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Shinhwa Profile


Shinhwa at KCON 2015
Background information
Origin South Korea
  • R&B
  • K-pop
  • hip hop
  • dance
  • electropop
Years active 1998–present
Labels SM Entertainment
Good Entertainment
Shinhwa Company
Associated acts Battle
Website Shinhwa Company
Members Eric Mun
Lee Min-woo
Kim Dong-wan
Shin Hye-sung
Jun Jin
Andy Lee
Korean name
Hangul 신화
Hanja 神話
Revised Romanization Sinhwa
McCune–Reischauer Sinhwa

Shinhwa (Hangul: 신화; Hanja: 神話) is a South Korean six-member boy band based in Seoul, composed of Eric Mun, Lee Min-woo, Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin, and Andy Lee. Launched by SM Entertainment on March 24, 1998, the group signed with Good Entertainment in 2004 before creating their Shinhwa Company to manage their career as a band. The band struggled initially with their first album before finding commercial success with their sophomore album T.O.P. (April 1999).

When their contract with SM Entertainment expired in July 2003, all six members signed with Good Entertainment and assumed creative control with the release of Brand New (August 2004). That same year, members began to pursue individual careers.

After a four-year hiatus due to majority of the members completing their mandatory military service, the sextet established their Shinhwa Company to facilitate their group career.

The release of their tenth album The Return (2012) made them the first Korean boy band to continue performing after the members’ mandatory military services.

Shinhwa is also the first K-pop idol group to lead a successful career after leaving its original agency, despite being embroiled in legal battles with SM Entertainment over the name “Shinhwa” for several years. Over the course of their twenty-year career, Shinhwa have released thirteen Korean studio albums, one Japanese album, and various compilation albums.

The group is the longest-running boy band in the history of K-pop and is often referred to as part of the “first generation” of K-pop, alongside H.O.T., S.E.S., G.o.d, Fin.K.L, among others.

Their work and longevity have served as influences to future generations of K-pop idol groups, leading many to describe the band itself as “legendary.”


Shinhwa Members Profile

Stage Name: Eric
Korean Name: Mun Jung Hyuk
English Name: Eric Mun
Position: Leader, Main Rapper
Birthday: February 16, 1979
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Height: 180 cm (5’11”)
Weight: 71 kg (156 lbs)
Blood Type: B


Lee Min Woo 

Stage Name: Lee Min Woo (M)
Birth Name: Lee Min Woo
Nicknames: Cool guy, Mang Chi (Hammer)
Position: Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer
Birthday: July 28, 1979
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Height: 174 cm (5’9″)
Weight: 64 kg (141 lbs)
Blood Type: A




Stage Name: Dongwan
Birth Name: Kim Dong Wan
Position: Vocalist
Birthday: November 21, 1979
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Height: 174 cm (5’9″)
Weight: 68 kg (149 lbs)
Blood Type: O




Stage Name: Shin Hye Sung or Hyesung
Korean Name: Jung Pil Kyo
English Name: Steve Jung
Nickname: Sonic
Position: Main Vocalist
Birthday: November 27, 1979
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 179 cm (5’10” 1/2)
Weight: 65 kg (143 lbs)
Blood Type: A



Stage Name: Junjin
Birth Name: Park Choong Jae
Position: Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Birthday: August 19, 1980
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Height: 182 cm (6’0″)
Weight: 75 kg (165 lbs)
Blood Type: B



Stage Name: Andy
Korean Name: Lee Sun Ho
English Name: Jason Lee (SM Made him change his name to Andy before debut)
Position: Rapper, Maknae
Birthday: January 21, 1981
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Height: 175 cm (5’9″)
Weight: 62 kg (136 lbs)
Blood Type: O


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