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List of famous people from South 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 South Korea, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from South 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 South Korea, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

People here include everything from Kim Kyu-sik to Shin A-Lam.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from South Korea?" or "Which celebrities were born in South Korea?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Psy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Psy age 39 - Park Jae-sang, hangul: 박재상, hanja: 朴載相, better known by his stage name Psy, stylized PSY, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer and rapper. Psy is known domestically for his ...more

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Jun Ji-hyun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Jun Ji-hyun age 35 - Jun Ji-hyun, also known as Gianna Jun, is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her role as "The Girl" in the romantic comedy My Sassy Girl, one of the highest grossing Korean ...more

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Park Shin-hye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Park Shin-hye age 27 - Park Shin-hye is a South Korean actress, singer and dancer. She is best known for her leading roles in the television dramas You're Beautiful, Heartstrings, Flower Boys Next Door, The Heirs and ...more

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Bae Suzy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Bae Suzy age 22 - Bae Su-ji, commonly known by her stage name Suzy, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known for her roles as Go Hye-mi in the KBS2 TV series' Dream High, Jang Ma-ri in Big, young ...more

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Shin Min-a is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Shin Min-a age 33 - Shin Min-a is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in television dramas such as A Love to Kill and My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox.

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IU is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From South Korea
IU age 23 - Lee Ji-eun, better known by her stage name IU, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. Her stage name is derived from the phrase "I and You", symbolizing that people can ...more

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Jung So Min is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Jung So Min age 26 - Jung So-min is a South Korean actress. She was a guest on variety TV Show "Running Man" episode 237

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Han Hyo Joo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Han Hyo Joo age 28 - Han Hyo-joo is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her leading roles in the television dramas Brilliant Legacy and Dong Yi, as well as the film Cold Eyes for which she won Best Actress ...more

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Park Bom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Park Bom age 31 - Park Bom is a South Korean singer. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and later moved to the United States where she learned English. She is a member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1, which ...more

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Kim Tae-yeon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Kim Tae-yeon age 28 - Kim Tae-yeon is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation, its subgroup TTS, as well as the ballad group S.M. The Ballad. Tae-yeon has ...more

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Kim Yoon-jin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Kim Yoon-jin age 43 - Yunjin Kim is an American film and theater actress born in South Korea. Although she is best known in the English-speaking world for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, Kim ...more

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Yesung is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Yesung age 32 - Jong-woon Kim is an actor.

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Daul Kim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Daul Kim Died at 20 (1989-2009) - Kim Daul was an international South Korean fashion model, Painter and blogger. She committed suicide at the age of 20.

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BoA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From South Korea
BoA age 29 - Kwon Boa, commonly stylized and known by her stage name BoA, which is a backronym for Beat of Angel, is a South Korean singer and actress active in South Korea, Japan, and the United States. She ...more

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Sunye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Sunye age 26 - Min Sun-ye is a South Korean singer. She is a member of the Wonder Girls.

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Ji-hyo Song is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Ji-hyo Song age 34 - Cheon Seong-im, better known by her stage name Song Ji-hyo is a South Korean actress, television presenter and former model. She first made her acting debut in Wishing Stairs, one of the ...more

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Nam Ji-hyun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Nam Ji-hyun age 25 - Ji Hyun (Hangul: 남지현; born Nam Ji Hyun on January 9, 1990) is a South Korean singer, dancer and actress. She's the leader of the popular Korean girl group, 4Minute, formed by Cube Entertainment ...more

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Sooyoung is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Sooyoung age 27 - Choi Soo-young is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. She was a member of the Korean-Japanese duo group Route θ and is now a member of the South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation. ...more

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Choi Jin-sil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Choi Jin-sil Died at 40 (1968-2008) - Choi Jin-Sil was a popular South Korean actress. She was considered one of the best actresses in South Korea, nicknamed "The Nation's Actress". She played leading roles in 18 movies ...more

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Daniel Dae Kim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Daniel Dae Kim age 48 - Daniel Dae Kim is an American actor, producer, and director. Kim is best known for his roles as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0, and Johnny Gat in the Saints Row series of ...more

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Kim Hyung Jun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Kim Hyung Jun age 29 - Kim Hyung Joon is an actor and singer.

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Choi Minho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Choi Minho age 25 - Choi Min-ho is a South Korean singer, rapper, actor, presenter, and model. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Shinee.

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Cho Kyuhyun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Cho Kyuhyun age 27 - Cho Kyu-hyun is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior, its sub-groups, Super Junior-M and Super Junior-K.R.Y., and a former member of the ...more

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Kang So-ra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Kang So-ra age 25 - Kang So-ra is a South Korean actress. She made her acting debut in the 2009 horror movie 4th Period Mystery, but Kang rose to fame when she starred in 2011 blockbuster Sunny, a coming-of-age ...more

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Sung-Hi Lee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Sung-Hi Lee age 47 - Sung Hi Lee is a Korean American model and actress. She has been featured in Playboy magazine as well as in many other magazines and some commercial advertising. She is considered to be a ...more

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Kelly Choi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Kelly Choi age 39 - Kelly Choi is the former host of Bravo TV's Top Chef spin-off, Top Chef Masters, which premiered on June 10, 2009. Choi is also an Emmy-award winning Korean-American television personality on ...more

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Eunhyuk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Eunhyuk age 31 - Lee Hyuk-jae, better known by his stage name Eunhyuk, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer and actor. He is a member of the K-pop boy band Super Junior and their subgroups, Super Junior-T ...more

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Ok-bin Kim is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Ok-bin Kim age 30 - Kim Ok-bin is a South Korean actress. Kim made her debut in an online beauty contest in 2004, and began her acting career with a role in 2005 film Voice. Subsequent appearances include the ...more

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Kangin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Kangin age 32 - Young-woon Kim is an actor.

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Leeteuk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Leeteuk age 33 - Park Jeong-su, better known by his stage name Leeteuk, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor. He is a member of the K-pop boy band Super Junior and its subgroups, Super Junior-T and ...more

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Go Ara is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Go Ara age 27 - Go Ara, often performing under the mononym Ara, is a South Korean actress. She made her acting debut in the 2003 Korean television drama Sharp #1.

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Kim So-yeon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Kim So-yeon age 36 - Kim So-yeon is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in the television dramas All About Eve, Iris and Prosecutor Princess.

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Sohee is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Sohee age 23 - Ahn So-hee, commonly known by her stage name Sohee, is a South Korean idol singer, actress, dancer, model and MC. She was the visual, and former member of the popular South Korean girl group ...more

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Seo Woo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Seo Woo age 30 - Seo Woo is a South Korean actress. After her breakout role in 2008's Crush and Blush, Seo Woo continues to act in film and television, notably in Paju and The Housemaid, and the TV dramas Tamra, ...more

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Shindong is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Shindong age 31 - Shin Dong-hee, better known by his stage name Shindong, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the K-pop boy band Super Junior and its subgroups Super ...more

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Steven Yeun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Steven Yeun age 33 - Steven Yeun is an actor.

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Gideon Yu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Gideon Yu age 44 - Gideon Yu is a Korean-American sports executive and a high technology investor and advisor. Yu is currently the Co-Owner of the San Francisco 49ers football team. He was previously the team ...more

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John Cho is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From South Korea
John Cho age 43 - John Yohan Cho is a South Korean born American actor and musician. He starred as Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar films and played the character John, MILF Guy No. 2 who popularized the term ...more

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Yu-ri Kim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Yu-ri Kim Died at 22 (1989-2011) - Yu-ri Kim was a South Korean fashion model, who was active from late 2000s to early 2010s. Despite being considered one of the most promising models in the runway scene in South Korea, she died ...more

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Kim Jonghyun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Kim Jonghyun age 26 - Kim Jong-hyun is a South Korean singer and songwriter. He is main vocalist member of both the South Korean boy group Shinee and the ballad group S.M. The Ballad. Jonghyun released his first EP ...more

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Lee Donghae is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Lee Donghae age 30 - Lee Dong-hae is a South Korean singer, songwriter and actor. He is a member of the boy band Super Junior, its subgroup Super Junior-M, and Donghae & Eunhyuk, as well as the dance-centered ...more

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Soon-Yi Previn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Soon-Yi Previn age 45 - Soon-Yi Previn is an actress.

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Jinah Kim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Jinah Kim age 45 - Jinah Kim is a Korean American reporter for NBC News and KNBC in Los Angeles, California. She is also President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. She is ...more

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Jo An-ah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Jo An-ah age 33 - Jo An is a South Korean actress. She is best known for the films Lifting King Kong and My Little Hero, as well as the family drama Everybody Cha-cha-cha and police procedural Special Affairs

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Cho Sung-woo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Cho Sung-woo age 52 - Jo Seong-woo is a film score composer and film producer.

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Teddy Park is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Teddy Park age 38 - Park Hong-jun, better known by his stage name Teddy Park or Teddy, is a South Korean-born American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Born in South Korea, Park moved to the United States ...more

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Ahn Suk-hwan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Ahn Suk-hwan age 56 - Ahn Suk-hwan is a South Korean actor. Ahn has been active in theater, film and television since 1986. His onscreen roles include both comedic and villainous supporting turns, among them a ...more

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Jeong Ryeo Won is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Jeong Ryeo Won age 36 - Ryeowon Jung is an actress.

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Lee Soo-man is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Lee Soo-man age 64 - Lee Soo-man is a South Korean music mogul, musician, and record producer. He is the founding chairman of S.M. Entertainment, specializing in K-pop groups. S.M. Entertainment is one of the Korean ...more

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Qri is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Qri age 29 - Lee Ji-hyun, better known by her stage name Qri, is a South Korean idol, singer and actress, and the leader of K-pop girl group T-ara.