlimited Show Tooniverse Kang Jae-min (Episodes 10, 11)
2019 Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency JTBC Go Young-soo [28]

Television show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2017 Produce 101 (Season 2) Mnet Contestant Finished second place [29]
2019 Inkigayo SBS Special MC Episode 1,014 [30][31]


  • Peter Pan (2007–2009)
  • The Harmonium in My Memory (2010)
  • Radio Star (2010–2011)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2019 Asia Model Awards Asia Star Award (Singers) Won [32]
Soribada Best K-Music Awards Bonsang Award Won [33]
The New Icon Award Won


  1. ^ "'프듀2' 강다니엘 워너원 최종 센터, 2등 박지훈·11등 하성운(종합)" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-16.
  2. ^ "박지훈 :: 네이버 인물검색". Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  3. ^ "[엑's 토크] '한끼줍쇼'PD "솔직한 강다니엘·박지훈, 규동형제와 케미 굿"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  4. ^ "'프레젠트' 워너원, 애교부터 신곡까지…너무 짧은 30분 (종합)" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  5. ^ "박지훈 중학교 졸사, 어제풀린 졸업사진 + 꾸꾸까까 저장남의 애교". 메 종 드 앙 트 완 ♥ (in Korean). May 30, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  6. ^ "박지훈, 과거 '매점배 댄스배틀' 화제 "수줍음 뒤 박력 폭발"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  7. ^ "Korean celebrities graduate high school". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "Wanna One′s Park Ji Hoon Just Became A College Freshman". Mwave. November 20, 2017.
  9. ^ ""박지훈 잘 컸네" '프로듀스101 1위 박지훈, 10년 전 사극서 '거세 연기'로 주목받은 과거 화제" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  10. ^ "공연의 모든 것 - 플레이DB". Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  11. ^ "'프로듀스 101' 박지훈, 과거 빅뱅과 인연?...눈물 대결서 승리" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  12. ^ "'거세당하는 연기'도 소화했던 '프듀 101' 연습생" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  13. ^ "'프듀 101 윙크남' 박지훈이 거쳐간 소속사 클래스". 인사이트 (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  14. ^ "[단독] '프듀101 시즌2' 윙크남, 김종국-하석진 후배…19살 훈남" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  15. ^ "'프듀2' 박지훈 데뷔 전부터 '시청자 마음 속에 유행어 저장'" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-30.
  16. ^ "박지훈 "내 마음 속에 저장", 2017 상반기 최고 유행어 선정" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  17. ^ "데뷔 전부터 완판남…'프듀2' 박지훈, 뜨거운 파급력" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  18. ^ "데뷔 전부터 완판남…'프듀2' 박지훈, 뜨거운 파급력". TV리포트 (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  19. ^ "Maroo Ent responds: "We've signed a contract with Park Ji-hoon before production for Produce 101 started"". Newsen. June 14, 2017.
  20. ^ "워너원 측 "12월31일 계약종료, 1월 콘서트로 마무리"(공식입장 전문)". (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  21. ^ "Park Ji-hoon drops first solo album, 'O'Clock'". Kpop Herald. March 26, 2019.
  22. ^ "Ex-Wanna One member Park Ji-hoon swings open solo career". Yonhap News Agency. March 26, 2019.
  23. ^ "Park Ji-hoon to appear in JTBC drama". The Korea Times. March 26, 2019.
  24. ^ "K-pop sweetheart Park Ji-hoon makes small screen debut in 'Flower Crew'". Korea Times. September 22, 2019.
  25. ^ "O'Clock". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  26. ^ "2019 First-Half Album Chart (See #24)". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  27. ^ "L.O.V.E". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  28. ^ "Park Ji-hoon to appear in JTBC drama". koreatimes. 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  29. ^ Herald, The Korea (2017-06-18). "Season 2 of 'Produce 101' ends with 11 winners". Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  30. ^ "박지훈, 18일 '인기가요' 스페셜 MC 출격.."팬들과 소통하고파" [공식]". (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  31. ^ 진향희. "박지훈, '인기가요'서 성공적인 데뷔 첫 MC 신고식". (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  32. ^ "박지훈, '인기가요' 스페셜 MC 발탁…첫 음악방송 진행(공식)". 매일경제 (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  33. ^ "방탄소년단, 올해의 아티스트상 포함 3관왕...레드벨벳 올해의 스테이지상[소리바다 어워즈 종합]". (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-10-18.

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