Yong Joon Bae Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Martha Martins
Jan 31, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on May 16, 2022
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Facts about former K-drama star Bae Yong Joon's life are truly enthralling.
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About Bae Yong Joon

Bae Yong Joon is a well-known South Korean business executive and a former actor who was born in Mapo District of Seoul, South Korea, on August 29, 1972.
He began his career as a rookie actor but became known all across South Korea as well as internationally for his role in 'Winter Sonata' in 2002. Since then, he has been regarded as one of the prime faces of the Hallyu wave (Korean wave), which garnered international fame for the Korean entertainment industry.
Although Bae Yong Joon gave up acting, he is still remembered for his roles. Later, he went on to assume the role of the chairman of KeyEast management agency, which is currently a very important management company and manages extremely well-known actors, including his wife, Park Soo Jin. He also later ventured into the restaurant business and took up the role of creative producer as well as a music director for 'Dream High' (2011). This Korean drama became immensely popular in its time.

Bae Yong-Joon's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Bae Yong Joon's net worth?

As a retired actor and a businessman, Bae Yong Joon has accumulated a net worth of about $1.7 million. He was once one of the highest-paid Korean actors in 2007 because of his role in the drama 'The Legend.'

How much does Bae Yong Joon earn per year?

Bae Yong Joon's net worth is available despite a lack of information about his annual income. His net worth comes from his business endeavors and his having acted in numerous television dramas before retiring.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Bae Yong Joon?

Bae Yong Joon is quite tall, with a height of 5 ft 9 in (180 cm).

How old is Bae Yong Joon?

Born on August 29, 1972, Bae Yong Joon is 49 years old as of 2021.

Childhood And Education

Born in the Mapo district of Seoul to parents Song Ki Ok and Bae Yung Yong-Joon began his education by attending Seoul Myeongil Elementary School and later moved to Pai Chai Middle School. He graduated school from Hanyoung High School and went on to attend Sungkyunkwan University and took Film Studies as his major.
Bae Yong Joon has been interested in the entertainment industry and films since he was very young and made his acting debut at the age of 22 in the Korean drama 'Salut D'Amour' in 1994.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Bae Yong Joon's partner?

Bae Yong Joon initially met the singer and actress Park Soo Jin in 2014 when she signed with KeyEast Entertainment, of which he was a major shareholder. Soon, they grew closer because of the similar interests and hobbies they shared. On July 27, 2015, the couple married in a very private wedding of just 150 guests, just two months after their engagement announcement. The couple are currently parents to two children, a son and a daughter.
Park Soo Jin was also a member of the girl group 'Sugar' before she became an actress, and thus, a lot of actors and idols were guests at their wedding ceremony that took place at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

This South Korean actor immediately bagged leading roles after his debut with roles in South Korean dramas like 'Our Sunny Days of Youth' (1994), 'Papa' and 'First Love' both in 1996, and in 1999 'Did We Really Love?.' His drama 'Hotelier' also gained popularity, and almost every role had earned Bae Yong Joon a deserved award for his talent.
Bae Yong Joon's first major role came as the lead of the drama 'Winter Sonata' (2002), which became a pioneer for the Hallyu Wave. As a classic melodrama, it became popular in more than 20 Asian countries, but its popularity in Japan remained unprecedented. Bae Yong Joon earned four awards for his role and consequently became the most famous South Korean actor in Japan. The Japanese women, allured by him, had honored him with the moniker 'Yon sama' (Emperor Yon) for his charm. Because of his fanbase in Japan, Bae Yong Joon's bento boxes of Korean cuisine from his restaurant Gosire were made available in all Japanese convenience stores. He was even asked to reprise his role in the Japanese remake of 'Hotelier' because of his popularity in the country.
His first major role was in the Korean film 'Untold Scandal' (2003). It went on to earn him even more fame and prestigious awards because of his villainous role, a stark change from the romantic roles he had done earlier, showing his versatility. His next film was 'April Snow' (2005), where he worked with the esteemed director Hur Jin-Ho and earned quite a name for himself.
Bae Yong Joon returned to television after his film adventures with 'The Legend' (2007), where he played dual roles and became one of the highest-paid actors in the same year. Bae Yong Joon has also worked in other dramas, namely 'Drama Game: Six Steps To Separation' and 'Sea Breeze' in 1995, 'The Barefooted Youth' in 1998, and had cameo roles in 'Colors: Blue' (1996) and 'The Angel Within' (1997). He also played minor roles in films like 'The Young Man' (1994) and 'Ppilku' (1997).
Bae Yong Joon finally retired from acting in 2007 and began his adventures in business. Two years later, he brought shares of the KeyEast management agency and partnered up with JYP entertainment, one of the biggest South Korean management companies. Together he produced the teen musical series 'Dream High' in 2011. He also filled in as the music director for the series centered around performing arts and directed the screenplay and the overall production, making a guest appearance in the first four episodes. Their partnership ended in 2013.
Bae Yong Joon is undoubtedly best known for his role in 'Winter Sonata' and for being the harbinger of the Hallyu wave and his several other acting roles. He is also well known for his endeavors in the field of business as the successful chairman of the KeyEast company.
He is also particularly known for being massively popular in Japan as a South Korean actor.

Charity Work

Bae Yong Joon and other famous actors and singers took part in the charity project called 'Smile Project: Message! To Asia,' which took place at Tokyo Dome on December 14, 2010. Several fans from all across Asia also joined them.
Bae Yong Joon also donated $900,000 to the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

What awards has Bae Yong-Joon won?

Bae Yong Joon has been the recipient of 26 awards, including the KBS Drama Awards, which is one of the most prestigious actor accolades in South Korea. He has bagged the KBS Drama Awards for his work in Korean dramas like 'Our Sunny Days of Youth,' 'First Love,' and 'Winter Sonata.' The latter two also earned him two prestigious Baeksang Awards, while 'Untold Scandal' and 'The Legend' also earned him the same.
His drama 'The Legend' also earned him four MBC Drama Awards, including the Daesang, which means the grand prize and is the highest form of honor. At the same time, 'Untold Scandal' brought him a Grand Bell Award for Best New Actor and the Blue Dragon Film Award for Best New Actor and Popular Star Award.
The President of South Korea also awarded Bae Yong Joon the Order of Cultural Merit (Hwagam Medal) in 2008 for his extraordinary contribution to the Korean entertainment industry.

Bae Yong Joon's Hobbies And Interests

Bae Yong Joon has been quite outspoken about his love for wine and golf; incidentally, the hobbies both he and his wife share are the same. He has also been said to enjoy his time at the gym, playing computer games, and fishing.
Bae Yong Joon is also very fond of photography, and he published his first photobook 'The Image: Volume 1' in 2004, which went on to sell 10,000 copies. His next photo book 'A Journey in Search of Korea's Beauty' became even more famous and allowed a glimpse into the workings of traditional Korean culture that included the traditional dress Hanbok, making of their national food Kimchi, important historical sites and temples, and Pansori, a genre of traditional Korean music, among other things.

Other Interesting Bae Yong-Joon Facts And Trivia

  • His photo journal 'A Journey In Search Of Korea's Beauty' was adapted into a documentary film that was broadcast for eight episodes on the MBC Life channel in 2011.
  • There is a statue of 'Winter Sonata's leading couple on Nami Island, a tourist spot in South Korea where the drama was filmed, showing Lee Min Hyung (Bae Yong Joon) and Jeong Yoo Jin (Choi Ji Woo) holding hands.
  • Despite ending their partnership, Park Jin Young, the CEO of the eponymous JYPE, was a guest and performer at Bae Yong Joon's wedding. They've maintained a steady friendship since their collaboration.
  • Bae Yong Joon is not an only child. He also has a sister named Bae Eun Chuk.
  • Bae Yong Joon was also the voice actor for his role in the 'Winter Sonata Anime' in 2009. It was released in Japan following the popularity of the drama in the country. He was also a part of D3 Publisher's Nintendo DS edutainment series, which is a series of three video games.
  • Bae Yong Joon and the upscale Gosire also own 'Gorilla in the Kitchen,' a restaurant promoting healthy food.

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Yong Joon Bae Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Yong Joon Bae

Date of Birth



South Korean

Place of Birth




180 cm

Eye Color


Child Star?



Business Executive, Former Actor


Seoul Myeongil Elementary School, Pai Chai Middle School, Hanyoung High School

Net Worth



Park Soo Jin


Song Ki Ok, Bae Yung


Bae Eun Chuk
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