A lot of Korean entertainers attempt to juggle both work and school.
By Anna Kim
In the Korean entertainment industry, there has been a recent trend that emphasizes the intelligence of celebrities. The Korean celebrities who graduated from the prestigious universities in Korea have been attracting attention and popularity from the masses. They are called ”뇌섹남/녀 (nue-saek-nam/nue-saek-neo),” an acronym literally translating to a “man/woman with a sexy brain.”
In particular, the alumni of Seoul National University (SNU), which ranks 1st in Korea and 26th in the world, are adored in the point that they have a sexy brain on top of extreme talent and gorgeous appearances. Who are the most well-known SNU alumni amongst Korean actors, singers, rappers, or entertainers? Let’s find out!
When people think of celebrities that are both beautiful and smart, the first celeb that comes to their mind might be Kim Tae Hee. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Fashion Design at SNU. She received perfect scores in all of her classes throughout middle school and was also very popular with the male students. She married Korean singer-actor Rain on January 19, 2017, and gave birth to a daughter 10 months later.
Honey Lee, beauty pageant titleholder of 2006’s Miss Korea, majored in traditional Korean music and plays the gayageum professionally. Lee has been actively involved in voluntary work for several organizations such as UNICEF. Lee holds a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, a Korean traditional martial art. What a healthy beauty she is!
Lee Sang Yoon graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2013. The Department of Physics is ranked in the top of all the competitive departments at SNU. It requires the highest score from the entrance exam to get admission from the department. Anyone who has ever struggled with physics will show respect to him! He was also born with a silver spoon. His parents are well off and he is the only child in the family. With appearance, talent, brain, and family background, he holds all the aces.
Yoo Hee Yeol is a talented composer whom a newer audience might recognize as one of the judges on “K-Pop Star 3.” How about listening to one of Yoo Hee Yeol’s most famous songs from his project band Toy? Kim Yeon Woo sang the song titled, “Should She Still be Beautiful?” Yoo earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Composition Studies.
Lee Juck is a singer songwriter who made his debut as a member of Panic with his buddy Kim Jin Pyo in 1995. Once Lee hosted popular radio shows as a radio DJ and published a collection of short fantasy fictions titled, “Fingerprint Hunter.” What a well-rounded celeb he is! He majored in sociology at SNU.
Sang Yoon Lee.
Tae Hee Kim.