Sometimes the stage names have become so popular that they can become real artist names.
Song Ji Hyo
Song Ji Hyo, the ace of “Runaway Man”, has changed her name many times, both in the entertainment industry and beyond. When she was born, she was named Cheon Seong Im, but her real name was born Cheon Soo Yeon.
The actress’s name was Song Ji Hyo only when she started working in modeling. Her stage name came from the admiration of Song Seung Heon and Song Hye Kyo.
Bi Rain gained popularity thanks to the famous series “Full House” and became widely known in Korea. The audience often knows the actor as Bi Rain and little knows that his real name is Jung Ji Hoon.
The stage name was invented because the sky was raining every time he went to record a song. Due to his repetition, his old manager decided to name him Bi, which means “rain” in Korean.
Kim Woo Bin
Kim Woo Bin’s real name is Kim Hyun Joong. When the actor switched from modeling to acting, Hyun Jung took the name Kim Woo Bin, fearing being mistaken for senior singer Kim Hyun Joong, who played Yoon Ji Hoo in Boys Over Flowers.
Seo Joon Park
Few viewers know Park Seo Joon’s real name is “Park Yong Kyu. To avoid the attention of the press, the actor only uses his real name in charity work.
“Goblin” Gong Yoo has a real name, Gong Ji Cheol. His stage name is a combination of his mother and father’s surnames (“Yoo” and “Gong” respectively).
Ye Jin’s son
The registered name of Son Ye Jin is Son Eon Jin. The actress started using the name “Son Ye Jin” when she began her acting career. Her nickname is not much different from her real name.
On the contrary, the nickname “Hyun Bin” has nothing to do with the real name of the actor. On the birth certificate, Hyun Bin’s real name is Kim Tae Pyeong. The media once reported that the reason for the name change was difficult to pronounce.
Shin Min Ah
Shin Min Ah only changed her name after adopting this stage name. The real name of the actress is Jang Min Ah. While she was working as a model, she took care of “Yang Min Ah”. Min Ah was well known at the time because her name reminded people of Yang Mi Ra’s “Burger Girl”.
This is Ha Neul
Kang Ha Neula’s real name is Kim Ha Neul. However, fearing that he would be mistaken for a famous actress, he decided to change his name a bit. “Ha Neul” it also means heaven, which is why the actor has kept this part of his name to preserve its meaning.
Ma Dong Seok
Ma Dong Seok has an interesting history at his current stage and like his real name “Lee Dong Seok” was “twisted“.
When he was in elementary school, Ma Dong Seok got into a fight with a friend at school. Friends decided to call him “Ang-ma Dong Seok” (Demon Dongseok). His manager also felt that “Ma Dong Seok” would be unique and suitable for working in the industry. He even said that his father sometimes forgot his real name. Instead, his father used to call him by his nickname.