Song Il-kook (Korean송일국; Hanja宋一國; born October 1, 1971) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his role in the 2006 hit drama series Jumong as the titular character.

Song Il-kook
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In April 2014
Born (1971-10-01) October 1, 1971 (age 48)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesSong Il-kook
Alma materChung-Ang University
(Master of Fine Arts)
Cheongju University
(Bachelor of Fine Arts)[1]
OccupationActor, television personality
Years active1998–present
AgentC-JeS Entertainment
Jung Seung-yeon (m. 2008)
Parent(s)Kim Eul-dong (mother)
RelativesKim Du-han (Grandfather)
Kim Chwa-chin (Great grandfather)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSong Il-guk
McCune–ReischauerSong Ilguk
WebsiteSong Il-gook on Twitter

Early life and educationEdit

Song is the grandson of politician Kim Du-han, great grandson of Kim Jwa-jin, the famous anarchist and Korean independence movement general during the early 1900s. Song is the son of politician and former actress Kim Eul-dong.[2]

He graduated from Cheongju University, majoring in Performing Arts, and later obtained a master's degree from Chung-Ang University.


Song is the vice-president of the Korean Triathlon Confederation[3][4] and participated in the 2008 Seoul International Triathlon Competition.[5] In April 2008, Song carried the Olympic torch through Seoul.[1][6]

In Iran, August 2009

Song is also an amateur sketch artist.[7] He has also modeled professionally, both on the runway and in print. In 2008, he was one of the subjects of the Kolon Christmas Photo Shoot.[8]

In 2009, the state of Hawaii designated March 21 as Song Il-gook day.[9] In April 2010, he was invited to the Blue House to dine with heads of state, including the president of Kazakhstan, as Jumong garnered immense popularity in the central Asian country.[10]

In October 2015, Song signed an exclusive contract with management agency C-JeS Entertainment.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

On March 15, 2008, Song was wed to High Court Judge Jung Seung-yeon in a private, traditional Korean wedding at the Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul.[12][13][14]

Song adheres to a pescetarian diet for both health and ethical reasons.[15]


Song and wife Jung Seungyeon became parents to fraternal triplet sons at a hospital in Seoul in March 16, 2012.[16] Their sons are named Dae-han(大韓、대한), Min-guk(民國、민국) and Man-se(萬歳、만세) which, when said together mean "Long Live the Republic of Korea". Song and his three sons starred in the variety show The Return of Superman from July 6, 2014 to February 7, 2016. The triplets also made a cameo appearance in Song's television series Jang Yeong-sil (2016).


TV seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
1999 Did We Really Love? MBC
Goodbye My Love MBC
Into the Sunlight MBC
2000 All About Eve MBC
2002 Hard Love Na Young-jae KBS2
Jang Hui-bin Kim Chun-taek KBS2
Album of Life Shin Hyung-shik KBS1
2003 Bodyguard Han Sung-soo KBS2
Desert Spring Ki-hyun MBC
2004 People of the Water Flower Village Kang Sung-woo MBC
Terms of Endearment Na Jang-soo KBS1
Emperor of the Sea Yeom Moon/Yeom Jang KBS2
2006 Jumong Jumong, later King Dongmyeong MBC
2007 Lobbyist Harry/Kim Joo-ho SBS
2008 The Kingdom of The Winds Prince Muhyul, later King Daemusin KBS2
2010 A Man Called God Michael King/Choi Kang-ta MBC
2011 Crime Squad Park Sae-hyuk KBS2
Kimchi Family Ki Ho-tae jTBC
2016 Jang Yeong-sil Jang Yeong-sil KBS1


Year Title Role
2005 The Art of Seduction Seo Min-jun
Red Eye
2014 Entangled Hyun Ki-jeung
2015 Tattoo Han Ji-soon

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Role
2012 Qualifications of Men KBS2 Triathlon Coach (Ep 173-174, 178-180)
2014-2016 The Return of Superman KBS2 Cast member (Ep 34-116, 156)


Year Award Category Nominated Work
2002 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Album of Life
2004 Best Couple Award (With Han Ga-in) Terms of Endearment
2005 Excellence Award, Actor Emperor of the Sea
Popularity Award, Actor
Best Couple Award (With Soo Ae)
2005 KBS Right Language Award
2006 Grimae Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Jumong
2006 14th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best TV Actor
2006 MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize/Daesang
Top Excellence Award, Actor
2007 19th Korea Producer's Awards Best TV Actor
2007 41st Taxpayer's Day Commendation from the Prime Minister
2008 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor The Kingdom of the Winds
Best Couple Award (With Choi Jung-won)
2009 Asia Model Festival Awards Asia Star Awards
2011 2nd Republic of Korea Popular Culture and Arts Awards Commendation from the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
2012 Goodwill Cooperation Service (GCS): Award for Service Towards World Peace, Celebrities Who Serve category
2013 2nd Historical Drama Festival Historical Drama Star Who's Brightened Korea
2014 KBS Entertainment Awards Special PD Award The Return of Superman
2015 Excellence Award – Male Variety Category
2016 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Jang Yeong-sil


  1. ^ a b 송일국 탤런트, 영화배우. Naver Profiles (in Korean). Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Jumong's Song Il-gook As Most Impressive Second-Generation Celebrity @ HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database". Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  3. ^ "Drama star becomes honorary citizen of Tongyeong @ HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database". Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-05-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Song Il-gook 'From Jumong to iron man, triple attempt' @ HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database". 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  6. ^ "South Korea Olympic Torch Relay". HanCinema.
  7. ^ "[ChanMi's drama news] Song Il-gook's profile picture of Choi Jeong-won drawn personally! @ HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database". 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  8. ^ Kolon Christmas Photo Shoot on YouTube
  9. ^ "March 21 is Song Il-gook Day in Hawaii @ HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database". 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  10. ^ "Song Il-gook to meet Kazakhstan president today @ HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database". 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  11. ^ Jo, Yeon-ju (26 October 2015). "[단독] 송일국, 씨제스行 초읽기… 최민식과 한솥밥 먹나?". Korea Sports. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  12. ^ Actor Song Il-guk Marries Judge
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-06-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Song Il-gook Weds Traditional Style @ HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database". 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  15. ^ Lee, Seo-hyun, '송일국-이하늬-윤진서-김효진-배종옥' 공통점은! [Song Il-gook, Lee Han-ui, Yun Jin-seo, Kim Hyo-jin and Bae Jong-ok have something in common] (2012-01-04) (in Korean), Shinmoongo, Retrieved 2012-05-11, Archive (2012-05-11), Archive2 (2012-05-11)
  16. ^ Hyeoun, Hwa Yeong (2012-03-17). "송일국 "세 쌍둥이 아빠 됐다"".

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