About 부활 BOOHWAL

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Started in 1985 with Kim Tae-Won (김태원) as the leader. He plays the guitar and wrote most of the band’s songs. There were originally three members, with Kim Jong-Seo (김종서) as the vocalist. Back then, they did not have their own songs, so they played “copy-music”, famous western rock songs, such as “Stairway to Heaven” and such. The band was called “The End” back then.

Kim Jong-Seo left “The End” in 1986, and Lee Seung-Cheul (이승철) joined the band as they was re-born with the name”Boohwal” (부활). They released the first album in 1986. “Heeya” (희야) became a hit song in Korea, but few people remember this band behind the song. Lee Seung-Chul’s name overcome the whole band, and a lot remember this song as his debut song instead of the band’s. Lee stayed with the band until the second album that featured the song “The Last Concert” (마지막 콘서트) and left for his solo carrier.

Kim Tae-Won, the leader and the main motor of the band fell into the darkest period of his life wherein he came to know marijuana. A new light came to shine again for Boohwal as Kim Tae-Won met Kim Je-Gi (김재기), a young man with exquisite voice that brought back Boohwal to fame with the hit song The more I love” (사랑할수록). Too bad Kim Je-Gi died in a traffic accident one day after his first demo recording. The vocal position was transfered to his brother, who were said to have just the same voice as him. Kim Jae-Hee (김재희) stayed with Boohwal until the band’s 4th album.

After that, Boohwal had changed vocalist on every other album. Park Wan-Gyu (박완규) recorded the 5th album(1997) with Boohwal, with the hit song “Lonely Night“.

Kim Ki-Yeon (김기연) recorded the 6th album, with the title song “Possibility” (가능성). Drummer  Che Je-Min (채제민)joined the band starting from this album. Bassist Seo Jae-Hyuck (서재혁) joined the band with the release of this very album in 1999.

Lee Seong-Uk (이성욱) recorded the 7th album, and Lee Seung-Chul signed a contract with Boohwal for his 2002 concert and recorded the 8th album. “Never Ending Story“, the title song of the 8th album is said to be one of Korea’s eternal songs.. Jeong Dan (정단), Boohwal’s vocalist from 2003-2004, recorded the 9th album, with the title song “Beautiful Truth” (아름다운 사실) taken for a movie soundtrack (내 머리속의 지우개 – “eraser inside my head”), Boohwal was back on Korea’s pop music track.

In 2005, Jeong Dong-Ha (정동하) (real name Jeong Je-Hwan-정재환) became Boohwal’s 9th vocalist and have loyally stayed with the band since. The young Jeong Dong-Ha have also succeeded in attracting young fans(teenagers and youths in their 20s) in the Korean music industry which is crowded by boybands and girlbands.

Starting in 2008/2009, Boohwal’s leader Kim Tae-Won started to show up on some Korean variety shows, gaining even more fame for the band. His long hair and very bad health condition has earned him the nickname “national grandmother” (국민 할머니) – although associated with a grandmother, gaining “national” nickname is not a small thing in homogenic patriotic Korea.

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47 Responses to “About 부활 BOOHWAL”

  1. Pook Says:

    I’m so glad I found this site. I feel in love with Boohwal after seeing them earlier this year on Arirang TV’s Live H. I want to hear more of their music and learn more about them.

  2. ryka Says:

    what a perfect band with a charismatic voice and song lyric which in its meaning. i just know about boohwal in this month, and i fell in love with this deep and strong voice…
    keep making songs that are meaningful…….
    i’m waiting….

  3. Jacq Says:

    I always wondered how Dong-ha was selected as their vocalist. During the epi of Qualifications of a Man, where Boohwal was invited to perform the song, “Because I Love You”, for the guys, I noticed that Tae-won hugged Je-min and Jae-yuck but shook the hands of Dong-ha. I can feel that Dong-ha has great respect for the older members of Boohwal, even after being with them for 6 six years.

  4. jean Says:

    Hi! Im not too sure at which page i should post this question. I was browsing a few videos on youtube. When i stumbled across a video which shows dongha in the variety program called strong heart. the date tt vid was supposedly taken from is 100424. Do u know where i can watch the show with his part?

  5. Vi Maiorano Says:

    Love your site man keep up the good work

  6. showingka Says:

    I fell in love with Boohwal’s music from watching Rock Rock Rock. Even though I don’t know how much truth is in the drama or how much of it is made up or whether if the band members were portrayed in a truthful way…the TV series introduced me to such awesome music =]

    I loved the diagram with the timeline of who participated in the band ❤ Thanks so much for the awesome site =] I'll definitely keep coming back

  7. Mikel Getschman Says:

    Hey! I would like to wish you and yor friend calm and Merry Christmas. I believe that next year will be more succesful for you. It is ideal oportunity to make some plans for the future and it is time to be pleased. I have read this article and if I could I would propse you some valuable things or advice. Maybe you can publish next posts connected to this one. I would love to read next information about it!

  8. 겁많은사자 Says:

    Thanks Showingka~ comments like yours motivate me to keep writing and running this blog~ 🙂

    Check out here for details about the characters in “Rock Rock Rock”:
    https://boohwal.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/behind-the-production-rock-rock-rock/

    Of course, since it is history of living people, there’s always subjectivity in the way it’s being told – probably you could say that the story was told from Kim Tae-Won’s perspective, the same event could have been told differently by different source.

    There are some differences between an interview series with Kim Tae-Won published about half a year ago and the drama, I think the changes took place in the hands of the screen-writers.

    But you could also check here for the interview:
    https://boohwal.wordpress.com/category/tw-profile/

    Have a happy new year! 🙂

  9. vien Says:

    i am a big fan of boohwal… i love their songs and even if i dont understand them, i can feel it strongly in my heart. never ending story and to love more are just two of my favorites. i’d been wanting to buy their albums but not sure where to get them. i cant get over boohwal!!!

  10. Filiberto Noerenberg Says:

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  11. Kei Pi Says:

    So happy when found your website. I never found any Boohwal’s website has updated information than yours. Thanks for letting me know more about Boohwal 🙂

  12. catinca Says:

    Hello! My name is Catinca and I’m from Romania! I’d like to say that I love Boohwal’s music, their songs are so meaningful and touching!(even though I don’t even know Korean!)
    I especially want to say: Happy Birthday Chung Dong-ha! You are so handsome and your voice is so pleasant and warm! I wish you to be healthy, happy, don’t skip meals and have a beautiful and filled-with-music life!
    Boohwal, stay united! Together, you all form the best band in the world!

    P.S The site is very well realized, even though I saw ‘Rock Rock Rock’ you told the story of Boohwal so well that it was just as exciting. Also, can you please deliver my message to Boohwal? If not, it’s ok… I’ll still be back on your site!

  13. Prud Lee Says:

    This site is so interesting 🙂
    But do anyone know their birthdate?

  14. my invisible leaders Says:

    i like this blog…. i love boohwal soo much

    i’m from indonesia

  15. Monica Says:

    Thank you SO much for creating this site! It’s so useful for us new fans who have only got to know the band recently. Love Boohwal’s music!

  16. p Says:

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Only found out about these guys today. They are brilliant! Love the music.

  18. funari Says:

    I am really thankful to the author of this post for making this lovely and informative article live here for us. We really appreciate ur effort.

  19. chung Li Lin Says:

    hi, is there any BOOHWAL concert in coming december 2011?

    • Anonymous Says:

      Yes~! (Well I’m not 겁많은사자 but I just want to give you some help 🙂 )
      They are on ‘Cross Road’ concert. They already passed by Seoul, which I went.
      Still they are coming at Christmas in Seoul for the Christmas concert!
      I hope this help. Am I too late?

      • Chung Li Lin Says:

        hahaha i only realise today u answered my question when i try to find out if there is any concert coming up end of september early october 2012……. i went to the the wonju and incheon cross road concerts (2 in wonju and 2 in incheon) in dec 2011, they are fantastic……… live is so so fantastic! all Boohwal fans ……Boohwal live concerts are so so owesome…..!( eventhough i dont know korean, i survived my trip to korea and enjoyed the live concerts….. i was so so happy i went!)

  20. chung Li Lin Says:

    Thanks to ARIRANG LIVE H JAN 2010 I got to know chung dong ha and the band he belongs: BOOHWAL. Love their songs eventhough i dont understand korean, and even would like to attend their concert from watching youtube videos, thanks to those who uploaded them. i always imagine i would be so happy if i can be there for the live concert. Those who are in Korea are so so lucky.
    would u please find out if there is any Boohwal concert in coming december 2011 and april and may 2012? please update us ……..kamsamita…after every song i waited for them to say that, sound so nice…

  21. Drum and Bass Says:

    Your Blog is cool . I put in the website a nice song i like

  22. antoniazc Says:

    Thanks for this site.. i just discover Boohwal and i already love it!!!

  23. hotshot bald cop Says:

    Wonderful blog!

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  27. Anonymous Says:

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  29. Medy Acelajado Says:

    I’m glad I found this site…makes me learned a lot about Boohwal. I’ve first seen them in Arirang Live H and become fascinated of Jeong Dong Ha’s voice, since then I became their fans, And I recently watched them at Immortal Song 2 as the second Legend Musician. Thanks to the founder of this blog!

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  32. LoveAra Says:

    i love all Boohwal songs… i know Boohwal when i watch Immortal Song 2… and i really love the more i love you song…

  33. Anonymous Says:

    Can anyone tell me the detailed relationship between Boohwal and Lee Seung Chul. I heard that they had some falling out or something like that.

  34. Anonymous Says:

    Excelente articulo me encanto.gracias

  35. soo bin Says:

    i like boohwal!

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  37. Aina Says:

    I can`t tell you how thankful I feel for you because you made this site. I`ve been listening to Boohwal for the past year, however there was never enough information about them on wikipedia or any other sites. So glad I found out about this site!

  38. babyredocean Says:

    Thank you for this incredible and informative blog! I love Boohwal’s songs (favorite is 사랑할수록) but it was hard learning more about them so your blog was really helpful. Thanks again for being a great fan!

  39. Giselle Says:

    Me encanta Boohwal, al igual que Jung dong Ha, en mi país Chile no conozco a nadie que le guste… Muy buena información sobre el grupo, Saludos 🙂

  40. Vayz Says:

    May I ask if JDH renewed his contract with Boohwal?

    • laura Says:

      To answer your question, unfortunately JDH did not renew his contract in Boohwal. Very sad indeed, now according to some article I gathered JDH will focus in his musical and solo performance. I wish that he will continue and be active in his singing career.

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