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AKA: Yon-Sama, BYJ

Korean actor Bae Yong Joon has a long list of dramas and films that follow him, as well as a large number of fans, mostly in asia. He's critically acclaimed as much as he's complimented. A perfectionist in life and on film. He's also an aspiring international businessman.

Yon-Sama, or sometimes just reffered to as "King," has an incredibly large fanbase of Japanese women, mostly middle aged and/or married. Unfortunately, he's not as popular in his home country, Korea, but they do recognize his sheer talent.

A little known fact about BYJ: He was a top fighter in high school. Of what, we don't know. But he certainly has the body of one.


- Height: 5' 11" (180 cm)
- Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)

- School: Seonggyoon University, Visual Arts
- Bloodtype: O
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Hobbies: Fishing
- Marriage: Single

- Career
KBS Award,
Best Actor (2002),
Baek Sang Best Actor Award (1997),
KBS Award,
Honorable Mention and Most Popular (1996)

Bae Yong Joon (born August 29, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea), is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in numerous television dramas. He is also known as the abbreviated BYJ to many of his fans, or as Yon-sama (ヨン様), with the "sama" being an honorific suffix.

Early and private life

Born in Mapo-gu, Seoul, he was educated in Il-mun Preschool and Myung-il Elementary School. In his school days, Bae was a very quiet boy with few friends. He eventually went to study in PaiChai Middle School and Hanyoung High School.

Bae acknowledged that he had a girlfriend named Lee Sa Gang (aka Sagan Lee, Sagang Lee) , and a photograph of her has since been distributed on the Internet. However, according to a 2005 edition of the I-weekly, a MediaCorp owned magazine in Singapore, Bae has since separated from Lee, citing personal reasons. He has since decided to keep his marital status private. Sources, notably HanCinema, maintain that Bae is still single.

Bae's agency, BOF, reported that Bae's apartment at Samseong-dong, Seoul caught fire on May 7 around 8:00 p.m., due to a short circuit. The house was empty when the fire broke out, thus causing no injuries. However, the fire caused damages costing up to 10 million won.

Acting career

After graduating from the FTM (Film, TV & Multimedia) department in the school of arts in the Sungkyunkwan University, Bae later went onto his film debut in PpilKu in 1994. He later went on to star in dramas like "Salut D'Amour" and "Six Steps to Separation" in late 1994 and 1995 respectively.

He first garnered critical acclaim after appearing in a supporting role on Sunny Place of the Young, where he played the role of the heir to a cosmetics company and best friend of the leading actor, played by Lee Jong Won. Through this role, Bae first gained his now-famous 'regal' image. His next acclaimed role was in First Love, where he played the role of Chan-woo, a smart, young man with checkered past, who drops out of law school to join a gang to seek revenge for his family's misfortunes.

After 1999, Bae decided to step away from acting to focus on his education at Sung Kyun Kwan University, where he majored in film studies.

In 2001, he returned to the small screen, appearing in Hotelier. At this time, Bae decided to let his hair grow long, as evidenced from photographs posted in fan sites.

Bae became world-famous as his next dramatic role, "Winter Sonata," despite the fact that it was a TV drama and not a movie, razed all of Japan with as much as 20% of the country watching it. This popularity gave both Bae and his co-star Choi Ji-woo a chance to shift their main stage from Korea to Japan. Other Korean movies and dramas also became quite popular following the Winter Sonata craze. Bae's role as Kang Jun-sang in Winter Sonata made him the main spotlight of the Korean Wave.

Bae also managed to get a deeper foothold into the Japanese and Southeast Asian market after he starred in the movie Untold Scandal as Jo Won Cho. However, because of several strong sexual scenes in the movie, it did not appeal to the public nearly as much as "Winter Sonata".

Fan craze

According to the May 3, 2005 issue of Newsweek (Asian International Edition), Bae's fan base covers a wide range of Asian female demographics, including middle aged and married women who mob him when he pays a visit to a particular Asian country. Newsweek also notes that "Japanese women are taking up the study of Korean language and history" because of Bae.

November 2004 Japan visit

In 2004, Bae released his biography The Image: Volume 1 during a four and 1/2-day tour in Japan to commemorate the tenth year of his acting career. After touring Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Phuket, Bae arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on November 25, where an estimated 5,000 fans awaited him, with some fans having camped out at the airport terminal awaiting his arrival. 350 police officers and 70 anti-riot agents were also on hand to control the crowd. During his public appearances thousands of fans showed up to greet him, and in some cases mob scenes ensued as they swarmed the car he rode in, which even resulted in one fan suffering an injury which required medical attention from paramedics.

August 2005 Taiwan visit

During an August 2005 visit to Taiwan, Bae went to the hospital to see a cancer-stricken fan, who is a mother and who has drawn hundreds of Bae's portraits (China Times (Chinese language), August 20, 2005 and China Post, August 20, 2005).

Endorsements and Financial Holdings

Since 2004, he has been the spokesman for the Japanese pizza chain Pizza-La.

In 2006, Bae owned 37.5% of the shares of Ottowintech, topping his stakes at 110 billion won.

Wikipedia controversy

In 2006, Koh Gyudhae of Hankooki, along with a segment of Bae's fans criticized wikipedia's article on Bae, citing privacy reasons. Koh went further by voicing his view that "unnecessary" information should be removed. Following the publication of the newspaper, edits included the removal of inconvenient facts. This ran afoul of internal Wikipedia guidelines and policies.



* 2005: April Snow
* 2003: Untold Scandal
* 1995: PpilKu


* 2006: The Story of the First King's Four Gods (MBC)
* 2002: Winter Sonata (Winter Love Story, KBS) - Kang Jun-sang/Lee Min-hyung
* 2001: Hotelier (MBC) - Shin Dong Hyuk, Frank
* 1999: Did We Really Love (True To Love MBC) - Gang Jae-ho
* 1998: The Barefooted Youth (KBS)
* 1997: First Love (KBS) - Sung Chan-woo
* 1996: Papa (KBS) - Choi Hyun-jun
* 1995: A Sunny Place of The Young (KBS)
* 1995: Sea Breeze (PSB) Jang Moo-hyung
* 1995: Six Steps to Separation (KBS)
* 1994: Salut D'Amour (Love Greeting) (KBS) - Kim Yong-min

Television commercials

* 1995: Kwail Nara, LOTTE (chewing gum), nongshim ZEC, MAYPLE
* 1996: Kwail Nara, LG group
* 1997: LG group, HITE beer, Kwail Nara
* 1998: Kwail Nara, LG group
* 1999: FRJ
* 2001: JM Global Water Purifier, Kye-Mong-Sa (Press), Old & New, LoReal (Perfume)
* 2002: LG Telecom, LG Home Shopping, LG Card, Korea Investment Trust, Kolon ManStar, Old & New, Halla Millate
* 2003: Ray Ban Glasses, Taster's Choice, LG Whisen, LG Telecom, LG Card, Kolon ManStar, Old & New
* 2004: Taster's Choice, Oronamin C, LOTTE Flavono, Sony handycam, Lotte Almond, Sony Cybershot, AU by KDDI, Daihatsu Mira, LG La La La (films available online at )
* 2005: Taster's Choice, Lotte Rummy and Bacchus chocolates, Keangnam (builders), Coca-Cola 7-Flavor Tea, Lotte Almond
* 2006: Hyundai Sonata, Eastern Home Shopping Network, Secom Security Systems, Keangnam


* 2004: 40th Baeksang: Rookie Award
* 2003: Blue Dragon: Best Newcomer & Popular Star award
* 2002: KBS Drama: Popular Actor Award & Best Actor Award
* 2002: 38th Bak Sang: Popularity award
* 1997: 33rd Bak Sang: Popularity award
* 1996: KBS Drama: The Excellent Actor Award & The Popular Actor Award
* 1995: KBS Drama: Rookie Award & Photogenic Award


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dibei-chan posted over 7 years ago

BJY = <3 !!!11

we need more info in his bio.. =>3<'=

it's also kinda sad that he isn't as popular as he is in japan, than he is in his home country, korea..

and it's kinda weird that 30-50 somthing women are his main components of his fandom. well, maybe not that weird.

until he breaks 1 vote or gets a bio update, just google this guy.. =^3~=

dibei-chan posted over 7 years ago

oops.. it's BYJ.. =_'= sorry..

YoruChan posted over 7 years ago

That is all I could find about him ^^ I hope it helps. He's an awsome actor!!! really awsome, I admire him so much…..and….well…..I cant denie he's pretty hot too XDDD

dibei-chan posted over 7 years ago

=0o0= man, you did good! and yah, he's hot. *nods* 

Sweet Pip
Sweet Pip posted over 6 years ago


he's absolute yummy

CaJeD posted over 6 years ago

Soz guys but he's pretty weird looking…~

Yuna_YooNa posted over 6 years ago
i love his act in WINTER SONATA..
dhiane posted over 6 years ago
his character in hotelier is kinda arogantly domineering but still love make him change into a sincere and parallel person, and winter sonata is kinda loner because of his moms selfishness that makes choi ji woo suffer, but then heart can't deny the fact of whom he love most. BYJ, you make the household dramafanatic, we love you june kang ^-^
dhiane posted over 6 years ago
Just wondering why some korean that I've met seems not so proud about BYJ, why? Are they jealous of his popularity?  I just can't understand their reaction, really.....CryCry
bobbs posted over 5 years ago

i love him the mostKiss

if could marry i`d marry him

mamalala posted over 5 years ago




please visit our country!


we love you!!!

hope to see you soon!!!


jing_bong posted over 5 years ago

i recently watched endless love winter sonata.. i seldomly appreciating some korean drama but it's quite somthing and i like the story... it is not boring... hope i can see you when i visit your country...

Baefan posted over 5 years ago

Bae Yong Joon ssi may not be very popular in his own country, but he sure is in mine! He has more fans in The United States than most people realize. And, I have been busy recruiting as many more for him as I can. Not a difficult thing to do when my gal pals get a look at his gorgeous face and physique!!! And, when they hear how sweet, gentlemanly and kind he is, they are ready and willing to join fan clubs, forums, and even to create their own Bae blogs. I love my hobby! And Bae Yong Joon ssi, of course. Kamsahamnida!

dialem posted over 4 years ago

i admire him very much,hope i can watch more movie and drama series of him.i'm still searching his 1996 first love drama series but i can't find it anywhere.anybody knows where can i find it pls…and also the movie Did we really love?thanks so much….

bae yong joon
bae yong joon posted over 4 years ago

anio oppa na elena myda from iran ilove you so much you are very beautiful

oppa i so try found you almost from 2 mount ago i so try found you but i dont suxesful oppa please send me your email adress .my adress;

oppa always like learn korean language beacuse i  like speak you so i learn the part of your language oppa na kidaryyeo ,saragamyda

mharlyne posted over 4 years ago
...BYJ...still..more drama for the winter sonata...God Bless more..Smile
mharlyne posted over 4 years ago
Smile...thanks for your help here in PhILIPPINES...hope to know that you'll gonna visit our country..God Bless more...
elenaluminita72 posted over 3 years ago

In Romania BYJ is not an actor well known. But I have seen The Legend and I couldn’t go further to watch Winter Sonata.I think that he’s best in anything he does. I read some of the messages and the news about him , and I haven’t seen anything not to like. He’s a great person, not just as an actor but in real life as well, from what I’ve heard.I wish him well and happines.

roseaterose posted over 2 years ago

About the part considering his fan base only in 'middle aged' women, I don't think that's true, because I know many younger girls who really like him alot, and I'm one of them! lol

anuradhad posted over 2 years ago

Like to more information about him in 2013..

anuradhad posted about 1 year ago

Hi.. Oppa.. Yongjun.. vist my country Sri Lanka sometimes..

anuradhad posted about 1 year ago

Hi..BYJ…Wish you the best.. But feel sorry for not seen in screen for some years.. Pl.. Visit my Country Sri Lanka…

anuradhad posted about 1 year ago

It will be a great day for Bae Yong Joon.. I like to take this as a best opportunity to wish him for his birthday. From the year ahead he may have a blissful life. Wish you for a full of happy birthday and for a brilliant future. And may have strength to stay with us for long time..

Best wishes with full of love…