During an interview with a media outlet recently, Himchan revealed his impressive academic background. He revealed that he was a graduate of the National Korean Traditional Music (Guk-ak) Junior High School and the National Korean Traditional Music High School, and is currently a student of Korea National University of Arts.
The National Traditional Music Junior High School and the National Traditional Music High School are known for being government-established national arts education centers in Korea; meanwhile, Himchan’s university is also government-affiliated, as it is run by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The Korea National University of Arts boasts a prestigious alumni roster, which includes Jang Dong Gun, Lee Sun Gyun, Lee Jung Bum, Nah Hong Jin and many other talented entertainment leaders. Nicknamed as the “Seoul University of arts schools,” it is undeniably the most renowned Korean college in the arts field.
Himchan plays various Korean traditional instruments, such as dae-geum (flute-like traditional instrument), jang-goo (drum-like traditional instrument), ggwaeng-ga-ri, and jing. In college, he continued in this direction with a major in traditional arts.
During the interview, Himchan also revealed that he has never had to pay tuition for his education before and through high school, which made his fellow members very jealous.
Upon hearing about Himchan’s credentials, fans commented, “Wow… National Traditional Music High School and [the] National University of Arts are both really hard to get into” and“He’s so awesome. He seems to have such confidence in himself.”