Korean Wave soars high across the continent. Films and TV series that pampered the hearts of the majority had definitely gave its overflowing share. Along with its worldwide recognition are the leading actors that have become popular within and outside of South Korea. They are most often described as good looking, brainy, and a one-woman emotional lover which of course, made them especially incomparable than that of other Asian men.
And to point out who topped among these Korean actors who had captivated so much attention because of their innate hotness and good looks, we came to this list. You may check this out:
#10 Kim Soo Hyun
Kim has somehow made a name with his roles in the television dramas like “Dream High”, “Moon Embracing the Sun”, and “The Producers”. He is also best known for casting the films “The Thieves” and “Secretly, Greatly”. He was Gallup Korea’s Actor of the Year in 2014. In 2013, he was listed 4th in the Forbes’ Korea Power Celebrity, ranked 2nd in 2015 and on the 5th place in 2016.
#9 Jang Dong Gun
Famous but private actor Jang Dong Gun is one of the highest paid Korean actor and celebrity endorser best known for his lead roles in in the films “Friend” in 2001 and “Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War” in 2004. He had successfully marked a name not only in Korea but also was one of the first Korean stars who had established followers in some other parts of Asia.
#8 Jang Geun Suk
Only child, Jang Keun-suk is obviously one of the best good-looking Korean actor and singer at the same time. He is best identified for his starring roles in various television dramas and like “Beethoven Virus”, “You’re Beautiful”, “Mary Stayed Out All Night”, “Love Rain”, “Pretty Man”, and “Jackpot”. He had also made it big in the music industry releasing several albums and earned awards like Best Selling Albums and Best Korean Albums.
#7 Oh Ji-ho
Among the South Korean actors, Oh Ji-ho is undoubtedly one of the most handsome and masculine heartthrob. He is best known for his television dramas: “Couple or Trouble, “The Slave Hunters”, “The Queen of the Office” and “My Fair Lady”. He had also rose prominently in films and garnered recognitions like the Best Supporting Actor Award in “Second Proposal”. Aside from acting, Oh Ji-ho was also into modelling.
#6 Lee Jin Wook
Lee Ji-wook was an Environmental Engineering student at Cheogju University but had stopped and started to enter entertainment in 2003 as a print model for Panasonic. He soon entered showbiz in 2004 with “My New Boyfriend”, a 2004 short film under the direction of Hur Jin-ho. His most high-profile role as a TV anchor in the time-traveling romance “Nine: Nine Time Travels” had opened more opportunities for him like playing the supporting role in the comedy film “Miss Granny” and his first major role in movie “The Target”. This is a remake of French action movie “Point Blank”.
#5 Ji Chang Wook
Best Actor awardee, Ji Chang-wook was popularly known by playing the lead role of Dong-hae in daily drama series “Smile Again” in 2010-2011. His onscreen debut was in 2006 in the film “Days…” and “Sleeping Beauty” in 2008. He was awarded “Best Actor in a daily Drama” at the KBS Drama Awards with his “Smile Again” topping the ratings for 15 consecutive weeks.
#4 Song Seung Heon
Prior to his acting career, Song Seung-heon started as a model for jeans brand Storm in 1995. Year 1996 when he entered showbiz and was given a break in the popular sitcom “Three Guys, Three Girls”. Song was debuted in 1999 with the film “Calla” with Kim Hee-sun as co-star. Later in 2008, Song won the Daesang (Grand Prize) for the MBC Drama Awards for his aggressive and masculine roles in the “East of Eden”.
#3 Seo Kang Joon
Aside from acting, Seo Kang Joon earned more followers through singing. He was a member of idol group “5urprise”. Acting wise, he had his first major role in 2014 with the romantic comedy series, “Cunning Single Lady” where he won the “Best New Actor” award at the 7th Korea Drama Awards. In 2015, he was given “Hot Star Award” in the 8th Korea Drama Awards.
#2 Won Bin
Won Bin rose into fame in the 2000 television drama series, “Autumn in My Heart” where he played the lead role. The drama series gained much popularity in Asia and him became one of the most popular Korean actors not only in Korea but in Asia, as well. He was able to walk the red carpet at the film’s world premiere on May 16, 2009 in the Cannes Film festival in 2009.
#1 Song Joong Ki
Soong Jong Ki’s acting career was at its peak after playing the lead role in “Descendants of the Sun” along with Song Hye-kyo. The drama hit Korea with a blast with its viewership ratings 41.6% and was popularly viewed 2.5 billion times on iQiyi within Asia. Because of this success, the Korea Tourism Organization appointed him as Korean Tourism Honorary Ambassador with the duty of promoting Korean tourism worldwide. He was ranked #34 on the “Top 100 Future Generation of Leaders”, became the face of over 30 brands in 2016 alone and was one of the recipients of Korea’s “Brand of the Year” award.