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Hong Jin-young

Hong Jin-young is a famous South Korean trot singer as well as an entertainer. Hong Jin-young is famous for appearing in several reality TV programs/variety shows like Immortal Songs 2, King of Mask Singer, and Golden Oldies (가요무대) among others.

Early Life

Hong Jin-young was born on August 9, 1985, and she is currently 36 years old. Her hometown is Bongseon-dong, Nam District, Gwangju, South Korea, and her zodiac sign is Leo.


Talking about her educational journey, Jin-young graduated with a Ph.D. degree from Chosun University. She completed her studies in Business Administration in the year 2012.

However, on December 18, 2020, Hong Jin-young released the statement through her personal Instagram and admitted to plagiarizing her Master of Trade thesis after scoring 74 percent on the plagiarism review site the “Copy-Killer”. Then on December 23, 2020, the Chosun University Graduate School Committee confirmed that Hong Jin-young’s master’s thesis was plagiarized. The committee accordingly canceled Hong’s postgraduate degrees obtained from the University.

Before this, Jin-young did her Bachelor’s in Commerce and Master of Trade program at the same university. Talking about her family, Jin-young has a sister named Hong Sun Young. Other than this, there is no information regarding Hong Ji-young’s parents and other family details.

Hong Jin-young – Net Worth 2023

Moving on, Hong Jin-young has a net worth estimation of approximately $1 million to $5 million US dollars.

Career and Professional Life

Professionally, Hong Jin-young is a popular trot singer as well as an entertainer. The young trot singer was previously a member of SWAN (스완). It is a short-lived South Korean girl group consisting of other members Han Ji-na, Hong Jin-young, Heo Yoon-mi, and Kim Yeon Ji. The girls debuted in the year 2007 with Call Me When You Hear This Song (이 노래 들으면 전화해), featuring Coolapika.

Hong Jin-young

Caption: Hong posing for a photo with the cast of ‘Running Man’. Source: Instagram

Then in 2009, Hong Jin-young returned to the music scene as a trot singer. Moreover, Hong is recognized for her vocal ability, signature aegyo, and her appearances on many variety programs. Some internationally recognized variety shows that she is a part of include Immortal Songs 2, King of Mask Singer, and Golden Oldies (가요무대). The singer is also known for her prevalence at events throughout South Korea all year round.

In the year 2006, Hong starred in the movie Who Slept With Her? (누가 그녀와 잤을까). In the same year, Jin-young was also in the 7th-century historical K-drama Yeon Gaesomun. This is how Jin-young made her debut in the entertainment industry – working in small film and TV roles.

2014 – 2017

Hong Jin-young

Caption: Hong appearing alongside Namkoong Min in ‘We Got Married’. Source: Channel-Korea

In the year 2014, Jin-young was a panelist. She was also in a virtual marriage with Namkoong Min in We Got Married. Namkoong Min is a famous actor, director, and screenwriter from South Korea. Her We Got Married husband later appeared as her love interest in the music video.

In November of the same year, Hong Jin-young released her first EP called Life Note (인생노트). Then in 2016, Jin-young released her second EP called The Most Beautiful Moment in Life (화양연화). Furthermore, the trot singer released a cover of a popular Chinese song The Moon Represents My Heart (月亮代表我的心/월량대표아적심). For her Korean remake of this famous Chinese song, Hong Jin-young wrote the lyrics herself.

Likewise, in February 2017, the trot singer released a digital single Loves Me, Loves Me Not (사랑한다 안한다). It is an OST song from A Fabricated City (조작된 도시). The same year, trot singer Hong became a cast of Sister’s Slam Dunk, a variety show.

The singer then collaborated with comedian Kim Young Chul. The duo released the electro single Ring Ring (따르릉) on April 20, 2017. For this, Hong Jin-young and Young Chul bagged the “Best Trot” award at the 2017 MelOn Music Awards.

2018 Onwards

Hong Jin-young

Caption: Hong appears on the TV show ‘My Little Old Boy. Source: Youtube

In the year 2018, Hong released a retro trot-style digital single Good-Bye (잘가라). Jin-young’s long-time collaborator Jo Young-soo composed this single working alongside the well-known K-pop lyricist – Kim Eana. Jin-young then wrote and composed her second electron single I Kicked My Luck Off (복을 발로 차버렸어) for Kang Ho-dong.

In December of the same year, singer Hong released a trot single about people and experiences in Seoul. It is entitled Seoul (서울사람) and this song is a collaboration with rapper Bray. Then in January 2019, the young trot singer released a ballad titled Love Is… (사랑은 다 이러니).

On 12 January of the same year, singer Hong made her U.S. concert debut. It was at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in California. She had an audience of over 3,000 during this concert. Then in March of the same year, the trot singer released her first studio album. Its title is Lots of Love (랏츠 오브 러브).

Relationship Status

Hong is single at present. The young trot singer has not shared any social media posts or announcements regarding this issue. Moreover, Jin-young has a pretty hectic schedule which prevents her from meeting her ideal lover or going on dates. Nevertheless, when the time is right, Hwasa is sure to grab the attention of many young lovers through her charm, talent, and beauty.

Body Measurements

Hong stands tall at an approximate height of 167cm or 5 feet 5 inches and her weight is around 45 kgs or 99 lbs. Other than this, there is no information regarding Hong’s other body measurement details like her chest-waist-hip measurements, dress size, shoe size, etc. Moreover, Jin-young has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.

Hong Jin-young

Caption: Hong posing for a photo in a beautiful dress. Source: Instagram

Hong Jin-young – Social Media

Talking about her social media presence, Hong joined Twitter in April 2010 and so far has over 52.5K followers on her @Sambahong account. Likewise, her username on Instagram is @sambahong. This account currently boasts 2.1 million followers. She is also active on Tiktok under the username @sambahong85. This account boasts 551.3K followers and 4.2 million likes.

Moreover, the trot singer created her official “쌈바홍 ssambahong” YouTube channel on March 2, 2018. While writing this biography, Hong earned over 40.7 million views and 581K subscribers. The singer also has an account on Twitch with 126K followers on her @ssambahong account. Hong also has an official account on Cafe Daum and Naver Blog.