Lee Sung Jae, Kim Min Gyo, Kee Sang Yeob, and Jo Woo Jong Are the Real “Uhm-chin-ahs” in K-Entertainment


An “uhm-chin-ah” refers to a “Mother’s Friend’s Son,” someone whom mothers like to mention in front of their children (e.g. Lee Seung Gi and Roy Kim).

Find out who the “real uhm-chin-ahs” are below! It seems like these figures were chosen mainly for their prestigious family backgrounds.

Lee Sung Jae revealed at a recording for SBS “Healing Camp” recently, “My father was the president of a large company, S Construction, and my elder brother is an army colonel.” Lee Sung Jae’s father worked for the construction arm of Samsung, and helped to construct the National Assembly Building at Yeouido in Seoul.

Appearing on tvN variety program “SNL Korea” as part of its fixed crew, Kim Min Gyo, is another uhm-chin-ah candidate. He revealed on the December 13 radio broadcast of SBS’s Power FM “Cultwo Show” that his father is the director of a hospital, and that he attended Hyundai Senior High School in the prestigious Gangnam School District 8.

Actor Lee Sang Yeob’s grandfather, Kim Jong Jin, was famous in the steel industry for 40 years. Aside from having a good background, he’s got a healthy physique as well, standing at 182 cm and weighing in at 67 kg.

KBS announcer Jo Woo Jong’s father was a group CEO. Appearing on KBS 2TV’s “Yeo Yoo Man Man” on November 5, marriage expert Kim Hyun Joong (not SS501 Kim Hyun Joong) revealed, “Jo Woo Jong’s mother is a sculptor and his father was the CEO of a group before he retired. The two studied at Korea’s most prestigious schools.”

Jo Woo Jong stated humbly, “My father is now resting at home.”