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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
Age: 41

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea, Gangnam District

Park Jae-sang (born December 31, 1977), known professionally as Psy, is a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Psy is known domestically for his humorous videos and ...more

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Jun Ji-hyun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 37

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Jun Ji-hyun (born Wang Ji-hyun on 30 October 1981), also known by her English name Gianna Jun, is a South Korean actress. She rose to fame for her role as The Girl in the romantic comedy My ...more

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Park Shin-hye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 29

Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea

Park Shin-hye (born 18 February 1990) is a South Korean actress and singer. She gained recognition for starring in melodramas Stairway to Heaven (2003) and Tree of Heaven (2006). Considered one ...more

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Bae Suzy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 21

Birthplace: Buk District, Gwangju

Bae Su-ji (born October 10, 1994), 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, ...more

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Shin Min-a is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 34

Birthplace: Seongnam, South Korea

Shin Min-a (born Yang Min-a on 5 April 1984) is a South Korean model and actress. She is best known for starring in television dramas A Love to Kill (2005), My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox ...more

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IU is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 22

Birthplace: Seoul, Seongdong District, South Korea

Lee Ji-eun (born May 16, 1993), professionally known as IU, is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. While still in middle school, IU auditioned for various talent agencies with ...more

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Jung So Min is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 26

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Jung So-min (born Kim Yoon-ji on March 16, 1989) is a South Korean actress.

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Han Hyo Joo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 31

Birthplace: Cheongju, South Korea

Han Hyo-joo (born February 22, 1987) is a South Korean film and television actress. She is best known for her leading roles in television drama series: Spring Waltz (2006); Brilliant Legacy ...more

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Park Bom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 34

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Park Bom (born March 24, 1984), previously known mononymously as Bom, is a South Korean singer. She is best known as a former member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1. Park began her musical ...more

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Taeyeon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 29

Birthplace: Jeonju, South Korea

Kim Tae-yeon (born March 9, 1989), more commonly known mononymously as Taeyeon, is a South Korean singer. She is the leader of the girl group Girls' Generation and a member of its sub-units ...more

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Yunjin Kim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 42

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Yunjin Kim (Hangul: 김윤진; born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television ...more

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Yesung is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 34

Birthplace: Cheonan, South Korea

Kim Jong-woon (born August 24, 1984), better known by his stage name Yesung, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, radio personality and MC. He is a member of the boy group SUPER JUNIOR ...more

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Daul Kim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Daul Kim Dec. at 20 (1989-2009)

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

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
Age: 32

Birthplace: South Korea, Namyangju

Kwon Bo-ah (born November 5, 1986), known professionally as BoA, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer and actress active in South Korea and Japan. Dubbed the "Queen of ...more

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Sunye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 29

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

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
Age: 37

Birthplace: Pohang, South Korea

Cheon Soo-yeon (born Cheon Seong-im on 15 August 1981), professionally known by her stage name Song Ji-hyo, is a South Korean actress and model. Song was a cover model for Kiki Magazine before ...more

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Son Ji-hyun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 29

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Nam Ji-hyun (born on January 9, 1990), also known as Son Jihyun or Jihyun, is a South Korean singer, dancer and actress. She is the best known as the former leader and a vocalist of ...more

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Sooyoung is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 29

Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea

Choi Soo-young (born February 10, 1990), professionally known as Sooyoung, is a South Korean singer, songwriter and actress. She is a vocalist of the girl group Girls' Generation and former ...more

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Choi Jin-sil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: Died at 40 (1968-2008)

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Choi Jin-Sil (December 24, 1968 – October 2, 2008) was a South Korean actress. She was considered one of the best actresses in South Korea, nicknamed "The Nation's Actress". She played ...more
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Daniel Dae Kim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 47

Birthplace: Busan, South Korea

Daniel Dae Kim (Korean: 김대현; born Kim Dae-hyun on August 4, 1968) is a Korean-American actor, voice actor, and producer. He is known for his roles as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, Chin Ho Kelly in ...more

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Kim Hyung Jun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 31
Kim Hyung-jun (Korean: 김형준; Hanja: 金亨俊; born August 3, 1987) is a South Korean entertainer, lead rapper and youngest member of boyband SS501 and SS301. In 2010, Kim left DSP Media, who managed ...more
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Minho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 27

Birthplace: Yeonsu District

Choi Min-ho (Korean: 최민호; born December 9, 1991), better known by the mononym Minho, is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actor. He debuted as a member of South Korean boy group Shinee in May ...more

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Cho Kyuhyun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From South Korea
Age: 31

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Cho Kyu-hyun (born February 3, 1988), referred to as Kyuhyun, is a South Korean singer, musical theatre actor and television host. He is a member of the boy group SUPER JUNIOR and their ...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

Birthplace: Seoul, Gangdong District, South Korea

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
Age: 48

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Sung Hi Lee (born April 1, 1970) is a South Korean model and actress based in North America. She has been featured in Playboy magazine as well as in many other magazines and some commercial ...more