Park Ji-yeon

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Park Ji-yeon
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Park in June 2017
Native name 박지연
Born Park Ji-yeon
(1993-06-07) June 7, 1993 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels MBK Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 박지연
Hanja [1]
Revised Romanization Bak Ji-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Pak Chiyŏn

Park Ji-yeon (born June 7, 1993), better known by the mononym Jiyeon, is a South Korean singer and actress.[2] She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group T-ara and its sub-group, T-ara N4.

Early life and education[edit]

Park was born in Seoul, South Korea, on June 7, 1993,[3] from a Korean family.[4][5] She briefly attended Hyehwa Girls' High School and graduated from Lila Art High School in 2012.[6]


2008–2009: Career beginning and T-ara[edit]

She and Hahm Eun-jung are the only two members of T-ara to be trained in acting. Instead, the two switched over to singing despite their original intentions.[7][8]

Park has expressed an interest in modeling. In 2008, when she was 15 years old, she was featured in several pictorials and advertisements for clothing company Smart with Korean boy band SHINee.[9] She collaborated with Davichi and SeeYa on the digital single "Female Generation/Forever Love", which was released in May 2009, making her the first member of T-ara to appear in public. She appeared in SG Wannabe's music videos "Saranghae" and "My Love is Crying" from their 2009 album, Gift from SG Wannabe. Early on, the Korean media dubbed her as "Little Kim Tae-hee" due to her close resemblance to Kim.[10]

Park auditioned at the Mnet Casting System and joined the company in 2008. She subsequently debuted with T-ara debuted on 29 July 2009, as the youngest member.[citation needed]

2010–2013: Acting debut and breakthrough[edit]

In 2010, Park starred in Master of Study, a Korean screen adaptation of Japanese manga Dragon Zakura.[11] The same year, she played the leading role in horror film Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp[12] and starred in the youth drama Jungle Fish 2.[13]

In October 2010, Park became the host for MBC's Show! Music Core, alongside Bae Suzy and with Choi Min-ho and Onew.[citation needed] She also became a cast member of SBS' variety show Heroes.[citation needed]

In 2011, Park was cast in the Korean dub of the animated film, Gnomeo and Juliet.

In 2012, she was cast in the teen drama Dream High 2.[14]

2014–2016: Never Ever and return to acting[edit]

Park made her solo debut in May 2014[15][16], releasing the single "Never Ever" (also known as "1 Minute 1 Second").[17] The music video ranked number one on China's biggest music video site YinYueTai for two weeks straight.[citation needed]

In June, Park was cast in MBC series Triangle, starring as the potential wife for Yim Si-wan's character.[18] The same month, she began hosting SBS MTV's The Show alongside Lee Hye-ri.[citation needed]

In May 2015, Park was cast in the Korean-Chinese film Encounter alongside actor Lee Dong-gun.[19] In July 2015, she collaborated with 2BIC's Jun-hyung on the song "Summer Love".[citation needed]

In 2016, Park was cast in the web drama My Runaway alongside Kang Dong-ho. The drama was released on Netflix in December 2016.[20]

2017: Comeback[edit]

In February 2017, it was announced that Park would be making her solo comeback after three years with a new album.[21] However, album preparations were later put on hold.[22]




Title Album details Peak positions Sales
TWN East Asian
Never Ever 3 11 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Title Peak positions Sales Album


Billboard V Chart
2010 "ttoleuleu" (또르르) 8[27]
  • KOR (DL):
Master of Study OST
2013 "My Sea"
  • KOR (DL):
Bunny Style!
2014 "1 Minute 1 Second (Never Ever)" 17 6 1[28]
  • KOR (DL): 322,949+[29]
Never Ever
2016 "Summer Love"
(With Junhyung of 2BiC featuring Yoon Yo)
  • KOR (DL):
Summer Love
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region


Year Album Song Duration Notes
2009 Cinderella Man OST "Women's Generation" 3:32 with Seeya and Davichi
"Forever Love" 3:32
2010 Master of Study OST "Rolling" 4:01 Solo
Jungle Fish 2 OST "Little By Little" 4:10
2012 Dream High 2 OST "Superstar" 3:42 With Hyorin and Ailee
"Together" 4:19 With JB
"Day after Day" 3:43 Solo
2013 Bunny Style! "Dangerous Love" 3:40 With Ham Eun-jung and Hyomin
2014 Triangle OST "Kiss and Cry" 3:31 With Cho Seunghee (F-ve Dolls) and Shorry J (Mighty Mouth)
2017 What's my name "Lullaby" 3:12 Solo

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
2014 "Yeurido Cherry Blossom" 70 Never Ever
"Marionette" 80
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Music videos[edit]

Year Music video Director
2014 "1 Minute 1 Second (Never Ever)" Hong Se Hyun



Year Title Role Ref
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Lee Se-hee [12]
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Juliet
Gisaeng Ghost Cameo
2015 Encounter [19]


Year Title Role Network Notes Ref
2007 Hello! Miss KBS2 Cameo [30]
Lobbyist Deaf daughter's friend SBS [31]
2008 Aeja's Older Sister, Minja Maeng Na-yeon
2009 Soul Yoon Doo-na MBC [32]
High Kick! (season 2) Lee Yu-ri [33]
2010 Master of Study Na Hyun-jung KBS2 [11]
Jungle Fish 2 Seo-yul [13]
2011 Miss Ripley Yu MBC Cameo [34]
2012 The Thousand Man Han Yi-seul
Dream High 2 Ri-an/Lee Ji-kyung KBS2 [14]
2014 Triangle Seong Yoo-jin MBC [18]
2015 Sweet Temptation Ji-ho Web drama
2016 My Runway Han Seo-yeon Netflix [20]


Year Title Role
2012 Our Youth, Roly Poly Musical Han Joo-young

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note Ref
2010 Heroes Cast SBS
2010–2011 Music Core Host MBC
2015 The Show SBS MTV
2017 Living Together in Empty Room Cast MBC with Oh Chang-seok (Episodes 16–19) [35]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2010 SBS Entertainment Award Best Teamwork Heroes Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Master of Study Nominated
Best Couple Award with Yoo Seung-ho Nominated
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actress Triangle Nominated
2015 Cable TV Broadcast Awards Popularity Award The Show Won
The 3rd Yinyuetai VChart Award Best Korea Female Singer Never Ever Won
Yahoo Asia BUZZ Award Most Popular Asian İdol N/A Nominated


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