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|Born||December 27, 1988(age 22)
Seoul, South Korea
|Occupations||Rapper, Dancer, Actor,|
|Associated acts||2PM 2AM|
|Revised Romanization||Ok Taek-yeon|
Ok Taec-Yeon (Hangul: 옥택연, born December 27, 1988), generally known as Taecyeon, is a member in the Korean boy band 2PM, where he is the main rapper. In 2010, Taecyeon debuted as an actor in the Korean drama Cinderella’s Sister and went on to became a main character in the KBS drama Dream High.
Taecyeon was born in Busan, South Korea, but emigrated with his family to Bedford, Massachusetts,where his parents and older sister (Jihyen) still currently reside. Taecyeon himself lived there for seven years, attending Bedford High School where he was an active member of the Chess Club, Jazz Band and the National Honor Society  before returning to pursue his career in Korea. Taecyeon was educated at Gel In High School in Seoul and studied Business Administration atDankook University. He can speak English fluentlyEarly life
It was his sister Jihyen, who persuaded him to participate in a JYP Entertainment-audition, whose promotion she had noticed when surfing on the internet. After his reluctant agreement to participate, both headed for New York City on his 17th birthday. A week later, he was chosen for the final 35 and finally got the call-back to go to Korea for the further competition. At first, Taecyeon applied to become a model, but the judges suggested him to try to do dancing and singing.He eventually was named one of the dozen finalists (including his future bandmates Junho and Chansung) to compete in the show Superstar Survival, but was the first contestant to leave the show.
In 2008, he took part in Mnet‘s Hot Blood Men which follows the extreme training of 13 trainees in order to become a member of the boy band One Day. One Day spawned two boy bands, 2AM and2PM, of which the latter one Taecyeon became a member of. Six months after Hot Blood was aired on TV, 2PM debuted with their first single “10 Points out of 10 Points” (“10점 만점에 10점”) from their first EP Hottest Time of the Day, but it wasn’t until their second EP 2:00PM Time For Changewhich skyrocketed their success in the Korean music industry. So far, 2PM has released twostudio albums and three EPs.