Son Dong-woon

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Son Dong-woon
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Dongwoon in 2017
Son Dong-woon

(1991-06-06) June 6, 1991 (age 31)
Busan, South Korea
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Musical career
Years active2008–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSon Dong-un
McCune–ReischauerSon Tong'un

Son Dong-woon (Korean손동운; born June 6, 1991), known mononymously as Dongwoon, is a South Korean singer. He is a member of the boy group Highlight (formerly known as Beast).


Son Dong-woon was born in Busan, South Korea, on June 6, 1991.[1] His father, Son Il-rak, is a professor at Cheongju University. Dong Woon stated in an interview and in the KBS show Win Win that he studied in Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines. Dong Woon was a trainee from JYP Entertainment for two years, and was the last member chosen to join Beast. He is the youngest of the group.

Dong Woon attended Hanyoung High School and graduated from Dongguk University on 16 February 2017.[2]

On May 9, 2019, Son began his mandatory military service as a conscripted policeman.[3] He was discharged on December 8, 2020.[4]



The group has released eight Korean mini-albums and various singles. Dong Woon is a vocalist of Highlight.

Solo career[edit]

In December 2010, Son released a digital single album Udon together with Davichi's Kang Min Kyung.[5] However, it is said by the composers of 'Udon' that the title of the song is in Japanese, hence the main three broadcasting networks confirmed that they would not be showing on television.[6]

In April 2012, Son released "In the Cloud" for Shinsadong Tiger's 'Supermarket_another Half'.[7]

On May 22, 2015, Cube Entertainment revealed that Son will release his first solo album Kimishika on July 1 before officially beginning his Japanese debut promotions.[8]

On February 2, 2017, Son released Universe, a digital single album in collaboration with composer Yoo Jae-hwan.[9]

On July 18, 2018, Son released his first digital single album, Prelude: Voice.[10]

On April 22, 2019, Son released his first mini album, Act 1: The Orchestra.[11]

On June 6, 2022, Son released his second mini album, Happy Birthday.[12]

In 2022, Son appears in the SBS drama Today's Webtoon, marking his terrestrial television debut.[13]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Act 1: The Orchestra
Track listing
  1. "In the Silence" (편해지자)
  2. "Natasha"
  3. "Snowy Night" (雪夜 (눈 오는 밤))
  4. "Intermission"
  5. "Thirty" (서툰 어른)
  6. "Decrescendo"
  7. "A Dark Change" (암전)
  8. "Curtain Call"
Happy Birthday
  • Released: June 6, 2022
  • Label: Around Us Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. "Today's Weather" (우리 날씨 맑음)
  2. "Rainy Season" (장마)
  3. "Letter" (편지)
  4. "Moderato"
  5. "Happy Birthday to Me"
19 TBA
  • Released: July 1, 2015
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Formats: CD, DVD, digital download
Track listing
  1. "Preludio"
  2. "Kimi Shika" (キミしか / Only You)
  3. "Kimi wa Shiranai" (君は知らない / You Don't Know)
  4. "Amasugiru You" (アマスギルYou / Too Sweet You)
  5. "Tsuyoku Omou" (ツヨク想う / Thinking Strongly)
  6. "Hoshi ni Natte" (星になって / Become A Star) (with Yoon Doo-joon & Yang Yo-seob)
"—" denotes album did not chart or was not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances and solo performances[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2010 "우동" ("Udong/Udon") Kang Minkyung and Son Dongwoon 우동
2011 "꿈을 꾼다" ("Dreaming")> Yong Junhyung, Yang Yoseob, and Son Dongwoon 나도, 꽃! (I'm A Flower Too!)
2012 "In the Cloud" Son Dongwoon SUPER MARKET – another Half (Shinsadong Tiger Project Album)
2013 "Bye Bye Love" Yang Yoseob, Son Dongwoon and BTOB When a Man Falls in Love OST
2015 "Without You" Yoon Doojoon, Yang Yoseob and Son Dongwoon Scholar Who Walks the Night OST
2017 "Dreaming Now" Son Dongwoon Innocent Defendant OST
"Universe" Yoo Jaehwan, Yang Yoseob and Son Dongwoon Universe
"The Alchemist" Yoo Jaehwan and Son Dongwoon
"첫 이별" ("First Disturbance")
2018 "There's No Eternity Son Dongwoon Prelude : Voice
"Still, Today"
"Color Me" Son Dongwoon, Seoryeong Non-album single

Songwriting credits[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2009 Beast Is the B2ST BEAST "Beast Is the B2ST" Yes BEAST No Shin Sa Dong Tiger, Choi Gyu Seong
"Bad Girl" Yes BEAST, Lee Sang Ho, Shin Sa Dong Tiger No Lee Sang Ho, Shin Sa Dong Tiger
2010 My Story BEAST (Dongwoon & Doojoon) "When the door closed" Yes Yoon Doo-joon No Rado
2015 Kimishika Son Dongwoon "Preludio" Yes No Good Life
"Kimi Shika" Yes No
"Amasugiru You" Yes No Good Life, Davii
Son Dongwoon, Yang Yoseob and Yoon Doojoon "Hoshi ni Natte" Yes No Rado
2016 Highlight BEAST (Dongwoon Solo) "I'll Give You My All" Yes Yes Good Life, Davii
Non album-singles Son Dongwoon "Let's Have a Drink" Yes Jinri Yes Jinri, Shin Yosung
Kwon Nayoon "Nothing Is Late" Yes Kim Donghyuk Yes Yoo Jaehwa
2017 Universe Son Dongwoon, Yoo Jaehwa and Yang Yoseob "Universe" Yes Hyesung No Yoo Jaehwa, Shin Sungjin
Son Dongwoon & Yoo Jaehwa "The Alchemist" Yes Curious Yes Curious
"First Disturbance" Yes Yes Yoo Jaehwa
2018 Prelude: Voice Son Dongwoon "There's No Eternity" Yes Yes
"Still, Today" Yes Yes Curious
"Crescendo" Yes Yes
Outro HIGHLIGHT "Wind" (Yoseob & Dongwoon) Yes Yang Yo-seob, Gyuberlake Yes Yang Yo-seob, Gyuberlake
2021 The Blowing HIGHLIGHT "Surf" Yes Yes Shin Sungjin
2022 Daydream HIGHLIGHT "Our Eyes" Yes Yes Lee Yonggyu, Shin Sungjin


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2022 Today's Webtoon Oh Yoon Debut in terrestrial drama [18]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Note Ref.
2021 The Guys I Want to Catch Dongwoon Dingo Music [19]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Battle Trip Contestant with Doojoon; Episode 52–53
Special MC Episode 73
2018 Amor Feti Cast Member

Web shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 I Will Give You a Universe Cast Member
2022 Delivery 2 Host with Yang Yo-seob [20]


Year Title Notes Ref.
2018 School Attack with Eun Ji-won and JooE
GOT YA! GWSN with Kim Shin-young, Soijn and DinDin


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012–2013 Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale Jr. Lead Role
2016 The Great Gatsby [RE:BOOT] Gatsby
2017–2018 Hourglass Baek Jae-hee
2018–2019 Altar Boyz Abraham


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External links[edit]

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