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Jang Geun-seok, the outdoor háikər
by | January 30, 2011 | 198 Comments

girlfriday: Oh, Jang Geun-seok. Sigh.
javabeans: Wait, first, can we talk about this weird-ass campaign? It’s for a clothing brand called… wait for it… Codes Combine Háikər. As in, one who hikes. I mean, haikes.
girlfriday: As in, writes haikus?
javabeans: Yes. While glaring like Rocky.
girlfriday: Don’t you mean Million Dollar Baby?
javabeans: Apparently the two concepts for the photo are “outdoor haiker” and “barren haiker.”
girlfriday: As in, can’t have children? While hiking? That’s horrible.
javabeans: Which is ironic since Kim Ok-bin(‘s elbow) looks strangely pregnant in that last photo.
girlfriday: I like how his eyeshadow matches his gypsy do-rag.
javabeans: Maybe it’s camouflage for his outdoor barren hiking.
girlfriday: To trick the birds and whatnot?
javabeans: Yeah, maybe peacocks.
girlfriday: It’s fitting for Jang Geun-seok, since male peacocks are the pretty ones.
javabeans: And they STRUT!
girlfriday: Um…is he wearing patterned tights?
javabeans: Why are you surprised by this? He still has his Mary hair. Clearly he’s still reveling in his feminine glory.
girlfriday: He IS strangely attached to that hairdo. Thank god he’s pretty enough to pull it off.
javabeans: Oh, Jang Geun-seok. Sigh.

Via TV Report


198 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. hookedonmonix

    But he’s so pretty!!!

    • 1.1 dzigh

      Thank God, he has the very deep manly voice, which imo the second best after The Voice’s.

      • 1.1.1 ohemgee

        YESSSSSSSSSSS. i’m glad someone said it! i totally melt to JGS’s voice.

        • Rina

          Me too! Even if he sings about busses, I still love his voice.

          • Stacy

            Me three. I suffered through Mary just to hear his voice. I listen to nonsense songs about buses and planes just to hear his voice. I answer the phone with a double “hello” now because of his voice.

        • yakunamojing

          big sigh…love his voice..whether he is singing or simply speaking I love his hair best when it is not combed back

        • Hang

          well it is his smile that attracts me first off but recently it is his voice that gets me killed piece by piece *sigh… sigh… sigh*

      • 1.1.2 hookedonmonix

        He does have a great voice.
        I wasn’t meaning pretty as a questioning of his hotness or anything, just that every time I look at him, I’m amazed by it. They really could do anything with him and he’d make it look good.
        He’s so distractingly attractive. Although, I feel like I may be bordering on too old to think so. Thank goodness for the Stella-got-her-groove-back trend in k-dramas these days.

        • djinni

          i hear ya! If it werent for wwswtm i would still feel guilty about lusting after these younguns!

      • 1.1.3 laura

        totally agree!!!

      • 1.1.4 Taber

        Ladies it the “Lips” Oh My God it’s all about those “LIPS”

    • 1.2 little_princess

      Oh Jang Geun Suk,,,sigh…….

  2. kjt

    only JGS can pull off that eyeshadow!

    • 2.1 lambayyx

      if you call that pulling it off

  3. adj

    JGS FTW!!!

  4. Yunah

    That hair-do has to go.

    • 4.1 JiHwan

      Yes… please… the sooner the better.

      • 4.1.1 danna

        same here…..can we have a hair change Sukkie?…maybe something a little less crazy this time around?

        • sweetaddcition

          I think he might pick up You’re My Pet soon sooo the hair will stay. I actually don’t mind the hair. He looks really good in it.

          • Jane

            I agree, it looks good on him. Hell, burlap would look good on him, and as for the You’re My Pet plans, he’s supposed to have long curly hair for the character. I personally think his long soft waves look a million times sexier than MatsuJun’s awful perm did in the JDrama.

            In case you have forgotten the awfulness of said perm, here’s a picture that really captures the awkwardness:
            The funny thing about this perm, is that it somehow looks way better in the promo shots than in the actual drama. As though they somehow shot the whole thing and then hired new hair and makeup people for the ad campaign.

          • Rina

            @ Jane – I still cringing at MatsuJun’s hair. Great…now I’m thinking about his Hana Yori Dango hair, too.

            I like his “Mary” hair, more like I’m jealous of it. I hope the stylists for You’re my Pet don’t do anything crazy with his hair.

      • 4.1.2 poo

        Yeah c’mon itz high time!

    • 4.2 :D

      it’s more of a hair-don’t.

      • 4.2.1 xylophonic

        Nice one xD

    • 4.3 anais

      Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! I like the hair. I love the hair. I love the Jang Geun Seuk with the hair. Don’t make him cut it. Don’t be like Delilah! Didn’t we learn from Samson that a man’s only as potent as his hair is long?

      • 4.3.1 Tess

        I love the hair too, it’s unique and he looks fab 🙂

      • 4.3.2 yakunamojing

        ha!ha!ha! I agree with you anais..he is so wickedly handsome with long hair…combed back hair on him is not becoming at all….

    • 4.4 la dee dah

      Ya, don’t like the hair (thank goodness he tied it up during that awards show in December), but correct me if I’m wrong, doesn’t he have to keep his long hair because of that Kimi wa Petto movie he’s going to do? Or is that old news?

      • 4.4.1 la dee dah

        Oh wait, never mind, it was answered above. Weird, ’cause my computer showed only 10 comments like a minute ago! My computer is just sloow…

    • 4.5 shad


  5. jac

    waaayyyyy prettier than the girl next to him…

  6. phoenixbasilisk

    WOAH. He’s still got MSOAN hair.

  7. Anona

    The youtube video with him saying how girls don’t like to model with him because they think he’s prettier is hilarious XD

    • 7.1 ...

      Would you happen to have the link to the said video?

    • 7.2 anais

      It’s true. He’s a perfect example of androgyny: looks that are waaaaaaaay purrrtier than girls’ but with a man voice so deep that makes some men twice his age sound like pubescent boys.

      I’m so utterly fascinated by his androgyny, and by how purrrty he is.

    • 7.3 gingganggolli

      …its really hilarious coz he so pretty boy! I wonder how the female lead feel abt that….

    • 7.4 tangee

      ha ha! my junior sez the same thing about him being prettier..

    • 7.5 Verily

      Hahaha. But he totally is prettier than Ok-bin in this – he even gets the special eye shadow!

  8. David

    Thanks jb.

    Dont look like a hiker at all, not powerful advertisement in my opinion, it should be rugged look rather than

    what we are seeing now, an average advertisement campaign focus on pretty boys, not enough money for man fittings ?.

    • 8.1 omo

      Agreed. How many guys will buy this stuff? And how many gals would buy stuff that a guy actually looks prettier in. *shakes head*

      • 8.1.1 samgetang

        LOL! beats me 🙂

  9. Mickey Mouse

    Is he the Edward Scissorhands Of Korea? Really weird guy!!!

    • 9.1 yay

      except he’s missing the scissor hands.

      • 9.1.1 izzie

        but he’s got dagger looks. 😉

  10. 10 diorama

    By now, it’s a given that I will happily eat up anything JGS-flavored, not matter how mind-bogglingly weird it is. *Sigh*

  11. 11 AuntieMame

    Well… as my mother used to say, “One is only young once.” Enjoy it. hahahaha

    Often, I’ve wondered what some of these young stars will look like in 20, 30, 40 years.

    Assuming they have progeny, they can have fun showing these photos to their children, grandchildren, etc. hee, hee.

    • 11.1 JeeJe

      if he has a child !.

  12. 12 cont'd

    LOL “gypsy do-rag”! I want one. In the pattern of his tights. To wear on my elbow. While haiking.

  13. 13 lyra

    damn pretty hombre.

  14. 14 HP

    I love JGS.. but come on.. what’s up with the eyeshadow. And Haiker? whutabout just Hiker!

    • 14.1 Lois

      Korean style of spelling and pronounciation.

  15. 15 kaigou

    I actually had to stare at the last photo for a full second, unable to tell whether it was the girl with him, or if it was JGS and just taken at a strange angle.

    It’s kinda like that old parlour trick: viewed one way, it’s a young woman, viewed another way, it’s an old lady. Except in this case, it’s: viewed one way, it’s a really pretty girl, viewed the other way, it’s still a really pretty girl, except it’s not.

    The brain, it needs chocolate.

  16. 16 tinatot

    hahaha. LOL.
    really love your rants JV & GF!

  17. 17 hpn88

    what an odd photoshoot for a outdoor company.
    not enough plaid or bearded hunky men

    • 17.1 Lorraine

      Haelllujah! I needed this—you’re my savior.

  18. 18 birdscout

    Love these “conversation” posts!!!

    How in the world do you get the “e” to show upside down?!?

  19. 19 Christy

    I adore JKS but that hair has to go methinks!! It doesn’t help that he’s too skinny and that long-ish hair makes him look like a half starved vampire. Perhaps he’s waiting for a korean version of Twilight.

    • 19.1 tangee

      Maybe.. he he..

      • 19.1.1 Stranger

        Lol….Korean Twilight…hahaha

  20. 20 Aya

    it’s called androgyny, the greeks did it and Paris/Milan/New York still do
    but let’s not challenge stereotypes, clearly oppa is only having a ~phase~

    Watch out for his divine metamorphosis into a “beasty, manly man” in 3… 2… 1…

    • 20.1 arielifeoma

      Woot! Don’t forget the glorious era of 80’s Hair Bands. Androgeny rocks. Bishies are awesome sauce! Long legs, long hair, check and check! I’m good. The character that Sukkie portrayed in “Mary” actually has hair more along the lines of Sebastian Bach and looks more like a girl than his love interest in ways. I wonder if people would be able to take it if he went with that. I sighed too when I saw this. Sighed with loooove! While I’m glad to get news about Sukkie it really pains me to see so many rag on such a beautiful and talented actor.

      • 20.1.1 arielifeoma

        Darn it! I can spell. Really. “Androgyny.” There.

  21. 21 leonardswench

    Bring on the pretty!!!

  22. 22 sorcy79au

    I love his MSOAN hair and his eyes pop (in a good way) with that make up on. Not sure about the tights however…
    I also can’t see the hiking thing happening…better to have picked up Jang Hyuk or someone.
    However, new pics of JGS is always a bonus!

  23. 23 Poonam

    he looks like a girl in the last pic !!

  24. 24 qldgal

    dude, that doesn’t even look like an elbow. lol.

  25. 25 Carinne

    JGS’s hair initially was for his Kimi wa Petto project, still at halt, and swept his Mary Me Mary project there after. So, I’m sure he needs to keep this style until he finishes the project at halt.

    JGS does look more like a peacock in color. Look, he’s about to show us his spirit fingers. Oh wait, I think I need my pair of 3D glasses on ‘cos his middle finger looks fatter than his other fingers for some reason. Bahahahah! Uh oh, someone has a lot of spirit stored in a finger. [Taking off my 3D glasses now.]

  26. 26 V V

    \how can he be so pretty????

  27. 27 Porcelain

    ahahahahahaha lmao… I love the conversation… I actually have the same thoughts! The male peacock is the pretty one!

    • 27.1 budsdiana

      I don’t mean to be discourteous, but a “male peacock” is redundant, because there is no such thing as a female peacock. A peacock ( cock… ) is a male peafowl, and a peahen is a female peafowl. Honestly, please don’t hate me, I am not a native English speaker, so whenever, I make a mistake in my grammar, spelling, etc. I always appreciate it whenever someone corrects me. PEACE.

      • 27.1.1 Eleven11

        this comment made me happy. =]

        I love that someone cares enough to clarify the difference between a peacock and a peafowl.

        Seriously, you’re awesome! =DH

      • 27.1.2 Severine

        LOL! Awesome. 😀 I learn something new every day on DB.

        • V V

          I agree..I did not know, and am glad of the correction!

  28. 28 Emi

    He rocks the guyliner like no one else. So pretty 🙂 And those aren’t mere leggings, they are long-johns, like what you may need when hiking in cold weather. Though they probably shouldn’t be worn with shorts… 😀

    • 28.1 Carinne

      I am jealous how great he looks in make-up.

    • 28.2 Eleven11

      Come on. Polyprops NEED to be worn with shorts. I’m pretty sure its a written rule at our uni tramping club. …that everyone breaks. I guess the allure of walking around with no actual pants on is pretty hard to deny after a few days in the bush.

  29. 29 brookeeve

    I showed this article to my husband, thinking that we could finally bond over my Korean obsession. (My husband is an outdoorsy, bug-obsessed manly man.) He said that while he did not recommend the eyeshadow as he thinks it would probably get someone mauled by a bear (he is convinced that a bear won’t attack a person until they are at their most embarrassing moment, i.e., in an outhouse constipated, not bein’ able to pull up your pants, havin’ sex with someone else’s wife) the tights actually have a practical application if they are made out of a polymer to increase drying time should a person get wet while hiking. He said that he was looking into getting himself a pair, which prompted me to ask if he was sure he didn’t want me to buy him some eyeshadow… he asked if I really just wanted him to die so I could go marry T.O.P in real life instead of just claiming it all the time.

    • 29.1 anais


    • 29.2 samgetang

      hilarious! 😉

    • 29.3 izzie

      LOL! brookeeve. good thing my cubicle hides me from my boss’ view. Or she would rethink my employment seeing me grinning here like a fool while reading your post.

      can’t dig the peacock guyshadow… and. are. those. peacock. eyebrows. as well?!

      JGS… why so mad? Hiking is good for your health. err… haiking.

    • 29.4 Summer

      Passed out laughing. Too funny!

    • 29.5 zoe

      OMG! I am gonna get fired…my boss saw me laughing like an idiot on reading this. Seems like I am gonna die instead of your husband 😛

    • 29.6 Viola

      Omo! Unnieee I dies! I can just imagine brother in law in the eyeshadows….. Omo! 😛

      • 29.6.1 Viola

        Make sure you dye his beard in coordinating color with the eyeshadow! 😛

        • brookeeve

          I wonder how the State Department and the University would take one of their Forestry guys wearing eyeshadow with coordinating peacock facial hair…

    • 29.7 lessaofpern

      LMAO 😛 Brookeeve that was just fabulous! Tell brother-in-law I love his knowledge of the outdoors. 😛 the other thing that had me laughing is, I can’t picture out hubbies in those hiking outfits 😛
      Aww he’s getting jealous of all the time you spend with TOP. 😛

    • 29.8 arielifeoma

      O. Yea. I’m glad that people pointed out the functionality of the tights. When I went white water rafting with a bunch of military veterans (think manly men), lots of them wore the tights with shorts. It is comfy and drying.

  30. 30 tinysunbl

    jang guen suk appeared at Samsung event wearing something like… a bra lol:

    • 30.1 Carinne

      Oh man, that’s messed up. LOL! Maybe he forgot it was laundry day, so he borrowed that top from his sista. If this top is actually from his own closet then I will spare you my upcoming comment. =P

    • 30.2 kay

      OMO! ahahahahahhahahaha thanks for the laugh

      • 30.2.1 izzie

        !!! 🙁

        is that a bustier?!

        Jennifer Lopez circa 1990’s… is that you?!

    • 30.3 daisy

      MY GOD..that’s really Bra!!

    • 30.4 izzie

      BROssiere! that’s what it is!

      • 30.4.1 Han Mania

        BROssiere! You’re a genius! I’m laughing like crazy now.

      • 30.4.2 Viola

        BROssiere! 😛 you win for the day Izzie! 😛

      • 30.4.3 samgetang

        perfect! hahahaha!

    • 30.5 Ojou_Belle


      He has really gone and flipped his lid with

      this ensemble! WTH is a man doing wearing a bra?

      Wearing it?! I can understand a man taking one off from

      a girl but wearing it?! Not even wearing it lke Nakatsu

      from Hana Kimi wore it but really honest to goodness

      wearing it!

      YAAAHHHH! My eyes!!! They burn!

    • 30.6 brookeeve

      Manbra has already been trademarked by Simon and Martina at Eatyourkimchi…

    • 30.7 TgM4

      Oh Dear! He has worst dressing sense as a MAN / BOY
      (Although I am not sure about him being MAN/ BOY anymore) 😛
      I mean , he sure knows he looks pretty but then if he wears bras and girly clothes and long hair, eye make-up, then clearly he has lost it, being emo or trying weird fashion is definitely not this. YUK!

    • 30.8 Ace

      Oh, my eyes! My eyes! JGS, why do you do this to me? Just when I finally thought I’d forgotten/forgiven the wacky-bohemian-indie-rocker-groupie-Severus-snape outfits after you turned out so well at the year end awards, you do this? Aside from my sensibilities, my jaw hurts as well (trying not to laugh). Ah well, all I can do is sigh. WTH, the next time I visit Seoul, I’d hunt/haunt your stylist (or find one for you since I’ve been seriously thinking that you don’t have one.)

    • 30.9 anon

      You beat me to it! Damn! 😉

  31. 31 Betsy

    OH ! his next drama will be on selling bras !!! to men !!.

    • 31.1 Carinne

      To grumpy old men w/ saggy boobs?

    • 31.2 samgetang

      hahaha! this is the funniest comment here 🙂

    • 31.3 daisy

      not only Bra;eye shadow;eveliners;mini skirts nd etc..all for men.

    • 31.4 Dee

      The tentative title of the drama will be..Wonder-ful Bra

      • 31.4.1 samgetang

        hahahahahaah!!!!! i just lost it…now! my wits…

    • 31.5 Hang

      Gosh, this is too funny. I cannot bear it anymore LOL

  32. 32 suzi q

    He looks too girly. OMG!Goofy makeup and stupid looking clothes. Does he look in the mirror to see how idiotic he looks in that bra thing?l

  33. 33 Candy

    I won’t be a bit shocked when he goes to another event wearing polymer patterned tights and a tutu!

    • 33.1 izzie

      JGS not a happy haiker, is he?

      with that look, he could win over a bear in a stare off.

      must be so mad cuz he was told to “take a hike”…

      • 33.1.1 Candy

        haha, he’s not a happy camper either!

        i have a crazy vision of JKS wearing that haiker outfit (eyeshadow and all) while being chased by a wild boar.

        • izzie

          didn’t that happen in YAB? 🙂 sans peacock getup.

          • Rina

            Yes, while he was frockling in the fields! I love that scene!

  34. 34 daisy

    Overphotoshop..Hey we live in real world Not wonderland(why I think everything is fake with JKS)..sorry just my opinion Don’t kill me fangirls.

    • 34.1 hookedonmonix

      As a woman who nearly got mauled when I suggested that Edward was a teeny bit possessive and controlling, and that sneaking in Bella’s room to watch her sleep without her knowledge was a little bit creepy, I fully support your right to fangirl dissent.

  35. 35 Noypi

    Well at least he’s got some manly hands… IMO.. 😀

  36. 36 a-a-a

    hahahahaha! ALRIGHT! JGS FTW! Since he was normal for the award ceremonies in ’10, this must be compensation.

  37. 37 Leona

    it looks like you haven’t see his bra

    • 37.1 Candy

      OMG! I needed to see that “bra” full frontal just to confirm that it is indeed a BRA! Wondering what was going on inside JKS mind when he wore that outfit.

      • 37.1.1 Jenny

        With beady shining strap !!
        hey girls !! we are missing something here !!

    • 37.2 hookedonmonix

      I really really really regret clicking on that link. And now I suddenly have “If I could turn back time.” in my head.

    • 37.3 arielifeoma

      I’m so sad. I still thought he was hot. He pulled it off. Gah! I need help.

  38. 38 Katey B

    When I look at these pictures I think Jang Geun-seok is hot.

    Looking at the clothes I think they are bland and boring.

    I don’t think Jang Geun-seok wants to go out wearing these clothes because they’ll blend into the landscape and with that eyeshadow and do he’ll stick out a mile.

    And you know how many girls would kill for his hair.

  39. 39 joeydragonlady

    He is so beautiful!!! HE! I guess he needs to get rid of the Mary hair. But hey he is so pretty!

  40. 40 hmmm

    people. don’t be so mean on the girl! she does not look pregnant and the last pic of her isn’t bad.

  41. 41 blue

    only Jang Geun Suk can pull this off!!
    still love him even though he continues on doing weird things, that fortunately, are acceptable because its him.
    how i wish his next role will be a bad ass and super manly man, that would force him to change his hairstyle. not that i dont like his hairstyle okay.
    anyway. love love him

    • 41.1 George

      how to act as bad ass ? always like to look pretty and sissy.

  42. 42 alilies

    LOL HER ELBOW DOES MAKE HER LOOK PREGNANT HAHAHHA. but kim ok bin is so pretty. but i do wish jgs would get rid of his mary hair. ;_; ugh please act in a non-musical drama!

  43. 43 siam

    oh Jang Geun-seok. So many things to say about you(r haircut) that I don’t know how to begin.

    Just one question : Is there anyone here with any bits of information about his ghost project aka You’re My Pet ?
    So strange that nothing leaked since…..APRIL 2010 !

    • 43.1 Candy

      i’ve read somewhere kimi wa petto will start filming in July and JKS is practicing his ballet dance moves from Monday to Friday!

      • 43.1.1 mycorrhizoid

        I wonder if Stephanie’s helping him with that . . . what with her currently performing as a professional ballerina and them being “brothers” and all.

      • 43.1.2 siam

        oh really ? Thanks for the info !
        gosh, I thought that the movie was ALREADY filmed ! auuuugggh
        My favorite manga, and I’m waiting like a whole year to see it adapted into a K-movie >__<

        I was so excited after the You're beautiful trend, but the recent looks of JGS make me wonder….
        If HYS is still on the ship, I think she can pull it off against such a man…(well, not really sometimes) woman (ok, not completely)…Wo-Man like JGS.

  44. 44 aPam

    LMAO the elbow does make her look pregnant!!!!!!! Yeah, he needs a major haircut…..

  45. 45 Eleven11

    Oh my god I love this guy so much. I think he is either a genius or and idiot savant at choosing things designed to make me laugh my socks off.

    cough cough except mary cough cough

  46. 46 wamlii

    @Anona: Can you please please link me to that video!? THANK YOU!! <3

    ..speaking of his hair, i kinda like it since it's a reminder of is his now past MSOAN days but yeah i kinda want it to go too.
    Ahh i can't wait for his next drama..

  47. 47 Fasiris Fay

    siiiiiiigh JGS

  48. 48 tegami


  49. 49 Han Mania

    Oooh, Jang Geun-seok! The boy’s definitely a looker.

    Btw, is it just me or his lower lips always look a little swollen, chapped, and not so healthy looking. I first noticed it in Hong Gil Dong and You’re Beautiful.

    • 49.1 Dee

      Hmm I’ve noticed that too. Sans makeup his lips look fine, normal (for a lack of a better word) and kissable hehe. That chapped, swollen look is due to lip color and plumper I think!

  50. 50 antonia

    He looks so gorgeous!!!! 😛
    jgs saranghe!!!

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