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The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols

Updated October 22, 2020 242.8k votes 21.0k voters 153.7k views80 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    Lisa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Lisa

    Thailand
    Lalisa Manoban (born Pranpriya Manoban on March 27, 1997), better known by the mononym Lisa,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 2
    Mark is listed (or ranked) 2 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Bang Chan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Bang Chan

    Australia
    Christopher Chan Bang (born October 3, 1997), better known as Bang Chan, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Yuta is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
    3,915
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    Yuta

    Japan
    Nakamoto Yuta (born October 26, 1995), better known as Yuta, is a Japanese singer and rapper... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Ten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
    4,142
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    Ten

    Thailand
    Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul (born February 27, 1996), known professionally as Ten, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Rosé is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Rosé

    New Zealand
    Roseanne Park (born 11 February 1997), better known by the stage name Rosé, is a New Zealand... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Lucas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Lucas

    Hong Kong
    Wong Yukhei (born January 25, 1999), better known as Lucas, is a Chinese-Thai singer under SM... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Huening Kai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Huening Kai

    American born in Honululu, Hawaii
    Kai Kamal Huening (born August 14, 2002), better known as Huening Kai, is a Korean-American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Vernon Chwe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Vernon Chwe

    Korean-American
    Vernon (born February 18, 1998) is a South Korean rapper under Pledis Entertainment. He is a...amazon buy button
  • 10
    Mina is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Mina

    United States of America, Japan
    Myoui Mina (born March 24, 1997), professionally known by the mononym Mina, is a Japanese...amazon buy button

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  • 11
    Felix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Felix

    Australia
    Felix Lee (born September 15, 2000) is a Korean-Australian rapper and dancer under JYP... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Tzuyu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Tzuyu

    Taiwan
    Chou Tzu-yu (born June 14, 1999), professionally known by the mononym Tzuyu, is a Taiwanese... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Lay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Zhang Yixing (born October 7, 1991), known professionally as Lay Zhang, or simply Lay, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    Sana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Sana

    Japan
    Minatozaki Sana (born December 29, 1996), professionally known by the mononym Sana, is a...amazon buy button
  • 15
    Mark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Mark

    United States of America
    Mark Tuan Yi En (born September 4, 1993) is a Taiwanese-American rapper under JYP... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    Momo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Momo

    Japan
    Hirai Momo (born November 9, 1996), professionally known by the mononym Momo, is a Japanese...amazon buy button
  • 17
    BamBam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
    6,921
    2,921

    BamBam

    Thailand
    Kunpimook Bhuwakul (born May 2, 1997), known professionally by his nickname BamBam, is a Thai... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    WinWin  is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
    3,138
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    WinWin

    Chinese
    Dǒng Sīchéng (born October 28, 1997), better known as Winwin, is a Chinese singer under SM... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Jackson Wang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
    8,033
    3,431

    Jackson Wang

    Hong Kong
    Jackson Wang (born 28 March 1994) is a Hong Kong rapper, singer and dancer based in South... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Johnny is listed (or ranked) 20 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Joshua is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
    2,918
    1,225

    Joshua

    United States Of America
    Joshua (born December 30, 1995) is a Korean-American singer under Pledis Entertainment. He is...amazon buy button
  • 22
    Chenle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
    2,861
    1,224

    Chenle

    China
    Zhong Chenle (born 22 November 2001), known professionally as Chenle, is a Chinese singer,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 23
    Jaehyun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Jaehyun

    California, America
    Jung Yoon-oh (born February 14, 1997), better known as Jaehyun, is a South Korean singer under... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 24
    Somi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Ennik Somi Douma (born March 9, 2001), professionally known by her Korean name Jeon So-mi or... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 25
    Shuhua is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Non-Korean K-Pop Idols
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    Shuhua

    Taiwan
    Yeh Shuhua, better known mononymously as Shuhua, is a Taiwanese singer under Cube... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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