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The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols 

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Updated December 31, 2019 141.7k votes 15.2k voters 108.9k views 68 items

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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Lisa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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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Jackson Wang is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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, and is known for his ...more

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BamBam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Thailand
Kunpimook Bhuwakul (born May 2, 1997), known professionally by his nickname BamBam, is a Thai singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and dancer based in South Korea. He is best known for ...more

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Lucas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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Hong Kong
Wong Yukhei (born January 25, 1999), better known as Lucas, is a Chinese-Thai singer under SM Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group NCT and its sub-units NCT U and WayV.
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Mark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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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Felix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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Australia
Felix Lee (born September 15, 2000) is a Korean-Australian rapper and dancer under JYP Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group Stray Kids.
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Mina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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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Ten is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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Thailand
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Tzuyu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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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Mark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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Lee Min-hyung (born August 2, 1999), better known as Mark Lee or Mark, is a Korean-Canadian rapper under SM Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group NCT and its sub-units NCT U, NCT 127 ...more
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Momo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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) 12 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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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Yuta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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Japan
Nakamoto Yuta (born October 26, 1995), better known as Yuta, is a Japanese singer and rapper under SM Entertainment based in Korea. He is a member of the boy group NCT and the sub-unit NCT 127.
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Lay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Zhang Yixing (born October 7, 1991), known professionally as Lay Zhang, or simply Lay, is a Chinese singer-songwriter, music producer, dancer, and actor. He debuted as a member of the South ...more
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Huening Kai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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American born in Honululu, Hawaii
Kai Kamal Huening (born August 14, 2002), better known as Huening Kai, is a Korean-American singer under Big Hit Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group TXT.

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Rosé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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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Winwin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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Chinese
Dǒng Sīchéng (born October 28, 1997), better known as Winwin, is a Chinese singer under SM Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group NCT and its sub-unit NCT 127, NCT U and WayV.
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Bang Chan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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Australia
Christopher Chan Bang (born October 3, 1997), better known as Bang Chan, is a Korean-Australian singer under JYP Entertainment. He is the leader of the boy group Stray Kids and part of the ...more
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Chenle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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China
Zhong Chenle (born 22 November 2001), known professionally as Chenle, is a Chinese singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor based in Seoul, South Korea. He is a member of South-Korean boy group ...more

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Joshua is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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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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Amber Liu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
United States of America, Taiwan
Amber Josephine Liu (born September 18, 1992), known professionally as Amber or Amber Liu, is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. She debuted as a member of the South Korean girl group ...more
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Johnny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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Seo Young-ho (born February 9, 1995), better known as John Seo or Johnny, is a Korean-American singer and rapper under SM Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group NCT and the sub-unit NCT
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Shuhua is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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Taiwan
Yeh Shuhua, better known mononymously as Shuhua, is a Taiwanese singer under Cube Entertainment. She is a member of girl group (G)I-DLE.
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Jaehyun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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California, America
Jung Yoon-oh (born February 14, 1997), better known as Jaehyun, is a South Korean singer under SM Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group NCT and their sub-units NCT U and NCT 127.
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The8 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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.