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Sang Geun

Talk about irregular workers. Here’s a TV actor gets paid only 400,000 won ($344) per show, and has been subject to a wage freeze, at that, for four straight years.

But despite this, he’s a perfectly calm and friendly guy. Maybe it’s because he’s a freelancer. Maybe it’s the naps he takes for four to five hours each afternoon, or just a small part of the 14 hours of shut-eye he gets each day. Who is he?

It’s the dog-star of the KBS reality & travel show, “1 Night 2 Days,” 5-year-old Sang Geun, who along with five other human cast members takes viewers on a video tour of locales throughout Korea.

Sang Geun is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, also known as a Great Pyrenees. But this breed is so large that Sang Geun almost resembles a big white bear. He weighs just over 50 kilograms (110 pounds) with shaggy, 15-centimeter long (5.9-inch long) fur. Because of his thick mane, Sang Geun receives regular ‘hair treatments’ before the show. He also suffers from a seasonal disorder, as Great Pyrenees dogs are active during the winter but are less energetic during the summer.

Usually when potential dog-owners want a Great Pyrenees, it would set them back about 100 million won. But to the relief of Sang Geun’s current owner, the Issac Pet Shop, the dog was given to the shop for free by its original master. Sang Geun’s worth soon skyrocketed as he appeared in ten TV commercials, which must be a doggone lot of money.

As 1 Night 2 Days often takes place in mountain ranges, Sang Geun must feel right at home. But for his trainer, Lee Eung-yong, it’s a little bit tougher. “When I’m climbing up a mountain with Sang Geun, I feel like I have become one of the stunt men,” he said.

By Yim Seung-hye [estyle@joongang.co.kr]
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다음 사항에 해당되는 이는 누구일까요?

4년 동안의 임금동결. 방송출연 회당 40만원의 박봉 생활. 하지만 항상 태연자약한 얼굴이다. 프리랜서이기에 잠도 실컷 잔다. 보통 낮잠만 4시간-5시간을 잔다. 갓난아기처럼 매일 14시간 이상을 잔다.

아직도 잘 모르신다면...답은 올해로 다섯 살된 TV스타 상근이의 얘기입니다. 국민 개 상근이에 대해 좀 더 자세히 알아봅니다.

상근이는 곰이 아니다

곰이나 호랑이를 연상시키는 상근이의 덩치는 강호동보다 커 보인다. 하지만 상근이의 몸무게는 50kg을 조금 넘는다. 덩치가 크게 보이는 것은 15cm가 넘는 북실북실한 털 때문이다. 그래서 방송 출연 전 상근이는 털관리를 꼭 한다. 상근이에게는 직업병도 있다. 털이 길고 겨울에 강한 그레이트 피레니즈 종이기에 여름에 약하다.
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