Yoon Do-hyun

Yoon Do-hyun (born February 3, 1972) is a South Korean hard rock/folk rock singer, musician, and songwriter. He is the founder and lead vocalist of the Yoon Do-hyun Band (YB) since 1996. Yoon is also an MC on TV variety programs (notably Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter) and a musical theatre actor.

Yoon Do-hyun
Yoon Do-Hyun from acrofan.jpg
Born (1972-02-03) February 3, 1972 (age 49)
Paju, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
EducationIncheon City College – Civil Engineering
Sungkonghoe University – Media and Communication
OccupationSinger, musician, songwriter, MC, actor
Years active1993–present
AgentDee Company
Spouse(s)Lee Mi-ok (m. 2002)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYun Do-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerYun To-hyŏn


Yoon Do-hyun was born in Imjin-myeon (currently Munsan-eup) in Paju, Gyeonggi Province. He graduated from Munsan High School in 1991, and began working in 1993 around Paju's music circles as part of the band Jongyiyeon (종이연).[1]

In 1994, Yoon released his debut solo album, In Front of the Post Office in Autumn (가을 우체국 앞에서). It produced the hit singles "Tarzan" and "Love Two," but the album did not receive much commercial success since dance music was trendy at the time.

Yoon formed the eponymously named Yoon Do-hyun Band in 1996, with himself on vocals, drummer Kim Jin-won, guitarist Yoo Byung-yeol, and bass guitarist Park Tae-hee. Later that year, Yoon played the lead role in Jungle Story, Kim Hong-joon's film that recounts the rise and fall of a fictitious, underground band. His bandmates also appeared in the film.[2]

Its initial failure to break out led to the Yoon Do-hyun Band almost disbanding in 2000, and guitarist Yoo Byung-yeol left the band and was replaced by Huh Joon.[3] Then in 2002, they gained fame with the World Cup cheer song "Oh! Pilseung Korea" (meaning "Victory Korea!").[4] With its explosive live performances and Yoon's powerful voice and frank personality onstage, the Yoon Do-hyun Band eventually became one of the foremost rock bands in South Korea, selling more than 2 million albums and doing more than 100 live concerts. It won music awards from Korea's three main broadcast stations KBS, MBC and SBS, and won the WPMA (World Peace Music Award) in 2003 for their activities in promoting human rights. Renamed YB in 2005, it was the first Korean band to ever tour Europe and had two sold-out concerts in New York City (Nokia Theater, B.B King Blues Club) in 2006.[5] YB was the subject of two rockumentaries, Kim Tae-yong's On the Road, Two (2006) and Moon Cheung-heum's Flying Butterfly (2010).[6][7] YB celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015 with a series of sold-out concerts titled "20 Years Old."[8][9]

Meanwhile, Yoon starred in stage musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar,[10] Hedwig and the Angry Inch,[11] Gwanghwamun Sonata,[12][13] and Once.[14] He also hosted the popular music-talk show Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter from April 2002 to November 2008.[3]

As a solo artist, Yoon has released two albums and three EPs, including Difference (2005), Harmony (2009), and Singing Yoon Do-hyun (노래하는 윤도현, 2014).[15][16][17][18][19][20]

Personal lifeEdit

Yoon married musical theatre actress Lee Mi-ok on June 15, 2002. They have one daughter.[21]


Studio AlbumsEdit

Album information Track listing
In Front of the Post Office in Autumn
  • Album
  • Released: December 1994
  • Label: Daeum Entertainment
Track listing
  1. 타잔 (Tarzan)
  2. 큰 별은 없어
  3. 가을 우체국 앞에서 (In Front of the Post Office in Autumn)
  4. 너를 보내고 II
  5. 나의 작은 기억
  6. 임진강
  7. 깨어나라
  8. 사랑 Two (Love Two)
  9. 우리들 함께 여기에
  10. 내 곁의 너
Track listing
  1. 눈부신 아침 (Two Worlds)
  2. 잘자라 아기 (You'll Be in My Heart)
  3. 용감한 타잔이 되리 (Son of Man)
  4. 궁금해요 (Strangers Like Me)
  5. 눈부신 아침 [라프라이즈] (Two Worlds Reprise)
  6. 함께 사는 세상 [팝 스타일] (Pop Style)
  7. 눈부신 아침 (팝 버전) (Two Worlds Pop Version)
  8. 눈부신 아침 (피날레) (Two Worlds Finale)
Track listing
  1. 사랑했나봐
  2. Dreams
  3. Get Up
  4. 종이연
  5. 너의 느낌대로
  6. 수다
  7. 생명
  8. 아버지
  9. With You
  10. Funky Train
  11. Circus
  12. Prologue
  13. 사랑했나봐 [Making Film]
  14. Dreams [Making Film]
  15. 종이연 [Making Film]
  16. Epilogue [Interview]


Album information Track listing
Yoon Do-hyun's My Ppongpal Vacation
Track listing
  1. 밤이 깊었네
  2. 나는 문제 없어
  3. 넌 할 수 있어
  4. 거꾸로 강을 거슬러 오르는 저 힘찬 연어들처럼
  5. 젊은그대
Harmony (present for Fly, Penguin)
Track listing
  1. 너라면 좋겠어
  2. Alright
  3. 기억해
  4. 날아라 펭귄
  5. 너라면 좋겠어 (Piano Ver.)
Singing Yoon Do-hyun
Track listing
  1. 우리 사랑했던 시간만큼 (Much As the Time We Loved Each Other)
  2. 빗소리 (The Sound of Rain) (feat. OKDAL)
  3. 요즘 내 모습 (Me These Days) (feat. Tablo. K.Will)
  4. 가을 우체국 앞에서 (In Front of the Post Office in Autumn) (2014 ver.)
  5. 라스베가스를 떠나며 (Leaving Las Vegas) (feat. Esna)
Acoustic Forest: Want to Go Music Camping?
Track listing
  1. 빗소리 (Acoustic)
  2. 사랑 Two (Acoustic)
  3. Now is Good (Acoustic)
  4. 당신이 만든 날씨 (Acoustic)


Album information Track listing
  • Single[22]
  • Released: March 10, 2006
  • Label: 서비스중지
Track listing
  1. 애국가 (Aegukga) (Rock Ver.)
  2. 애국가 (Aegukga) (장중 Ver.)
Kim Je-dong Song – Oh-kyo-kyo-kyo
Track listing
  1. 김제동송 – 오쿄쿄쿄 (Kim Je-dong Song – Oh-kyo-kyo-kyo)
Steranko Korean Project Single (with Yoon Do-hyun)
  • Single
  • Artist: Steranko, Yoon Do-hyun
  • Released: September 9, 2011
  • Label: T-Music Factory
Track listing
  1. Junkie Generation (Radio Edit)
  2. Hurricane Katrina
  3. Policeman, Please (Radio Edit)
I Am Here
  • Single for Gyeonggi Province[24]
  • Released: December 2, 2011
  • Label: Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, Hunus Creative
Track listing
  1. 난 여기에 있네 (I Am Here)
  2. 난 여기에 있네 (I Am Here) (Inst.)
  3. 난 여기에 있네 (I Am Here) (MR Chorus Ver.)
  4. 난 여기에 있네 (I Am Here) (MR)
The Weather That You Made
Track listing
  1. 당신이 만든 날씨 (The Weather That You Made)
The Day
  • Single
  • Artist: Achtung, Yoon Do-hyun
  • Released: May 22, 2014
  • Label: Rainbowbridge
Track listing
  1. 그 날 (The Day)
  2. 그 날 (The Day) (Inst.)
Kang Seung-won Making Project Part 2
Track listing
  1. 오늘도 어제 같은 나는... (Today, Like Yesterday, I...)
  2. 달려가야해

Collaboration in other albumsEdit

Year Song Title Notes
1996 "In the Wilderness" Track from the Kim Kwang-seok tribute album
가객: 부치지 않은 편지
"잃어버린 나를 찾아" Track from Thief OST
1997 "신놀부뎐" Track from Black and White Photograph 1
1998 "사노라면" (with Kim Jang-hoon) Track from Kim Jang-hoon#1998
Ballads for Tears
2001 "같은 맘으로" (with Kim Hyung-suk) Track from Ac+E No2
2003 "마음을 다해 부르면" (with Lee So-eun) Tracks from Oseam OST
"다시 만나요"
"비련" (with Kim So-hyun) Track from Legend of Laqia OST
2004 "천국에서" (with Ann) Track from Phoenix Rising
2005 "여행길" (with Buga Kingz) Track from The Renaissance
2006 "날아라 병아리" (with N.EX.T) Track from ReGame?
"끝이 아니길" Track from Seoul 1945 OST
2007 "Farewell Story" (with Lala) Track from 우리, 사랑하는 동안...
두번째 이야기
"겨울비" Track from Kim Jong-seo's 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits
2008 "I Love You, Idiot" (with Kang Chae-yi) Track from 사랑에 중독되다
"Come Together" (with Tomi Kita) Track from In Dreamz
"Friends" (with Eva & Sat) Track from Friends
"그랬단 말이야" (with Shin So-hee) Track from 그랬단 말이야
"Cuts the City" (with Steranko) Track from Darkness on the Highway
2009 "Foolish Love" (with Ash Gray)
"Red Camel" (with Lee Seung-hwan) Track from Hwantastic Friends
2010 "Dust (Korean Ver.)" (with Diablo) Track from Undefined
"Being a Rock Star" (with Lee Seung-hwan, Lee Sung-woo, Ock Yo-han) Track from Dreamizer
2012 "날자, 오리배..."
(with Jung Tae-choon, Kang San-ae, Kim C)
Track from City Bus Going to the Sea
"Someday" (with Leessang) Track from Unplugged[26]
"Never Say Goodbye" (with Psy) Track from Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1
"Butterfly Dream (My Secret Dream)" Track from Arang and the Magistrate OST
"Still You" (with Sue Son) Track from I Am
"I Want to Live with Her" (with UV) Track from Artist
2013 "No Regrets (Legend Ver.)"
(with Hwang Jung-min and Yoo Jun-sang)
Theme song from Fists of Legend
"Wish" Theme song from Hope
"Colorful World" (with Kahi) Track from Who Are You?
2015 "Cruel Memories (with Jung Yong-hwa from CNBLUE) Track from One Fine Day


Musical theatreEdit

Year Title Role
1995 Gaeddongi Gaeddongi
1997 Jesus Christ Superstar Judas Iscariot
1998 Hard Rock Cafe Kang-joo
2009 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2011–2012 Gwanghwamun Sonata Past Sang-hoon
2013 Jesus Christ Superstar Judas Iscariot
2014–2015 Once Guy
2016 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2021 Gwanghwamun Sonata Myung-woo[27]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Jungle Story Do-hyun
2000 The Promenade (cameo)
2004 Arahan Male driver (cameo)
2006 On the Road, Two Himself Documentary
Hanbando N/A Music director
2010 Flying Butterfly Himself Documentary
2012 Arang and the Magistrate Former magistrate of Miryang (cameo, episode 1) [28] TV
26 Years N/A Crowdfunding investor
2021 Taxi Driver Yoon Gi-sa (cameo, episode 1) SBS [29]

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2002–2008 Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter KBS2 Host
2002–2011 Yoon Do-hyun's 2pm Date MBC FM4U Radio DJ[30]
2010 Joo Young-nam and Friends KBS1
It City: Papa & Girl in London Olive
2011–2012 I Am a Singer MBC Contestant[31]
2011–2013 Yoon Do-hyun's MUST Mnet Host[32]
2011 Cover Dance Festival!
K-POP Roadshow 40120
MBC Host
2011–present Law of the Jungle SBS Narrator[33][34]
2011–2012 K-pop Star 1 SBS Host and narrator
2012 Project Lotus Channel V Judge[35][36]
2012–present TV Entertainment Tonight SBS Host[37]
2012–2013 K-pop Star 2 SBS Host and narrator[38][39]
2013 I'm Your Substitute Angel MBC Host
2014 Welcome Back to School JTBC Cast member[40]
2015 Animals MBC Cast member[41]
2017 Begin Again JTBC Cast Member
2020 Korean Trot Contest [ko] KBS2 Host

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award in Radio Yoon Do-hyun's 2pm Date Won
2003 KBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award in a Variety Show Yoon Do-hyun's Love Letter Won
2012 SBS Entertainment Awards Producer's Award – Best MC K-pop Star 1,
Law of the Jungle,
TV Entertainment Tonight

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Hartzell, Adam. "Jungle Story". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Oh, Jean (August 23, 2010). "Rock star Yoon Do-hyun marches forward". The Korea Herald. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "World Cup Exhibition Opens". The Chosun Ilbo. September 5, 2002. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "YB Launches 10th Anniversary Tour Concerts". The Korea Times. September 30, 2007. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Yoon Do-hyun Poised to Conquer U.S." The Chosun Ilbo. October 24, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  7. ^ Sohn, Ji-young (January 22, 2014). "Rock band YB to debut in U.S., U.K." The Korea Herald. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Kim, Jae-heun (October 13, 2015). "YB Band to perform 20th anniversary concerts". The Korea Times. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  9. ^ Won, Ho-jung (October 19, 2015). "Herald Review: YB celebrates 20 years". The Korea Herald. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  10. ^ Lee, Claire (May 5, 2013). "Michael Lee emerges as agonizing Jesus". The Korea Herald. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  11. ^ Chung, Ah-young (October 4, 2009). "Yoon Returns to Stage as Hedwig". The Korea Times. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  12. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (January 26, 2011). "Gwanghwamun brings back late composers songs". The Korea Times. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  13. ^ Kim, Yoon-mi (January 27, 2011). "Late songwriter remembered in pop musical". The Korea Herald. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
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  15. ^ Lee, Sun-min (August 16, 2014). "YB's vocalist Yoon goes solo again". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
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  22. ^ "Rock Version of National Anthem Sparks Outcry". The Chosun Ilbo. February 22, 2006. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
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  25. ^ "Yoon DoHyun to collaborate with Yu Huiyeol's Sketchbook director". KBS Global. August 1, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  26. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (October 30, 2012). "YB and Leessang to hold concert together". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  27. ^ Kang Min-kyung (May 12, 2021). "윤도현·엄기준→차지연·김성규, 뮤지컬 '광화문연가' 출연 [공식]". Starnews (in Korean). v.daum. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  28. ^ Hong, Grace (August 14, 2012). "Yoon Do Hyun Cameos for Arang and the Magistrate". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  29. ^ Jang Su-jung (April 9, 2021). "'모범택시' 윤도현, 이영애 이어 1회 특별출연 [공식입장]". imbc (in Korean). Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  30. ^ Park, Hyun-min (September 27, 2011). "Yoon Do Hyun Expresses his Regret Over Resignation". enewsWorld. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  31. ^ Park, Min-young (December 30, 2011). "I am a Singer wins best entertainment program". The Korea Herald. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
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  33. ^ Oh, Mi-jung (December 13, 2011). "Yoon Do Hyun a Voice Actor?". enewsWorld. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  34. ^ "Laws of the Jungle releases teasers featuring Tao, Kikwang, Dana, Yoon Do Hyun, and more for the Solomon Islands edition". Allkpop. September 5, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  35. ^ Oh, Jean (August 25, 2010). "New pan-Asian girl group looks to stand out". The Korea Herald. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  36. ^ "Yoon Do Hyun to judge Project Lotus girl group auditions". Allkpop. August 20, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  37. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (June 7, 2012). "Sooyoung and Yoon Do Hyun Thank Fans after MC Debut". enewsWorld. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  38. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (July 12, 2012). "Yoon Do Hyun to Host K-Pop Star Again". enewsWorld. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  39. ^ Lee, Sun-min (November 14, 2013). "K-Pop Star 3 announces new host". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  40. ^ Lee, Sung-eun (September 15, 2014). "Off to School is on a roll". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
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