Bands/Musicians The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols  

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List Rules Only K-pop idols who were not born in Korea.

Not every K-pop group is actually made up of Korean singers, and foreign K-pop artists who aren't Korean are becoming increasingly commonplace. Hailing from Japan, China, Thailand, Australia, and even the US, there are many non-Korean members in popular K-pop groups. Who are the best non-Korean K-pop idols? 

Some of the most famous non-Korean idols include Girls' Generation's Tiffany, f(x)'s Amber, BLACKPINK's Lisa, EXO's Lay, Got7's Jackson, and Wanna One's Lai Kuan Lin. JYP's Twice has four foreign members: Tzuyu, Mina, Momo, and Sana. K-pop features Chinese idols, Japanese idols, Taiwanese idols, and even Americans! 

Which non-Korean K-pop stars are your bias? Vote for your favorite idols who were not born in Kore,a and feel free to add anyone you feel is missing. How many K-pop groups with non-Korean members are there? 

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Jackson Wang is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Jackson Wang Hong Kong Jackson Wang (born 28 March 1994) is a Hong Kong rapper, singer, and dancer based in South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Got7 under JYP Entertainment.

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Lisa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Lisa Thailand Lalisa Manoban (born March 27, 1997), professionally known by the mononym Lisa, is a Thai singer based in South Korea and a member of the K-pop girl group BlackPink, under YG Entertainment.

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Mark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Mark United States of America Mark Tuan Yi En (born September 4, 1993) is a Taiwanese-American rapper under JYP Entertainment. He is a member and main rapper of the boy group GOT7.

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BamBam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
BamBam Thailand Kunpimook Bhuwakul (born May 2, 1997), commonly known by his nickname BamBam, is a Thai singer/rapper based in South Korea. He is best known for being a member of the South Korean boy group

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Rose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Rosé New Zealand Park Chae Young (born February 11, 1997), professionally known by the mononym Rosé, is a Korean singer based in South Korea and a member of the K-pop girl group BlackPink, under YG

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Tzuyu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Tzuyu Taiwan Chou Tzu-yu (born June 14, 1999), professionally known by the mononym Tzuyu, is a Taiwanese singer based in South Korea and a member of the K-pop girl group Twice, under JYP Entertainment.

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Amber Liu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Amber United States of America, Taiwan Amber Josephine Liu, also known as Amber, is an American rapper and singer currently active in South Korea. She is a member of the South Korean girl group f(x). She debuted as a solo artist in ...more

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Momo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Momo Japan Hirai Momo (born November 9, 1996), professionally known by the mononym Momo, is a Japanese singer based in South Korea and a member of the K-pop girl group Twice, under JYP Entertainment.

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Sana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Sana Japan Minatozaki Sana (born December 29, 1996), professionally known by the mononym Sana, is a Japanese singer based in South Korea and a member of the K-pop girl group Twice, under JYP

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Lay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Lay China Zhang Yixing is a member of the musical group, Exo-M.

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Mina is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Mina United States of America, Japan Myoui Mina (born March 24, 1997), professionally known by the mononym Mina, is a Japanese singer based in South Korea and a member of the K-pop girl group Twice, under JYP Entertainment.

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The8 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
The8 China Xu Minghao (born November 7, 1997) is a Chinese singer and dancer under Pledis Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group SEVENTEEN and their performance team unit.

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Jun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Carat17DIYS added Jun Shenzhen, China Jun (born June 10, 1996) is a Chinese singer, dancer, and actor under Pledis Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group SEVENTEEN and its performance team unit.

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Samuel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Carat17DIYS added Samuel United States of America Samuel Kim Arredondo (born January 17, 2002; formerly known as Punch), referred to as Samuel, is an American singer based in South Korea. He was a part of the short-lived hip hop duo 1Punch, ...more

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Jay Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Jay Park United States of America Jay Park is an American singer, dancer, rapper, music producer, songwriter, model, choreographer, entrepreneur, and actor. He is a member of the Seattle-based b-boy crew, Art of Movement. As ...more

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Lu Han is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Luhan China Lu Han is a member of the musical group, Exo-M.

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Kris Wu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Kris Wu China Wu Yifan (born November 6, 1990), professionally known as Kris Wu or Kris, is a Chinese Canadian actor, singer, and model. He is a former member of South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO and its ...more

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Joshua is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Maria Purplehill added Joshua United States Of America Joshua (born December 30, 1995) is a Korean-American singer under Pledis Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group SEVENTEEN and its vocal team unit.

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Henry Lau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Henry Lau Canada Henry Lau, known as Henry, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and actor working in Korean pop music. He is best known for being a member of Super Junior-M and the break-out star in the ...more

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Jessi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Jessi United States of America Jessica Hyun-ju Ho (born December 17, 1988), better known by her stage name Jessi, is a Korean-American rapper, singer, and songwriter based in South Korea. She was born in New York, raised in ...more

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Park Jae-Hyung is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
AnaM1 added Park Jae-Hyung Korean-American (born in Argentina)

Park Jae-hyung (born September 15, 1992), better known by his stage name Jae, is a Korean-American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, and composer. He is best known as a vocalist and electric guitarist of South Korean rock band Day6. 

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Krystal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Krystal United States of America Chrystal Soo Jung, better known as Krystal Jung, Krystal, or by her Korean name Jung Soo Jung, is an American singer and actress currently based in South Korea. Discovered by S.M. Entertainment ...more

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Tiffany is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Tiffany United States of America Stephanie Young Hwang, better known by the stage name Tiffany or by her Korean name Hwang Mi-young, is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is a member of both the South Korean girl ...more

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Chenle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
ktanji-seki23 added Chenle

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Jessica Jung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Jessica Jung United States of America Jessica Sooyoun Jung is an American singer, actress, and businesswoman currently based in South Korea. She is a former member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. In 2014, she ...more

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Yanan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
XtarXing added Yanan China

A vocalist of boy group Pentagon from Cube Entertainment

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Nichkhun is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Nichkhun Thailand, United States of America Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul (born June 24, 1988), better known by his stage name Nichkhun, is a Thai American rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actor. He is currently based in South Korea as a ...more

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Yuto Adachi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
XtarXing added Yuto Adachi Japan

Lead rapper of boy group Pentagon from Cube Entertainment

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Yuta Nakamoto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
ktanji-seki23 added Yuta Nakamoto Japanese

Yuta Nakamoto is from the group Nct 2018. He was born  on October 26, 1995. 

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Victoria Song is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Victoria China Song Qian, known as Victoria Song or mononymously as Victoria, is a Chinese singer and actress. She is a member and leader of the South Korean girl group f(x).

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Mark Lee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
ktanji-seki23 added Mark Lee United States of America Mark David Lee is the guitarist and a founding member of the Christian rock band Third Day. Third Day has amassed album sales of over 6 million units. Lee has performed over 1200 shows with the ...more

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Sorn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Sorn Thailand Chonnasorn Sajakul (born November 18, 1996), better known by the mononym Sorn, is a Thai singer based in South Korea. She is best known as the winner of K-Pop Star Hunt Season 1 in 2011, and ...more

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Cheng Xiao is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Lifunia added Cheng Xiao China Cheng Xiao (born July 15, 1998) is a Chinese singer under Starship Entertainment. She is a member of the girl group WJSN.

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Loudi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
1519316258947 added Loudi Indonesia

Loudi (Real name: Edward Wen) (Born: April 13, 1996) is an Indonesian vocalist and dancer based in South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean boy group 14U under BG Entertainment.

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Fei is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Fei China Wang Feifei, known professionally as Fei, is the main vocalist of the South Korean girl group Miss A. Fei is considered one of the four best well-known and recognized Chinese female celebrities ...more

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Elkie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Elkie Hong Kong Elkie Chong Ting-yan (born 2 November 1998) is a Hong Kong singer and actress currently based in South Korea. She was previously a child-actress under TVB in Hong Kong and has appeared on ...more

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Mei Qi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Lifunia added Mei Qi China Mei Qi (born October 15, 1998) is a Chinese singer under Starship Entertainment. She is a member of the girl group WJSN.

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Jia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Jia China Meng Jia, commonly known as Jia, is a Chinese singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Miss A, which debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2010. Jia is considered one of ...more

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Xuan Yi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Lifunia added Xuan Yi China Xuan Yi (born January 26, 1995) is a Chinese singer under Starship Entertainment. She is a member of the girl group WJSN.

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Koki Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Ab Abdillah added Koki Tomlinson United States of America

Koki Tomlinson (Born: February 4, 1993) is an American (ethnicity: Japanese-German) vocalist and rapper, based in South Korea. He is a member of the South Korean boy group EXP EDITION under IMMABB Entertainment.

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Zhou Mi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Lifunia added Zhou Mi China Zhou Mi (born April 19, 1986) is a Chinese singer, actor, songwriter, presenter, MC, and radio DJ based in South Korea and China. He is a member of the Boy band Super Junior's sub-unit Super ...more