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Top 12 Most Successful Korean Actresses

Updated on July 1, 2016

Han Hyo Joo: "hahaha, no way!"

The Top 12 Most Beautiful and Talented Korean Actresses

  1. Yoon Eun Hye

  2. Song Hye Gyo

  3. Kim Tae Hee

  4. Ha Ji Won

  5. Park Min Young

  6. Shin Min Ah

  7. Park Shin Hye

  8. Lee Da Hae

  9. Moon Chae Won

  10. Han Hyo Joo

  11. Han Ga In

  12. Park Si Yeon

Yoon Eun Hye

Yoon Eun Hye
Yoon Eun Hye

Zodiac: Libra

Birthday: October 3, 1984

Height: 5'6"

Yoon Eun Hye started her career in the spotlight at the tender age of 15 as a singer in the group, Baby V.O.X. After releasing 6 albums and becoming world famous, Ms. Yoon left the group to focus on her acting career. She's most well known in her roles in Goong (2006), a drama about a girl whose fate is to marry the crown prince of Korea, and the most popular drama, Coffee Prince (2007). Since then, she's starred in multiple dramas and has used her success to promote and work with charities and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children.

Song Hye Gyo

Zodiac: Sagittarius

Birthday: November 22, 1981

Height: 5'3"

Most famous for her roles in Full House (2004) and Autumn in My Heart (2000), Song Hye Gyo first became famous in high school when she won a Modelling contest. Recently, she was in the drama That Winter, the Wind Blows (co-starring with Jo In Sung and Kim Bum). She's been a spokesperson for many big-name brands (i.e. Leis Etude, McDonalds, Nintendo, and cosmetics brands, Laneige).

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Kim Tae Hee

Kim Tae Hee
Kim Tae Hee

Zodiac: Aries

Birthday: March 29, 1980

Height:5'4"

Most well known for her roles in Iris, Stairway to Heaven, Love Story in Harvard, Kim Tae Hee has won numerous awards and accolades for her performances in dramas. Currently, she's starring in Jang Ok Jung, Living in Love, a drama that recounts the life of the famous concubine, Jang Hui Bin. In addition to her countless roles in dramas, Kim Tae Hee is also an extremely popular model and spokesperson for Korean products (i.e. Paris Baguette, Samsung, Olympus, Maxwell House, and Toyota).

Ha Ji Won

Ha Ji Won
Ha Ji Won

Zodiac: Cancer

Birthday: June 28, 1979

Height: 5'6"

Known for her superb acting and ability to be extremely versatile in her roles (i.e. action, drama, and sports) Ha Ji Won has starred in numerous popular dramas, including Hwang Jin Yi (2006), King 2 Hearts (2012, co-starring with the famous Lee Seung Gi), and Secret Garden (2010, co-starring with Hyun Bin). Her willingness to take on extremely hard roles and do stunts herself (fun fact: she's attained motorcycle and scuba diving licenses for her roles, and even did martial arts without a stunt double). In addition to her acting, she does much volunteer work and even ran a donation project called "Smile Again Foundation" in tandem with Gangnam Gu Family Welfare Center. She's received many awards for her good deeds and was even appointed an honorary coach for young athletes at the 2012 London Olympics.

Park Min Young

Park Min Young
Park Min Young

Zodiac: Picses

Birthday: March 4, 1986

Height 5'5"

Her first major role in a Korean drama was in Unstoppable High Kick (2006), where she won the Best New Actress award. In 2011, she became extremely popular in the drama, City Hunter (2011, co-starring with Lee Min Ho). She's also been recognized for her roles in Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010), and Young Love Jae In (2011). Park Min Young also has a degree in Theater and Film from Dongguk University.

Fun Fact: She dated Lee Min Ho for a short stint after their work together in City Hunter.

Shin Min Ah

Shin Min Ah
Shin Min Ah

Zodiac: Aries

Birthday: April 5, 1984

Height: 5'6"

Shin Min Ah is both an extremely successful actress and model. She's the first Asian model to have worked for Calvin Klein, as well as the famous brand, Rag & Bone.

Her most successful acting role was in 2003 in My Girlfriend is a Nine Tailed Fox. For this role, she won 4 awards (Style Icon, Excellence in Acting in a Drama Special, Top 10 Stars Award, and Best Couple Award). She's also starred in Arang and the Magistrate.

Park Shin Hye

Zodiac: Aquarius

Birthday: February 18, 1990

Height: 5'4"

Her first role in a major Korean drama was in Stairway To Heaven (2003), but she's most well known for her roles in Heartstrings (2011), You're Beautiful (2009), Flower Boy Next Door (2013), and Goong S (2007). Park Shin Hye is also a well-known singer and dancer and is currently attending Chung Ang University for a degree in Theater and Movies.

Lee Da Hae

Zodiac: Aries

Birthday: April 19, 1984

Height: 5'7"

Most well known for her roles in My Girl (2005), Miss Ripley (2011), and the extremely popular Chuno (2010), Lee Da Hae has won many awards for her performances (including Top 10 Stars at the SBS Drama Awards, Best New Actress at MBC and Baeksang Arts Awards, as well as Popular Star Award at Asia Model Festival Awards). Also a successful and popular Korean model, Lee Da Hae has shot many advertisements for big name brands. She is currently starring in the sequel, Iris 2 (2013).

Moon Chae Won

Moon Chae Won
Moon Chae Won

Zodiac: Scorpio

Birthday: November 13, 1986

Height: 5’6”

Although Moon Chae Won has a degree in Painting from Chugye University for the Arts, her true passion is in acting, and was first seriously noticed in the 2008 drama, Painter of the Wind. Her other big name roles were in the wildly popular series: Shining Inheritance (2010), The Princess’ Man (2011) and Nice Guy (2012), which was an extremely popular drama. Her role in the film, Arrow: The Ultimate Weapon, is her most known one and is what brought her into the spotlight. She’s also won Best Dressed awards for her style and was appointed Honorary Prosecutor and Public Relations Ambassador for Korean Prosecutors in 2012.

Han Hyo Joo

Han Hyo Joo
Han Hyo Joo

Zodiac: Pisces

Birthday: February 22, 1987

Height: 5’7”

Most well known for her starring role in Shining Inheritance (2009), and Heaven’s Postman (2009) and Dong Yi (2010), Han Hyo Joo first got her break in the acting world with her portrayal of Park Eun Young and Seo in Spring Waltz (2006), the fourth in Yoon Seok Ho’s season dramas. She’s also received many awards for her roles in these dramas as well as for her role in Masquerade, which is now one f the highest-grossing Korean films of all time. She’s also worked as a model for many big brand name corporations.

Han Ga In

Han Ga In
Han Ga In

Zodiac: Aquarius

Birthday: February 2, 1982

Height: 5’7”

Most well-known for her roles in Bad Guy (2010) and The Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), Han Ga In is a Korean actress that was immediately recognized for her talent when she appeared on a TV quiz show and various interviews in high school. Despite her efforts to be seen as a true actress and not just a pretty face, she became one of the most popular faces in television advertising. She has tried to change her image and as a result, has actively taken upon roles that contradict that pretty image (i.e. Bad Guy).

Park Si Yeon

Park Si Yeon
Park Si Yeon

Zodiac: Aries

Birthday: March 29, 1979

Height: 5’7”

Unlike many of her actress compatriots, Park Si Yeon attended college in the United States at Long Island University for a degree in Journalism. She first entered the Korean acting world in her starring role in the popular drama, My Girl (2005). Despite much criticism for her acting abilities, her roles in La Dolce Vita (2008), Coffee House (2010), and most recently, Nice Guy (2012), have garnered her much critical acclaim and she is now considered one of the most popular actresses in Korean popular culture.

Honoka Miki

Honoka Miki
Honoka Miki

Zodiac: Pisces

Birthday: March 7, 1997

Height: 5’1″

Honoka Miki isn’t necessarily Korean, but her awesome acting in the Japanese remake of Playful Kiss makes her definitely a successful actress. She’s been getting a lot of attention with her adorable ways in Mischievous Kiss:Love In Tokyo and she’s only 16 years old. Talk about a prodigy!

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      alfalfuck800 3 days ago

      Gianna Jun is worth 1.2 billion? that's about 4 million in U.S. currency!!!

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      Alem sangtam 5 months ago

      I'm no.1 big fan of unnie shin hye. She's the best among all.

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      Charlotte 10 months ago

      I love ha ji won,park shin hye,yoon eun and song hye kyo

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      Krystal 12 months ago

      Kim Tae Hee Yoon Eun Hye

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      Yhet 13 months ago

      i love song hye kyo so much she is very beautiful and talented

      i love her movies like endless love, full house and descendants

      of the sun... amazing lady

      #songhyekyo

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      prettyiceprincess 14 months ago

      I love PSH . SHE IS IS THE BEST!!!

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      MIMIRAZZY 14 months ago

      SHIN MIN AH you are the best of all

      I respect you a lot

      SARANYE NONNA

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      Temmy 2 years ago

      park shin hye u are d best nd second person is shin min ah both ar beautiful

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      Alex sriwardhono 2 years ago

      Park si yoen..you is the best actress and so beautiful for me.I am your fan.

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      Alex Sri Wardhono 2 years ago

      Park Si Yoen...you is the beast.I am your fan.

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      lavanya 2 years ago

      park shin hye is the best for ever

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      seyi 2 years ago

      They are all great actresses but in terms of talent. I'd rate Kim sun ah first, then yoon eunhye, jun ji Hyun, ha ji won and Son ye Jin. Park shin hye is definitely talented and beautiful too. In terms of beauty. I think yoon eun hye is actually a natural beauty, son ye Jin, jun ji Hyun, Kim tae her, song hye kyo are really beautiful and shin min ah is definitely d cutest of all. By the way where is lee Bo young bcos she's one actress dat gets beautiful as d a series progresses.

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      happy 2 years ago

      I love you PARK SHIN HYE

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      Lilia 2 years ago

      Yoon Eun Hye is the best , is pretty , incredible , and Moon Chae Won too

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      donna 2 years ago

      I like them all but the most outstanding actress for me is park shin hye she has the looks to cope our attentions and a heart to captivate us... I think her personality being an actress is very very good... amazing keep it up .Godbless hope i will be like you

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      Delia 2 years ago

      Park shin hye,,tree of heaven i love this drama if this story is in this time presented i might say this will be the mother of all dramas as you watched it you wouldn't know that tears are really pouring like rain in your eyes a good story well acted by actors and actresses excellent performances great director job well done for all of them i recommend for all of you to watch it and proved it to yourself its beautiful indeed ===now hallyu goddess cf,drama also top place any category...

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      glenda 2 years ago

      Park Shinhye is the best, she's the reason why I love watching kdramas, she's the only korean actress I love... she's a versatile and a very talented actress, she potrayed her role with flying colors...I love her so much she deserves what she have n0w...I am looking forward an0ther drama with jung yong hwa or jang keun suk...I will always support her n0 matter what...

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      waiwaiphyoe 2 years ago

      for me yoon eun hye is the best and l like her the most

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      taozei 2 years ago

      I love all the korean actress bcoz their cute acting is killng me

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      le roux 2 years ago

      Sonng hye kyo is the best

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      Hiru 2 years ago

      Park shin hey is the best actress in korea...she is the best...she has many acting skills....i love her all dramas...heirs is the best drama...she is very cute and beautiful..i love park shin hey and lee min ho♥♥

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      Soo mi 2 years ago

      I love PARK SHIN HYE she is the best

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      Kimn 2 years ago

      I am a huge fan of Han Hyo Joo. I also love Song hye Kyo and Ha Ji Won. These 3 actresses are my most favourite ones. Park Shin Je, something about her so boring, have never finished any of her dramas, needs to improve her acting, but she has lots of time ahead to do that. Yoon Eun Hye, the best kisser on screen :)

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      Blossom 2 years ago

      I love Park Min Young, big fan of her

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      noriepechay 2 years ago

      Where is jun jihyun? Song hyekyo and park min young

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      aliceinjiwonderland1023 3 years ago

      Ha Ji Won is the DEFINITELY THE BEST~! She is the coolest and most versatile actress that I had ever seen, giving her best performing action, melodramas, comedies, historical dramas, etc. She's also the only actress that is always lit up with genuine smiles.

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      jennifer mangilit 3 years ago

      For me yoon eun hye because she is so attractive girl,,and i know that sje is one of the korean superstar,,,and also park min young she is pretty also

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      atuluku juliet 3 years ago

      Yoon eun hye and kim tae hee are the best actress, i love them so much!

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      she ko 3 years ago

      park shin ye is the best

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      whyjoker 3 years ago

      JUN JI HYUN / GIANNA JUN IS THE BEST!

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      kol 3 years ago

      what...!!! no Son Ye JIn... are you kidding me???? what are you a "beauty -blind" or something...?

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      Mica 3 years ago

      For me PARK SHIN HYE in THE HEIRS is the most prettiest of them all. i love her so much.. gosh. i also like YOOn EUN HYE in Princess hours, BAE SUZY in GU FAMILY BOOK and PARK MIN YOUNG in city hunter.

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      mi mi chan ^_^ 3 years ago

      park min young is the best ☆★☆★

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      park shin hye 3 years ago

      park shin hye

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      khaing 3 years ago

      I love moon chae won.

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      ejimokwu 3 years ago

      u guys are beautiful just d way uare

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      ruziel 3 years ago

      the most beautiful among them all,. is the only one Han Hyo Joo.. she's very lovely,very pretty and very talented woman.. awesome one!!!

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      Jacintha Au Yoong 3 years ago

      Yoon Eun Hye great actress not only with gorgeous looks

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      Syasa 3 years ago

      all are same. all look same.

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      Syasa 3 years ago

      I'm think jun ji hyun is more famous than yoon eun hye.

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      ShinHyeisLOVE 3 years ago

      Park shin hye is the best :) She is the youngest. She really has the acting skill that can melt our hearts

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      suha 3 years ago

      where is goo hye sun she is the most successful actress and artist

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      Ashutosh Tiwari 3 years ago from Lucknow, India

      @shinekayden

      Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.

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      Pegasus 3 years ago

      Don't forget this..

      Currently I believe that the beautiful and Cute Son Ye Jin is one of the best actress in Korean! Look how many awards di she have in her age (more than 30 awards) … Isn't it one of new record for Korean Actress?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_Ye-jin#Awards (https://www.google.com/search?q=son+ye+jin+awards&...

      Son Ye Jin acting performance is always good and constantly look much better and better… I like her both as an actress or in the real live. Nice person, friendly, peace lover and far from any gossip. I saw all of her movie : Secret Tears, Chihwaseon, Delicious Proposal, Sun-hee & Jin-hee, Dae Mang The Great Hope, Lovers Concerto, The Classic, Crazy First Love, Summer Scent, Alone in Love, Spotlight, A Moment to Remember, April Snow, The Art of Seduction, Yobi the Five Tailed Fox (voice), Spotlight, Open City, and My Wife Got Married, Personal Taste, White Night, Spellbound, The Tower, Shark and Accomplice. I praise her performance is always above the average.

      She changed her style from innocent girl/women to adult women since his performance in Art of seduction (one of her funniest movie beside Crazy First love).

      Honestly i prefer The classic and Moment to remember than her adult and sexy performance in April Snow and Art of seduction but i realize that she want to be a versatile actress. I will always wait for her next movie. My Next movie target will be “The Pirate!”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_Ye-jin

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkEb_-akYL0

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13C2UMZjHTI

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr23tlAGEB0

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zszWWFKlynw

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_rNyZ0Cuvw

      http://asianwiki.com/Son_Ye-Jin

      ... etc

      And I fully agree with Kim Ji Seok, Haha etc...

      http://www.hancinema.net/kim-ji-seok-i-son-ye-jin-...

      http://www.soompi.com/2012/02/22/haha-apologizes-t...

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      Pegasus Junior 3 years ago

      Who among these actress can beat the charisma, achievement, skill and elegance of a Queen Legend .. Son Ye Jin?

      None!

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      Pegasus 3 years ago

      No Son Ye Jin?? This is a biggest hoax in the world..

      No one here can beat SYJ in all aspects...

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      evan 3 years ago

      I'm nigerian. Park shin hye is the reason I started watchn korean m.lv her.

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      sss4ssss 3 years ago

      My favorite actress is Kim Tae Hee. She is beautiful and smart. I like Kim Tae Hee

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      zulaa 3 years ago

      My favorite actress is ku hye sun.

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      glory mae dumo 3 years ago

      my favorite korean actree and actor is ku hye sun ang lee min ho bcause they are so beautiful and handsome

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      chanuka 3 years ago

      I think best and most beautiful Korean actress is song hye gyo. she has talent to act any kind of role. she still hold her position. She must be in the first place.

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      Milana 3 years ago

      Love Park Min Young. She was the reason of me strating to be interested in korean doramas. Her ability to act impressed me from the beginning. So missing her. Please come back as soon as possible Min Young shi

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      dEe 3 years ago

      I'm big fan for Park Min Young "PMY", she's younger n very talented... She's also very pretty, her face very innocent, she's having sweet smile n tender eyes... However she's so cute like an angel... She's also totally in acting n profesional in her job... Fighting MY unni... Saranghae...

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      vania0147 3 years ago

      i love yoon eun hye is the best i like it all .... i am from peru .... ♥ unni ...

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      dotaprincess 3 years ago

      the most beautiful is YOON EUN HYE ;)

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      avidneri 3 years ago

      My name says it all, YOON EUN HYE IS THE BEST!!! EFFORTLESSLY POPULAR and CHARISMATIC.. if you're amazed by Park Shin Hye's multi-talent, you'll be amazed more with YEH's numerous number of talents... There's no actress as talented as YEH (^_^) (PSH comes a lil bit close?) ~

      I love Ha Ji Won's acting and personality too and I love Shin Min Ah's gorgeousness :*

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      Lhay 3 years ago

      Yoon Eun Hye is the best. She's popular without using 'ANY MEDIA PLAY'. PERIOD!!!

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      pshno.1fan 3 years ago

      Ahhhrg..gash park shin hye is perfect she have everything.. i really like her..i don't care what other people say for me PARK SHIN HYE is awesome and very beautiful.love lots

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      debbie 3 years ago

      Park Shin Hye is tha best!! Love her soo much…soo beautiful and great acting :D

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      pshno.fan 3 years ago

      Park shin hye is the best..i love her

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      ain 3 years ago

      park si yeon should be replace by koo hye sun.. koo hye sun is talented too

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      malyn 3 years ago

      For me they are all promising,versatile,beautiful,gorgeous actressess in their profession, that is why they belong to the top of the best!

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      ROGAN 3 years ago

      It is very beautifull to look.

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      assma 3 years ago

      thank you this list is grite

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      jjoy 3 years ago

      I love park min young very pretty and knows how to act same for park shin hye love you both

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      jane 3 years ago

      i love EUN YOON HYE

      for me, she is the BEST!

      and she's so beautiful ......

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      ching 3 years ago

      i love the versatile acting ability of ha ji won nobody can portray like ha ji won shes the best and take note inspte of her age shes still top contender in korean actrsses

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      xenaj 3 years ago

      Eun Yoon Hye & Park Shin Hye

      I love them both...

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      denise 3 years ago

      ..Park Shin Hye!!! for me your the best!!! i love all your movies its so very awesome..but what i love the most is the Stairway 2 heaven.. Woahhh!! .. I AM YOUR #O FAN!!

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      alex 3 years ago

      Best looking in video is MOON CHAE WON.

      Awesome charisma : youn eun hye

      Great acting : Park shyn hye

      Super talent: LEE DA HAE

      Song hy ko , Kim ta Hee can not act..i could not finish their single drama because i just can't see their character..i am only seeing their smile on all roles. It kinda pathetic

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      Shinhye 3 years ago

      I love Park Shin Hye she is the youngest and beautiful actress I am big fan of park shin hye please...support...Park...Shin...Hye :)

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      oh sehun mowa 3 years ago

      cutiest ang beautiful girl park min young

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      michaela 3 years ago

      i am a fan of park min young i love you you are so cute

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      3 years ago

      I am a fan of Ha Ji Won.

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      Dream on Fools 3 years ago

      Yoon Eun Hye is the Queen of all

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      Myae mwe 3 years ago

      My favorite actress is KIM TAE HEE, she is the best :) I love KIM TAE HEE

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      hello 3 years ago

      um.... my girlfriend is a gumiho wasn't made or aired in 2003 that is totally wrong! get your facts right.

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      yookgyo 3 years ago

      song hye kyo!!! is the best!!!

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      dark shadow 3 years ago

      the most beautiful is yoon eun hye!!! ^_^

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      nisha 3 years ago

      my favorite actor one and only lee min ho...........

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      Maung Maung 4 years ago

      I love Moon Chae Won .She is beautiful Lady in the world.I like her when she acts for the painter of the wind.she is my favourate girl.I wish to get success for her.

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      ssinzaby 4 years ago

      Love Park shin hye! She's the youngest(aside fr the japanese girl), really promising! 2013 is her year, and should have included her any awards too. Baeksang most popular actress for 3 consecutive years and best child,new actress awards. :)

      (Just saying)