A lot of thought goes into creating the stage name for our idols… well, maybe some easier than others. Even so, the choosing process and the creativity that goes behind is very interesting to review. Did you know why we call these 10 K-Pop idols with the name that we do?
V’s real name is Kim TaeHyung. Pre-debut, he was given the choice of choosing between the name V, Lex and Cis. He though Lex sounded like a dog’s name and Cis sounded like sister, so he chose V. V actually doesn’t really know what he V stands for, but he liked it!
9. B1A4’s Baro
Baro’s real name is Cha SunWoo. Thinking he needed a more unique name, he was given the name Baro. Baro is short for ‘Baro SalJa’ meaning “Let’s live correctly”. As an idol of a proper lifestyle, it fit him very well!
8. B1A4’s SanDeul
SanDeul’s real name is Lee JungHwan. Since it’s a common name, he was given the name SanDeul from ‘SanDeulBaRam GatEun NamJa’ – meaning ‘man like a gentle breeze’. Given his soft visuals, soft voice, and soft personality we think the name is a home run!
7. EXO’s SuHo
SuHo’s real name is Kim JunMyeon. Thinking it’s old fashioned, Father SM named him SuHo. The word ‘Suho’ means to guard and protect. SuHo now guards, protects and leads the global stars EXO in all things. How fitting!
6. GFriend’s EunHa
EunHa’s real name is Jung EunBi. Besides the fact that there was another member with the name EunBi, the name is commonly used by other celebrities. She was named EunHa, short for ‘EunHaSoo’ meaning the Milky Way. Just as the name suggests, she shines brightly like a star on stage and of stage!
Loco’s real name is Kwon HyukWoo. Loco means ‘a crazy person’ in Spanish. He literally took the name, because his friends would often call him a crazy dog when he drank too much. Funny and fitting!
4. MAMAMOO’s Solar
Solar’s real name is Kim YongSun. It’s pretty old fashioned, so she took the last letter ‘Sun’, which can also mean the actual sun. From Sun, she took Solar, which can also mean Sol and La in the music scale. Considering her bright and energetic personality, along with her beautiful vocal skills, Solar was the perfect name!
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IU’s real name is Lee JiEun. The name was too common, so she took on the name IU, which is short for I and You. The name fully means ‘You and I become one with music’. IU’s musical talents shines brightly even through her name itself!
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2. VIXX’s N
N’s real name is Cha HakYeon. It’s a unique name in itself, but can sound feminine. He took the last letter from his name ‘Yeon’ and changed it into its Japanese equivalent – ‘Yen’. ‘Yen’ also means relationship in Japanese, so he took the name N.
1. SHINee’s Onew
Onew’s real name is Lee JinKi. He was hand picked by Father SM, so it made sense that Father SM would pick out his stage name as well. He was named Onew for ‘On’ meaning warm and ‘Yew’ meaning flowing. Onew perfectly embodies the warm feeling that you get when hearing Onew sing, as well as the idol’s friendly and puppy-like personality!
K-Pop idols have their down time on the side, and they cultivate a specific set of hobbies. Some hobbies include hiking, drawing, traveling, sleeping and more – but today we’ll be listing our top 10 hardcore gaming idols!
Many of BTS’s members are well known for passing the time through various games. Fans chose JungKook to be the best out of the 7 members, thanks to the idol’s acknowledged skill in using McCree in Overwatch.
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9. B1A4’s GongChan
GongChan’s a big fan of any FPS (first person shooting) game. When Overwatch came on the scene, he was hooked with his bff HongBin of VIXX. They say GongChan and HongBin’s chemistry is legendary!
8. EXID’s LE
Out of the many girl gamers in the K-Pop industry, LE is the most well known for her dedicated passion. Every L.E.G.O knows that LE is hardcore Diablo 3 fan. She’s been caught playing the game numerous times by cute uploads from her members.
JaeHyo was a League of Legends converter. He led many of his fans to play along with his passion of LoL through an internet broadcast, where he played against Kim HeeChul. He even competed in the celebrity LoL competition, and is currently ranked in the Platnium IV tier.
6. TEEN TOP’s Niel
Niel’s the Genji master when it comes to Overwatch. He revealed a round of Overwatch through an internet broadcast, and the viewers all acknowledged his superior skills. His most recent season score was an average of 3211 points, and he even has 3 golden weapons!
5. EXO’s BaekHyun
Even non-gaming K-Pop fans know that BaekHyun is a hardcore gamer. He hosted his very own LoL show, titled BaekHyun’s LoL-lercoaster, through Naver’s V App. He’s an avid player of the game during his free time. He’s known to play frequently with Kim HeeChul and even accompany his senior to various LoL events.
4. VIXX’s HongBin
Undeniably the best Hanzo in all of K-Pop. During season 1, HongBin achieved the score of 73. His early adapter high scores landed him multiple golden weapons, and he’s well known to feature on multiple gaming programs. Basically, every gaming idols know HongBin’s passion for the game and have at one point or another competed against him.
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3. Lee MinHo
Probably the most surprising on the list. Lee MinHo is bombarded by overworked schedules and very little time for free time (especially since he’s got to meet goddess Suzy for romantic dates). Even through his ridiculous schedule, Lee MinHo found time to play LoL, and achieved the Diamond tier in record speed!
All 5 members of FT Island are religious gamers. They can often be seen at PC rooms near their studios, relieving stress the one way they know how. They are frequent guests on internet gaming broadcasts. They’ve been invited to compete against professional gaming Broadcast Jockeys many times in a 5v5 match – and their skills were acknowledged hands down.
1. Super Junior’s Kim HeeChul
Kim HeeChul can be called the King of Kings in K-Pop gaming. You can tell by how frequently he’s mentioned above just how much the idol games. He was the first K-Pop idol to be revealed as Diamond tier in LoL, and he was even invited to be a caster at League of Legend competitions. Such honor!
Some of our idols have hobbies that totally makes sense. HoYa loves to dance on his days off, Hur YoungJi loves to go traveling, Lee GukJoo loves to go find undiscovered restaurant gems – it just makes sense! But did you know that these 10 idols love to do these 10 things on their days off?
Careful, this chart might totally blow your mind about these idols!
10. FT Island’s Lee HongGi – Nail Art
With his emotional vocal skills of a pure rocker, you’d have guessed that HongGi is into something like skateboarding or busking. HongGi’s into nail art! That’s right, nail art is for boys too. HongGi even released a nail art book that topped charts in multiple countries. He’s rumored to have already spent over ~$50,000 USD in just nail arts. He once admitted that he spent ~$9,000 on a diamond piece for his nails.
9. Red Velvet’s Irene – Ironing Clothes
Irene’s not just a beauty who only gets treated as royalty. She loves to get her hands dirty to get them clean again! Irene is famous for her hobby of ironing clothes, because her goddess-like beauty makes people expect her to love fashion designing or something like that. Irene irons the clothes for her baby Red Velvet sisters, and even landed her a spot on the recent show about doing laundry!
8. INFINITE’s L – Photography
INSPIRITs probably already know – L is basically a professional photographer. He’s nurtured his hobby since he was in high school. He would work various part times just to afford a camera, but now he spends a good amount of his earnings into his photography gear. He even released not just one, but two photo essay books! His dream? He hopes to shoot the group’s jacket images and other photoshoots for his members one day.
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7. EXO’s BaekHyun – Aikido
Don’t let BaekHyun’s soft, white face and his baby smile fool you. He can take you down in a minute! He’s been an avid aikido champion since he was super young. Before he turned to singing and dancing, he competed in various tournaments to win various metals of all colors. He still continues to practice the art when he’s not flying all over the world as EXO.
6. Koo Hara – Horseback Riding
Koo Hara has always had the image of a frail idol who would blow away with the wind, but she’s head over heels in love with horseback riding! She says she started it to rid herself of the ‘body of a kindergarten’ nickname. Thanks to her hobby, she’s gotten a stronger balance and a more toned body line.
5. Kim JaeKyung – Blogging
Kim JaeKyung’s well known to love anything related to beauty and fashion, but did you know she’s committed to posting it all on her blog? JiSook isn’t the only power blogger in Rainbow! JaeKyung also loves to take photos of her multiple skills (such as makeup making, leather bag making, nail arts, interior designs, etc) and posting them in detail on her blog!
JaeKyung’s Instagram, Naver
4. Girl’s Day’s YuRa – Drawing
Is YuRa’s hobby exercising or trying the latest makeup tips? Nope! She’s all about using her hands to create some of the best masterpieces of all time. YuRa’s drawing skills are so amazing that she’s called the Idol Artist. Just look at her free hand drawing of Yoo JaeSuk and Elsa from Frozen!
3. BTOB’s Yook SungJae – Fishing
Yook SungJae’s all about that fish and bait! Whenever he talks about anything related to fishing, his whole face lights up as he becomes the most animated person in the world. With his handsome face and calm demeanor, you’d never have guessed that he enjoys the feeling of tricking a fish into battle.
2. IU – Collecting Photos of Beautiful People
You’d think IU’s hobby would be collecting vinyls or classic instruments – considering how much of an era changing artist she is – but she’s into collecting photos of beautiful people. Who does she think is the most beautiful? Well, she said out of her collection, a majority of them are of Sulli! The two met as MCs, and IU absolutely fell in love with Sulli’s face – to the point that she wrote the song “Peach” just about her beauty!
Sulli’s Instagram, IU’s Twitter
1. EXID’s Hani – Reading Gory Comic Books
She’s beautiful, sexy, gorgeous and just a complete goddess, but Hani has a unique hobby that goes against her on-stage image. She loves reading comic books… more specifically gory comic books! I’m talking blood, decapitated bodies, scary chainsaw massacre kinds of gory!