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Flower boy next door Yoon Shi-yoon for CeCi
by | March 3, 2013 | 121 Comments

Aw, it’s Ke-geum-ie! It’s going to take me a while before I stop seeing Yoon Shi-yoon as his Flower Boy Next Door character, not that I ever want to. He really took adorable to new heights in that role. The show might’ve fallen short in the end, but it did leave some memorable characters behind, and Yoon Shi-yoon’s Enrique really takes the cake. (The quirky, oddly-shaped toothache-inducing cake, but who cares about that in the face of this much Cute?) Here he is in a spread for CeCi Campus, looking as impish as ever and playing up the charm.

The 27-year old actor said in an interview with Newsen that his personality isn’t anything like his Flower Boy Next Door character, but that he does identify with Enrique’s man-child (what he calls adult-child) in-between-ness. Fitting, since that seems to be exactly where he is right now on the actor spectrum, and I like that he plays to it instead of trying to outgrow it too quickly.

Yoon: “A lot of people saw the bouncing Ke-geum-ie and asked how I acted a character whose personality was the total opposite of my own. But I have that adult-child side in me too. Ke-geum is an adult-child, and a young prince [he means a la “The Little Prince,” which he mentions as a source of inspiration] who looks upon the lives of adults. Ke-geum-ie is that kind of character.”

He continues: “Everyone has an adult-child inside of them too. But society tells us that we have to hurry up to become adults and hold certain qualifications in one hand and duty in the other, in order to be impressive. It would be nice to enjoy being an adult-child. That an adult-child can give happiness too — that’s what I wanted to portray as an actor.”

Well then I’d call Ke-geum-ie a raging success on that score. Thanks for the happy.

Via Asia News, Newsen


121 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Emily

    Wait, he’s 27 years old? Not that it matters…he has a total baby face.

    And I’m dying from the cute…who else is dying from the cute?

    • 1.1 Dominique

      But being a flower boy, it is a matter of time before the bloom is off. Just like with girls.

      In some photos, I cannot even tell if the person in the photo is a boy or a girl.

      • 1.1.1 Geurae

        That’s just another trait of being a flower boy. So pretty that they can be almost prettier than girls.

        • bd

          People always say that and that is SOOOO NOT true.

          Yes – I get it that some females like their guys “safe” and androgynous looking, but there’s no way androgynous looking guys like Yoon Shi-yoon look prettier than a Kim Tae-hee, Shin Min-ah, etc.

          These androgynous looking guys all look a bit weird and to most, conventionally handsome guys like Oh Ji-ho, Kim Sung-soo, Won Bin, etc. look more “pretty” (in the way that a George Clooney or Brad Pitt is a “pretty boy” – meaning good-looking but not feminine/androgynous).

          Put a wig, make-up and a dress on Yoon Shi-yoon and he would look like an androgynous guy in drag and not a pretty girl.

          And really – he’s 27? (He has the build of a 12 yr old boy.)

          • ladida


          • bd

            Eh, it’s neither nor, just laying it out there.

            Song Jong-ki, Kim Bum (in his younger years), Yeo Jin-goo, etc. are actually “pretty boys” – having good features, but still having that “boyish” look.

            Yoon Shi-yoon and others like him, otoh, have that weird androgynous look (which in no way makes them “pretty” like a pretty woman).

          • mswyrr

            No. He has the body of a 27 year old man, since he is a 27 year old man. It just so happens that the bodies of 27 year old men can include a range of appearance wider than you appreciate. That doesn’t mean that suddenly his physical existence is impossible or wrong in some way, as your verbal de-aging of him suggests.

      • 1.1.2 pogo

        ………well, our boy’s doppelganger Lee Jun-ki came back from military service with the bloom off but HOTTER THAN EVER, so I’d say this is patently false.

        • ys


          • Sammy

            Ooh did someone mention Jun ki? Loved loved him in Arang and the Magistrate. And I think he is one of those rare men who manage both – the young, cute androgynous look and the manly appearance – well.

            I think this Yoon Shi Yoon photo shoot is simply amazing. I won’t forget Enrique any time soon, that’s for sure. He made a seemingly annoying character so lovable and endearing.

    • 1.2 am

      came back from the dead tbh.

    • 1.3 hawaiianseoul

      I’m dying from the cute…. And the shininess of his legs.

    • 1.4 vipkate

      not to mention the hairless legs. kekeke

      • 1.4.1 Gom

        just a question, does the korean pop culture discourage hairy legs for men? or are korean men naturally not hairy (AT ALL) in general?

        i mean, i don’t think i’ve ever taken notice of korean male celebrity with hairy legs and that makes me think it’s because hairy legs don’t actually exist in this side of the world.

        • JoAnne

          I’ve seen a few with hairy legs, lower legs anyway. I think in general Asians have less body hair than, say,Caucasians. Fine by me! While I do enjoy a well-defined happy trail and perhaps a bit of hair on the chest, whisker-burn and bear-like men are not a big turn on πŸ™‚

        • bd

          Could be just photo-shop.

          Some Korean males have pretty hairy legs; some less so (it varies).

        • Bro

          I think it’s just an Asian thing (as opposed to just a Korean thing). I’m Asian and my legs are as bare as can be. But my older brother got some hairy ass legs. But my dad’s legs are also bare. It’s weird. I think we just tend to be less hairy though in general. Some of my friends who are also Asian can’t even grow facial hair haha.

          • hawaiianseoul

            Hahaha this is so true. I caught my brother once, praying for a moustache after he finished his first year in college.

        • goldeng

          well, not ALL of them… ask Mblaq’s G.O. about body hair :33 his facial hair was like so distinctive back in the days they debuted…

          • >_

            yes i remember that! hehehe he was even dubbed as a member who is responsible for the “hair” of the group hehehehe

    • 1.5 Mystisith

      I call him My Sunshine: When it rains outside and I’m having a bad day, his smiling pics are the perfect pick me up solution. Better than ice cream and less calories…
      Sidenote: 27 years old “already” I see MS on the horizon… Huhuhu.

      • 1.5.1 pogo


        (and think of all the ’85ers we’ll lose this year *sob*)

      • 1.5.2 redfox

        MS? Master Studies?…oh, you mean Military Service haha

      • 1.5.3 Cae

        He DOES have a gorgeous smile doesn’t he..lit up the whole Baker King drama

    • 1.6 Bengbeng

      i was talso taken aback with the 27 years old info. It means he’s got only a year left before he heads to the army =(. More projects please!

    • 1.7 Viki

      Yep yep, when he first debuted, I found out he was born in 86…which is the year that half TVXQ debuted in…but he looks so much younger than them…babyface πŸ™‚

    • 1.8 iZzie :)

      nope. dying from the cute happened the last time I looked at Yoo Seung Ho. you can’t make a noona double-dead. or… I may be… wrong… <3 @_@ <3 <3

      speaking of YSH, him and YSY can stand side-by-side, and at some angles I might say the earlier may be older.

      Good thing YSY is 27. Narrower age gap = less guilt. πŸ˜‰

    • 1.9 Jambo

      *Raises right hand…left hand involuntarily follows*

    • 1.10 ryoko

      He’s actually 26 in Western years (not that that’s much of a difference from 27).

    • 1.11 redfox

      I am dead
      and I am one too. well not completely. but my true personality is cheery and constantly amazed by the world
      I think the words about feeling this pressure to impress is very true. it is suffocating
      why cant we all just be “a person”. impressive just by living our lives, being an individual.
      it is hard when someone says ” you are worthless, no one needs you, cause you have no job / money” or “you are uncool, cause you are not like ME!” man, child, i think it is also meant in the sense of “playing happily togewther with everyone.

  2. Sponge

    Yoon shi yoon just bubbles over with charisma and cuteness and i’m always looking forward to his next project! Ceci photoshoots <3 That one top of the fridge hahaha XD

    • 2.1 iZzie :)

      Yes. Walk into this scenario during an attempt to a midnight snack and all plans of binging in between sleeps will surely go away.

      Let me print this and stick it to my fridge.

      • 2.1.1 miya

        hehehe good idea. I might try that. Maybe I should Lee Joon Gi’s photo there as well.

  3. austriandramalover

    TOO. MUCH. CUTE! *needs a moment to compose herself*

    I guess it’ll take me some time as well to not see Yoon Shi Yoon as Ke-Geum! He’s just too adorable <3

  4. rainbow

    Cute. Cute. Cute.

  5. cille

    if he’s 27 now, it won’t be too long until we send him off to MS. i hope he can squeeze in a few more dramas until then. cute pictorial!

  6. tha

    I heart everything about this man child!

  7. karen

    i just started to watch dramas like a year or two ago…. HOW DID YOU GUYS STAND WATCHING THE ACTORS LEAVE FOR MILITARY DUTY FOR YEARS? i’m already so sad thinking about yoon shi yoon or song joong ki leaving…. or lee min ho… or jung il woo…. you get the point… yoon shi yoon is already 27!!

    • 7.1 Aqidah

      Yeahh..but they come back with ABS *wink wink

      • 7.1.1 nikenara

        yeay!! *wink wink too* hahahaa

    • 7.2 iZzie :)

      The ones coming out of MS with killer abs will surely distract you. Like say, by the time Lee Min Ho enters MS, Yoo Seung Ho would be coming out – even hotter than before.

      Anyway, time flies. It was like yesterday that I was sad that Gong Yoo was entering MS. Now he’s been through several movies, a lot of post-MS CFs, and a drama series. πŸ˜‰

  8. kdramapedia

    SO. CUTE. I’m dying here, omg! *faints*

    I always forget he’s an “older” young male actor. But it makes me feel better that I’m swooning over someone my age instead of all the tempting jail/noona bait out there! lol

    • 8.1 pogo

      yeah, it makes me feel a wee bit better that he’s only a year or so younger than me, thank god for not having to feel like a perv.

  9. rheina07

    oh my god.

    Thanks for the eye candyyyy!!

    TOO. MUCH. CUTENESS !!! *nose bleed*

  10. 10 OMG

    DUDE he’s 27 (Korean age) WTF??????? i thought he was like 23….24 max!!!!!!!!

  11. 11 aznative

    Birthdate: September 26th, 1986

  12. 12 canxi

    27! Wow. I did not know, even though I knew he was older than me for sure. I’m convinced some of these Korean actors drink the blood of unicorns @__@ (Though I still can pass for 15 even though I am 21, myself).

    Anywho, I completely agree with what he said about adult-children! I am an adult-child and most likely always will be, heh.

    • 12.1 k-soup

      you are not alone. 21 also (soon to be 22) and can pass as a kid πŸ˜‰

  13. 13 womangos

    This much cuteness should be illegal! Wwoooo breathe

  14. 14 abby

    He is a really good actor if he could portray a carachter complety different from his personality, because it let you grow as an actor. And I love how he played it, because we actually care for him and understand his motivations.

    And this pictorials, I think the theme really was following with Enrique, because I’ll still seen him as that forever, its a carachter that will go with me as very good example of a great man.

  15. 15 ayleen

    Aww…I really miss ke-geum-ie..

  16. 16 Cindy

    I looping all the clothes he’s modeling… I want every outfit, I’d wear it anyways!

    • 16.1 Cindy

      Oops meant to say loving**

  17. 17 Belle3005

    How is this ultra cute man-child 27? Brain.Cannot.Compute OMIGOSH I really loved him as Enrique Geum in FBND,he shone brilliantly in his role. :3 SOBS. The thought of him going off for military service just makes me so sad,oh noes! :O
    I’m curious to see what his next project will bring us though. AYE LUFF YOON SI YOON! πŸ˜€

  18. 18 saranga

    i never cease to marvel at his skin… the fact that anyone can be 27 years old and still have skin to rival a 5-year-old. i’m clutching my tummy in jealous disgust.

  19. 19 rhia

    TOO. MUCH. CUTE. Am dying.

  20. 20 LangitBiru

    He will be forever my Kim Tak Gu.

    • 20.1 Cae

      Mine too πŸ™‚

  21. 21 haaruka

    That one has him on top of the fridge totally my favorite. So much cuteness inducing.

  22. 22 Chimera

    I love Yoon Shi Yoon but would it be heresy to say that more than him I was drooling over the pile of comics? :p

  23. 23 k-soup

    he is very adorable! he and Shin Hye don’t seem to have an age difference. I have Korean friends and they look really younger that their age.

    It’s been a week but I am terribly missing FBND.

    • 23.1 iZzie :)

      Sometimes I wonder if Koreans are able to correctly tell their fellow Koreans’ age.

      anyway, 30+ here but always mistaken as 21. (my sunbaes sometimes forget that I’ve been working with them for more than 10 years now.) not Korean though. also, bad at guessing other people’s age. πŸ˜›

      • 23.1.1 k-soup

        when they talk for the first time like introduce their selves. they immediately ask for each other’s age to properly address them. (based from what they told me πŸ˜‰ )

      • 23.1.2 redfox

        I am often mistaken for a younger person too… because of red hair and childish behavior. no, they say I do look younger my age. I am 32, for almost half a year some of my collegues thought I was 22 at the most.

        • k-soup

          I am actually a high school teacher and seriously I look like I am the same age with my students.. also the youngest looking among my colleagues.

  24. 24 k-soup


  25. 25 epuda

    This term “Flower boy/boys”..where did it originate? Did the Korean drama coin this term or is it there in English dictionary? Maybe some one could shed light on this. the first time I ever heard of that phrase was when I watched Flower boy Ramyun and then I keep seeing the phrase but in relation to Korean celebrities only. thanks!

    • 25.1 iZzie :)

      The first time I heard about it is from the English translation of Japan’s comic series Hana Yori Dango (Dumplings Over Flowers – a proverb about choosing practical things over aesthetics). The characters for “dumplings” were altered to read like “boys” (danshi), so it means something like choosing the boys over the flowers. Like Flower Boys are guys who are more attractive than flowers. Opposite of which, I think, are the Beast Men.

      • 25.1.1 Mar

        Flower Boy is an ancient term. Google Hwarang. I do not know what started it in the current pop culture manifestation, but Hana Yori Dango is a good bet. In pop culture context my understanding is that Flower Boys are young, very beautiful, usually metrosexual, meaning fashion conscious, stylish, well groomed, Asian men.

        I think Hana Yori Dango for the manga purpose was multi-faceted.

        Hana Yori Dango=Dumplings Over Flowers=Boys over Flowers=Practical Over Aesthetics=Beauty is only skin deep=the boys were more than just pretty and rich, they were human beings.


        Hana Yori Dango=Dumplings Over Flowers=Boys Over Flowers=Practical Over Aesthetics=Beauty is only skin deep=Bros over Hos.


        Hana Yori Dango=Dumplings Over Flowers=Practical Over Aesthetics=Beauty is only skin deep=the strong enduring weed over a fragile hot house flower aka Makino/Shancai/JanDi

        • epuda

          thanks for the effort! I googled up “what do flower boy mean?” and the answers it came up with was hardly complimentary. thank god there are other and better alternatives.

    • 25.2 Kiara

      I dont find these flower boys attractive at all. Let them be men and enough with the make-up already.

      • 25.2.1 ravens_nest

        Does wearing or not wearing makeup change your gender or your sex?

        If a woman doesn’t wear make up, does she stop being a woman? Does the state of your gender/sex increase or decrease as you apply or remove cosmetics?

        What’s the Female/Male vs. Cosmetics Formula?
        – Foundation + lipstick = 50% Woman
        – Foundation + lipstick + eyeliner = 80% Woman
        – No make up + the sweat from hunting animals = 100% Dudebro

        I’m unclear about the math, actually…

        • Kiara

          Thats my own opinion and preference. I prefer a man without makeup, whats wrong with that?.

          • ravens_nest

            There’s nothing wrong with your first sentence about your personal preferences. It’s the second sentence that’s offensive. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a man wearing make up, stage make up or street make up, and it does not lessen his state of being a man. By implying so you have not only insulted men who wear make up but also women who don’t as if their genders change because of some cosmetic usage.

  26. 26 Viki

    Oppa is too cute!!! HEHE

  27. 27 Starstruck.

    His acting chops are really remarkable. I remember seeing him on the FBND Strong Heart special and his personality is indeed the total opposite of Enrique – the serious kinda guy who carries a book with him wherever he goes. I think this just proves that he does indeed possess the acting skills to pull any role off. And omg he is such a baby face. He looks younger than a lot of my classmates…and I’m only 18 (though I’m always mistaken for being 12 γ…œ.γ…œ)

    • 27.1 Lizzy4e

      I agree with you about his acting. I watched Me Too Flower (which I enjoyed) and his character was completely different. He might be on his way to becoming as good an actor as Kim Myung Min.

      Word is that this man owns 2000 books. Impressive. He will be one to watch. I expect great things from this man.

    • 27.2 pogo

      I agree about his acting – in the hands of an even slightly less competent actor, Enrique would very likely have turned into a caricature despite not being written as one. Much respect to YSY, the writers and PD for making the character we all know and love!

    • 27.3 Kay

      If you haven’t already, check him out in Baking King Kim Tak Gu (his first drama role I believe) – he did really great despite it being a mak jang through and through ..loved it!

  28. 28 anna

    He’s 26 years old!! OMG, look at that face. He can still play high school students for at least 10 more years. :3

    • 28.1 maakopla

      What? He is older than me? @____@ I thought he was like 20 or something xD But he is soooo cute <3

      Hehe, I love him and Lee Jun Ki, I guess I have a soft spot for pretty guys.

  29. 29 Alexis

    Awwaaaahh!!! <3 <3 How adooorably cute~cute~cute he is!!! I love that about him, keke! Aha, it's true what he said that. I am so happy that some people think that I still look like 18 or 19 yrs old even though I am 22, haha! πŸ˜‰

  30. 30 Noelle

    Good Morning everyone!
    He’s adorable but he should never wear shorts like that again.

  31. 31 meanrice

    Same age as Daniel Choi people. Same age. Mind blown.

    Oh I’m dreading the day some of these actors go off to the military. Also when TOP goes. I see myself becoming bereft at that; complete with a “noona loves you” placard when he goes.

  32. 32 hohliu

    Is it time for him to serve compulsory military?

    • 32.1 lili

      Probably next year…This year, it’s the 1985ers’ turn. Song Joong Ki, Lee Min Ki, Park Ki Woong etc might go this year.

      • 32.1.1 Saturtledaisy

        I hadn’t even realized that.

  33. 33 Minnetter (aka: Min)

    ysy is exactly my type but surprisingly he doesn’t really attract me that much… i haven’t really fallen for him in any of his projects so i’ll leave him for all of you to enjoy ^_^

  34. 34 djes

    I remembered watching Strong Heart with FBND casts while I was watching the drama, and was thinking, YSY seemed more serious in real life than Ke-Geumie…so it’s right, his personality is total opposite with the character?
    Hmm, that means he did a good job as cutie bouncy Enrique.

    • 34.1 hana

      PSH and YSY are totally opposite w their characters in FBND

  35. 35 pogo

    Ahhhhhhhhhh, perfect cute pics of Que-geum to start the day with, just what I needed when I was feeling sad about there being no more Que-geum to watch on Mondays <33333

    (also, his black hair makes me want to fall down and die from the hotness of it, but yay for geting to see the lighter hair once more, he looks SO CUTE and it makes me want to rumple it, ugh.)

    And is it just me or have all the FBND cast photoshoots in magazines been absolutely perfect this time? Because first there was that lovely Park Shin-hye editorial which had you guys commenting that even her hair looked like whipped cream, and now this…)

    • 35.1 MidLifeCrisisMom

      In my part of the world, androgynous is just a polite way of saying they look gay, perhaps pretty, but still gay.
      I hope Yoon Shi-Yoon beefs up some. Put some muscles on, boy!

      • 35.1.1 pogo

        Ehhhh he’s fine just as he is, beefed-up is not the type I’m attracted to anyway.

        And there’s not a thing wrong with androgyny or ‘looking gay’. All men do not have to look like blockheads on steroids to be considered men (and some people like their flower boys anyway).

        • mswyrr

          “And there’s not a thing wrong with androgyny or β€˜looking gay’. All men do not have to look like blockheads on steroids to be considered men (and some people like their flower boys anyway).”

          THIS YES. Thank you — I hate how the idea is forwarded that (a) all men have to look one way to be attractive and (b) if your tastes are outside that range there’s something wrong with you/you need to get with the hair/bulky/ultra macho program or something.

        • ladida

          Slow clap of perfection. <3

  36. 36 Cherry

    I don’t think I’ll ever see Yoon Shi Yoon as other than Enrique..

    • 36.1 iZzie :)

      It’s like Enrique came and erased all memories of how Kim Tak Gu was. How versatile, YSY.

    • 36.2 kumi

      Although Enrique was my favorite character in FBND, I hope to see Yoon Shi Yoon more than “Enrique” in the future. We’ve mostly seen Enrique’s emotional growth, but there can be other sides in a character that would be interesting to investigate (humane, spiritual, etc). And I believe Yoon Shi Yoon is the right person to shed some light on those as well.

    • 36.3 austriandramalover

      I watched Kim Tak Gu after FBND and it was really, really hard not to see him as Enrique although the character is so totally different πŸ˜€

  37. 37 Fun-Lugha

    Que Geum is a looong way from Kim Tak Goo…well done YSY!

  38. 38 blokkoms

    This is probably the first time I love all the photos in a shoot equally. Too cute ^^

  39. 39 Koi

    Que Geumie bogoshipo!

    To wean myself off of FBND been watching You Tube fan vids and the Strong Heart episode of FBND in Dramafever.

    He is very different from the character that he plays. There is only one common denominator. He retains that cuteness.

    He seems like a very nice person who had an unusual upbringing, raised by his grandparents in a very traditional fashion, and thus came to be a very serious polite young man. Can’t blame Park Shin Hye for changing her “ideal type” from funny guy to serious guy after getting to know YSY.

    I’m also very jealous of his hair! πŸ™‚

  40. 40 Kathy

    He’s so cute!

  41. 41 Dee

    So gorgeous! I miss Enrique’s craziness already.

  42. 42 Maricel

    He looks so young , however his voice gives him away. It’s so masculine and strong…My favorite thing about him, besides his eyes…

    I will miss his character and the whole drama also, actually it’s only been a week, but i’m missing the drama already u.u

  43. 43 Bu Young

    There’s no way he’s 27…
    look at him!

    • 43.1 Bu Young

      I think Daniel Choi looks his age…it’s this guy that doesn’t lol

      • 43.1.1 Saturtledaisy

        For me Daniel Choi is like the standard of how men are SUPPOSED to look like at that age. Age-vibe-wise, anyway. He might be a bit more handsome than most =P

        And then I realize Song Joong Ki is actually older than him, and Yoon Si Yoon is the same age D: It just… doesn’t… compute.

        Another random fact: Yoon Si Yoon is a year older than Lee Min Ho.

        • NikaNika

          All of them look like their age (IMO). I think it’s the fact that some people associate certain facial features (that have to do with age) with maturity and also that all of these men have very different personas is what confuses a few.

  44. 44 angskeet

    Too much makeup in one of the pictures

  45. 45 imot

    Omo omo what happened to my Kim Tak Goo…. i don’t really like Yoon Shi Yoon being all this Flower Boyish. There’s more to his character than what he potrayed here. Stop being so damm cute already LOL

  46. 46 MidLifeCrisisMom

    In my part of the world, androgynous is just a polite way of saying they look gay, perhaps pretty, but still gay.
    I hope Yoon Shi-Yoon beefs up some. Put some muscles on, boy!

  47. 47 Lilian

    Interesting to hear that Que-geum is the opposite of the real him. He did well in the drama. There were times when it was a little too irritating but I think he brought the drama to sweetness overload =D especially in the earlier episodes.

  48. 48 allieflower47

    I think he’s cute

  49. 49 goldeng

    It was like a mental breakdown for me these days to see how different his characters were because I was watching Baker king on TV and FBND on my laptop and it only got worse since I remembered I watch Me too, Flower too lol despite him saying hes not like happy bouncy EnLique, Im still in the clouds wanting my own EnLique xD I couldnt agree more with his adult-childs’ comments :))
    PS: he does look younger than he actually does but his voice… unff xDD I was like O__O the 1st time I hear him talk in Me Too, Flower… unconsciously you spend a less deep voice…

  50. 50 jademwong

    Oh YSY I miss him _<. I hope he gets into a new drama soon!!

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