Kang Ho Dong


Lee Kyung KyuYoo Jae-SeokSpouseLee Hyo Jin (이효진)Notable works and rolesSBSX-Man
SBSLove Letter
SBSStar King
MBCGolden Fishery
KBSHappy Sunday :1 Night 2 Days ''
SBSStrong Heart

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 Kang Ho Dong's Personal life

Kang Ho Dong was born in Jinju on June 11, 1970 to a family of one brother and three sisters. On November 12, 2006, Kang married Lee Hyo Jin. On March 13, 2009, they had their first child, a boy named Kang Si-Hoo. Kang was not present at the birth as he was away filming an episode of1 Night 2 Days. He was also away filming for the program on the couple's first wedding anniversary.

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 Kang Ho Dong's Career

Kang Ho Dong graduated from Masan Business High School. After graduating from high school, he started participating actively in professional Ssireum (Korean wrestling) matches. Early in his wrestling career, he lost many matches. However, on July 8, 1989, at the 44th national ssireum championships, the unseeded Kang managed to defeat the legendary Lee Man-ki and went on to win the tournament, which marked the start of his successful Ssireum career. Known as 'Devil on the sand' for his arrogant and fearless demeanor, he went on to win the Baekdujangsa Ssireum Championship seven times and the Cheonhajangsa Ssireum Championship five times, he was widely recognized as the youngest ever Cheonhajangsa title holder.

After Kang retired from wrestling, he began his MC and comedian career in 1999, appearing on MBC as a talent . He was influenced by Lee Kyung Kyu , who is a famous MC and comedian in South Korea. He later became the host of a number of popular variety programs such asX-Man,Love LetterandYa Shim Man Man. Kang has won numerous entertainment awards, and is widely recognized as one of the best television hosts in Korean television history. In 2011, He hosted four popular variety programs –Happy Sunday-1 Night 2 Days,Golden Fishery,Star KingandStrong Heart.

On September 9, 2011, Kang held a press conference announcing his retirement from the entertainment industry due a demand for back taxes by the National Tax Service,but was not charged with tax evasion as his annual tax payments do not exceed W500 million.

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 Kang Ho Dong's Notable programs

  • Happy Sunday-1 Night 2 Daysis a wild variety program that airs on Sundays. Seven members Kang Ho Dong (main MC), Lee Su Geun , Eun Ji Won , Kim Jong Min , Uhm Tae Woong and Lee Seung Gi go on a trip for 1 night and 2 days and they play games (Bok-bul-bok) and present the beautiful sceneries of South Korea to the viewers. Kang won his first Daesang from KBS during the annual KBS Entertainment Awards in 2008 for hosting1 Night 2 Days.
  • Golden Fisheryis a talk show that airs on Wednesdays. Kang Ho Dong plays a "knee guru" to whom celebrities present a current problem and Kang, along with popular comedian Yoo Se Yoon and All Rise Band, tries to come up with a solution.
  • Star Kingis a talent variety program that airs on Saturdays. Each week, there are different challengers who compete for the title "STAR KING" and guests stars are invited to be the judges of the competition.
  • Strong Heartis a talk show hosted by Kang Ho Dong and Lee Seung Gi that airs on Tuesdays. Each week, 24 guests stars are invited to share their entertaining or heartwarming stories that are related to the theme assigned and the guest with the most touching story is presented with the "Strong Heart" title.

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 Kang Ho Dong's Television shows

  • 1997: KBS 열려라 코미디Open Comedy- 어머니Mother
  • 1999: KBS 자유선언! 토요대작전 - 초전박살
  • 2002: KBS 슈퍼 TV 일요일은 즐거워Joyful Super Sunday TV- MC 대격돌Standby Cue
  • 2002–2003: MBC 강호동의 천생연분Kang Ho Dong's Soulmates
  • 2002–2004: SBS 뷰티풀 선데이Beautiful Sunday
  • 2003: KBS 빅 스타, 이런모습 처음이야Big Stars, First Looks(Chuseok Special)
  • 2003: SBS 소원성취 토요일Saturday Wishes
  • 2003–2004: SBS 실제상황! 토요일Real Situation Saturday- X맨X-Man
  • 2003–2008: SBS 야심만만Ya Shim Man Man
  • 2004–2005: MBC 실험쇼, 진짜? 진짜!Experimental Show, Really?! Really!
  • 2004–2006: SBS 실제상황! 토요일Real Situation Saturday- 연애편지Love Letter
  • 2004–2006: SBS 일요일이 좋다Good Sunday- X맨X-Man
  • 2005: MBC 대통령과 함께하는 드림!드림!드림!
  • 2006: KBS 설특집 스타 대격돌 천하별미
  • 2006–2007: SBS 일요일이 좋다Good Sunday- New X맨New X-Man
  • 2006–2011: MBC 황금어장Golden Fishery
  • 2007: KBS 두뇌왕 아인슈타인
  • 2007: KBS 해피 선데이Happy Sunday- 준비됐어요Are You Ready
  • 2007–2011: SBS 스타킹Star King
  • 2007–2011: KBS 해피 선데이Happy Sunday- 1박2일1 Night 2 Days
  • 2008–2009: SBS 야심만만 시즌2Ya Shim Man Man Season 2
  • 2009–2011: SBS 강심장Strong Heart

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 Kang Ho Dong's Endorsements

  • 1999: LG-Caltex Oil Sigma6
  • 2000: Fumakilla milk
  • 2002: Haitai beverage
  • 2003: Wonbi-D
  • 2003: Maeil milk
  • 2008: Narae Telecom International
  • 2008: Baekse curry
  • 2008: Duldul Chicken
  • 2008: Kumon learning
  • 2009: Homeplus

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 Kang Ho Dong's Music

  • 2005: "Oh! Happy Day" (Christmas carol featuring child actress, Chae Eun)
  • 2009: "Horror Show" (featured in MC Mong 's repackaged album,Humanimal, also featured in the music video )
  • 2009: "Ho Dong Show" (featured in MC Mong 's repackaged album,Humanimalas a bonus track)

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 Kang Ho Dong's Awards and achievements

Ssireum (wrestling)

  • 1987: 제17회 회장기쟁탈전국장사씨름대회 장사급 준우승 (Runner-up)
  • 1989: 44th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
  • 1990: 47th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
  • 1990: 18th Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)
  • 1991: 54th National Wrestling Championships (95.1 kg or more Division)
  • 1991: 21st Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)
  • 1992: 24th Wrestling Tournament Titans (Freeweight Division)


  • 1995: TV Journal Star King - Best Excellence Award
  • 1998: MBC Entertainment Awards - Excellence Award (Comedy/Sitcom Division)
  • 2002: MBC Entertainment Awards - Best Excellence Award (Variety Division)
  • 2003: SBS Entertainment Awards - Special Award (TV MC Division)
  • 2003: 39th PaekSang Arts Awards - Entertainer Award (TV Division)
  • 2005: 4th KBS Entertainment Awards - Special Award (TV MC Division)
  • 2007: SBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang
  • 2008: 44th PaekSang Arts Awards - Daesang (TV Division)
  • 2008: 20th Korean Producers' Award of Korea - Best Show Host (1 Night 2 Days)
  • 2008: 2008 Famous Creative Entertainment - "1 of top 50"
  • 2008: 9th 2008 제9회 2008년 Korea Video Award - Photogenic Award (MC Division)
  • 2008: 7th KBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang (1 Night 2 Days)
  • 2008: MBC Entertainment Awards - Daesang (Golden Fishery)
  • 2009: 8th KBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang (1 Night 2 Days)
  • 2010: SBS Entertainment Awards - Daesang ('Strong Heart')

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 Kang Ho Dong's References

  1. "Star TV Host Bows Out Over Tax Fiddle" Chosun Ilbo. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-16
  2. "South Korean celeb programs popular in North". The Korea Herald. March 27, 2011. http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20110327-270345.html. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  3. (Korean) "강호동 연예계서 잠정 은퇴" MBC News. 9 september 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-16
  4. "TV Host Cleared of Tax Dodging" Chosun Ilbo. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-16

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