(Thai: นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล, Hangul: 닉쿤, born June 24, 1988), known mononymously as Nichkhun
, is a Thai singer active in South Korea. He is a member of boy band 2PM.
Nichkhun was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California to Thai parents. His father is of Thai origin while his mother is a fourth generation Thai Chinese. Nichkhun has one older brother Nichan and two younger sisters, Yanin and Cherlyn. At the age of two, he moved to Thailand with his family, but moved back to the United States to finish schooling in Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. There, he was scouted by Park Jin-young, a K-pop singer and producer of JYP Entertainment, at the Los Angeles Korean Music Festival.
After passing the audition hosted by JYP Entertainment, he signed a ten-year contract with the company but later resigned for an eight-year contract, not including training, and was brought to South Korea as a trainee, being put into a class of 24 other students. Park Jin-young informed him that he was required to learn Korean and Mandarin Chinese to also work out regularly and learn how to dance. 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 4-member ballad group 2AM or 7-member dance group 2PM under JYP Entertainment.
Nichkhun participated in JYP's talent competition, Superstar Survival, where he took the role of the host.
In August 2007, JYP revealed a list of 11 trainees that were said to debut in a large boy band. However the boy band, One Day
, was split into two smaller sub-groups. Nichkhun was put in the group's second counter part, 2PM. The other group is 2AM. On 4 September, 2008, 2PM debuted with their dance number, "10 out of 10," with their single album "Hottest Time of the Day."