Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul (Thai: นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล; rtgs: Nitchakhun Horawetchakun; born June 24, 1988), known mononymously as Nichkhun (Korean: 닉쿤; Chinese: 尼坤; pinyin: Ní Kún), is a Thai-American rapper, singer, songwriter, model and actor. He is currently based in South Korea as a member of 2PM, a South Korean boy band. In June 2010, Nichkhun was paired up with f(x)'s Victoria Song as a virtual married couple famously known as "Khuntoria" in MBC's reality show We Got Married. The virtual couple went on for 64 episodes until September 2011.
Nichkhun was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California  to Thai parents of Chinese descent. His paternal grandmother is from Hainan, China while his paternal grandfather is an ethnic Chinese from Thailand. His mother Yenjit Horvejkul was born in Thailand to Hainanese immigrant parents from China. His mother is the chief executive officer of a Thai pharmaceutical company Union Medical, an importer and distributor in Thailand that was established in 1976. He has said that he has extended family and distant ancestors from Guangzhou.
He comes from a wealthy background and his luxurious lifestyle, portrayed in the K-pop tabloids with photos of his home and private school, earned him the nickname “Thai Prince" in South Korea. Nichkhun has one older brother, Nichan, and two younger sisters, Nichthima (Yanin) and Nachjaree (Chereen). At the age of five, he moved to Thailand from the United States with his family and studied at Dhepkanjana School and Tangpiroondham School. At the age of twelve, he studied at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand for a year and a half and moved back to the United States to finish his schooling at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. After high school, he was a coach of the Rosemead High School badminton team. There, he was scouted by a scout manager of JYP Entertainment at the Los Angeles Korean Music Festival.
After passing an audition hosted by JYP Entertainment, he signed a ten-year contract with the company but later re-signed an eight-year contract, not including training, and was brought to South Korea in 2006 as a trainee, being put into a class of 24 other students. Park Jin-young informed him that he was required to learn how to sing and to dance, learn Korean and Mandarin Chinese, and to bulk up. He first appeared through MNET's Hot Blood, a program that showed the intense physical training that 13 male trainees had to go through for the opportunity to debut in either a four-member ballad group (2AM) or a seven-member dance group (2PM) under JYP Entertainment.
As a male citizen of Thailand, he was subject to the military draft lottery in 2009 and subsequently received an exemption from military service.
On 4 September 2008, Nichkhun debuted as part of 2PM in their first single "10 Points out of 10 Points" (Korean: "10점 만점에 10점") from their single album "Hottest Time of the Day". They have released five studio albums in Korea and four studio albums in Japan.
Nichkhun was one of the hosts for the Korean Music Wave in Bangkok in 2010, 2011, and 2013. In 2010, along with Taecyeon and Yoon Eun-hye, Nichkhun played one of the main characters in a 12-minute music video drama for Cass Beer, which was released on February 8. He also hosted JYP's talent competition Superstar Survival. On June 2010, he was cast in the second season of variety show We Got Married, pairing up with Victoria of f(x). The couple, known as Khuntoria, was featured on the show leaving in September 2011.
In 2011, Nichkhun appeared in the music video of the single "Touch (觸動)" by Taiwanese Mandopop artist Wilber Pan, which premiered on January 31. In May, he was selected as the new model for Everland's Caribbean Bay Aqualoop CF. He also starred in the Japanese live-adaptation film of Ouran High School Host Club as Lawrence, the president of a Singaporean corporation, followed in 2012 by the Thai film Seven Something.
In 2013, he filmed the Chinese TV series One and a Half Summer, where he plays the lead character. The series aired between June and July 2014. In 2014, he had a cameo in the Thai movie Chalouis. He teamed up with CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, B1A4's Baro, Infinite's L, and Winner's Mino for project group Lucky Boys (Super 5) for the 2014 SBS Gayo Daejun. Nichkhun and Baro also hosted the show.
In 2015, Nichkhun joined the cast of the Chinese movie Forever Young, Gardenia in Blossom (Forever Young, 栀子花开), starring Li Yi Feng and Zhang Hui We and a new Chinese music reality show Youth Trainee. He will also be a special guest on a Thai sitcom, Yes Sir My Boss.
- Thai songs
- 2008: "We Become One"
- 2009: "Let's Take a Break"
- 2009: "Cute"
- Japanese songs
- 2014: "So Wonderful"
- 2015: "Miss Wonderful"
- 2015: "Maybe You Are"
|June 19, 2013||"Let It Rain"||2PM||3rd Album Grown Grand Edition||First self-composed song|
|September 15, 2014||"Love is True"||Nichkhun x Lee Jun-ho (singer)||Go Crazy!||composed & written with Junho|
|April 27, 2016||"GIRLFRIEND ( 彼女 / Kanojo )"||Nichkhun x Wooyoung||GALAXY OF 2PM [Limited Edition / Type C||2PM's 6th Japanese Album|
|First aired||Last aired|
|Hot Blood||Mnet||10||October 10, 2008||November 8, 2008|
|Idol Army (Season 3)||MBC||17||4 December 2008||26 March 2009|
|Wild Bunny||Mnet||7||July 21, 2009||August 21, 2009|
|We Got Married (Season 2)||MBC||41-80||March 6, 2010||January 22, 2011|
|2PM Show!||SBS||12||July 9, 2011||September 24, 2011|
|KOICA’S DREAM IN TANZANIA||MBC||2||December 12, 2012||December 27, 2012|
|A Song For You From 2PM||KBS2||15||February 17, 2013||May 24, 2013|
|Brave Heart||BTV||8||October 5, 2014||November 23, 2014|
|Oven Radio||1theK||5||June 14, 2015||June 18, 2015|
|Youth Trainee||Zhejiang TV||9-12||April 16, 2015||June 25, 2015|
Korean Variety shows
|2008||Yashimmanman Season 2||SBS||Himself|
|Schoolympic Happy Sunday||KBS||Himself|
|2009||Sunday Sunday Night||MBC||Himself; "Body Body Body"|
|M! Wide||Mnet||Himself; Hidden Camera "Girl Punch!" Segment|
|2010||Idol Star Athletics Championships||MBC|
- Season 1: Contestant with 2PM
|For The First Time||MBC||Guest with Jun.K, Junho and Chansung|
- Episode 33: Guest with Junho and Super Junior
- Episode 57 & 59: Guest with 2PM
|2012||Running Man||SBS||Episode 104 (Idol VS. Running Men)|
|2013||Incarnation||SBS||with Taecyeon and Chansung|
|Vitamin||KBS2||with Taecyeon and Wooyoung|
- Episode 7: Guest with his mother
|National Talk Show Hello||KBS2||Himself|
|Strong Heart 2||SBS|
|Cool Kiz on The Block||KBS|
- Episode 195: Guest with 2PM and 2NE1
|SBS Gayo Daejun||SBS||MC with L, Jung Yong-hwa, Mino, Baro, and Song Ji-hyo|
|If You Love!||HBTV||Episodes 1, 2 (Cameo)|
|2015||Idol Star Athletics Championships||MBC|
- Episode 300 Special (Korea VS. China):
Guest With Chansung, 2AM's, Jo Kwon and Jeong Jinwoon
|2016||Running Man||SBS||Episode 306 (with Lee Ki-woo& Nine Muses (band)'s Kyungri )|
|Cool Kiz on The Block||KBS|
Thai Variety shows
|2009||The Woody Show||Modernine TV||Guest|
|2012||The Woody Show||Modernine TV||Guest|
|Night Society Show||Channel 3||Guest|
|2015||Yes Sir, My Boss||True4U||Episodes 7, 8 (Cameo)|
Chinese Variety shows
|Tonight 80's Show||Dragon TV||with Wei Da Xun|
|Music Billboard||BTV||Guest; Special Segment|
|All Star Show||Youku||Himself|
|Dream Music Charity Event||CGV||Himself|
|Happy Camp||HBS||with Wooyoung|
|C-radio idol true colors||MBC 900AM||Guest|
|2015||Youth Trainee||Zhejiang Television||with Wang Dongcheng, Shang Wenjie, and Li Quan|
|Grade One Freshman||China|
- Episode 12: Special Guest
Music video appearances
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Recipient / Nominated work||Result|
|2009||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Mr. Beauty Award||Himself||Won|
|Tourism Authority of Thailand||PR Ambassador||Won|
|2010||Nine Entertain Awards (Thailand)||Popular Vote||Nominated|
|MBC Entertainment Awards||Popularity Award||We Got Married with Victoria Song||Won|
|Korea Jewerly Awards||Diamond Award (with Chansung)||Himself||Won|
|2011||3rd Bugs Music Awards||OST of the Year (with Taecyeon)||"My Valentine"||Won|
|KBS Best Idol Icon Awards||Icon of the year||Himself||Nominated|
|Mnet Media Awards||Most CHARMING Boy||Won|
|MTV K’s very first Valentine King and Queen||Valentine King||Won|
|TVCF Awards||Most Popular CF Star||Nominated|
|2012||Kerd Awards (Thailand)||Kerd of the Year||Won|
|TVCF AWARDS||CF Model of The Year||Nominated|
|Top Award (Thailand)||Best Rising Film Actor||Seven Something||Nominated|
|BK Film Awards||The Eye Candy Award||Won|
|6th Nine Entertain Awards (Thailand)||Popular Award||Nominated|
|2013||STYEBIBLE.PH||International Celebrity Collab||NICHKHUN for Bench||Nominated|
|Nine Entertain Awards||Popular Award||Himself||Nominated|
|Singapore Blog Awards||Most Popular Overseas Celebrity||Nominated|
|The Goodness Idol Thailand Awards||The 9 Idols for The King||Won|
|2014||N/A||Asian's Male God||Nominated|
|2015||Microblogging Star 2014 (China)||Weibo Star||Nominated|
|K-pop Gaon Chart Award||Social Star||Nominated|
|N/A||Asian's Male God||Nominated|
|Micro-star Magazine (Chinese)||Star Scoreboard in February (Overseas)||Nominated|
|UNICEF Thailand Award||Friend of UNICEF||Won|
|Zocial Awards 2015 (Thailand)||‘Thailand Twitter Ranking’||Rank #1|
|Most Mentioned in Thailand on Twitter||Rank #2|
|2016||IME Chinese Online Media Popular Award||Thailand Headlines Person of the Year Awards||Won|
|China Weibo Awards||Male God of the Year||Won|
|VDFLY||Top Ten Handsome Asian Men||Nominated|
- Nichkhun is goodwill ambassador of Thailand since 2010.
|2009||Tourism Authority of Thailand||Promotional/Awarded Ambassador|
|Children and Youth Human Rights Ambassador with 2PM||Honorary Ambassador|
|G-Star with 2PM||Promotional Ambassador|
|2010||Ambassador of Seoul for Japan with 2PM||Honorary Ambassador (2PM) releases a new song 'Fly to Seoul (Boom Boom Boom)|
|2011||Singapore Tourism Ambassadors with 2PM||Promotional Ambassador|
|Visit Korea Committee with 2PM||Honorary Ambassador|
|Save energy at 2 PM with 2PM||Promotional Ambassador|
|2012||Brands's Ambassador in Thailand||Promotional Ambassador|
|"Touch Korea Tour" with 2PM& Miss A||Promotional Ambassador|
|Ambassador of Peace in Japan with 2PM||Honorary Ambassador|
|Coway 2012 with 2PM||Promotional Ambassador|
|2013-current||Seoul Hot Summer Sale 2013 with 2PM||Promotional Ambassador|
|LINE PLAY Brand Ambassador||Promotional Ambassador|
|KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency)||Honorary Ambassador|
|“Friends of UNICEF” for Thailand with Paula Taylor||Honorary Ambassador|
|2014-current||YONEX,in South Korea||Promotional Ambassador|
|Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup in Thailand||Promotional Ambassador|
|K-Pop Expo in Asia with 2PM||Honorary Ambassador|
|2015-current||Korea Culture and Travel Festival||Promotional Ambassador |
|2016-current||Ambassador of Korea Tourism in Korea and Thailand||Gangnam Multicultural Family Presenter(with Twice (band),Kim Soo-hyun)|