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Did Yoon Si Yoon have the strictest childhood ever?

December 25, 2012 at 10:30 am EDT

Joon Si Joon at the 21st High 1 Seoul Music Awards on January 19, 2012Credit: The Chosunilbo JNS

Joon Si Joon at the 21st High 1 Seoul Music Awards on January 19, 2012
Credit: The Chosunilbo JNS

No speaking English, no TV, no pizza? Yoon Si Yoon has revealed the truth about his strict childhood in a surprising new interview.

The actor, 26, spoke candidly about his tough-love upbringing on the December 25 episode of SBS's Strong Heart, revealing that he was raised by his traditional grandmother.

"I grew up in a small town… While peers of my age went to kindergarten and learned English, I went to seodang, a traditional school that teaches Confucianism," he said. "I learned Chinese characters and read Myeangsim Bogam [a 16th century book offering ethical and moral codes]. My grandmother always values manners and etiquettes, so I was taught its importance. When we had guests at home, I had to run out and greet them. When I was late, I was punished."

Ironically, the King of Baking actor also admitted he wasn't allowed to eat pizza until he was nine years old. "I'd never eaten pizza until [then]," he laughed. "Before that, I thought pizza was a kind of bread. The first pizza I tried tasted out of this world!"

However, despite his demanding early years, Yoon, who stars in the upcoming tvN drama, My Flower Boy Neighbour, credits his grandmother for his achievements. "Your love and affection, and strict education has made me who I am now," he said to his grandmother, via camera. "Have good meals every day and stay healthy always. I love you."

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