Soon didn't always look this way. Once a skinny teenager lacking in confidence, 12 years ago he wanted more respect so decided to get big. Fair play. This sounds like something out of a movie. Before putting the effort in at the gym, he weighed just 57kg (125lbs).
"I was treated with disrespect," he said. "People looked down at me in situations like I was returning goods to a store, or helping someone or speaking to strangers."
"Now, since studying more about bodybuilding, I spend less time doing sit-ups and more time eating properly," he said. "I still do sit-ups and abdominal exercises every two days for 30 minutes to an hour."
Now weighing more than 100kg, as well as giving Soon a successful modelling and fitness career, his hench physique has finally given him the respect he craved.
He is not deterred by social norms and can sometimes be found working out up to four times a day.
"Koreans prefer slim body shapes and so mine looks different or weird to them," said Soon.
Sizing up at under six feet, Chul is also adamant that he hasn't used steroids to sculpt his muscles.
His girlfriend, Su Jeong Kim, admits that they both receive a lot of attention when out in public.
"I sometimes get a little jealous but I know he is a public figure so I was able to work it out," she said.
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