Super Junior

Summary: Super Junior is a 10-13 member boy band, depending on when in their career you got into them and how much you believe KiBum is a still a part of it.  They debuted with the song “Twins (Knock Out)” on November 6, 2005.  In its entirety, the band has had 13 ½ members.  The 13 ½ members, in age order, are LeeTeuk, HeeChul, HanKyung, YeSung, KangIn, ShinDong, SungMin, EunHyuk, DongHae, SiWon, RyeoWook, KiBum, KyuHyun, and sometimes Henry.  Originally meant to be a project group, Super Junior was called Super Junior ’05, and then with the addition of KyuHyun in 2006 with the release of the single U, SM Entertainment announced Super Junior was no longer a project group, and the ’05 was dropped from the name.  When Don’t Don came out, fans became angry at the prospect of the violinist, Henry Lau, being added to Super Junior after SME promised to keep SuJu as a thirteen member band.

Velexa and I got into Super Junior not even days after we learned about DBSK, thanks to their joint song “Show Me Your Love.”  I fell in love with HeeChul; Velexa fell in love with KiBum.  Through watching Super Junior Full House, we both started to like SiWon, HanKyung, DongHae, HeeChul, and KiBum. It took Velexa about a week or two learn their names and put them to faces. It took me about two months.  This was back in our hay-day of mutilating Korean names, and we still can’t bring ourselves to not call RyeoWook “Ray-oh-wook,” even though we’ve learned to call the others by their proper names.  Super Junior is another band we don’t actively fan girl over anymore, though with the release of Mr. Simple, we’ve finally fallen in love with EunHyuk.

Member Profiles

LeeTeuk

Birth Name: Park JungSu
Birth Date: July 1, 1983
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: Older sister and his parents.
Facts:

  • He was scouted on a holiday trip to MyeongDong and joined SM Entertainment’s Starlight Casting System in 2000.
  • Later that same year, he did a commercial.
  • He was originally going to be in a five member band with DongHae, but it was quickly dismissed.  Since he was the oldest, he became the leader of Super Junior.
  • His stage name means “special,” and another nickname he’s earned is “angel.”
  • Fans seem attracted to his smile, Velexa and I can understand why.
  • In 2007, he and three other SuJu members were in a car accident.
  • LeeTeuk had the second worse injuries, and was MIA in Super Junior activities until the release of the movie “Attack on the Pin-Up Boys” where he played a panda.
  • LeeTeuk has ventured into acting, VJing, MCing, and hosted “Kiss the Radio” with EunHyuk.
  • LeeTeuk has done his military service.

HeeChul

Birth Name: Kim HeeChul
Birth Date: July 10, 1983
Birth Place: Kangwon, South Korea
Family: Older sister, parents.
Facts:

  • HeeChul was originally supposed to debut with KangIn, YunHo, and JaeJoong in a band called “Four Seasons,” but it was disbanded as JaeJoong and YunHo joined DBSK.
  • Since debut, HeeChul has become an actor, VJ, DJ, hosted a radio show, and is currently serving his military service.
  • In 2006 he was involved in a car accident that led him to needing rods in his leg.
  • He made his comeback during the Mnet Asian Music Awards that same year.
  • Has done his military service

YeSung

 

Birth Name: Kim YoungWoon
Birth Date: August 24, 1984
Birth Place: Chungcheong, South Korea
Family: younger brother and parents
Facts:

  • His stage name, YeSung, is a shortened version of “Yeseuli seongdae” meaning “vocal chords of an artist.”
  • He usually gets cut from television shows for talking too much
  • He has two pet turtles named “ddangkoma” and “Morahaji”
  • He wants to go to Canada
  • He is Catholic
  • He’s type AB
  • YeSung likes to move when sleeping
  • Finished his military service

KangIn

Birth Name: Kim YoungWoon
Birth Date: January 17, 1985
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: Parents
Facts:

  • Began his military service in July of 2010, rumored to be returning in April of 2012
  • Was originally going to be in the group Four Seasons with HeeChul, JaeJoong, and YunHo
  • Considered a manly member and also the most troublesome
  • Loves kids
  • Close friends with Epik High’s Tablo and TaeYeon
  • Tends to be awkward with SungMin since SungMin is more feminine
  • Has been confessed to by a guy before
  • Finished his military service

ShinDong

 

Birth Name: Shin DongHee
Birth Date: September 28, 1985
Birth Place Gyeongsang, South Korea
Family: younger sister, parents
Facts:

  • Was in the 2007 car accident with KyuHyun, LeeTeuk, and EunHyuk. He and EunHyuk had the least injuries
  • Went on a diet in 2008 and since then has lost around 29 kg (about 13 lbs). He’s said he plans to lose more weight for fans
  • His favorite color is purple
  • Known as Super Junior’s teddy bear
  • Has the habit of removing clothes while sleeping
  • He originally auditioned to be a comedian
  • Began his military service in early 2015

SungMin

Birth Name: Lee SungMin
Birth Date: January 1, 1986
Birth Place: Gyeonggi, South Korea
Family: younger brother, parents
Facts:

  • Was originally going to be placed in an R&B group with Xiah Junsu and EunHyuk
  • Nicknamed “danhobak” (sweet pumpkin) and “aegyo (cuteness) king” by fans
  • His favorite color is pink
  • He is anemic
  • He knows Chinese martial arts
  • His best friends in Super Junior are ShinDong and EunHyuk
  • His first kiss was EunHyuk
  • The most important thing to him is family
  • He’s a very careful driver
  • Married to Kim SaEun in December of 2014
  • Enlisted in the military in 2015

EunHyuk

 

Birth Name: Lee HyukJae
Birth Date: April 4, 1986
Birth Place: Gyeonggi, South Korea
Family: older sister, parents
Facts:

  • Diagnosed with Swine flu in 2010
  • Was in the 2007 car accident with KyuHyun, LeeTeuk, and ShinDong
  • His popular nicknames include Dance Machine, Jewel, and Anchovy
  • He’s known DongHae for over 10 years, and they are best friends. He’s also friends with Xiah Junsu.
  • Once dated singer G.NA for a short time
  • Eats the most out of the Super Junior members
  • He wants to visit Australia, Egypt, and Japan
  • He used to collect snails
  • When he and Junsu were younger, they joined a beauty competition for men dressed as women
  • Loves strawberry milk
  • When he was younger, his family went through financial struggles and his father had health issues
  • He’s extremely protective over his laptop, and has changed his password over six times to make sure no one would use it.
  • As a trainee, he made it to the top dance class
  • Recently lost his dog Choco in 2015

DongHae

 

Birth Name: Lee DongHae
Birth Date: October 15, 1986
Birth Place: Jeollanam, South Korea
Family: older brother and mother
Facts:

  • He wanted to become a singer to fulfill his dad’s wish of being a singer
  • His father passed away in 2006
  • Was in training for about four years
  • EunHyuk and Junsu once played a prank on DongHae and made him cry
  • He’s close with YunHo and HeeChul because they met as trainees
  • HeeChul dotes on him a lot
  • Often forgets items such as his cell phone
  • He has a silver bracelet that was given to him by his mother, so he never takes it
  • He loves the name Bada. His dog is named Bada, and he wants to name his child Bada as well
  • DongHae was the first person to welcome KiBum when he first came to Korea
  • Promised his father under no matter what the circumstances, he will not drink

SiWon

Birth Name: Choi SiWon
Birth Date: February 10, 1987
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: younger sister, parents
Facts:

  • Parents are very strict. After SiWon secretly auditioned, they didn’t help him at all so he could learn the consequences of his actions. Another time, his father caught him working, and SiWon quit within three days.
  • He made his first appearance in 2003 in CSJH’s Dana’s solo music video
  • He is a talented actor
  • Is the youngest person in Korea to hold a fourth rank in black belt for Tae Kwon Do
  • He is protestant
  • He will always read an English newspaper in the morning
  • He once said it didn’t matter if there was a twelve year age gap, as long as they love each other
  • Is a skinship addict
  • Had been trying to get HanKyung and HeeChul to go to church for four years, but failed
  • When filming “Battle of Wits,” Andy Lau saved SiWon from falling off a cliff
  • SiWon has gained 20 kgs of muscle since debut
  • He’s known for his trademark eyebrows (aka Shibrows)
  • Always makes big hand gestures when speaking

RyeoWook

Birth Name: Kim RyeoWook
Birth Date: June 21, 1987
Birth Place: Incheon, South Korea
Family: Parents
Facts:

  • Always carries his phone and wallet
  • He had his first kiss by accident when he was seven
  • He likes to write songs
  • Fourth heaviest drinker in soju
  • Mother figure of the group
  • Small fear of hospitals
  • DongHae’s favorite dongsaeng
  • Used to radio DJ
  • If he was girl, he would want to marry DongHae
  • Often bullied by KyuHyun
  • Doesn’t like football

KiBum

Birth Name: Kim KiBum
Birth Date: August 21, 1987
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea, moved to Santa Monica at the age of ten
Family: younger sister, parents
Facts:

  • KiBum decided to name HeeChul’s cat HeeBum, HanKyung and Jay wanted their name added in too, so it’s name became Han J HeeBum.
  • He believes him becoming a singer was God’s will, as he was spending time with friends after church one week and got lost on the way. While lost, a scout asked him to join SM Entertainment.
  • Nicknamed “Snow White” by HeeChul
  • Since Sorry, Sorry, KiBum has not participated in any Super Junior albums due to acting pursuits
  • He still insists he’s a part of Super Junior
  • Known for his killer smile
  • Also known for his English rapping ability

KyuHyun

 

Birth Name: Cho KyuHyun
Birth Date: February 3, 1988
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: older sister, parents
Facts:

  • Both his parents are largely involved in the education business, so he spent a lot of time studying
  • Has said before if he didn’t become a singer, he would have been a lawyer
  • Was in the 2007 car accident with LeeTeuk, EunHyuk, and ShinDong. He received the worst injuries with a fractured hip, collapsed lung because of broken ribs, and facial scratches and bruises. After 78 days in the hospital, he was discharged, and returned for Super Junior’s Don’t Don album
  • Known to be rebellious against his hyungs
  • Not good at cooking
  • Received the nickname GameKyu after it was revealed he liked playing games
  • Both he and ChanSung (2PM) are one of the heaviest drinkers in their group
  • When he first joined Super Junior, he had to share a bed with SungMin
  • Never calls RyeoWook or KiBum “hyung”

Henry

 

Birth Name: Henry Lau
Birth Date: October 11, 1989
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Family: Little sister, brother, parents
Facts:

  • Has been learning piano since he was five, and violin since he was six
  • He can speak six languages at varying fluencies-English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, and French
  • His nickname is Mochi because of his chubby cheeks
  • His role models are Andy Lau and DongHae
  • Hates long hair styles
  • His parents run a successful business in Canada
  • He doesn’t know how to swim

Former Members

HanKyung

Birth Name: Han Geng
Birth Date: February 9, 1984
Birth Place: Heilongjiang, China
Family: three younger brothers, parents
Facts:

  • Knows all 56 Ethnic Chinese traditional dances
  • At the age of twelve, he left his family and moved to Beijing to attend dance school in Beijing
  • He was spotted by SM Entertainment after auditioning against 3,000 other participants during the H.O.T. CHINA Audition Casting
  • He originally didn’t want to go to the audition, but a friend persuaded him
  • In 2009, HanKyung filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment, saying the 13-year contract was unfair and overly restrictive. He returned to China and has pursued a solo career
  • He now has a Chinese album
  • He was a torch runner for the Beijing Olympics in 2008