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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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Lucas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
j4fn added 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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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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Felix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
olivia1 added 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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Huening Kai is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
ZenaNayfeh added 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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Bang Chan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
MATE_onii added 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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BamBam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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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Mark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
ktanji-seki23 added
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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Johnny is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Emily Henigin added
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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Mark is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Yuta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
ktanji-seki23 added 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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Jaehyun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
uyardilsad2205 added 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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Ten is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
JiMiPark added Thailand
Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul (born February 27, 1996), better known as Ten, is a Thai singer, rapper, and dancer under SM Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group NCT and its sub-units NCT ...more
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Winwin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
TheUltimateShawol added 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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Mina is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Sana is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Momo is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Tzuyu is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Lisa is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Rosé is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Lay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
China
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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Kun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Emily Henigin added
Qián Kūn (born January 1, 1996), better known as Kun, is a Chinese singer under SM Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group NCT and its sub-unit WayV, also a former SM Rookies.
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Renjun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
uyardilsad2205 added China
Huáng Rénjùn (born March 23, 2000), better known as Renjun, is a Chinese singer under SM Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group NCT and the sub-unit NCT Dream.
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Chenle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
ktanji-seki23 added 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) 24 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
Maria Purplehill added 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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Yuqi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
ivythe0hero added Beijing, China
Song Yu Qi, better known mononymously as Yuqi, is a Chinese singer under Cube Entertainment. She is a member of the girl group (G)I-DLE. She can speak Chinese, Korean and English.