23rd January 2012 marks the first day of the lunar calendar. It is known as Seollal (설날) in Korea and this year marks the Year of the Dragon. Many popular Korean Idols are born in the year of the dragon. As we can see, these idols truly have the personality traits of dragons – confidence, energetic, fearless, full of enthusiasm and generous. Let’s take a look at our dragon idols!
Taecyeon and Nichkhun of 2PM/ 택연 & 닉쿤 – 투피엠
Both Taecyeon and Nichkhun are known as the “visual” and rappers of the group. Taecyeon is also known for his acting skills such as Dream High (드림 하이) and Cinderella’s Sister(신데렐라 언니). Recently, he acted in a Japanese drama, 99 Days with a star (僕とスターの９９日) with A-list Hallyu star Kim Tae Hee. Recently, Taecyeon commented that this year will be the year of the black dragon, which he was referring to himself because there isn’t any celebrity born in the year 1988 who has darker skin than him. He also promised to work harder in the year 2012. Nichkhun is currently busy making his acting debut in Thailand.
G-dragon and Taeyang of Big Bang/ 지드래곤 & 태양 – 빅뱅
Both Taeyang and G-dragon are from the talented Hip-Hop group – BIGBANG. They were both signed with YG Entertainment at the age of 12 under the name GD & YB. Besides singing and rapping, G-dragon is also a songwriter and producer. While Taeyang is well-known for his solo hits – Wedding Dress and I Need a Girl. It wasn’t a very good 2011 for them. Let’s hope for a successful dragon year for BIGBANG!
Park Gyuri and Han Seungyeon of KARA/ 박규리 & 한승현-카라
KARA had a successful 2011 with promotions both in Korea and Japan. KARA’s second Japanese full length album, “Super Girl” drew 360,000 pre-order sales the day before its release. Their Japanese single, “Jet Coaster Love” was an Oricon #1 hit single. All the proceeds for this single was donated to the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. Park Gyuri is known for her Japanese language ability. All these contributes to their success in Japan. It’ll definitely be another successful year for KARA in both Korea and Japan!
Eunjung of T-ara and Kim Soohyun / 티아라 은정 & 김수현
Kim Soo Hyun and Eunjung met while acting with popular drama, “Dream High (드림 하이)” last year. Both of them became close as they share the common traits of energetic and confidence. They have collaborated in SPRIS and was initially the rumoured couple for We Got Married. It has been a busy 2011 and 2012 for T-ara with their singles Roly Poly, Cry Cry and Lovey Dovey. The MV for Lovey Dovey was released in 5 different versions and one of the version was made like a movie. They are also busy with their promotions in Japan as they released Japanese versions of “Bo Beep Bo Beep”, “Yayaya” and “Roly Poly”. Kim Soo Hyun recently starred in the drama, “The Moon that Embraces the Sun (해를 품은 달)” as a fictional King of Joseon.
Kyuhyun of Super Junior/ 규현-슈퍼주니어
Kyuhyun of Super Junior was selected by netizens as the No.1 celebrity netizens are most looking forward to in 2012 according to a poll by Community portal site DC Inside, beating the rest of the dragon idols born in the year 1988. Kyuhyun is known for his ballads. Let’s hope to see more of the makne of Super Junior in 2012!
In East Asian culture, Dragon is a divine animal and is said to be a good year. Let’s hope for a successful 2012 for the Korean idols and us!