Shinhwa – Members Profile, Discography and Everything You Need To Know

Shinhwa is a Seoul-based South Korean boy band made up of six members named Lee Min-woo, Eric Mun, Kim Dong-wan, Jun Jin, Shin Hye-sung, and Andy Lee. 

When a k-pop band has managed to survive for over two decades, then you know that there must be something extraordinary about them. One such extraordinary band is Shinhwa. Founded in 1998, the six-member ensemble has dropped several chart-topping albums and won many awards. They have also survived mandatory military service, as well as management disputes, in order to become the longest-running k-pop act in history. Want to know more about this legendary group, Shinhwa and its members? Then, we have got just what you need.

Shinhwa Members and their Ages

Members Birthday Age Position
Lee Min-woo  July 28, 1979 44 Years Old Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer
Eric Mun February 16, 1979 44 Years Old Leader, Main Rapper
Kim Dong-wan  November 21, 1979 44 Years Old Vocalist
Jun Jin August 19, 1980 43 Years Old Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Lead Dancer
Shin Hye-sung November 27, 1979 44 Years Old Main Vocalist
Andy Lee January 21, 1981 42 Years Old Rapper, Maknae


Shinhwa Members’ Profile

Shinhwa consists of six members namely Eric Mun, Lee Min-woo, Dongwan, Hyesung, Junjin, and Andy. The membership of the band has remained stable since its debut and there have not been any departures or new additions. This stability has no doubt contributed to the band’s longevity. Meet the members below.

Eric Mun (Stage name – Eric Mun)

  • Stage Name: Eric
  • English Name: Eric Mun
  • Korean Name: Mun Jung Hyuk
  • Position: Leader, Main Rapper
  • Birthday: February 16, 1979
  • Age: 44 Years Old
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Height: 180 cm (5’11”)
  • Weight: 70 kg (154 lbs.)
  • Personal Instagram: @muneric
  • Instagram: @ericofficial__
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Eric Mun is the leader as well as the main rapper of Shinhwa. He was born on the 16th of February 1979 in South Korea. He hails from a family of five and has two older sisters. Mun spent his formative years in America. He later returned to South Korea and joined SM Entertainment as a trainee in 1996. He subsequently debuted as a Shinhwa member in 1998. Asides music, Eric Mun is also a prolific actor. His hobbies include fishing and snowboarding.

Lee Min-woo (Stage name – Lee Min-woo)

  • Stage Name: Lee Min Woo
  • Birth Name: Lee Min Woo
  • Nicknames: Cool guy, Mang Chi (Hammer)
  • Position: Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer
  • Birthday: July 28, 1979
  • Age: 44 Years Old
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Height: 172 cm (5’8″)
  • Weight: 60 kg (132 lbs.)
  • Instagram: @mstyle79
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Lee Min-woo is the lead vocalist and main dancer of the group. He was born on the 28th of July 1979 in South Korea. He was scouted while dancing in a competition and subsequently joined the band. Asides his Shinhwa career, Min-woo also releases solo music under the moniker M. He is a big fan of Usher and his hobbies include drawing and listening to music.

Kim Dong Wan (Stage name –Dongwan)

  • Stage Name: Dongwan
  • Birth Name: Kim Dong Wan
  • Position: Vocalist
  • Birthday: November 21, 1979
  • Age: 44 Years Old
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • Height: 173 cm (5’8″)
  • Weight: 68 kg (149 lbs.)
  • Personal Instagram: @danedwkim11
  • Instagram: @kimdongwan_official
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Dongwan is primarily a vocalist. He was born on the 21st of November 1979 and hails from a family of three. Apart from music, Dongwan is also a prolific actor. He has featured in several movies and TV series including Glory Day, Deranged, Beating Heart, Non Stop, and I Hate Going to Work. He has also received several awards for his acting including the excellence actor award at the 2012 KBS Drama Awards.

Shin Hye-sung (Stage name – Hyesung)

  • Stage Name: Shin Hye Sung or Hyesung
  • Korean Name: Jung Pil Kyo (정필교)
  • English Name: Steve Jung
  • Nickname: Sonic
  • Position: Main Vocalist
  • Birthday: November 27, 1979
  • Age: 44 Years Old
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
  • Height: 179 cm (5’10” 1/2)
  • Weight: 65 kg (143 lbs.)
  • Instagram: @shinhyesung_official
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Hyesung is also primarily a vocalist. He was born on the 27th of November 1979. He hails from a family of four and has a younger brother. Hyesung is a prolific songwriter and pens a significant portion of Shinhwa’s lyrics. Asides being a member of Shinhwa boy group, the vocalist also has a thriving solo career and has so far released five Korean and two Japanese-language albums. Hyesung studied English in college and speaks it fluently.

Park Choong Jae (Stage name –Junjin)

  • Stage Name: Junjin
  • Birth Name: Park Choong Jae
  • Position: Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Lead Dancer
  • Birthday: August 19, 1980
  • Age: 43 Years Old
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Height: 183 cm (6’0″)
  • Weight: 75 kg (165 lbs)
  • Instagram: @junjin_official
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Junjin is another multi-talented Shinhwa member. He is not only a lead rapper but is also a lead dancer as well as a vocalist. Junjin was born on the 19th of August 1980. His father is a famous Korean actor and singer named Charlie Park. Junjin auditioned to join Shinhwa while in high school. He initially started out as just a rapper in the group but later picked up singing responsibilities.

Lee Sun Ho (Stage name – Andy)

  • Stage Name: Andy
  • Korean Name: Lee Sun Ho (이선호)
  • English Name: Jason Lee (SM Made him change his name to Andy before debut)
  • Position: Rapper, Maknae
  • Birthday: January 21, 1981
  • Age: 42 Years Old
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Height: 175 cm (5’9″)
  • Weight: 62 kg (136 lbs.)
  • Instagram: @andyofficial___
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Andy is primarily a rapper. He was born on the 21st of January 1981 and hails from a family of four. Andy spent his formative years in America. He later moved to Korea and successfully auditioned to join SM Entertainment. Just like most of his fellow Shinhwa members, Andy is also an actor. The rapper also has a thriving solo career and has produced hits for various k-pop groups including Teen Top.

Shinhwa’s Discography

Shinhwa has thus far released an astonishing 15 Korean-language and one Japanese-language full-length albums. The band has also dropped three live albums, five compilation albums, and a total of 34 singles. Some of their bestselling albums include T.O.P (1999), Only One (2001), Hey, Come On! (2001), Wedding (2002), Winter Story (2003), Brand New (2004), and State of the Art (2006), etc.

Brief History and How Shinhwa Came to Be

Shinhwa is the brainchild of EM entertainment; the label that had previously birthed other successful bands including H.O.T and S.E.S. The group dropped their first album, Resolver, in May 1998. The album performed poorly and many accused the band of copying their label mate, H.O.T. Shinhwa members did not despair but returned with their second album, T.O.P, in 1999. T.O.P received positive reviews and sold more than 377,500 copies. It also fetched the band several awards.

Following this breakthrough, Shinhwa spent the early parts of the new millennium dishing out good music. They, however, hit a snag after their contracts expired in 2003. SM Entertainment decided that they would not renew Dongwan’s contract and the remaining members refused to renew without him. They rather choose to move to a new label and this resulted in litigation over the use of their name. The Shinhwa members later triumphed and the rest is history.

The group is now the longest-running k-pop act and in April 2019, They celebrated their 21st anniversary with fans. During the two-day concert, Shinhwa members performed many of their classic and contemporary hits. They also promised their fans that they would stay with them forever.


Who are the members of Shinhwa?

Shinhwa is composed of six members named Eric Mun, Lee Min-woo, Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin, and Andy Lee. Amazingly, all the members have been with the group since its debut in 1998.

How long has Shinhwa been active?

Shinhwa has been active for 25 years now. The six-member boy band was launched by SM Entertainment on the 24th of March 1988 and they made their debut with Resolver on May 9, 1998.

What is the meaning of Shinhwa?

The Korean word ‘shinhwa’ means myth or legend and true to this, the boy band bearing the name has been nothing short of an expression of its meaning. The group has been described as a “legendary” K-pop idol group for several reasons, including their continued success, longevity, continued change in image and rebranding.

Who is the oldest member of Shinhwa?

The oldest member of Shinhwa is Eric Mun (Korean Name: Mun Jung Hyuk). He was born in Seoul, South Korea on February 16, 1979, and it currently 44 years old. He is Korean by nationality and an Aquarius by virtue of his date of birth.

Who is the youngest member of Shinhwa?

Jason Lee aka Andy (Korean Name: Lee Sun Ho) is the youngest member of Shinhwa. He was born on January 21, 1981, and this makes him 42 years old. He is a Korean citizen and an Aquarius.

Is Shinhwa the longest-running boy band?

Yes, Shinhwa is the longest-running Korean boy band in existence and all the six members who debuted with the group are still part of it. The group was launched by SM Entertainment on 24 March, 1988, and they released their debut album titled Resolver on May 9, 1998. The band, which is usually counted among the legendary “first generation” K-pop idol groups, is the second-oldest K-Pop boy group still active in the industry. 

What is the official fan club of Shinhwa called? 

Following the popularity of Shinhwa, its official fan club called Shinhwa Changjo was created. Just like the band itself, Shinhwa Changjo is the longest running Korean fan club.

Why did Shinhwa leave SM Entertainment?

The group’s contract with SM Entertainment expired in July 2003 after five years of working with the label and SM decided to not re-sign all six members. Afterwards, all of them signed with Good Entertainment because they wanted to stay together. Subsequently, they created their Shinhwa Company to manage their career as a band.


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