Park Yoochun Biography
Birth Name: Park Yoochun (박유천, Hanja: 朴有天)
Also known as 믹키유천, 秘奇有天 (Micky Yoochun), ユチョン (Yuchun)
Born: June 4, 1986 (age 27)
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 180 cm
Blood Type: O
Occupations: Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actor, Model
Genres: Pop, R&B
Instruments: Piano, guitar, keyboard
Family: Father (deceased), Mother, Brother (Park Yoohwan)
Years active :2003-present
Warner Music (past)
Rhythm Zone (past)
SM Entertainment (past)
C-JeS Entertainment (present)
Associated acts JYJ, TVXQ
Park Yoochun (Hangul: 박유천, Hanja: 朴有天; born June 4, 1986), sometimes known by his stage name Micky Yoochun (in South Korea), is a Korean singer, rapper, composer, songwriter and actor. Yoochun is currently a member of the popular South Korean pop group JYJ but debuted as a member of South Korean boy band TVXQ.
Yoochun was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, until his family moved to the United States when he was in the sixth grade. He lived in Fairfax, Virginia, where he attended Holmes Middle School and Chantilly High School. He was scouted by Brothers Entertainment and went back to South Korea, where he joined SM Entertainment. He has a younger brother named Park Yoohwan who is also an actor.
Before his drama debut Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Yoochun appeared in the Japanese BeeTV mobile drama Beautiful Love ～君がいれば～ (Beautiful Love ~If you were here ~) as Young Soo, the runaway heir of a conglomerate.
Yoochun has also appeared on two TV shows with his TVXQ bandmates, Banjun Theater and Vacation.
Yoochun made his debut as an actor in the hit 2010 KBS drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성균관스캔들). He portrayed Lee Seon Joon, a wealthy and studious nobleman, who falls in love with his schoolmate – a woman disguised as a man. He received the “Rookie of the Year Award”, “Netizens Award” and “Best Couple Award” at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards ceremony. He won “Best Newcomer Award” and “Most Popular Actor in a TV Drama” at The 47th Baeksang Arts Awards, the most prestigious entertainment awards in South Korea. Yoochun also won “Best Actor” and “Most Popular Asian Actor” at the 6th Seoul International Drama Awards.
In 2011, he starred in the MBC drama Miss Ripley with Lee Da-hae, Kim Seung-woo, and Kang Hye-jeong.At the 2011 MBC Drama Awards, Yoochun won “Best Newcomer” for his role as Yutaka in “Miss Ripley.”
In 2012, he starred in the SBS drama Rooftop Prince with Han Ji-min . Yoochun’s third role will be him playing as Lee Gak, a Joseon era prince who time-travels 300 years to the present day, and also as Yong Tae Yong, second generation of conglomerate. The drama started airing on March 21, 2012. Yoochun has become one of the few idol-turned-actors in South Korea who acted in dramas for each of South Korea’s major broadcast networks: KBS,MBC, and now SBS. In 2012, Yoochun won “Most Popular Actor in TV Drama” at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards, crowning him as the most popular actor for two years in row.
On November 7, 2012, Yoochun returned to television by participating in his fourth drama, MBC’s “ Missing You”, in which he portrays homicide detective Han Jung-woo who, in the past when he was fourteen years old, was separated from his first love.
Having played the main character in a SBS and a MBC drama during 2012, Yoochun attended both networks’ drama award shows. At the MBC Drama Awards on December 30th, the actor won the “Excellence Actor in a Mini-Series” Award for his role in Missing You. At the SBS Drama Awards the following day on the 31st, he received four more awards “Excellence Actor in a Drama Special”, one of the “Top 10 Stars”, “Best Couple” (shared with Han Ji-min), and the “Netizen Popularity” Award–at the SBS Drama Awards for his performance in popular drama Rooftop Prince.
With all these acting accomplishments added to the list of awards Yoochun has already won since debuting as an actor in 2010, he now had achieved a so-called “Grand Slam” by having won trophies from each of South Korea’s three major television channels, SBS, MBC, and KBS.
In 2014 and 2015 he won the title of “Best New Actor” for his performance in Haemoo at numerous entertainment awards, including the Baeksang Arts Awards, the Blue Dragon Awards, the Daejong Film Awards, the Busan International Film Festival and the SACF Beautiful Artists Awards.
From 2003 – 2009, Yoochun sang in South Korean boy band TVXQ, known as Dong Bang Shin Ki (DBSK) in South Korea and Tohoshinki in Japan. In July 2009, Yoochun and two of his bandmates, Jaejoong and Junsu, filed a lawsuit against their South Korean label, SM Entertainment. Through their lawyers, the members stated that the 13-year contract was excessively long, schedules were held out without the confirmation or permission of the members, contract terms have been extended and changed without their knowledge or consent and that the group’s earnings were not fairly distributed to the members. After Tohoshinki’s Japanese label announced a group hiatus in early 2010, they formed a new three member group initially known as JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN in Japan.
In November 28, 2012, the legal battle between JYJ and SM has finally ended. Both sides agreed to retiring every judicial accusation against each other and not interfering in each other actions.
In September 2010, JYJ released extended play The…, which debuted at number one on Japan’s Oricon album charts. However, Avex had announced the suspension of all the group’s activities in Japan, the same month that year.
JYJ proceeded to release The Beginning, a global album which was sung in English. JYJ promoted the new album via a worldwide showcase tour throughout October and November with dates in South Korea, Southeast Asia and the United States.
In January 25, 2011, JYJ released Korean extended play Their Rooms “Our Story”.” JYJ’s second group album and first full length Korean-language album In Heaven was released September 28, 2011.
Starting from April, Yoochun toured Asia and North America for JYJ’s first Worldwide Tour. The tour is then extended to Europe and South America, adding another four stops in Spain, Germany, Chile and Peru.
Beside as a singer, Yoochun is also active as an actor since 2010.
Solo singing career
Micky Yoochun is featured in “Tokyo Lovelight” from DJ Makai’s Stars (mini-album). He and band-mate U-know are also featured rappers on “Heartquake” from Super Junior’s third album, Sorry, Sorry.
For “Miss Ripley”, Yoochun sang “너를 위한 빈자리 (The Empty Space for You)”. It appeared in the ninth episode of the drama and was released on the “Miss Ripley” OST (Part 3).
Micky has written and composed several songs that have appeared on TVXQ’s Korean and Japanese albums. As a member of SM Town, he contributed to the 2007 winter album Only Love with his composition “Evergreen”. Micky also wrote and composed “사랑 안녕 사랑 (Love Bye Love)”, featured on the group’s fourth Korean studio album Mirotic. For the Trick project, he wrote the lyrics to his solo “My Girlfriend”, entirely in English.
“Kiss the Baby Sky”, one of the A-side’s for TVXQ’s twenty-fifth Japanese single, marked the first time that one of the songs both written and composed by Micky was released on a Japanese single.
With band-mates U-Know and Xiah, Micky wrote the rap lyrics to “Love After Love”, which appeared on their second Korean studio album, Rising Sun. For the group’s Japanese releases, Micky wrote and co-composed “Kiss Shita Mama, Sayonara” (Kissしたまま、さよなら lit. As We Kiss, Goodbye?) with Hero for T, TVXQ’s third Japanese album.In September 2009, he and Hero released a self-written duet, “Colors (Melody and Harmony)/Shelter”, which was used as the image song for Hello Kitty’s 35th anniversary.
Yoochun has also written songs for JYJ’s albums. 2010 album The Beginning, featured the Yoochun-penned track “I Love You”. In January 2011, Micky was the lyricist/composer in JYJ’s music essay called Their Rooms “Our Story” for the song “이름없는 노래 Part 1 (A Song Without A Name, Part 1)”. In addition, he also composed the rap in Kim Junsu’s song “Xiahtic”. For In Heaven, Yoochun co-wrote “Get Out” with Kim Jaejoong.
Year 2009 : Makai’s Album “Stars” (Tokyo Lovelight)
Year 2014: Gummy’s Album “I Loved.. Have No Regrets” (놀러가자)
Year 2005 :
Year 2006 :
Year 2010 :
Beautiful Love ～君がいれば
Year 2011 :
Year 2012 :
Year 2014 :
Sea Fog (Big Screen debut film)
Year 2015 :
The Girl Who Sees Smells
Lucid Dream (Film)
Year 2011: The Hometown In Which I Used To Live (MBC)
Year 2014: Human Documentary Love – Ep. 4 (MBC)
Year 2015: 기적의 피아노 / The Piano (Film)
Music video appearances:
Year 2007: Song – “Fight Girl”
Year 2007: TVXQ Bigeaststation
In 2009, he opened “Timeout Gelato” for his mother. It is an ice-cream franchise based in Thailand, however it was closed on 25 April 2013. Since the main company was closed down, so do all the branches.
In 2011, it was revealed that he and fellow JYJ member Jaejoong are CEOs of “Bum’s Story”–a restaurant and high fusion bar—in Kangnam.
In 2011, Yoochun has started endorsing various brands such as Tio, Zelda, and Ottogi Ramen Kissmyun. He is also model and spokesperson for Black Smith Restaurant and Cafe in South Korea.
Together with JYJ, Yoochun also endorsed many various brands like Penzal Q, Nintendo’s Mario Kart 7, cosmetics brand Tony Moly (so far as of the latter half of 2012), and clothing brand NlI and M-Limited
Year 2012 marked Yoochun’s 1st Asia Tour Fanmeeting, due the popularity his acting in dramas has brought him. He traveled alone to Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taipei, and Bangkok and gathered over 17,000 attendees by his final stop.
In December 2012, Park Yoochun was been appointed as both advertising model and PR ambassador of Standard Chartered Bank Korea’s talent donation campaign “Audio Library Project”. Park Yuchun is expected to encourage the public to donate their voices in making audio books and barrier-free movies for those in need. The movie and books by Park Yoochun and the volunteers will be donated to the Korea Blind Union.
In 2013, Yoochun was also model for Save the Children’s Newborn Hats Knitting Campaign, where he learned how to knit and even demonstrated via video on how to knit.
In February 2013, Yoochun was invited to attend Hunan Television top ratings Chinese Lantern Festival of Joy. Yoochun was the only Korean artist that being invited to the show. He was invited because his explosive popularity in China. In consideration of Park Yoochun’s busy schedules, Hunan Television sent a private jet to get Park Yoochun to attend the show in China. Local celebrities showering their excitement of Yoochun’s appearance via SNS and media. When Yoochun arrive at the airport, around 1000 fans swamped the airport waiting for him. Local medias described it as airport turned concert venue. Yoochun also attended the Hunan Television press conference, he also sang a song at the show.
In 2014, Park participated in CF collaboration between China and Korea that aims to increase awareness about the important of copyright protection. He filmed the campaign together with Chinese actress Qi Wei.
2001 American Singing Competition (Virginia)
- Best Artist of the Competition
2003 KBN Teens Singing Competition
- Special Award
Drama: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
2010 KBS Drama Awards
- Won Best New Actor
- Netizens Award
- Best Couple Award (with Park Min Young)
Drama: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
2011 47th Paeksang Arts Award
- Best New Actor
- Most Popular Male Actor
Drama: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
2011 6th Seoul International Drama Awards
- People Choice Award (Korea)
- Outstanding Korea Actor
Drama: Miss Ripley
2011 MBC Drama Awards
- Best New Comer
Drama: Miss Ripley
2012 48th Paeksang Arts Award
- Most Popular Male Actor
2012 K-Star News Awards
- Best Idol Actor (voted by children)
Drama: Rooftop Prince
2012 7th Seoul International Drama Awards
- People’s Choice Award (Korea)
- Outstanding Korean Actor
2012 German Remarkable Korean Awards
- Best Male Actor
2012 SBS Drama Awards
- Excellence Actor Award (Drama Special)
- Top 10 Stars
- Best Couple Award (with Han Ji-min)
- Netizen Popularity Award
Drama: Missing You
2012 MBC Drama Awards
- Popularity Award (Nominated)
- Best Couple Award (with Yoon Eun-hye) (Nominated)
- Excellence Actor Award (Mini Series)
Drama: Missing You
2013 49th Paeksang Arts Awards
- Most Popular Male Actor
Drama: Three Days
2014 SBS Drama Awards
- Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries
- Top 10 Stars
- 2014: 34th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards – Best New Actor
- 2014: 51st Grand Bell Awards – Best New Actor
- 2014: 15th Busan Film Critics Awards – Best New Actor
- 2014: 4th SACF Beautiful Artists Awards – Best New Actor
- 2014: Star Night Showbiz Awards – Popular Star Award
- 2014: 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best New Actor
- 2015: 6th Korea Film Reporters Association (KOFRA) Film Awards – Best New Actor
- 2015: 10th Max Movie Awards – Best New Actor
- 2015: 51st Baeksang Arts Awards – Best New Actor
Park Yuchun 1st Asia Fanmeeting Tour
- Shanghai, China (Shanghai Arena) with 5,000 attendees (August 25)
- Shenzhen, China (Shenzhen Bay Sports Center) with 3,000 attendees (September 8)
- Taipei, Taiwan (National Taiwan University Sports Center) with 4,000 a attendees (September 14)
- Bangkok, Thailand (Royal Paragon Hall) with 5,000 attendees (September 16)
Park Yuchun Fanmeeting Housewarming Party
- Seoul, Korea (Korea International Exhibition Center) with 6004 attendees (June 4)
- Guangzhou, China (Guangzhou Gymnasium) with 5000 attendees (June 14)
- Shanghai, China (Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai) with 4000 attendees (June 29)
Park Yuchun Fanmeeting Tour Loving Yu in China
- Beijing, China (Olympic Sports Centre (Beijing) (February 7)
- Chengdu, China (University of Electronic Science and Technology of China) (February 14)
- Shanghai, China (Shanghai Indoor Stadium) (March 1)
2015 Park Yuchun Fanmeeting Japan Tour ‘ALL ABOUT YU’
- Osaka, Japan (Osaka-jō Hall) (June 30, July 1)
- Nagoya, Japan (Nippon Gaishi Hall) (July 11-12)
- Yokohama, Japan (Yokohama Arena) (July 22-23)
Park Yuchun’s Information as a Member of JYJ
Philanthropy & Public Service (Charitable Work)
JYJ commemorated their inaugural group tour, The Beginning Showcase World Tour 2010 by donating the profits from the Seoul showcase to World Vision International. The proceeds were taken from the opening two performances at the 11,000 seat Hwaseong Tiger Dome at Korea University which sold out in 15 minutes.
Immediately after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, JYJ donated ₩600,000,000 to World Vision Japan fulfilling the organization’s entire fundraising goal. JYJ articulated that they wanted to give support and encouragement to Japan in return for all the love and support their Japanese fans have given them over the years; they expressed their hope that their act of giving would encourage others to do so as well. JYJ also held two rounds of charity concerts at the Tokyo Yoyogi National Competition Arena in Tokyo on 7 June 2011 for a total of 20,000 fans. The proceeds were used to purchase ‘radiation monitors’ for schools in Fukushima. In addition, JYJ held charity concerts for 80,000 fans on 15 and 16 October 2011 at the Hitachi Kaihin Park in Ibaraki, a region badly damaged by the natural disasters.Profits from ticket sales were donated to the Ibaraki relief fund.
After the 2011 Thailand floods, JYJ donated ₩200,000,000 in November 2011 to World Vision, matching and doubling the organization’s fundraising goal for flood relief in Thailand, for the purpose of dispensing emergency food aid, water treatment, mosquito nets and other daily necessities. Similar to their response to the Tōhoku Earthquake, JYJ sent videos and messages of support to their Thai fans as well.
Public Service & International Campaigns
JYJ has been active as honorary ambassadors of various government-run projects as the ‘faces of Korea’ Along with Kim Yu-na,Park Ji Sung, Park Tae-Hwan, and Edward Kwon, they were appointed to promote the 2010 G-20 Seoul summit. They also served as honorary ambassadors for the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).
JYJ was appointed as Goodwill Ambassadors for World OKTA (World Overseas Korean Trader’s Association), the largest association of overseas-based Korean business leaders, with President Lee Myung Bak present at the ceremony. They were also appointed as Honorary Ambassadors for Jeju Island’s campaign to be designated one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. With JYJ’s help, the island was voted as one of the New Seven wonders of Nature by the New Seven Wonders committee. On behalf of the island, JYJ actively promoted internationally to help raise the profile of the island.
They were also the face of the “2011 Protecting Personal Identity Information Campaign” launched by Korea Communication Commission and the Korea Internet & Security Agency which was aggressively promoted on print, radio, television, and cinema ads.
JYJ performed at the first annual Asian Dream Cup organized by ex-Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung‘s JS Foundation on 15 June at a stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They used their widespread popularity in Asia to help publicize the charity soccer match, in which JYJ’s Kim Junsu, a soccer enthusiast and captain of the South Korean entertainers soccer club “FC Men” also played in. JYJ later participated in the one-day soccer clinic with young Vietnamese athletes and 15 other star Korean and Japanese footballers. Proceeds from the charity match were donated to help sport development and support youth players in Vietnam as the JS foundation is seeking to expand its youth football development program and support cultural exchanges for football players around Asia.
In August 2011, JYJ was appointed Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations agency UNAIDS. JYJ and UNAIDS launched a social media awareness campaign to combat HIV/AIDS discrimination via Twitter using the hashtag #LoveAlways. The group also performed at the 10th International Congress on Aids in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP10), a gathering of AIDS experts and activists from 26–30 August 2011 in Busan, South Korea. Through these events, JYJ helped to raise awareness about HIV and support efforts to end AIDS-related stigma and discrimination.
In November 2011, they were selected as outreach ambassadors for the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology in their efforts at improving online youth culture and “creating schools without violence and [purposeful/bullying] exclusion”.
In November and December 2011, JYJ spearheaded their “Mango Tree Project” by working with World Vision and ELLE Korea to gift “mango trees of hope to children” in South Sudan. JYJ, along with labelmates Park Yoohwan and Song Jihyo, recorded Korean, Japanese, and English videos discussing the project to raise awareness and to encourage donations with the goal of planting 20,000 mango trees ahead of Christmas in South Sudan. The mango trees symbolize hope and provide food and a sheltered meeting spot which can serve as classrooms for children.
In February 2012, JYJ was appointed as honorary ambassadors for the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Seoul on 26 and 27 March. The welcoming ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Kim Hwang Sik, along with fellow ambassadors Lena Park, child actors Jin Ji Hee and Wang Suk Hyun. JYJ performed at a special concert hosted by the First Lady at the Blue House reception hall on the second day of the Summit for the spouses of the world leaders.
On 17 October 2012, due to their strong status as Hallyu stars in both Korea and Japan, JYJ was appointed as the publicity ambassadors for the “2012 Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo” to promote international business exchange between the two countries. The expo, sponsored by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and conducted by KOTRA and Korea Creative Content Agency, was held at Osaka-Intex Exhibition Centre in Japan from November 14 to November 16, of which the group attended the opening ceremony and met with 500 fans chosen from over 26,000 applications.
In 20 February 2013, JYJ was appointed as honorary ambassadors to help raise awareness for the 2014 Asian Games. The group will participate in producing a music video for the Asian Games and will take on international promotional activities in October and November. In 03 September 2013, teaser of the official MV of 2014 Incheon Asian song ‘Only One’ by JYJ was released on Youtube. JYJ is scheduled to visit Vietnam, Guangzhou, and the Philippines in the end of 2013 to promote the 2014 Asian Games.
In 25 February 2013, JYJ was invited to perform at the Presidential Inauguration ceremony in front of 30,000 people. This inauguration was very special because Park Geun-hye was the first female president in Korea. JYJ was the only K-pop group that being invited to sing at the president inauguration.
In April 2013, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Council of Government Administration and Home Affairs Committee (Chairman Kim Yongbeom) has approved the list of honorary citizens. The JYJ members were selected as the honorary citizens of Jeju for their contribution on raising awareness of the island. The members were also selected as honorary citizens for their influence and ability to attract and raise foreign votes for the island on the Seven Wonders of Nature Campaign.
- The… (2010)
- Their Rooms “Our Story” (2011)
- Memories in 2010 – Junsu/Jejung/Yuchun (2010)
- 3hree Voices (2010)
- 3hree Voices II (2011)
- Come On Over (2011)
Photobooks & Magazines
2011: 3hree Voices II. Photo Story — Photobook with bonus DVD including highlights and undisclosed footage of 3hree Voices II[
2012: JYJ Premiere Collection “Mahalo” — Photobook with bonus DVD
2012: “The JYJ” Vol. 1 – The Story of 1000 Days — Magazine with bonus DVD containing pictorials and interviews regarding their 1000 days together as JYJ spanning from 2009 to 2012
2013: “The JYJ” Vol. 2 – The Return of the JYJ — Magazine with bonus DVD containing pictorials and interviews regarding JYJ’s thoughts and experiences with friendship
Thanksgiving Live in Dome (2010)
To promote The…
- Osaka, Japan (Kyocera Dome) (June 5 & 6)
- Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Dome) (June 12 & 13)
The Beginning Showcase World Tour (2010)
To promote The Beginning
- Seoul, Korea (Hwajung University Gymnasium) (Oct 12)
- Bangkok, Thailand (Impact Challenger 3) (Oct 15)
- Singapore, Singapore (Singapore Expo Hall 3) (Oct 16)
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Stadium Negara) (Oct 17)
- Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong (HITEC) (Oct 24)
- Taipei, Taiwan (Nangang Exhibition Center) (Oct 30)
- Shanghai, China (Grand Stage) (Nov 7)
- New York, USA (Hammerstein Ballroom) (Nov 12)
- Las Vegas, USA (Planet Hollywood) (Nov 14)
- Los Angeles, USA (Galen Center USC) (Nov 19)
- Seoul, Korea (Olympic Stadium (Seoul) (Nov 27 – 28)
JYJ Worldwide Concert (2011 – 2012)
To promote In Heaven
- Bangkok, Thailand (Impact Arena) (Apr 2 & 3, 2011)
- Taipei, Taiwan (Taipei Dome) (Apr 23, 2011)
- Beijing, China (Capital Gymnasium) (May 7, 2011)
- Vancouver BC, Canada (Rogers Arena) (May 20, 2011)
- Newark, USA (Prudential Center) (May 22, 2011)
- Los Angeles, USA (L.A. Live) (May 27, 2011)
- San Jose, USA (The Event Center Arena) (June 3, 2011)
- Busan, Korea (Sajik Indoor Stadium) (June 11 & 12, 2011)
- Gwangju, Korea (Yeomju Gymnasium) (June 26, 2011)
- Barcelona, Spain (Poble Espanyol) (Oct 29, 2011)
- Berlin, Germany (Tempodrom) (Nov 6, 2011)
- Santiago, Chile (Teatro Caupolicán) (Mar 9, 2012)
- Lima, Peru (Explanada del Estadio Monumental) (Mar 11, 2012)
The Return of the JYJ: JYJ Concert in Tokyo Dome 2013 (2013)
- Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Dome) (Apr 2 to 4)
Nominated Work: The Beginning
7th Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards
Won: Popular Asian Artist
Nominated Work: In Heaven
KBS Best Icon Award
Won: Top Idol Star
So-Loved Awards 2011 (European K-Pop Awards)
Won: Best Male Group
Best Music Video (“In Heaven”)