Park Yong-ha

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Park Yong-ha
Park Yong-ha.jpg
Park Yong-ha in 2009
Born 박용하
(1977-08-12)12 August 1977
Seoul, South Korea
Died 30 June 2010(2010-06-30) (aged 32)
Seoul, South Korea
Cause of death Suicide by hanging
Musical career
Genres Pop, K-Pop, J-Pop
Occupation(s) singer, actor
Years active 1994–2010
Labels Pony Canyon (Japan)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Bak Yong-ha
McCune–Reischauer Pak Yongha

Park Yong-ha (Korean: 박용하, August 12, 1977 – June 30, 2010) was a South Korean actor and singer. He committed suicide at the age of 32.[1][2]


At seventeen, Park was noted for his acting and musical skills, as well as his good looks which earned him popularity with fans. After his debut in MBC drama Theme Theater (1994), Park appeared in a range of TV dramas and films. In 2002, Park co-starred in Winter Sonata with Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, which brought him fame in Japan.


As a singer, Park was the "mysterious" voice behind Just For Yesterday, the hit theme song of SBS drama All In, which starred Lee Byung-hun and Song Hye-kyo.

Park released various Japanese albums in Japan and held successful concerts both in Japan and Korea.

Park sang the theme songs of SBS drama On Air in 2008. The Japanese version of the theme songs was his 6th single album Behind Love. Behind Love, released on July 23, 2008, was ranked as the third top single album on Oricon, Japan's premier daily album chart. His next single album, Say Goodbye, and full-length album, Love, were released in November 2008 and both were ranked on Oricon within top 10.

Film and television[edit]

Park starred in SBS drama On Air as a drama PD, Kyoung-min Lee, in 2008 and on Mnet Japan from 30 July 2008. He and co-star Song Yun-ah visited Japan to promote the series in a showcase attend by 800 VIP guests at Toho Cinema in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.[3] He also starred in the movie The Scam as an individual investor(small time investor) Hyun-soo Kang. The Scam was released on February 12, 2009. He was cast in the drama,The Slingshot, acting as the character Kim Shin, which started broadcasting on KBS2 on April 6, 2009.


Park was found dead by his mother at 5:30 am June 30, 2010 at his home in Nonhyeon-dong, Seoul, hanging from a camcorder charger cable after committing suicide.[4] Prior to his suicide, he was apparently suffering from the pressures of managing his entertainment company and his career, whilst also coping with his father having cancer. He did not leave a suicide note.[5]

After his death, the Yona School in Chad was founded by his co-stars and friends, including Kim Hyun-joo and Park Hee-soon.[6][7][8][9][10]


Korean Albums[edit]

  • Tidings (2003)
  • Fiction (2004)
  • Present (2007)

Japan releases[edit]


  • kibyol (2004)
  • Will Be There (2006)
  • Love (2008)
  • Stars (2010)
  • Song For You (2014) (Posthumous Release)


  • Sometime (2005)
  • Once in a Summer (2009)


  • 2003 처음 그날처럼 (Like the First Day)
  • Kajimaseyo (2004)
  • Truth (2005)
  • Kimigasaikou (2006)
  • Bokunopagewomekureba (2007)
  • Behind love (2008)
  • Say Goodbye (2008)
  • Beloved People (2009)
  • One Love (2010)



  • The Scam (2009)
  • Although It is Hateful Again 2002 (2002)
  • If It Snows on Christmas (1998)

TV drama[edit]

  • The Slingshot (2009)
  • On Air (2008)
  • Tokyo Wankei (2004)
  • Loving You (2002)
  • KBS Winter Sonata (2002)
  • Sunflower (2000)
  • 소문난 여자 Somun (2001)
  • KBS Snowflakes (2001)
  • More Than Love
  • See and See Again (보고 또 보고 / Bo go Tto Bo go) (1998)
  • What A Tough Woman (1997)


  • 2010: 2010 SKY Perfect TV Awards, Japan, "Grand Prix", "Korean Wave (Han-Ryu)"
  • 2009: 2009 KOFICE (Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange) Awards
  • 2008: 2008 SBS Drama Awards, "Best Actor for Drama Special Section", "Top 10 Stars"
  • 2008: 2008 SKY Perfect TV Awards, Japan, "Grand Prix", "Korean Wave (Han-Ryu)"
  • 2008: 2008 Mnet 20's Choice Awards, "Hot Global Star"
  • 2008: 22nd Japan Gold Disc Awards, "Best Asian Artist"
  • 2007: 21st Japan Gold Disc Awards, "Best Asian Artist"
  • 2006: 20th Japan Gold Disc Awards, "Song of the Year", "Japan-Korea Friendship Year 2005 Special Award"
  • 2005: 19th Japan Gold Disc Awards, "Best New Artist"
  • 2004: 10th Seoul Music Awards, "Han-Ryu Artist"
  • 2002: KBS Drama Awards, "Excellence Award, Actor"
  • 1998: MBC Drama Awards, "Best New Actor"


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