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Wonwoo (원우) - Profile on Korean Rapper from "SEVENTEEN"

Published Mon Jul 26 2021 By Kri
Wonwoo (원우) - Profile on Korean Rapper from "SEVENTEEN"

Jeon Wonwoo (전원우) popularly known by his stage name Wonwoo (원우) is a popular South Korean singer of the band "Seventeen". He was born in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea on 17th July 1996. 

Wonwoo has the position of the lead rapper in the group Seventeen under Pledis Entertainment and is under the sub-unit Hip-Hop team. He was a trainee for four years before his debut in the boy band.

Early Life-Childhood

Wonwoo, from childhood, was a music enthusiast. The rapper uses to explore different genres and tried many new kinds of music and instruments during his childhood.

Wonwoo During His pre Debut days
Wonwoo in his early debut time

While exploring many genres and artists he particularly became interested in rapping. He started writing down the lyrics himself. He is believed to have 5 notebooks with lyrics in them.


The information on his father and mother remains private except his younger brother Jeon Bohyuk who is 2 years younger than him.

Wonwoo Brother
Wonwoo's Brother Jeon Bohyuk( 2 years younger brother)

Wonwoo has always looked after his father and mother as his role models for their hard work to make them come far to the place where they are now.


  • Middle School- Palryong Middle School
  • Elementary School- Sahwa Elementary School
  • High School- Changwon Moonsung High School
  • University: School of Performing Arts Seoul


At the beginning of the career of Wonwoo he started out as a singer but people rather praised him for his raping skills and advised him to start out his career as a rapper. Since that time, he practiced and trained to be a rapper and became a part of the Hip-Hop team.

Wonwoo in a portrait
Wonwoo for the magazine of Harper Bazar China
Source: Instagram/@official.wonwoo

His career officially started out as a rapper on May 26 2015 when he made his debut alongside the members of "Seventeen".

Seventeen Members: Wonwoo, Mingyu, Hoshi, Seungkwan, Jeonghan, Woozi, S.Coups, Joshua, The8, Jun, Dokyeom, Vernon, Dino
Source: Instagram/@Seventeens_carats

The story behind his career is very interesting as he just audition for Pledis entertainment just for fun but he passed the audition and was praised by everybody for his talent.


The rapper Wonwoo is not dating anyone currently and also has no record of past relationships. He believed love between two people needs to grow with time and wants to fall in love knowing about his other half.

Net Worth

Wonwoo's net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.

TV Shows

2015Show! Music CoreMBCSpecial MC
2015M CountdownMnetSpecial MC
2017M CountdownMnetSpecial MC
2017KCON 2017 JapanMnetSpecial MC
2018M CountdownMnetSpecial MC
2018KCON 2018 JapanMnetSpecial MC
2018BBQ & SBS Super ConcertSBSSpecial MC


2016GQ KoreaSolo
2018MAPSThe8, Seungkwan, Vernon
2020Cosmopolitan KoreaMingyu, DK, Seungkwan
2021Harper's Bazar ChinaJeonghan, Mingyu, The8
2021Cosmopolitan KoreaJeonghan, Mingyu, The8
2021W KoreaMingyu
2021Power CirclesMingyu


In 2016 Wonwoo was once involved in a controversy where he had posted series of negative comments against Girl's Generation. This happened when he was in 6th grade and was still an elementary student. For these actions, he later wrote an apology and apologized to everyone as he claimed them to be his childhood's actions.

Absence Due To Health Problems

In 2016 Pledis Entertainment announced that “It has been decided that Seventeen member Wonwoo will not be doing broadcast promotions for the time being in order to make a healthy recovery."

Wonwoo was diagnosed with acute gastritis and went under-recovery. The doctors had revealed that due to acute gastritis he had lost stamina and advised him for rest and recovery for some time.

Some Fun Facts About Wonwoo

  • He is afraid of dogs.
  • The meaning behind his name is that "Won" means round and "Woo" means help which means to live life by helping others with a round hearted heart.
  • He appeared in the music video of NU'EST 's and Hello Venus's music videos.
  • He is 6'-0" (182 cm) tall and weighs about 63 kg (138 lbs).
  • According to Wonwoo he is an introvert and prefers to stay home.
  • He has hobbies of reading books and playing games.
  • When he was a kid, he watched TV and his dream of wanting to be “a person who sings and dances” was born. (Japanese Seventeen Magazine).

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