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TOP 20: The Cutest And Most Beautiful Korean Actresses

Updated on July 8, 2015
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Xhyniie has been a KPOP fan for 3 years and K-drama fan for 14 years. She enjoys writing about the Korean entertainment industry.

Park Soo-ae
Park Soo-ae

20. Park Soo-ae

DOB: July 25, 1979
Popular works: A Family (2004), Sunny (2008), Emperor of the Sea (2004), Athena: Goddess of War (2010), A Thousand Day's Promise (2011), Queen of Ambition (2013)

Soo Ae began her career on television, but after her breakout role in A Family (2004), she became best known as a leading actress in film, notably in Sunny (2008) andMidnight FM (2010). She also appeared in the popular TV seriesEmperor of the Sea (2004) and A Thousand Days' Promise (2011).

She made her small screen debut in 2002 in a one-act drama on MBC, going on to star in Love Letter, Merry Go Round and April Kiss. Her 2004 hit historical drama Emperor of the Sea was exported to other Asian countries, South America and the Middle East, introducing Soo Ae to a wider international audience.


Kim Hee-sun
Kim Hee-sun

19. Kim Hee-sun

DOB: June 11, 1977
Popular works: Faith (2012), Wonderful Days (2014)

Kim Hee-sun debuted as the MC of SBS's music show Inkigayo in 1993 during her second year of high school, and has since become famous both at home and abroad as one of Korea's most beautiful actresses.

She starred as the heroine in many hit trendy dramas in the 1990s, such as Propose and Forever Yours with Ryu Shi-won, Wedding Dress with Lee Seung-yeon, Mister Q with Kim Min-jong and Song Yun-ah, Tomato with Kim Suk-hoon, and Goodbye My Love with Ahn Jae-wook.


Lee Yeon-hee
Lee Yeon-hee

18. Lee Yeon-hee

DOB: January 9, 1988
Popular works: A Millionaire’s First Love (2006), Gu Family Book (2013)

She is a South Korean actress and model under record label and talent agency, S.M. Entertainment. She made her first appearance in Moon Heejun's music video, "ALONE" in 2001 and officially debuted in the Korean television drama, Sea Godas young Junghwa in 2004.

She played her first movie in 2006 known as "A Millionaire's First Love" as Eun-whan.
Lee Yeon-hee’s big break came in the form of the movie Millionaire's First Love where she played a lead role alongside popular actor Hyun Bin. Lee resolved to "act as hard as she can with all that she's learned" for her movie debut. Through the movie she also made her singing debut, singing Do Re Mi from The Sound of Music and Insa on the film's original soundtrack.


Song Ji-hyo
Song Ji-hyo

17. Song Ji-hyo

DOB: August 15, 198
Popular works: Wishing Stars (2003), Princess Hours (2006), Jumong (2007), A Frozen Flower (2008), Emergency Couple (2014)

Song Ji-hyo gained international fame for being the only female member of the popular Korean variety show Running Man, which made her popularity rise across Asia.

Before she debut as an actress, she was a model for Kiki Magazine. She chose "Song Ji-hyo" as her stage name. Song appeared in the music video for Lee Soo-young "And I Love You" and appeared another music video for JTL"Just Say Goodbye". She also made a cameo appearances in the last episode of the television drama Age of Innocence.


Gong Hyo-jin
Gong Hyo-jin

16. Gong Hyo-jin

DOB: April 4, 1980
Popular works: Crush and Blush(2008), Sang-doo! Let's Go to School (2003), Thank You(2007),Pasta (2010), The Greatest Love(2011), Master's Sun (2013), and It's Okay, That's Love (2014)

After starring with close friend Shin Min-ah in the 2009 indie Sisters on the Road, Gong played an aspiring chef in romantic comedy series Pastain 2010.Originally written as the usual brash and spunky rom-com heroine, Gong thought it would be boring and clichéd to play her as such, and instead made the significant acting decision to play against type by creating the character as an ordinary girl who was seemingly meek, but had a quiet strength and slyly got her way.

Gong Hyo-jin, along with fellow actresses Kim Min-hee and Choi Kang-hee, is considered an influential fashion icon by Korean women in their 20s and 30s. In 2010 she collaborated with shoe brand push BUTTON to produce the capsule collection "Excuse Me + pushBUTTON." Two years later, Suecomma Bonnie, another shoe brand, released her "Excuse Me x Suecomma Bonnie" line.


Moon Geun-young
Moon Geun-young

15. Moon Geun-young

DOB: May 6, 1987
Popular works: Endless Love: Autumn in My Heart (2000), A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), My Little Bride (2004), Goddess of Fire (2013)

Affectionately called "the nation's little sister," Moon Geun-young began modelling at the age of 12, then made her acting debut in 1999 as a child actress. She first rose to stardom through her role as the young Eun-suh in the hugely popular television drama series Autumn in My Heart (2000), followed by a well-received turn in Kim Ji-woon's critically acclaimed horror film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003).

Moon solidified her star status by headlining the box-office hits My Little Bride in 2004 and Innocent Steps in 2005. In 2008, she became the youngest recipient of a Grand Prize ("Daesang") which she won for the period drama Painter of the Wind.


Kim Ha-neul
Kim Ha-neul

14. Kim Ha-neul

DOB: February 21, 1978
Popular works: My Tutor Friend 2003, My Girlfriend Is An Agent (2009), A Gentleman's Dignity (2012)

She made her acting debut in 1998 with Bye June, and is best known for her starring roles in the romantic comedies My Tutor Friend (2003),Too Beautiful to Lie (2004) and My Girlfriend Is an Agent (2009). Kim received acting awards for the serial killer thriller Blind (2011).
She next stars in upcoming crowd funded indie feature Don't Forget Meopposite Jung Woo-sung,and her first Chinese film, romantic comedy Making Family opposite Aarif Rahman.


Moon Chae-won
Moon Chae-won

13. Moon Chae-won

DOB: November 13, 1986
Popular works: The Princess’ Man (2011), The Innocent Man (2012), Good Doctor (2013)

Moon Chae-won first attracted attention in 2008 in her supporting role as a gisaeng in Painter of the Wind. She was next cast in Brilliant Legacy, one of the top-rated Korean dramas of 2009.

Moon's profile was further raised with Brilliant Legacy, in which she played a privileged girl who alternately antagonizes and pities her stepsister. Brilliant Legacy became one of the top-rated Korean dramas of 2009, with a peak viewership rating of 47.1%.

2011 marked her career’s breakthrough, with leading roles in the television period drama The Princess' Man and the action blockbuster War of the Arrows; both were critical and commercial hits, with Arrows as the highest grossing Korean film of the year.


Han Ji-min
Han Ji-min

12. Han Ji-min

DOB: November 5, 1983
Popular works: Resurrection (2205), Padam Padam (2011), Rooftop Prince (2012)

After minor roles in All In and Dae Jang Geum, Han had her breakout role in revenge series Resurrectionin 2005. This was followed by period dramas Capital Scandal and Yi San, contemporary dramas Cain and Abeland Padam Padam, and romantic comedy Rooftop Prince.

Han Ji MIn is a Social Welfare major from Seoul Women's University, she is widely known for actively participating in volunteer work and fund drives, mostly through the relief organization Join Together Society.

In 2009 she published her own book titled We’re Already Friends: Han Ji-min’s Philippines Donation Book, which includes stories and drawings of her time spent in a deep mountain village in the Philippines helping at a village school.She then donated all the royalties to help in funding the education of children in North Korea and developing countries in Asia.In 2012 she was designated as goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme.


Son Ye-jin
Son Ye-jin

11. Son Ye-jin

DOB: January 11, 1982) is a South Korean actress.
Popular works: The Classic (2003),Summer Scent (2003), A Moment to Remember (2004), April Snow(2005), Alone in Love (2006) and My Wife Got Married (2008), Personal Taste (2010)

Her first high-profile role in cinema was in Im Kwon-taek's Chi-hwa-seon, which screened at Cannes and took home a Best Director award in 2002.

Son Ye Jin further solidified her status as a "hallyu" (Korean wave) star in 2003 by taking the lead in TV drama Summer Scent, a part of the hugely successful series of TV dramas including Autumn in My Heart and Winter Sonata (though this drama would not attract the attention of the previous two).

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Go Eun-ah
Go Eun-ah

10. Go Eun-ah

Real Name: Bang Hyo-jin
DOB: October 28, 1988

She is a South Korean actress. She is best known as Keum-shil in the TV seriesGolden Apple. Her brother Mir is a member of the boyband MBLAQ. She is pretty with long hair and looks handsome with short hair. Go Eun-ah is one of Korea's amazing actresses who can act in dramatic television series and comedies.

Television Dramas
• K-POP - The Ultimate Audition (Channel A, 2012) - Ji Seung-yeon
• Vacation (2006, episode 1) - Soo-yeon
• Rainbow Romance (MBC, 2006) - Go Eun-ah
• Drama City "Summer Goodbye (여름, 이별이야기)" (KBS2, 2005)
• Golden Apple (2005) - Keum-shil


Lee Si-young
Lee Si-young

9. Lee Si-young

Real Name: Lee Eun-rae
DOB: April 17, 1982

She is a South Korean actress and amateur boxer. She made her acting debut in 2008 in a guest appearance on season 3 of the TV procedural Urban Legends Deja Vu, followed by the historical drama The Kingdom of The Winds.

Aside from her entertainment career. She is also an amateur boxer. Despite taking up the sport in her late 20s and fighting opponents who are much more experienced and younger, in just three years, Lee has established herself in the sport by winning a number of amateur titles in the 48-kg class.


Hwang Jung-eum
Hwang Jung-eum

8. Hwang Jung-eum

Real Name: Hwang Jung-eum
DOB: January 25, 1985

Hwang Jung-eum debuted with K-pop girl group Sugar in 2002 as a sub vocalist, but left the group in 2004 to pursue a solo career.

Television dramas:
Endless Love | Kkeutubneun Sarang (SBS / 2014) - Seo In-Ae
Potato Star 2013QR3 | Kamjabyeol 2013QR3 (tvN / 2013-2014) - No Soo-Dong's secretary
Secret Love | Bimil (KBS2 / 2013) - Kang Yoo-Jung
Incarnation of Money | Donui Hwashin (SBS / 2013) - Bok Jae-In
Full House Take 2 | Poolhawooseu Take 2 (TBS-SBS Plus / 2012) - Jang Man-Ok
Golden Time | Goldeuntaim (MBC / 2012) - Kang Jae-In
High Kick! 3 | Haikik 3 (MBC / 2011-2012) - Student teacher Jung-Eum (ep. 106)
Can You Hear My Heart | Naemaeumyi Deulrini (MBC / 2011) - Bong Woo-Ri
Giant | Jaieonteu (SBS / 2010) - Lee Mi-Joo
High Kick! 2 | Jibong Ddulgo Haikick (MBC / 2009-2010) - Hwang Jung-Eum
Little Mom Scandal 2 | CGV / 2008 - Na Hye Jung
Little Mom Scandal 1 | CGV / 2008 - Na Hye Jung
East of Eden | Edenui Dongjjuk (MBC / 2008)
The Last Scandal of My Life | Nae saengae majimak seukaendeul (MBC / 2008) - Sa Ruby
Lonely Bird | Kyeowulsae (MBC / 2007-2008) - Jin-Ah
To My Love | Saranghaneun Saramah (SBS / 2007)


Yoon Seung-ah
Yoon Seung-ah

7. Yoon Seung-ah

Real Name: Yoon Seung-ah
DOB: September 29, 1983

She debuted as a magazine model, and first gained attention in 2006 by appearing in two music videos by Alex Chu and Ji Sun. After finishing her art major, Yoon pursued an acting career, with supporting roles in the television series Playful Kiss and Moon Embracing the Sun. She was cast in her first leading role in the 2012 cable romantic comedy Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog.

Television dramas:
I Need Romance 3 | Romaenseuga Pilyohae 3 (tvN / 2014) - Jung Hee-Jae
Empire of Gold | Hwanggeumui Jegoog (SBS / 2013) - Jang Hee-Joo (Tae-Joo's younger sister)
Panda and Hedgehog | Pandayanggwa Koseumdochi (Channel A / 2012) - Pan Da-Yang
The Moon Embracing The Sun | Haereul Poomeun Dal (MBC / 2012) - Sul
All My Love For You | Mongddang Naesarang (MBC / 2010-2011) - Yoon Seung-Ah
Mischievous Kiss | Jangnanseureon Kiseu (MBC / 2010) - Dok Ko Min-Ah
Hero | Hieoro (MBC / 2009)
Rainbow Romance | Reinbowoo Romangseu (MBC / 2005-2005)



IU
IU

6. IU

Real Name: Lee Ji-eun
DOB: May 16, 1993

IU debuted on Mnet M! Countdown on September 18, 2008 with her debut single "Lost Child". It was later released as the title track for her debut mini-album Lost and Found on September 24, 2008. However, she did not gain mainstream popularity until her follow-up and debut studio album Growing Up.

Television dramas:
Bel Ami | Yebbeun Namja (KBS2 / 2013) - Kim Bo-Tong
You Are The Best! | Choegoda Lee Soon Shin (KBS2 / 2013) - Lee Soon-Shin
Salamander Guru and The Shadow Operation Team | Dolongnyong Dosawa Geulimja Jojagdan (SBS / 2012) - Pickpocket Ji-Eun (ep. 6)
Dream High 2 | Deurim Hai 2 (KBS2 / 2012) - Kim Pil-Suk (ep.1)
Dream High (KBS2 / 2011) - Kim Pil-Suk



Han Chae-young
Han Chae-young

5. Han Chae-young

Real name: Kim Ji-young
DOB: September 13, 1980

The press dubbed her "Barbie Doll of Korea" — for her tall, shapely proportions. Though this image would land her numerous commercial endorsements, her acting projects in the next few years saw Han typecast as an unapproachable beauty from a wealthy background.

Television dramas:
Bel Ami | Yebbeun Namja (KBS2 / 2013) - Hong Yoo-Ra
Ad Genius Lee Tae-Baek | Gwanggocheonjae Lee Tae-Baek (KBS2 / 2013) - Ko A-Ri
A Man Called God | Shinira Beulriyun Sanayi (MBC / 2010)
Boys Over Flowers | Kkotboda Namja (KBS2/ 2009) - Min Seo-Hyeon
Fireworks | Boolkkotnoli (MBC / 2006) - Shin Na-Ra
Only You | Eunriyu (SBS / 2005) - Cha Eun-Jae
Sassy Girl Chun-hyang | Kwaegeol Chun-hyang (KBS2 / 2005) - Sung Choon-Hyang
Beijing My Love | Bok-kyeong naesarang (KBS2 / 2004)
Autumn in my Heart | Gaeul donghwa (KBS2 / 2000) - Choi Shin-Ae


Jung So-min
Jung So-min

4. Jung So-min

Real Name: Kim Yoon-ji
DOB: March 16, 1989

She immediately attracted attention when she made her acting debut in 2010 with a supporting role in the television series Bad Guy. This led to a leading role in her next project Playful Kiss, the Korean adaptation of the popular manga Itazura na Kiss. Though it received low ratings in Korea, the fame of her costar Kim Hyun-joong made the romantic comedy popular overseas, further raising Jung's profile.



Kim So-eun
Kim So-eun

3. Kim So-eun

Real Name: Kim So-eun
DOB: September 6, 1989

She made her acting debut with a bit part in the 2004 film Two Guys, when she was in junior high school. She then appeared in minor roles on TV and film, including Sisters of the Sea and The Show Must Go On.

She rose to fame in 2009 with her supporting role as the heroine's best friend in the popular television series Boys Over Flowers. Kim gained praise for her versatility since she also portrayed Chae Shi-ra's childhood counterpart Hwangbo Soo in the period epic Empress Cheonchu, for which she learned how to ride a horse and shoot with a bow and arrow.



Park Min-young
Park Min-young

2. Park Min-young

Real Name: Park Min-young
DOB: March 04, 1986

She is best known for her leading roles in the television dramas Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) and City Hunter (2011). Park Min-young made her entertainment debut in an SK Telecom commercial in 2005. She launched her acting career a year later in the hit sitcom Unstoppable High Kick! (2006).

Her popularity rose in the next several years as she continued to appear in television dramas, in roles such as the only daughter of a notorious gangster in I Am Sam (2007), and a girl caught between two marathon runners in Running, Gu(2010).

I really like her a lot. She is very beautiful, likable and a talented actress. I have always enjoyed her performances especially in City Hunter and A New Leaf. I was so happy when she and Lee Min Ho were dating. I thought they would be so good together. I sincerely hope they have another chance at it in the future.


Ku Hye Sun
Ku Hye Sun

1. Ku Hye-sun

Real Name: Ku Hye-sun
DOB: November 9, 1984

She is a South Korean actress, singer/songwriter and director. She is best known for her roles in the television dramas Pure in Heart (2006), Boys Over Flowers(2009) and Angel Eyes (2014).

Ku Hye-sun is such a talented, wonderful and beautiful Korean actress. She has the ability to involve in so many types of works e.g. scriptwriter, director and as an actress. And if you look into her acting, her ability is amazing.

Her beauty is just so captivating. She just stands out cause she just has that gorgeous look, her skin complexion is so light you can almost spot her in a crowd of people. She plays her character really well. She seem to have natural connection with her co-actors.

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      shin anne hwa 2 years ago

      So nice,beautiful and cute actress

      anneyoung

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      jasmine 2 years ago

      Kim ha neul and ku hye sun are the moat beautiful korean actresses. I really like them.

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      Olivia 17 months ago

      Song Ji Hyo and Ku Hye Sun:)

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      steffie 17 months ago

      why is im Yoona is not in here even though she acts and is considered as one of the most beautiful face of Kpop... It's because her beauty is so Overrated!! Not even on par with the girls on this list hehe :)

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 9 months ago from London England

      It would be fairly safe to say that these 'gals' would be skilled at tae kwon doe or other martial arts. Just as the Chinese actresses in Hollywood know kung fu. Watch out wolves!

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      Kpop girl 8 months ago

      Why is Nana from After school not listed here? She was listed on the top world's 100 most beautiful faces in the world for 2 YEARS in a row! DO YOU KNOW HOW TO BE ON THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL FACES IN THE ROW FOR 2 YEARS IN A ROW!!!!!!!!

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      ann 5 months ago

      Song Ji Hyo is breathtaking beautiful and such a charming actress

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      Pu ta in-na 4 months ago

      Sexy and beautiful korean actresses are on their early and mid 30's but still taking up romantic and teen inspired love stories. That's amazing since they don't look old on their 30's even on their 40's . Unlike here in the Philippines , actresses or actors on their 30's mostly taking mother or father roles. Omg

      Lol

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      Sulatri 3 months ago

      Song Ji Hyo forever

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      Cassidy Jaz Davis 3 weeks ago

      I want IU and Kim So Eun,and also Park Min Young and Jung So Min. But why Yoon Eun Hye is not in the list?

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      Gadfly 3 weeks ago from Olde London Towne

      Nothing surpasses the evocative allure of the oriental Lady. Her feminine mystique and natural charm is enough to regard them as deities.

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