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Famous People From Korea

Updated May 2, 2020 5.5k views996 items

List of famous people from Korea, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Korea, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Korea you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Korea, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List includes Choi Siwon, Seo Yeong-Chun and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Korea?" or "Which celebrities were born in Korea?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • Jun Ji-hyun is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Korea

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Jun Ji-hyun (born Wang Ji-hyun on 30 October 1981), also known by her English name Gianna Jun,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Eugene is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Eugene

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Kim Yoo-jin (born March 3, 1981), known professionally as Eugene, is a South Korean actress... more on Wikipedia
  • IU is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Korea

    IU

    Age: 27

    BirthplaceSeoul, Seongdong District, South Korea

    Lee Ji-eun (born May 16, 1993), professionally known as IU, is a South Korean... more on Wikipedia
  • Jung So Min is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Korea

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Jung So-min (born Kim Yoon-ji on March 16, 1989) is a South Korean actress.
  • Park Bom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Park Bom

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Park Bom (born March 24, 1984), previously known mononymously as Bom, is a South Korean... more on Wikipedia

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  • Taeyeon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Taeyeon

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceJeonju, South Korea

    Kim Tae-yeon (born March 9, 1989), more commonly known mononymously as Taeyeon, is a South... more on Wikipedia

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  • Yunjin Kim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Yunjin Kim

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Yunjin Kim (Hangul: 김윤진; born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South... more on Wikipedia
  • Daul Kim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Daul Kim

    Dec. at 20 (1989-2009)

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Kim Daul was an international South Korean fashion model, Painter and blogger. She committed... more on Wikipedia
  • Sunye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Sunye

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Min Sun-ye is a South Korean singer. She is a member of the Wonder Girls.
  • Ji-min Yun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Ji-min Yun

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceSouth Korea

    Yoon Ji-min is a South Korean actress. She played Ji in the period action series Warrior Baek... more on Wikipedia
  • Son Ji-hyun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Korea

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Nam Ji-hyun (born on January 9, 1990), also known as Son Jihyun or Jihyun, is a South Korean... more on Wikipedia

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  • Choi Jin-sil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Choi Jin-sil

    Age: Died at 40 (1968-2008)

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Choi Jin-Sil (December 24, 1968 – October 2, 2008) was a South Korean actress. She was... more on Wikipedia
  • Kim Hyung Jun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Korea
    Kim Hyung-jun (Korean: 김형준; Hanja: 金亨俊; born August 3, 1987) is a South Korean entertainer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Cho Kyuhyun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Korea

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Cho Kyu-hyun (born February 3, 1988), referred to as Kyuhyun, is a South Korean singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sung-Hi Lee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Korea

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Sung Hi Lee (born April 1, 1970) is a South Korean model and actress based in North America.... more on Wikipedia
  • Kelly Choi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Kelly Choi

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Kelly Choi is a former host of Bravo TV's Top Chef spin-off, Top Chef Masters Choi was the... more on Wikipedia
  • Jo Yoon-hee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Korea

    BirthplaceSouth Korea

    Jo Yoon-hee (born 13 October 1982) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring... more on Wikipedia
  • Kangin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Kangin

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Kim Young-woon (born 17 January 1985), better known by his stage name Kangin, is a South... more on Wikipedia

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  • Leeteuk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Leeteuk

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Park Jeong-su (born July 1, 1983), known professionally as Leeteuk, is a South Korean singer,... more on Wikipedia

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    #4 of 137 The Best KPop Singers of All Time#6 of 174 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

  • Sohee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Sohee

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Ahn So-hee, commonly known by her stage name Sohee, is a South Korean idol singer, actress,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kim So-yeon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Korea

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Kim So-yeon (born November 2, 1980) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring... more on Wikipedia
  • Seo Woo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Seo Woo

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Seo Woo (born on July 7, 1985 as Kim Moon-joo) is a South Korean actress. Her first notable... more on Wikipedia
  • Steven Yeun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Korea

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Steven Yeun (born December 21, 1983) is a Korean-American actor and voice actor. He is known... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gideon Yu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Korea

    Gideon Yu

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Gideon Lee Yu (born May 14, 1971) is a Korean-American sports executive and a high technology... more on Wikipedia
  • John Cho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Korea

    John Cho

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    John Cho (born Cho Yo Han; June 16, 1972) is a Korean American actor known for his roles as... more on Wikipedia
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