This year marked the 18 years of Kim Jong Kook in Korean entertainment. To commemorate his achievement and celebrate his birthday, let's recap the ladies who simply look compatible with him. A girl's entitled to her fantasies so please bear with me :p
1) Park SooJin
Park SooJin has a major crush on Kim Jong kook and she appeared in X- Man about twice when Kim Jong Kook was still around. Apparently, she seem upset when she was not paired with Kim Jong Kook in games. Other than this fan girl, there were a number of celebrities that were 'interested' in Kim Jong Kook. They were Eun Bi, Hwang Bo and Shin Ae.
2) Jeon Hye Bin
Hye Bin is a big fan of Kim Jong Kook. She has declared that she like Kim Jong Kook in X-Man, although Kim Jong Kook was apparently not as close to her as Chae Yeon.
3) Kim Jong Kook and Yoon Eun Hye
Kim Jong Kook started to have his first rumored girlfriend while he was participating in Korean popular variety show X-man. His first love line is Yoon Eun Hye. Both of them were regular guests of X-man and they were often paired up together during games. They were the most talk about couple of the century and we can clearly see the interaction between them were so sweet. At that time, Yoon Eun Hye was only 21 years old and the media spread the news that they were dating secretly. She even jokingly held Kim Jong Kook responsible for the rumor. Yoo Jae Suk often joke about this onscreen couple, even at Running Man. Before Kim Jong Kook went for military service, Yoon Eun Hye starred in his MV- Say I love you. After his military service, he was often reminded about the scandal during interviews every now and then, which led to spectaculation that kim Jong Kook was using Yoon Eun Hye to gain attention. This was untrue since Kim Jong Kook was popular even before this scandal. Anyway, till now, this onscreen couple were unforgettable.
4) Chae Yeon
Chae Yeon was one of Yoon Eun Hye love rival in X-Man. She was reported to have a crush on Kim Jong Kook since her teenage days and has been a fan of his. Chae Yeon was from his Turbo Fan club and he knew her before she debuted as a singer. There were times when she openly declared that she like Kim Jong Kook in X-Man. Despite that, they remained as friends and Chae Yeon fulfilled her wish and that is to meet her idol Kim Jong Kook. Sometimes during the show, she will rival with Yoon Eun Hye for Kim Jong Kook attention. It was funny how Kim Jong Kook often blushed and felt embarrassed at the attention given by the ladies. Perhaps, he felt happy inside his heart for being a 'ladies man'.
5) Lee Hyori
Kim Jong Kook and Lee Hyori were the regulars in Family Outing. To be honest, they were an awkward pair and they look more like buddies in my opinion. Lee Hyori always portrays a fun-loving, adorable, tomboyish and 'girls power' image. On the other hand, Kim Jong Kook seem to be a more reserved and passive person. Some people says people who are different attracts each other, but not in this case. There were not much chemistry between the couple and it looks like they have no common topic to talk about. Kim Jong Kook even admitted it during Strong Heart that he cannot click with Lee Hyori and they feel awkward around each other. Despite that, I still like to see them interacting with each other and i love the pet name 'kook Jong' given by Hyori. Although they look good together, Lee Hyori has a boyfriend now so both of them remains as the most awkward couple in Family Outing.
6) Park Ye Jin
Park Ye Jin was also part of the cast in Family Outing. She is good in handling fishes and seafoods, thus she earned herself the nickname Salvage Ye Jin in Family Outing. They seem to be more compatible and comfortable around each other. The highlight of this couple is the MV that Ye Jin guest starred in - Don't be nice to me. In real life, Ye Jin has a steady relationship and her partner is not in the entertainment circle.
7) Shin Bong Sun
This couple was named as the weasel couple by Yoo Jae Suk in Running Man. They had different reaction to this description. Shin Bong Sun was over the moon with this compliment but Kim Jong Kook have the 'what!' reaction to this name. It is not a secret that this comedian has a major crush on Kim Jong Kook.
8) Song Ji HyoThis pair is part of the regular cast in Running Man. They were often dubbed as the most powerful/dangerous couple (Spartace couple) in Running Man. Although, Ji Hyo and Gary are Monday couple and many shippers support them, I still think that Kookie and Ji Hyo ( tiger + lion = liger) pair are equally attractive. However, in actual life outside of Running Man, Ji Hyo has a boyfriend who is the CEO of the company.
9) F.X member Sulli
Kim Jong Kook did confessed that his ideal type of girl is Sulli from Korean Girl group F.X. Sulli is arguably the cutest member in the group. She has a beautiful face and sweet smile, therefore, many celebrities choose her as their ideal type such as Shinee Min Ho.
10) Kim HyunA
HyunA is a member of Korean Girl group 4 Minute. She was a guest in Running Man and also one of the most memorable game partner with Kim Jong Kook. They were equally competitive when they were filming Running Man couple race episode. Thus, they were named as the most competitive couple by Yoo Jae Suk.
11) Girl's Generation Seohyun
Seohyun is a member of the popular Korean girl group Girl's Generation. She was a guest in Running Man too. Does anybody still remember that episode when Seo Hyun and Jong Kook did a little dance together? They really look so cute and sweet together. :)
12) Moon Geun Young
Who can forget this adorable couple in Running Man? Kim Jong Kook even admitted that he is her fan since she starred in My Little Bride. I love the small little interaction between the couple and the constant teasing by the other members. While playing games, Jong Kook keep giving in to her. He can't look at Moon Guen Young in the eyes without blushing. However, they look like siblings more than couple because of their 12 years age gap.
13) Go Ara
Go Ara was paired up with Kim Jong Kook in Running Man twice. She seem to be a fangirl of Kim Jong Kook. Remember the back hug that she gave Kim Jong Kook in Episode 139 of Running Man? They look like a cute couple with Kookie protecting her all the way.
During Kim Jong Kook recent interview at Mnet, he revealed that he is still 'loyal' to his first love-line Yoon Eun Hye when he did the ideal type soccer match. He often name Yoon Eun Hye as his ideal girl. Likewise, Yoon Eun Hye also revealed that her ideal type is Kim Jong Kook who is able to take care of himself very well. Like many fans, I would love to see Yoon Eun Hye guest starred in Running Man.
Unfortunately, Yoon Eun Hye admitted in a recent interview that the scandal between them was a burden to her and it has stop her from participating in Running Man. If she were to be a guest in that variety show, people will only talk about the rumor which she felt uncomfortable. I guess she would not be a guest in Running Man if that is the case. In my opinion, this couple were too impressionable that it was impossible not to bring it out during the variety show. What do you think? Shippers, who is your favourite love-line?