Park Ji-yeon

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Park Ji-yeon
Park Ji-yeon at 2015 Summer K-POP Festival.jpg
Jiyeon at 2015 K-Pop Festival.
Native name 박지연
Born Park Ji-yeon
(1993-06-07) June 7, 1993 (age 23)
Seoul, South Korea
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 Chi-yŏn

Park Ji-yeon (born June 7, 1993), better known mononymously as Jiyeon, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known for being the visual, main dancer and the youngest member of the South Korean girl group T-ara.

Early life[edit]

Ji-yeon was born in Seoul, South Korea on June 7, 1993,[2] from a Korean family.[3][4] She briefly attended Hyehwa Girls' High School and graduated from Lila Art High School in 2012.[5]


2008–2012: Career beginning and T-ara[edit]

She and Eunjung are the only two members of T-ara to be trained in acting. Instead, the two switched over to singing despite their original intentions.[6][7]

Ji-yeon has expressed an interest in modeling. In 2008, when she was 15 years old, Ji-yeon was featured in several pictorials and advertisements for clothing company Smart with Korean boy band SHINee.[8] 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 Ji-yeon "Little Kim Tae-hee" due to her close resemblance to Kim.[9]

In the same year 2008, she entered and won the Smart Model Contest. Subsequently, she auditioned at the Mnet Casting System and joined the company. T-ara debuted on 29 July 2009, when Ji-yeon was 16 years old; the majority of the members were in their early twenties. She was the youngest member until Areum was introduced in June 2012, followed by Dani, who was added in December on the same year.[citation needed]

Ji-yeon made an appearance on the highly ranked KBS television show Master of Study as Na Hyun Jung, a heavily burdened love-struck high school girl who joins a special class consisting of five underperforming students who must gain acceptance to the top South Korean university, commonly referred to as the "Cheonha-Dae" (in Korean).[10][11] Ji-yeon played the lead character in Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp alongside Yoon Shi-yoon, which was released in July 2010.

In August 2010, she appeared on HahaMong Show and discussed meeting Park Ji-sung.[12] In October 2010, Ji-yeon became the host for Show! Music Core (MBC), alongside Suzy (Miss A) with Minho and Onew, both of SHINee.[citation needed]

2011–2013: Acting roles[edit]

Ji-yeon performing with T-ara on 10 August 2013 at AsiaWorld–Arena, Hong Kong.

During the 19 August 2011 rehearsal taping of KBS Music Bank for their final stage performance of promoting Roly Poly, Ji-yeon pulled a right knee ligament and was rushed to the hospital for further treatment. Her agency released a statement saying that Jiyeon's condition was being monitored. She was reported recovering and continuing to attend tour after tour, although she needed considerable assistance for each trip due to her injuries. She was later cast in Dream High Season 2 as Rian/Lee Ji Kyung.[13]

In 2011, she was ranked on MBC's Weekly Idol as the 'best-looking idol in real life' by fellow idols and once again in 2012 as the 'best-looking idol' for her versatile face and glowing character.[14] In 2013, she hosted along with Nichkhun from 2PM, Jokwon from 2AM, Minho from Shinee and Suzy from Miss A For 2013 Korean Music Wave In Bangkok, Thailand.[15]

2014: Solo debut[edit]

It was revealed that Jiyeon and fellow T-ara member Hyomin would musically debut solo – promoting simultaneously, or in early April and early May, respectively.[citation needed] On March 28 it was announced that Jiyeon would start promoting on May 20, with single "1min 1sec" (Hangul1분 1초).[citation needed] The single peaked on the Korean charts at 17 and excelled in China, becoming the first Korean song to reach a 99.5% YinYueTai score.[16][better source needed]

In June, Jiyeon resumed her acting career, appearing in the fifteenth episode of Triangle (MBC), as Sung Yoo-jin – anticipated to be a potential wife for Yim Si-wan (ZE:A)'s character.[citation needed] In September, she was cast as MC for the fourth season of The Show (SBS MTV), with Lee Hyeri (Girl's Day) and a new male model MC [17]


After the departure of Jiyeon's co-MC host Hyeri Jiyeon will be working with the new male MC Hongbin (VIXX) alongside Zhou Mi (Super Junior-M).

In May, Jiyeon was confirmed to play the lead role in a Korean-Chinese film 'Encounter' and will be on her way to China on May 7. Currently, actor Lee Dong Gun was confirmed to play the lead role alongside Jiyeon. Filmed by a rookie director, Kim Jung Han, 'Encounter' is about a romance that unfolds on a cruise ship that travels between Barcelona, Spain and the Indian Ocean.[18]

Jiyeon participated in a track for the album in collaboration with 2BIC’s Junhyung, including a feature by Yoo Yo. The song titled Summer Love was released on the 25th of July.




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


2013 "My Sea" - -
  • KOR (DL):
Bunny Style!
2014 "1 Minute 1 Second (Never Ever)" 17 6
  • KOR (DL): 322,949+[23]
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 Solo
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)

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
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Lee Se-hee
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Juliet
Gisaeng Ghost Cameo
2015 Encounter


Year Title Role Network
2007 I Love You Too KBS2
Hello! Miss
Lobbyist SBS
2008 Aeja's Older Sister, Minja Maeng Na-yeon
2009 Soul Yoon Doo-na MBC
High Kick! (season 2) Lee Yu-ri
2010 Master of Study Na Hyun-jung KBS2
Jungle Fish 2 Seo Yul
2011 Miss Ripley Yu MBC
2012 The Thousand Man Han Yi-seul
Dream High 2 Ri-an/Lee Ji-kyung KBS2
2014 Triangle Seong Yoo-jin MBC
2015 Sweet Temptation (Reborn) Ji-ho Web drama
2016 "My Runway" Han Seo-yeon Web drama


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

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Radio Star Herself MBC
Star King SBS
2010 Win Win KBS2
Taxi tvN
You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS
Star King SBS
Star Golden Bell KBS
Dream Girls Mnet
Strong Heart SBS
Happy Together KBS
Bouquet MBC
Invincible Youth KBS2
Heroes SBS
Hello Baby KBS
2010–2011 Music Core Host MBC
2011 100 Points out of 100 Herself KBS2
Star King SBS
Running Man SBS
Vitamin KBS2
Beatles Code Mnet
Win Win KBS2
Happy Together KBS
2013 Beatles Code Mnet
Hidden Singer JTBC
Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 KBS2
SimSimTaPa MBC
2014 Moon Hee Jun's Pure Mnet
Mnet Rude Show Mnet
Weekly Idol MBC
Hello Counselor KBS
Happy Together KBS
Weekly Idol MBC
2015 The Show Host SBS MTV
Idol Star Athletic Championship 2015 Herself MBC
Let's Go Together Herself
Come On, Little Master Herself JSTV

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2008(pre-debut) "Never Ending Story"[1] SMASH
2009(pre-debut) "My Cry Baby"&"Saranghae"[2] SG Wannabe
2010 "Soul(ver.1)"[3] Yangpa
"I Have To Let You Go"[5] Young Gun
2011 "Shake It Up" [6] Seo In-guk
2012 "Together" (Dream High 2 OST) [7] JB & Jiyeon
2013 "Painkiller" [8] [9] T-ara(Soyeon), The SeeYa(Yoojin), 5dolls(Eunkyo) & Speed(Taewoon, Sungmin)
2014 "More and More" [10] The SeeYa

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2007 APM Model Contest Silver Award N/A Won
2008 Smart Model Contest Daesung (Gold) Award N/A Won
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 1 Minute 1 Second (Never Ever) Won
2015 Yahoo Asia BUZZ Award Most Popular Asian İdol N/A Nominated


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