South Korea’s Jeju Island is known for it’s vast natural beauty, delicious mandarins, and unique dialect. The locals often refer to their isle as the “Island of the Gods”—and they might be onto something. Here are 10+ idols from Jeju Island who are simply heavenly and more kpop news.
1. Joy (Red Velvet)
Red Velvet’s Joy was born on Jeju Island, but she doesn’t remember much of it since she moved to Seoul when she was very young.
2. Jay (iKON)
iKON’s Jay was born on Jeju Island and lived there until he moved to Seoul to become an idol. He left Jeju alone, and his mother still runs a café on the island.
3. Baekho (NU’EST)
NU’EST’s Baekho was born on Jeju Island and spent his entire life there until he was cast to become an idol. He still uses his hometown for songwriting inspiration.
4. Dayoung (Cosmic Girls)
Life on Jeju Island wasn’t always easy for Cosmic Girls’ Dayoung. She was born there and can still speak in Jeju dialect, but her Jeju house was once flooded in a typhoon.
5. Mimi (Oh My Girl)
Oh My Girl’s Mimi was born and raised on Jeju Island, likely moving to Seoul when she became a trainee at age 13.
6. Seungkwan (SEVENTEEN)
SEVENTEEN’s Seungkwan was born in Busan, but Jeju Island is his hometown. His family name, Boo, is actually a rare name unique to the district.
7. Ju Haknyeon (The Boyz)
When The Boyz’s Ju Haknyeon appeared on Produce 101, he attracted a lot of attention for being born on Jeju Island. His mom still runs a successful farm there.
8. Mina (GUGUDAN)
GUGUDAN’s Mina was born in Gyeonggi Province, but she spent her childhood on Jeju Island. Even though she moved to Seoul after middle school to become an idol, she can still pull off the unique Jeju dialect.
9. Haechan (NCT)
NCT’s Haechan lived on Jeju Island for five years. He was born in Seoul, moved to Jeju at age 7, then moved back to Seoul to become a singer at age 12.
10. Chan (A.C.E)
Since A.C.E’s Chan was born and raised on Island Jeju , he still uses some of the dialect.
Former SISTAR member Soyou lived on Jeju Island for 9 years after she was born. She once honored her hometown by singing a remake of “The Blue Night of Jeju Island”.
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