6 June 1991 (age 26)
Busan, Korea, Republic of
Son Dong-Woon (손동운; born June 6, 1991 in Busan, South Korea), more commonly known as just Dong Woon, is a South Korean idol singer and dancer. He is the vocalist and youngest member of the Korean boy group BEAST.
The group debuted in October 2009 and has released one Korean full-length album, five Korean mini-albums, one Japanese full album and various singles. In 2011, BEAST won three Daesang awards for Artist and Song of the Year for "Fiction" at the Melon Music Awards, KBS Gayo Daechukje and GaOn Chart Awards.
He was a trainee from JYP Entertainment for 2 years and was the last member chosen to join B2ST during his time as a trainee at Cube Entertainment. In December 2010, Dongwoon released a digital single album "우동 (Udong)", together with Davichi’s (다비치) Kang Min Kyung (강민경). After its release, the song quickly rose up to the top of the charts, bringing in immense popularity and was expected to start another trend. However, it is said that by the composers of "우동 (feat. 강민경) (Udong)" that the title of the song is in Japanese, hence the main 3 broadcasting networks confirmed that they will not be showing on television. He also released a digital single, "In The Cloud", in 2012 - a track penned by Shinsadong Tiger.
Dongwoon is known for his more Western appearance compared to the other members and is affectionately known as "Son Nam Shin" to fans. He also has various talents such as speaking English and Chinese and is known as the group's spokesperson when they attend overseas events. He attended Hanyoung High School and is currently a student at Konkuk University majoring in image and film. Dongwoon's father, Son Il-rak, is a professor at Cheongju University which his older brother, Son Dong-ha, also attends. Dongwoon stated in an interview and in the KBS show "Win Win" that he studied in Laguna, Philippines for a short while as a child.
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