About Shinhwa's Leader, Eric Mun ..
"There were 2-3 contracts offers with Eric’s price being 4 times larger than our price. We were aware of that too. Each of us was priced differently by management companies. Even though other members also made sacrifices, Eric made the biggest sacrifice. He had to bring down his price to 3 times less than his own price. That’s why, the fact that the 6 of us are able to stay together now, Eric contributed a lot to it."
— Kim Dong Wan
"Shinhwa left SM among much controversy. Eric was the one who negotiated with the management, and forking out his own funds to buy Shinhwa out. No one will ever know how much hardship he had to endure during the negotiations."
— FANS Chinese magazine issue 24
"Kim Dongwan recently disclosed on a program that "Eric rejected very high solo contract offers to ensure that the group stayed intact." To this Eric replied, “My choice wasn’t a sacrifice, it was the best decision I’ve made in my life.”
— Sport Donga magazine (2008)
“Thus till today, they still exist as Shinhwa, with its line up unchanged from day one. It is a feat in the Korean music scene for any idol group to be able to stay intact for this long. The core of this group is of course Mun Jung Hyuk. Well-known for giving the limelight to his fellow members, and taking care of them, his contribution to Shinhwa is massive. Regardless of his popularity, he remains the humble Mun Jung Hyuk, uniting the group with his presence.”
— Hue Story Magazine (2007)
“After Eric debuted as an actor, he filmed a solo CF but instead of keeping the income to himself he shared the royalties. He’s also filmed a CF originally meant for himself but he got the company to include the rest of the Shinhwa members.”
— Shinhwa members about Eric
“When juniors ask us ‘how can we become a long-running group like you’, we tell them that the members shouldn’t close their hearts to one another, to share their thoughts and solve problems with one another. For us, Eric’s role as our team leader has been instrumental in us being able to reach this point today. Even for the comeback this time, Eric has put in the most effort. I think the team leader’s role is the most important. We’ll leave next year’s comeback in your good hands, Eric ah.”
— Lee Minwoo