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Han Sunhwa was born on October 6, 1990,  in Busan , South Korea. Sunhwa has one younger sister and one younger brother (Han Seungwoo of Victon ). Sunhwa's mother gave birth to her at the young age of 20.  As the eldest child, she took care of her younger siblings by cooking them food and tutoring them when both of their parents had to work. During the East Asian Financial Crisis in 1998, Sunhwa's family struggled and recalled that her dream of being an entertainer was getting dim. 
Ever since she was young, she had an interest in art and had always dreamed of becoming an artist. She took after-school art programs in elementary school and managed to win several awards from various art competitions. However, after seeing one of Boa's performances on TV, she realized her dream was singing and dancing. 
Since then, she began auditioning for various recording companies; she entered the S.M. Entertainment Youth Best Competition but was eliminated.  In 2004, Sunhwa started auditioning at companies besides singing competitions.  In 2005, she became a finalist on a talent show called Superstar Survival along with 2PM 's Taecyeon , Lee Junho and Chansung.   During the show, Sunhwa received vocal and acting training;  however, she got eliminated in the fifth episode and went back to Busan.