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Top 10 Hottest Korean Drama Actors

Updated on January 2, 2018
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I have an interest in all things Korean, ranging from the language to the drama to—of course—the food!

Korean drama actors are one of the hottest thing you've seen, right? Are any of you fans of k-drama like me? The way they portray their characters are just ... it simply makes you fall in love with them. So here are the hottest Korean drama actors. Before you start however, please note that the numbers are not their ranking.Let's grace yourself with these gorgeous actors, shall we?

The K2 Trailer

10. Ji Chang Wook

Born July 5, 1987
Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Years Active 2006-present
Agency Glorious Entertainment

Ji Chang Wook's smile is just so sweet right? Looking at his smile makes you feel like everything is going to be okay. Now, that's what I would call hot. Ji Chang Wook first began his career in 2006. He caught the attention of people when he starred in Smile Again as Korean-America skater. Because of his performance in the drama, he was awarded "Best Actor in Daily Drama". He is most famous for his drama such as Healer (2014-2015), The K2 (2016) and Suspicious Partner. Unfortunately, he began his mandatory military service on August 2017 so he won't be gracing us with his presence often! We hope you'll be back soon!


His girl of his dream turned out to be Song Hye Kyo!

You who Came from the Star Trailer

9. Kim Soo Hyun

Born February 16, 1988 (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea
Years Active 2007-present
Agency KeyEast

Who's not charmed by Kim Soo Hyun's acting as Do Min Joon? Yup, no one. He is that impressive. It started back in high school. He was so introverted that his mother decided to enroll him in acting classes. Apparently entertainment runs in their family. Kim Soo Hyun's father is the singer of 80's band, Seven Dolphins. Kim Soo Hyun made his debut as a supporting role in a family sitcom called Kimchi Cheese Smile. Kim Soo Hyun rose to fame in 2010 when he played as a teen in Dream High and his career continued to grow from there. Later on, he acted in My Love from Another Star as an alien. He became famous internationally then on. He even won Daesang award! Let's continue to support him shall we? Oh and a bonus fact, he appeared in an underwear commercial!


Kim Soo Hyun's favorite K-girl group is Orange Caramel

Train to Busan Trailer

8. Gong Yo

Born July 10, 1979 (age 38)
Busan, South Korea
Years Active 2001-present
Agent Management Soop

Remember the hype around Train to Busan back then? Well, he is certainly not as young as others but we all can agree he is a hot ahjussi. He made his debut when he starred in School 4 in 2001. Alo another thing you might find interesting from him, he hosted as a DJ for army radio station. His fame skyrocketed when he starred in Train to Busan, a zombie movie. Then, his latest drama hit, Goblin, made him shine. He acted a super old Goblin who can't die until he finds his bride! Make sure to watch it! It's based on Korean legend.


Gong Yoo is a stage name. His real name is Gong Ji Chul

Autumn in My Heart Trailer

7. Won Bin

Born Kim Do-jin
November 10, 1977 (age 40)
Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, South Korea
Year Active 1997-present
Agent Eden 9

Yup, I was surprised because he is forty. Who's with me? He is the youngest child of five. He lived in mountain area in his childhood. While he is introverted, he is very good at athletic. He even holds a black belt in taekwondo! His dream was to become a car mechanic. However, in his last year of high school, he applied as an actor for a cable TV. Thankfully he made that decision! His most famous drama of all time is Autumn in My Heart which he starred with Song Hye Kyo. He is married to Lee Na Young. They knew each other through their agency.


His real name is Kim Do Jin

You're Beautiful Trailer

6. Jang Geun Suk

Born August 4, 1987 (age 30)
Danyang County
Years Active 1992-present
Agent TreeG Entertainment

Well, I think his most distinguishing charm is his bad boy appearance! When he smiles, it's very cute too. You're Beautiful is my favorite drama and it remains in my top list till now. He is a veteran in entertainment industry because he was a child model since the age of 5. In junior high school, he went to New Zealand to study English and Japan. Aside from Korea, he is popular in Japan as well. He appeared in Japanese horror film, One Missed Call: Final. He gained more popularity after he starred in You're Beautiful as the leader of a boy band. He starred in Love Rain later on with SNSD member, Im Yoona which is a big hit as well. Well, in 2018, he will star in a drama or movie. Let's just wait and see!


According to him, he has dated three women!

Scarlet Heart Ryeo

5. Lee Joon Ki

Born 17 April 1982 (age 30)
Busan, South Korea
Years Active 2001-present
Agent Namoo Actors

In Scarlet Heart Ryeo, he looked like a villain, but a hot one. Yeah, how is he able to look that attractive? He got the largest votes as the hottest actor with Ji Chang Wook behind him. In 2001, he debuted as a model. He got his first big acting role in the 2005. He was chosen simply because his producer saw him do handstand. His handstand must be very awesome! He became an icon of a pretty boy in Korea. His name gained a lot of following when he was cast in Scarlet Heart Ryeo.


His response every time asked about his status, "Girlfriend? Wouldn't I say no even if I had one?"

Moonlight Drawn Trailer

4. Park Bogum

Born June 16, 1993 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2011-present
Agent Blossom Entertainment

Nope, not with Park Bogum. He played a lot of different characters. Actor has to challenge themselves. One time, he was a psychopathic lawyer in Hello Monster. Next, he was a genius Go player in Reply 1988. In Love in the Moonlight, he was a Joseon dynasty prince. Bogum has the meaning of a precious sword. Well, he is indeed precious. He made his debut in Sidus HQ. He also starred in Naeil's Cantabile, an adaption of the famous Japanese manga, Nodame Cantabile. He became very famous when he starred in Love in the Moonlight with Kim Yoo Jung.


He is the nation's crown prince!

W: Two Worlds Trailer

3. Lee Jong Suk

Born September 14, 1989 (age 28)
Years Active 2005-present
Agent YG Entertainment

What's the impression Lee Jong Suk gives? A genius guy. Yeah, intellect is very attractive. He made a debut as a runway model in 2005. No wonder, his legs are goals! He is the youngest boy to ever participate in Seoul Fashion Week. The dramas he starred are always such a hit right? His rising fame started when he starred in Secret Garden as a supporting role. His hit dramas are Pinnochio, W: Two Worlds, Doctor Stranger and the latest, While You Were Sleeping. Not much is known about his dating life but a rumor sparked up that he dated Park Shin Hye.


Lee Jong Suk picked Hyoyeon SNSD as the person he can tell his feelings the most.

Boys before Flower

2. Lee Min Ho

Born June 22, 1987 (Age 30)
Years Active 2003-2017 (military service)
Agent MYM Entertainment (Korea)
IMX Inc. (Japan)
Huayi Brothers (China)

Who wouldn't fall in love with him after watching Boys Before Flowers? He is very charming, right? Also, his acting in Heirs also caught the attention of many. He wanted to become a footballer but well, his fate turned out to be different. Now, he is the international heart throb. Lee Min Ho auditioned a lot and he landed an acting role as supporting role. His agency assigned him a stage name as Lee Min but returned to his original name because Lee Min means Immigration. It made it hard to turn up in internet search. He got into a serious car accident with Jung Ii woo in 2006. His most well known drama is Boys Before Flowers, The Heirs, CIty Hunter and Gangnam Blues.


He gets a lot of offers for movie roles from Hollywood, but he doesn’t think he’s ready to take on that challenge yet.

Descendants of the Sun Trailer

1. Song Joong Ki

Born September 19, 1985 (age 32)
Dong District, Daejeon, South Korea
Years Active 2008-present
Agent Blossom Entertainment

I know. I wish Yoo Si Jin is real as well. Song Joong Ki portrayed Yoo Si Jin in Descendants of the Sun very well! He made his debut in 2008 in Frozen Flower. He also starred in other drama such as Innocent Man and Sungkyunkwan Scandal. He did a military service in 2013 before returning and taking up the role of a charismatic Korean soldier Yoo Si Jin. The drama blew up internationally. He became the idol of a lot of young girls anywhere. He won the best couple with Song Hye Kyo in KBS Drama Awards. Ah, Song Joong Ki and Park Bogum cried for each other. Cute, no? He and Song Hye Kyo have a very great chemistry, right? Well, it's because ... there's a rumor that Song Joong Ki is interested in Song Hye Kyo before the drama. Let's give our blessing to the newlywed Song Song couple, okay?


He is actually a crybaby!

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