Kim So-jeong, popularly known as Sowon, was born on December 7, 1995, and came to fame as the leader of the K-pop group GFriend. This charming musician from Seoul held the six-person band together for six years. During its existence, GFriend entertained fans from all over the world with its catchy songs and dance moves. From her days as a high school student at Hanlim Multi Art School, Sowon has come a long way and achieved great success. Her achievements are thanks to the entertainer-focused education at Hanlim, training at D.S.P. Media, and working diligently on her craft. It’s no wonder that she was able to lead GFriend to great heights.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Kim So-jeong



Birth date:

December 7, 1995



Zodiac Sign:



5' 6"

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Net Worth:

$1.5 million

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Kim So-jeong, popularly known as Sowon, became famous by being the leader and only rapper of the all-female K-Pop group, GFriend. The name Sowon means ‘wish’ and ‘hope’ in Korean. She trained for five years before assuming the role of leader at GFriend and before gaining prominence, she appeared in Rainbow’s music video for the song ‘To Me.’

Formed in January 2015, GFriend was a successful group for the time that they were active. They bagged several new artist awards such as the Best New Artist at the Seoul Music Awards and Best New Female Artist at the Melon Awards in 2015. They also received a nomination for Best Korean Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2015 and 2016. The group was composed of Sowon (Leader, Rapper, Visual), Yerin (Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Center, Face of the Group), Eunha (Lead Vocalist), Yuju (Main Vocalist), SinB (Main Dancer, Vocalist, Center), and Umji (Vocalist, Maknae). The band’s debut extended play (E.P.) was titled “Season of Glass.” The lead track from this E.P. was ranked by YouTube at number nine on the 2015 list of the “10 Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World.” They went on to release several more albums, go on tours, and appear in reality shows.

In July 2020, GFriend released its third studio album titled “Walpurgis Night.” The following year would be the last for the group to work together. All the members’ contracts with Source Music, their company, came to an end in May as it was time to wrap up after a successful six years. They pursued different solo interests, with Sowon going into acting under I.O.K. Company in August 2021.

Career timeline

The Music Career Begins

She signs a contract with Source Music.

She Becomes a Leader

Sowon takes the role of the leader of the K-pop group GFriend.

The End of the Road for GFriend

GFriend disbands after all members' contracts with Source Music come to an end.

She Dives Into New Ventures

Sowon signs with I.O.K. Company as an actress.

Why We Love Sowon

  1. She is humble

    After she was criticized for posing with a mannequin wearing Nazi clothing, Sowon apologized. She recognized her mistake and also deleted the offensive photos from her Instagram.

  2. She is versatile

    When GFriend disbanded, Sowon switched over to acting. She is an inspiration for people with several talents and shows that it is never too late to start something new.

  3. She is successful

    Sowon led GFriend for six years. During this time, the group was united and released publicly acclaimed music. The leader plays a big part in keeping a group united and successful.

5 Facts

  1. She towered over her bandmates

    Sowon was the tallest member of her group, GFriend.

  2. She was senior in age

    She was also the oldest GFriend member.

  3. She has legs for days

    Sowon is considered to have one of the longest pairs of legs among female idols — around 43 inches.

  4. She visited her country's neighbor

    When she was in the fifth grade, Sowon visited North Korea, which is not so common.

  5. She is multilingual

    She speaks Korean, Japanese, and English.

Sowon FAQs

What hobbies does Sowon have?

Sowon enjoys bowling, watching movies, and cooking.

Is Sowon an only child?

Sowon has an older sister.

What does GFriend stand for?

The name GFriend stands for Girlfriend.

Sowon’s birthday dates

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