Around 2002, Yunho was selected to be a backup dancer for Shinhwa and was chosen to be part of the project boy band Four Seasons, which also consisted of fellow trainees Jaejoong, Heechul, and Kangin.The project group was later dropped when Yunho and Jaejoong joined TVXQ in early 2003.

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After winning a prize at the 1st Annual SM Best Competition in 1999, Yunho signed with S. Entertainment and officially started his training in 2001.

His family, who suffered greatly from the 1997 Asian financial crisis, were initially against his decision to become a singer.

In order to provide for himself while he trained in Seoul, Yunho took up various part-time jobs in the city, such as working snow removal in the morning and as a waiter at night.

He spent most of his high school vacations in Seoul training, only returning to Gwangju for the school years.

After losing his voice, Yunho considered giving up his training.

Throughout his years as a trainee, Yunho was put in four temporary groups, all which later disbanded.In late 2001, at the age of fifteen, Yunho was featured as a rapper and backup dancer in Dana's debut single "Diamond", and briefly toured with her.) or simply U-Know, is a South Korean singer, actor, and a member of the pop duo TVXQ. After over two years of training, Yunho debuted with TVXQ in December 2003.Born and raised in Gwangju, South Korea, Yunho auditioned for the Korean talent agency S. TVXQ have released fifteen studio albums and performed on record-breaking concert tours; their sixth Japan-wide tour, the Time Tour, was the highest-grossing concert tour ever held by a foreign music act in Japan.TVXQ are the first non-Japanese music act to hold a concert in the Nissan Stadium, Japan's largest outdoor stadium.According to the Oricon, TVXQ records the most number-one singles for a foreign music act in Japan.