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Famous People From South Korea

Updated October 13, 2018 107.8k views993 items

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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  • 1
    Psy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    Psy

    Age: 42

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea, Gangnam District

    Park Jae-sang (born December 31, 1977), known professionally as Psy, is a South Korean singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Jun Ji-hyun is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From South 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
  • 3
    Park Shin-hye is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    BirthplaceGwangju, South Korea

    Park Shin-hye (born 18 February 1990) is a South Korean actress and singer. She gained... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Bae Suzy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    Bae Suzy

    Age: 25

    BirthplaceBuk District, Gwangju

    Bae Su-ji (born October 10, 1994), commonly known by her stage name Suzy, is a South Korean... more on Wikipedia

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

    Shin Min-a

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceSeongnam, South Korea

    Shin Min-a (born Yang Min-a on 5 April 1984) is a South Korean model and actress. She is best... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    IU is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From South 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
  • 7
    Jung So Min is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Jung So-min (born Kim Yoon-ji on March 16, 1989) is a South Korean actress.
  • 8
    Han Hyo Joo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    BirthplaceCheongju, South Korea

    Han Hyo-joo (born February 22, 1987) is a South Korean film and television actress. She is... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Park Bom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From South 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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  • 10
    Taeyeon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From South 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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  • 11
    Yunjin Kim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From South 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
  • 12
    Yesung is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    Yesung

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceCheonan, South Korea

    Kim Jong-woon (born August 24, 1984), better known by his stage name Yesung, is a South Korean... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Daul Kim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From South 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
  • 14
    BoA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    BoA

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceSouth Korea, Namyangju

    Kwon Bo-ah (born November 5, 1986), known professionally as BoA, is a South Korean singer,... more on Wikipedia

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    #26 of 137 The Best KPop Singers of All Time#91 of 174 The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

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

    Sunye

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Min Sun-ye is a South Korean singer. She is a member of the Wonder Girls.
  • 16
    Ji-hyo Song is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    BirthplacePohang, South Korea

    Cheon Soo-yeon (born Cheon Seong-im on 15 August 1981), professionally known by her stage name... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Son Ji-hyun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From South 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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  • 18
    Sooyoung is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    Sooyoung

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceGwangju, South Korea

    Choi Soo-young (born February 10, 1990), professionally known as Sooyoung, is a South Korean... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Choi Jin-sil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From South 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
  • 20
    Daniel Dae Kim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    BirthplaceBusan, South Korea

    Daniel Dae Kim (Korean: 김대현; born Kim Dae-hyun on August 4, 1968) is a Korean-American actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Kim Hyung Jun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From South Korea
    Kim Hyung-jun (Korean: 김형준; Hanja: 金亨俊; born August 3, 1987) is a South Korean entertainer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Minho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    Minho

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceYeonsu District

    Choi Min-ho (Korean: 최민호; born December 9, 1991), better known by the mononym Minho, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Cho Kyuhyun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Cho Kyu-hyun (born February 3, 1988), referred to as Kyuhyun, is a South Korean singer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Kang So-ra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From South Korea

    Kang So-ra

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceSeoul, Gangdong District, South Korea

    Kang So-ra is a South Korean actress. She made her acting debut in the 2009 horror movie 4th... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Sung-Hi Lee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From South 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
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