Gong Yoo may have shed his role of the great and lonely god in Goblin, but he is actually holding a real-life role that is not fictitious at all. It turns out that our favorite Hallyu actor is a descendant of the great Chinese thinker, Confucius.
During his fan meeting in Taiwan, Gong Yoo was asked regarding news that broke out about his relation to the famous Chinese philosopher.
“My parents wouldn’t have lied to me, would they?” the Goblin actor replied humorously.
Confucius, the great educator and thinker of ancient China, was also known by his real name, Kong Qiu. It is written in Chinese characters as 孔丘. He was also saluted as Kong Zi or Kong Fu Zi. So revered was he that despite changes in dynasties over the years, his family remained protected and had continued an organized and clean family record. In 2005, the Guinness World Records acknowledged Kong Qiu’s family as the world’s longest family tree, documenting over 2 million descendants and about 86 generations.
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