Many will recognize one of Korea’s most famous dogs, Sang Geun, who previously appeared on KBS’ Sunday variety show, “1 Night, 2 Days,” as its mascot between 2007 and 2011. It has become know that the beloved dog passed away on April 11.
Sang Geun was a Great Pyrenees born in 2004. It’s real name was Huh Bee. He first appeared on “1 Night, 2 Days” on the August 5, 2007 episode with then-member Ji Sang Ryul, who gave him the nickname Sang Geun. Sang Geun continued to appear on the real-variety show until the April 7, 2011 episode. During the four years, Sang Geun became a household name and well-recognized mascot of the show. He not only appeared on the show but also in various commercials and movies.
Sang Geun died April 11 at his home after suffering from cancer. His guardian and the manager of the Esac Animal Training Center, Lee Eung Jong, commented, “Through Sang Geun, we were able to deliver the message of love to many people. Through him, we were given the opportunity to change society’s view of canines, and begin programs for abandoned animals.” He continued, “While Sang Geun was alive, he received a lot of love from many people. We are saddened [by his death], and we will never forget him.”
We send our condolences to Sang Geun’s family and friends and hope the programs and opportunities that started with him continue on.