Friday, August 21, 2009

Hyun Joong's Childhood Story (Hyun Joong mother's interview) - Young Kim Hyun Joong exude stage loving artist flair

Long & inspiring article about leader. Admired him for his perseverance, even under extremely stringent condition and yet he held on to his dream to be a singer.

How often, we talked about our dreams and wishes but yet when encountered hardship and obstacles, we whine and complaint and eventually give up the dream.

Hope that this article inspired you! Enjoy reading.

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Credit: doubleskhj + hyunjoongchina + (English translation) ss501ufo.blogspot.com


0-4 yrs old, as long as Hyun Joong was lost in the park, it must because he ran to the singer performance stage.

Since Hyun Joong was born, he was very popular among the neighbours because of his big eyes, sharp intuition and cleverness.

One day, in my dream, all in a sudden, I dream of a truck fully loaded with radish driving passed me. There was a huge radish which was of the size of the truck. Withing my apron on, I ran after the truck, trying to catch the big radish. The radish rolled into my apron and I fell down onto the floor. This was the largest radish I had ever seen in my entire life. I was very surprised. Just when I tried to lift up the radish to take a look, I woke up from my dream. I felt very strange: "Is this a sign that I am pregnant?" Therefore, I went to the hospital for checkup. The doctor told me: "Congratulations!". Indeed, I was pregnant!

Hyun Joong started to walk when he was 9 month old. Before this, although he can sit alone, he couldn't climb, the family members were worried that he might be slow to learn walking. However, he omitted the climbing stage and advance to the walking stage. All the family members were shocked.



During his 1 year old birthday, he would offered his birthday steam rice cake for the guest to eat. During the Toljabee* event, in order to let him choose the pencil and book, the family members purposely placed both the items right infront of him, instead, he chose the brush which was placed beside those items. Hyun Joong started speaking and counting very fast, but he was most interested to sing, dance and play games.
(*Note: Toljabee event is used to predict the child future. In this case, Hyun Joong picked the brush which symbolize that he will become a scholar)


Since newly wed to now, our family has been living nearby the SongpaGu Olympic park. Every weekend, there would be a lot of singer performing there. When bringing Hyun Joong and his elder brother who is 1 year older than him to the park for a stroll, both children would be very happy.

Hyun Joong ever got lost a few time, I was so panicked and search all over the park, eventually he was always found at the stage where the singers were performing.

There's once, dance group "Seo Tai-ji and boys" were singing 'I Know' in the park, Hyun Joong actually ran up to the stage to dance. He even played games with the other singers on stage and laugh happily. Hyun Joong was excellent in his studies, it had never come to my mind that he will become an artist. However now that I started to think, he seems to be different from other kids since childhood.

Kim Hyun Joong excelled in studies when young, had never thought of being a star



5 - 9 years old, childhood time Kim Hyun Joong


From kindergarten, Hyun Joong had shown his multiple talents. Solving maths sum very fast and drew well. Also, learned to speak and recognized words very fast. His elder brother who was 1 year older than him would always sit still to learn. However, Hyun Joong was the kind of child who could play almost everything but yet could still learn well at the same time.



We were worried that both children would felt pressurized from learning, therefore, we always let them got in touch with the nature more often. In order to celebrate their starting of primary school life, our family went for a tour in Jeju Island. During that time Hyun Joong rode on a horse which was many times taller than him and refused to come down. Seeing this, the people around praised him for being so wonderful. During weekends, we would always brought the children to fish. This is why until now, if he felt pressurized from his artist work, Hyun Joong will always go fishing alone.

Starting from 2nd year of primary school, Hyun Joong became the class representative. He always handled his own things meticulously. Waking up right after his little alarm clock rang at 6am in the morning on time, completing all his home work by himself. When we visited his school, his class teacher always praised him: "Hyun Joong was very fast in learning. He would not have a problem to enroll into Seoul University."

At that time, we thought Hyun Joong would used his learning ability to success in his career, we had never thought that he would be an artist.



Actually, starting from 2nd to 4th year of his Primary school, Hyun Joong participated in the Mathematic Olympic Competition and he always won the Gold medal. He also always won in art competition. His medals were so many until it could filled up an entire box. His result was always ranked 1st in the class and often rank 1st or 2nd in whole school.

To prevent him from being singled out by his friends, we also sent him for extra tuition classes to learn calligraphy and Hanja. Even in the tuition center, he was always top in the class. When still in the lower primary years, Hyun Joong already obtained the certificate for level 3 Hanja qualification examination. His tuition center teacher praised: "Hyun Joong passed the certification examination even lower secondary student found hard to pass." Our family members were also shocked.

Hyun Joong hide 300 millions won (approximately USD237,000) in a book as a gift for his brother

In junior high school placement test, he was enrolled scoring the 4th highest result in the entire school. It was in his 3rd year junior high school when he announced that he wanted to be an artist. As his father was worried that he was too engrossed in his studies, he bought him a guitar to 'rest his brain', this was the trigger point for him to be an artist.

Hyun Joong started to be engrossed in guitar. Hyun Joong guitar teacher said: "He is very talented, something needed to be learned in 3 years he could master them in 3 months. His guitar teacher once advised his father to let Hyun Joong further his talent in music, but his father was strongly against it.



There after, Hyun Joong formed a band, working part time and performing outside. There's once, the neighbours said: "The day before, the child of that househood was delivering fried chicken." Only then the family knew that he worked part time in fried chicken restaurant. We felt that as a man one had to be independent, it is alright to go through hardship, so we didn't stopped him from working.

Hyun Joong said: "I would follow my parents wish to study in arts high school, but I will make every other decisions in future." After joining the high school for 1 year, he voluntary dropped out from school. His father & I said: "Dropping out was your own choice, you have to be responsible for your own decision." He was given only 10 thousand won (USD7.90!) pocket money every month.

Due to Asean financial crisis, our business was affected. We started a fashion business in Dongdaemun. We had to work until 11pm everyday. After getting off from work, I often went to the TGI restaurant which my son worked to secretly watched my son working for around 1 hour before returning home.

During winter, while waiting for my son to come back home, I kept looking out for him from the window. At around 1am, looking at my son making his way through the knee height snow with much difficulties, I felt very heart pain. In spite of that, I didn't want him to see my sorrow look and always turned off the lights to pretend that everybody had fallen asleep.

After passing the trainee singer interview, my son would only return home only when he was given time off. In order to be a trainee, his pocket money was always not enough. Often, he came back starving by public bus. There were many times, he didn't even have the transportation fee and had to walk home. Despite that, Hyun Joong had never once asked for money from us.

But his love to his family member is extremely deep. When his brother who was studying in Americas decided to dropped off from his university due to lacking of school fees, Hyun Joong told his brother: "Brother, please read this book." and gave him a novel as present.

When his brother opened up the book to read, he found a 300 millions won cheque hidden in the book. His brother gave his father a rang mentioned that no matter how he counted he couldn't believe the cheque amount. It was beyond our imagination that while being a trainee singer, he could still carefully saved so much money. Ever since he enrolled into the university (Kyonggi University Digital Music faculty), we had never worried about him.

Both of us always told him: "Pray before doing something". Although Hyun Joong said: "Since now elder brother is serving in the army, you can rely me. Therefore, in future, don't work in Dongdaemum anymore." We hope that not only he can be a singer but also able to form a family of his own and be responsible. With this, we have no other extravagant hopes.

17 comments:

Hurmutube said...

Yes u r soo rite!!
This is endeed inspiring..
Thank u soo much 4 posting!! ^^

doolally said...

Thanksssssss for such a wonderful article!
YUP!!! it's totally inspiring!

ss501 life said...

i'm so touch by hyun joong's kindness. Even though his life is full of misery before he could walk as an artist, but he never said it was hard. leaving all of them as a memory which no one could replace forever.

Anonymous said...

Very inspiring story. He really held on to his dreams and made the sacrifices to achieve them and yet never fails his family. Love him.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I salute Leader! That's really something. 300M Won for your brother. to think that he himself does not actually that much of an allowance from his parents. I just wonder if anyone had ever have photos of him from the restaurant while performing...
Way to go leader!

PS: Thank you for the article.

Anonymous said...

woahh, he's been through so much O_O
he's amazing <3

Anonymous said...

Very inspiring indeed! love Kim Hyun Joong.....

Anonymous said...

Wow...How did he save so much money by working while being a trainee at the same time! So much hardship, he really does love his brother to do such a thing.

Anonymous said...

wow. leader, you are really my idol

Anonymous said...

Very well done KHJ..I wish you more success...I love your kindness and generosity...Fighting oppa...XXX

Fan from USA said...

Omg. He's so amazing!! Much respect to Kim Hyun Joong. Please take care of your health and eat well.

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful article, very inspiring indeed. I have more respect for KHJ now as a person and as an artist. Fan from New York...

Anonymous said...

I can't say much ..as i don't know how to show my feeling after reading this article or there was not enough words to express about my admiration on him..the only thing i can say is I LOVE U SO MUCH MY ADORABLE & ONLY ONE LEADER~ I WILL SUPPORT U FOREVER AS LONG AS I LIVE ...KEEP MOVING ON! FIGHTING!!! <3<3<3

Vinaiya K said...

its really an impressive article..i wouldn't expect this much harder history behind kim hyun joong..now i even more like him..im an indian girl..i come to know his playful kiss drama..it makes me to know about him..i love u soooo much..what a kind hearted person..

Kasthuri said...

its really an inspiring article...Hyun joong really hot sum man... Congrats for you Future

Anonymous said...

speechless...really inspiring.luv hyun joong

Anonymous said...

kim hyun joong :) ^_^ <3
any other korean guy :( -_- ###
"Kim hyun joong" he is just a man but for me he is my tissue when. I cry my courage when i am faint he is my everything without him i will not be a human