Korean Names

Some of my readers had asked me through e-mails regarding Korean names. Most of them had asked me the meaning of the names of Korean idols.

Basically, Korean names comprise of the surname/family name or seong(성/姓) in Korean, usually one character.  Exception includes Dok Go ( 독고), Namgoong (남궁) and more. Given names are usually Hanja based. Therefore, to understand Korean names, we ought to know what is the true meaning of the Hanja (Chinese characters) that are being formed. More commonly, names are two syllables. There are also individuals with only one-syllable given name, such as the case of Jo Kwon (조권). Rarely, there are also Koreans with native Korean names such as Sarang (사랑; Love), Byul (별; Star), Haneul (하늘; Sky) and many more. Let us see some of the examples of the meaning of Korean names which some of my readers had enquired.

SNSD’s Im Yoon-ah and Seohyun (Seo Joohyun)

Im Yoon-ah Seohyun

Im Yoon-ah and Seohyun(Photo: News Prime)

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Who could be Dream High’s K (Part 2)

In the previous article, I mentioned the 2 possibilities of the topstar K. For this article, I’ll talk about the other possibilities.

Possibility #3 : Song Sam Dong (송삼동) : Kim Soo Hyun (김수현)

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Kim Soo Hyun as Song Sam Dong

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Who could be Dream High’s K?

As Dream High is approching to the last episode on 28th Feb, many viewers are curious of who the Superstar K could be? The possibilities could be one of the six main characters, namely; Song Samdong (송삼동) played by Kim Soo Hyun (김수현), Go Hyemi (고혜미) played by Suzy Bae (배수지), Jingook (진국) played by Ok Taecyeon (옥택연), Yoon Baekhee (윤백희) played by Ham Eunjung (함은정), Kim Pil-suk (김필숙) played by IU (아이유) and Jason (제이슨) played by Jang Wooyoung (장우영).

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Dream High Characters: Samdong, Jingook, Baekhee, Hyemi, Pil Suk and Jason

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Dream High 드림 하이

I’m sure K-wave fans out there would have already known KBS Drama “Dream High (드림 하이)” which is about six high school students pursuing their dreams of becoming the next K-pop idol. The casts of the drama are – Taecyeon and Wooyoung of 2PM, Suzy of miss A, Eun Jung of  T-ara, singer IU with the only actor Kim Soo Hyun (김수현). Kim Soo Hyun went for vocals and dance training by JYP Entertainment prior to this drama

The producers of this drama are Bae Yong Jun (배용준) and founder of JYP Entertainment – Park Jin Young (they will be acting as cameo). The first episode will feature Kim Hyun Joong (김현중) of SS501.

Since last year, I’ve been watching KBS drama from Cinderella’s Sister (신데렐라 언니) to Sungkyunkwan Scandal (성균관 스캔들) and now, Dream High (드림 하이). For international fans out there, you can now watch Dream High via KBS World from 24 January 2011 onwards. (HK/Singapore: 9pm, Paris: 2pm)!

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Dream High! 꿈을 향한 그들의 도전~ (Photo: Crunchyroll Forum)

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