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Top 10 Most Beautiful and Most Popular Korean Actress 2017

Updated on February 11, 2017

Korean actresses are popular for their beautiful faces, attractive smiles, gorgeous looks, and timeless, innocent beauty. Besides their terrific acting skills in television dramas and films, their ability to look beautiful on screen is what makes them so lovable, popular, and successful. Every year, more and more Korean actresses are rising into fame, and some of them are also considered as the highest-paid and awarded as best actors. This year, find out who among the many actresses are on the top list of being the most beautiful, most popular, and most successful for the early 2017.

10. Song Ji-hyo

Song Ji-hyo, whose real name is Cheon Song-im, is one of the most beautiful Korean actresses ever. She is incredibly beautiful and her smooth and flawless skin is an ultimate dream for every girls. Even her PD acknowledges her as the most beautiful Korean actress without makeup. But more than her simple yet stunning beauty, her courage and fighting spirit is what makes her even more beautiful, as she took the title of being the 'Ace' in the most popular game-show, Running Man. Even before she debuted as an actress, Song Ji-hyo used to work part-time at a cafe and later became a model for magazine. Today, she is currently hosting her own beauty program, Song Ji Hyo's Beauty View.

Popular films and shows:

  • 2006 - Princess Hours as Min Hyo-rin
  • 2006 - Jumong as Lady Ye So-ya
  • 2007 - Sex Is Zero 2 as Lee Kyeong-ah
  • 2008 - A Frozen Flower as The Queen
  • 2010-present - Running Man as herself
  • 2014 - Emergency Couple as Oh Jin-hee
  • 2016 - My Wife's Having an Affair this Week as Jung Soo-yeon
  • 2017 - Song Ji Hyo's Beauty View as Main Host

9. Han Hyo-joo

An actress that you will definitely love is Han Hyo-joo. Seeing her smile will surely enlighten your day. But more than her lovely face and sweet image, she is also known for her bright personality. She is also a woman with a tough and brave heart, which is proven from her childhood days for being good in sports, especially in track and field. Because she is athletic, Han Hyo-joo is an actress that has an 'on -the-go' image, which makes her unique from other actresses. Naturally beautiful since child, she was first discovered in a teenage beauty pageant organized by food corporation Binggrae in 2003. She starred recently in the drama, W - Two Worlds with Lee Jong-suk and received positive praises from fans for her lively and fun character and personality both in the drama and in real life.

Popular dramas and films:

  • 2006 - Spring Waltz as Seo/Park Eun-young
  • 2008 - Iljimae as Eun-chae
  • 2009 - Brilliant Legacy as Go Eun-sung
  • 2010 - Dong Yi as Choi Dong-yi (later Choi Suk-bin)
  • 2012 - Masquerade as Queen Consort
  • 2016 - W - Two Worlds as Oh Yeon-joo

8. Jun Ji-hyun

The talented and beautiful actress that made us laugh and cry in several romantic-comedy dramas and movies is Jun Ji-hyun, also known as Gianna Jun. She established her image as a great comedy actress since 2001, as she took the lead role in the film, My Sassy Girl, which is one of the highest-grossing Korean rom-com film of all time. She continued to show her comical and sophisticated acting skills by taking the role of Cheon Song-yi in the 2014 hit drama, My Love From the Star. This drama became a total hit in the ratings. Jun Ji-hyun's role became influential to fashion, behavior, and even in food. With this drama, she dominated the entertainment world as she won the Daesang at the 2014 Baeksang Arts Awards. Recently, she starred in another hit drama, The Legend of the Blue Sea with Lee Min-ho.

Popular dramas and films:

  • 2001 - My Sassy Girl as The Girl
  • 2008 - A Man Who Was Superman as Song Soo-jung
  • 2009 - Blood: The Last Vampire as Saya Otonashi
  • 2012 - The Thieves as Yenicall
  • 2013-2014 - My Love from the Star as Cheon Song-yi
  • 2016-2017 - The Legend of the Blue Sea as Se-hwa / Shim Cheong

7. Song Hye-kyo

Another beautiful and popular Korean drama actress is Song Hye-kyo, who is popular for her timeless and elegant beauty which every woman wants to have. Her fair, milk-like skin, natural beauty, and beautiful face is always a role model to everyone. She is a top-certified Hallyu star for her huge success as an actress since 2004 for her hit romantic-comedy drama, Full House with Rain. Since then, she had achieved success and popularity and she is recognized today as one of the most well-known Korean actress in Asia. Her most recent drama, Descendants of the Sun, became a mega-hit story and gained the highest viewership rating of 41.6%. The huge success brought by the drama brought her and her co-actor, Song Joong-ki the Daesang award at the 2016 KBS Drama Awards.

Popular dramas:

  • 2000 - Autumn in My Heart as Yoon/Choi Eun-seo
  • 2003 - All In as Min Su-yeon/Angela
  • 2004 - Full House as Han Ji-eun
  • 2013 - That Winter, the Wind Blows as Oh Young
  • 2016 - Descendants of the Sun as Kang Mo-yeon

6. Yoona

A true goddess both in the K-pop and K-drama world is Yoona of Girls' Generation. Proving herself talented not only in singing and dancing, but in acting as well, she is now a certified actress for her brilliant performances in several dramas. She is not just beautiful in music videos, but she had also shown her jewel-like beauty in the small screen while playing different roles which includes a simple girl, a reporter, and an anti-social woman with a traumatic past. Her fast development as a capable actress was praised by many critics, and some of them even brought her several awards including the Best New Actress award at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards for her drama, You Are My Destiny. Because of her popularity and success, she is expected to have upcoming projects, and we are all excited for it.

Popular dramas:

  • 2008 - You Are My Destiny as Jang Sae-byuk
  • 2009 - Cinderella Man as Seo Yoo-jin
  • 2012 - Love Rain as Kim Yoon-hee / Jung Ha-na
  • 2013 - Prime Minister and I as Nam Da-jung
  • 2016 - The K2 as Go An-na
  • 2017 - The King Loves as Eun San

5. Park Shin-hye

One of the most iconic Korean drama actresses of today is Park Shin-hye, who is popular for her previous roles in teenage and high school romantic dramas. Her simple but lovely image attracted many fans, and today, she is one of the most influential actresses in Asia. She started her career at a young age, making her a professional child actress since 2003. Since her early days until now, we've seen how she grew up and became more and more beautiful. But what makes Park Shin-hye beautiful is not just her face, but her confidence as well. When asked about her opinion on plastic surgery, she said that it is something that she will not do, because the key to being beautiful is being confident of yourself.

Popular dramas and films:

  • 2003 - Stairway to Heaven as young Han Jung-suh
  • 2009 - You're Beautiful as Go Mi-nam / Go Mi-nyeo
  • 2011 - Heartstrings as Lee Gyu-won
  • 2013 - Flower Boys Next Door as Go Dok-mi
  • 2013 - The Heirs as Cha Eun-sang
  • 2013 - Miracle in Cell No. 7 as Adult Ye-seung
  • 2014-2015 - Pinocchio as Choi In-ha
  • 2016 - Doctors as Yoo Hye-jung

4. Kim Sae-ron

She might be the youngest actress in this list, but she had already proven herself terrific when it comes to her career. The young and sweet sixteen Korean actress, Kim Sae-ron rose into popularity as she took her first adult lead role in the 2016 drama, Mirror of the Witch. She started her acting career at the age of nine, which gave way for her to become a popular child star. Now that she's already a beautiful teenager, she was started to cast in more leading roles, both in films and in dramas. The experience she gained as a child actress is an advantage for her career, and now that she is expected to take more mature roles, her expertise is a good guide. Many fans are anticipating her next project for 2017, the movie Snowy Road.

Popular dramas and films:

  • 2010 - The Man from Nowhere as Jung So-mi
  • 2014 - Hi! School: Love On as Lee Seul-bi
  • 2014 - A Girl at My Door as Sun Do-hee
  • 2015 - To Be Continued as Jung Ah-rin
  • 2016 - Mirror of the Witch as Princess Seo-ri / Yeon-hee

3. Suzy

Apart from being an idol and member of the girl group, miss A, Suzy is also popular as an actress. Her pretty image is a big influence to the K-Pop world and even in entertainment in general. Her natural beauty and innocent charm always have a strong impression to viewers. Actually, she is an ideal girl for everyone - a talented girl who knows how to sing, dance, act, and is blessed to have an angelic face with or without makeup. She is also an icon of influence to many teenagers in Asia. She made her acting debut in the high-school drama Dream High which was a success, earning high viewership ratings during its time. Since then, Suzy continued being successful and famous in the acting industry.

Popular dramas and films:

  • 2011 - Dream High as Go Hye-mi
  • 2012 - Architecture 101 as young Yang Seo-yeon
  • 2012 - Big as Jang Ma-ri
  • 2013 - Gu Family Book as Dam Yeo-wool
  • 2016 - Uncontrollably Fond as Noh-eul
  • 2017 - While You Were Sleeping as Nam Hong-ju

2. Kim So-hyun

With her cute smile, innocent look, and pretty face, no one can possibly think that she can play a villainous role in a drama. But the 17-year old teenage actress, Kim So-hyun, is pretty versatile. She had proven herself professional in her acting career as she took the role of an evil young queen-to-be in the period drama Moon Embracing the Sun, and the ambitious, evil, and hateful young version of Se-na in the romantic-comedy drama, Rooftop Prince. Since then, Kim So-hyun has been recognized as one of the best child actresses, most likely because of the various roles she had played that showcased her ability and talent. This pretty young lady is definitely going places as she is set to take another role in an upcoming drama, Ruler: Master of the Mask.

Popular dramas and films:

  • 2010 - King of Baking, Kim Takgu as young Gu Ja-rim
  • 2011-2012 - Padam Padam as young Jung Ji-na
  • 2012 - Moon Embracing the Sun as young Yoon Bo-kyung
  • 2012 - Rooftop Prince as young Hong Se-na
  • 2012-2013 - Missing You as young Lee Soo-yeon
  • 2013 - I Can Hear Your Voice as young Jang Hye-sung
  • 2015 - The Girl Who Sees Smells as Choi Eun-seol
  • 2015 - Who Are You: School 2015 as Lee Eun-bi/Go Eun-byul
  • 2016 - Guardian: The Lonely and Great God as young Kim Sun

1. Kim Yoo-jung

Another teenage young actress that is stealing the spotlight is the beautiful, gorgeous, and lovely lady, Kim Yoo-jung, who starred recently in the 2016 romantic-comedy period drama, Love in the Moonlight. With her sweet face and innocent image, no one can possibly escape from her captivating charm as a young lady. We've seen her grown through the years, because Kim Yoo-jung is a popular child actress since 2003, and we can say that she is naturally beautiful. She gained the nicknames "Korea's Little Sister" when she was a child actress and "Sageuk Fairy" for her numerous roles in historical and period dramas. Her talent in acting is definitely praiseworthy ever since she started acting at the age of 4. Just like Kim So-hyun, she also starred in the 2012 historical drama, Moon Embracing the Sun as the young version of the kindhearted Heo Yeon-woo. The 2016 drama, Love in the Moonlight, was her first adult leading role.

Popular dramas and films:

  • 2006 - Princess Hours as young Shin Chae-kyeong
  • 2008 - Iljimae as young Byun Eun-chae
  • 2009 - Haeundae as Ji-min
  • 2009 - Queen Seondeok as 10-year-old Princess Cheonmyeong
  • 2010 - Dong Yi as young Dong Yi
  • 2011 - Gyebaek as Ga-hee
  • 2012 - Moon Embracing the Sun as young Heo Yeon-woo
  • 2015 - Angry Mom as Oh Ah-ran
  • 2016 - Love in the Moonlight as Hong Ra-on/Hong Sam-nom

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      margaret 2 weeks ago

      Yihooo! where is Park Shin Hye? she is popular here in Korean, she is one of the most beautiful women in Korean

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      Chimimiyou 3 months ago

      Yuhooo!? Where is Lee Sung Kyung? She's popular here in Philippines :) Where is Park Bo Young? Kim Ji Won? And Kim So Hyun 'Let's Fight Ghost/Bring It On Ghost' drama didn't mentioned?

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      Donzkie 6 months ago

      Why is my Song Hye Kyo is # 7??? We're talking about Most Beautiful and Most Popular but my Kim Tae Hee is not included in the list in-which she's one of the most Beautiful women in Korea. Of course my first choice is Song Hye Kyo! :D