Diana is a huge fan of Korean culture. Korean dramas are some of her favorite series to watch.
Here’s the list of top 10 most popular and handsome Korean drama actors who make our hearts melt from the very first time we look at them! Their talent, appearance, and charisma are out of this world! Here you will also find some drama recommendations, don’t miss out on their best performances!
Top Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama actors
- Lee Joon Gi
- Lee Jong Suk
- Song Joong Ki
- Ji Chang Wook
- Lee Min Ho
- Kim Soo Hyun
- Park Bo Gum
- So Ji Sub
- Nam Joo Hyuk
- Seo In Guk
10. Seo In Guk
Seo In Guk is one of the most beloved K-drama actors in Korea, and it isn’t surprising. He is incredibly handsome, and he has also challenged his talent by playing diverse roles! He shows tremendous range by playing Joseon era royals, young students, and even murderers. He is not only an incredible actor but has also launched his singing career! In fact, it was even before his onscreen acting debut. Back in 2009, he became a winner of the first season in the talent show Superstar K.
Seo debuted as an actor with a supporting role in Love Rain (2012), but it was Reply 1997 that was his real breakthrough! Since then, he has acted in various television series. Here are some of his best performances you should check out:
- Reply 1997
In this series, Seo is a quiet and broody boy, but a great student. As a teenager, he falls in love with a girl he grew up with.
- Squad 38
Seo In Guk is a professional swindler here: he is in the team of bad guys, collecting taxes from tax evaders.
- The King's Face
Finally, we see Seo In Guk as royalty. He is starring in this historical K-drama as the crown prince of Joseon who lives through quite difficult times as an illegitimate prince.
- The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (also called Hundred Million Stars From the Sky)
This Korean drama is all about mystery and intrigue. Seo In Guk is a free and unpredictable assistant in a craft brewery who turns out to be the main suspect in a woman’s suicide.
9. Nam Joo Hyuk
You simply can’t resist the gaze of Nam Joo Hyuk! It melts everyone’s heart! He started as a model, and made a big break in acting soon after! It was Who Are You: School 2015 that became his breakthrough. Wonder what characters he played in dramas? Well, there are so many of them! He was a high school star swimmer (Who are You: School 2015), an unbelievably handsome flower prince (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Ryeo), an amazing friend (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo), and even a vain water god (Bride of Habaek). Whether he is a sweet guy or cool gentlemen, you can’t stop admitting his looks!
You definitely should check out his breakthrough performance in Who are You: School 2015. Nam plays a popular swimmer in a high school, who falls for his childhood friend. However, the catch here is that he has no idea he has been talking to her twin sister all this time, after her disappearance. Even though he does doubt her identity, he ends up falling in love with her instead.
8. So Ji Sub
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Ji Sub debuted as a jeans model first, but two years later his television acting debut followed! Coincidentally, the drama series in which he received his first role was called “Model”. But it wasn’t until K-drama I’m Sorry, I Love you that he became a top star in the country and in Asia overall. Since then, he has starred in a great number of popular television dramas, especially he became well recognized for his leading roles in such dramas as Master's Sun, Oh My Venus, Cain and Abel, and Phantom.
7. Park Bo Gum
Park is a true Hallyu star (the Korean Wave, the increase of Korean culture popularity around the world driven by the spread of K-dramas and K-pop). He was even called the “Nation’s Crown Prince” after his appearance in highly popular Korean period drama Love in the Moonlight. Park is the youngest to become Actor of the Year (according to Gallup Korea) and the first among all the actors ever to get to the top in the Korea Power Celebrity list (according to Forbes)! He gained popularity for his diverse range of roles in dramas he played. Here are some of the best:
- Love In The Moonlight
One of Bo Gum's biggest projects is this historical romantic drama where he stars as the Crown Prince. He desperately falls in love with a girl pretending to be a male eunuch. This period TV series became a real hit all across Asia!
- Hello Monster
Bo Gum surprised his fans with his acting in the dark crime drama, Hello Monster (also called I Remember You). The story follows a criminal profiler who gets entangled with an elusive serial killer.
- Reply 1988
The well-known Reply drama series follows the story of five childhood friends living in a small town. It follows their complicated lives (and the lives of their families') back in the '90s. Park plays a wealthy boy whose biggest problem in his life is winning baduk matches.
6. Kim Soo Hyun
Kim Soo Hyun is an internationally well-known Korean star. Starting his career at the age of 19, now he is one of the most popular and wanted, and most expensive actors in the industry! The top Hallyu star started his acting career playing a country guy who turned out to be a true musical genius in a drama Dream High. His iconic role in My Love From the Star, where he played the leading role of an alien professor, sky-rocketed his popularity! “The man who came from the star” is also incredibly famous for his acting in another popular drama, Moon Embracing the Sun. There, he starred as the young king Lee Hwon. This historical even earned the “national drama” status!
5. Lee Min Ho
His popularity extends far beyond Korea and even China. It extends to many other countries throughout the world! An immensely popular KBS2 drama Boys Over Flowers became a major breakthrough in his career. Lee Min Ho is considered to be a real Hallyu star thanks to the success of all the dramas he has been in! He has been remembered for his leading roles in The Heirs, City Hunters, and Legend of the Blue Sea. Lee also starred in Gangnam Blues and Bounty Hunters (a film produced in China).
4. Ji Chang Wook
Ji Chang Wook rose to fame playing the leading role in drama series Smile Again, followed by such widely known period dramas as Warrior Baek Dong Soo and Empress Ki. He has also starred in many other highly popular series: Healer, The K2, Suspicious Partner, to name a few. Here are more details on some of his most popular works:
- Empress Ki
Don’t say you haven’t ever heard of this historical K-drama! The drama was a great success in the country! It has also become a good breakthrough in Ji’s career. He starred in the series as the 16th emperor of the Yuan Dynasty. His portrayal of the king left an unforgettable impression on the audience, earning him recognition.
Ji has also played in this popular action thriller. The interesting fact is that he even took martial arts lessons for the role of a mysterious guy. After the world has finally seen the drama, the actor became popular far beyond Korean borders! After this success, he even starred in Mandarin-language dramas.
3. Song Joong Ki
This actor is tremendously popular in Asia, so he is another handsome and talented top Hallyu star in the list! The role in the historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal and the show Running Man helped Song Joong Ki raise to fame incredibly. However, Song’s first leading role on TV was in the melodrama The Innocent Man. He has also played the title character in A Werewolf Boy, which is recognized as the biggest office hit! After completing his military service, he jumped straight into the lead role in the big worldwide hit K-drama, Descendants of the Sun!
2. Lee Jong Suk
One of the most sought-after Korean actors, Lee Jong Suk started out as a runway model, he was even considered the youngest Korean model (he started his modeling career at the age of 15). However, he soon switched to TV. His appearance as the title character in drama School 2013 brought him his first acting award and real fame. Here’s a little portion of some of his most well-known roles:
How hard can it be for a person with childhood trauma to burst into hiccups whenever they lie? Especially for a reporter! Well, you can discover this by watching this entertaining Korean series with Lee Jong Sung starring as the lead character!
- W: Two Worlds
This fantasy drama is going to keep you on the edge of your seat if you are a fan of this genre! It’s really interesting to watch how the daughter of a popular webtoon author gets pulled into this fictional world! Lee plays the main hero of this webtoon.
- While You Were Sleeping
Like the previous drama, this K-drama also has fantasy aspect: it blends dreams with romance and everyday life! It tells the story of a girl who has dreams about a terrible future that happens to certain people. Lee Jong Suk stumbles upon her one day. Soon it is revealed that he has dreams about her an vice versa, she has dreams about him.
1. Lee Joon Gi
A Korean actor, model, and singer, Lee Joon Gi is often called a "flower boy" icon. He is also known as the charming prince of historical dramas! We know he looks good in traditional Korean clothes; he tends to rock in historical and it looks as if he is born to bring history to life!
He became popular after his very first leading role in The King and the Clown. It’s pretty an unusual historical that revolves around two male clown actors – one with masculine traits and the other with highly effeminate ones. Thanks to his great acting skills, the actor played a homosexual clown really well, which tremendously boosted his popularity. However, after this film, he started to play more masculine roles to avoid typecasting. Here are some of his best performances that you definitely don't want to miss:
- Gunman in Joseon
Here’s a Joseon era revenge thriller with a bit of romance to make things spicier! Lee is the protagonist of this exciting story, a young carefree swordsman who wants to avenge his father's death and free her sister from slavery.
- The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Vampire fans definitely should check out this one! It’s a twisted political drama set in the Joseon era! Here, Lee stars as a scholar whose aim in life is to find the mysterious creature and to free the country from its control. Watch how he himself turns into a vampire. However, he does his best and holds onto his human heart.
- Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Make sure you check out this sageuk set in the Goryeo period! This historical K-drama ripped out many hearts. Lee plays a dark, conflicted prince who falls in love with a girl from the future! Expect a lot of drama, heart-wrenching scenes, fight for the throne and love triangles! His acting here is phenomenal, you can’t miss it!
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Hyun Bin on September 14, 2020:
My preferred Gorgeous Korean Actor is HYUN BIN
Fj on September 13, 2020:
My top 3 most talented and handsome actors
1. Lee Joon Gi
2. Ji Chang Wook
3. Park Bo Gum
Shalini on September 03, 2020:
Lee joon gi oppa is the best
lewanj on September 03, 2020:
Ji Chang Wook - is a wholesome actor, very cute
Me on August 25, 2020:
The most different in appearance is Song Joong Ki but like acting I like the most Ji Chang Wook he make me smile .... they are all good in their way
mini on August 22, 2020:
lee joon gi is my favourite. he is just the best
Jacqueline G Rozell on August 20, 2020:
I wouldn't turn any of them away.
am junior on August 19, 2020:
both of them are good but lee meeh oh is the best
Mj on August 16, 2020:
I love ji chang wook, lee jong suk, lee joon gi, kim soo hyun, lee min ho, and cha eun woo they are so handsome to the extent that i can't choose because they are handsome, sexy, hot and cute but lee min ho did plastic surgrey on his nose, love u oppas.
anagha on August 15, 2020:
i don't think any of the above is better than lee min ho
Manjula on August 14, 2020:
No one is as good as hyun bin
Jacqueline G Rozell on August 11, 2020:
Love all these guys.
MJ on August 11, 2020:
I love park hyung sik he is handsome and so cute
Precious onyiohigbe on August 04, 2020:
I so much love lee min ho moves, his my most favourite korea actor
Imie on August 04, 2020:
My first korean idol..lee joon gi
Jacqueline G Rozell on August 02, 2020:
You can ask this question until the Twelfth of Never and I could not give a definitive answer. These guys are all so talented and attractive, I can't choose. There is a quality to Asian actors that Western actors don't have... grace. Their body language is poetry in motion. Even the older actors, the really senior ones, are a pleasure to watch. I think probably Cary Grant and those of his era in Western cinema had that touch of elegance, but Asian actors, both male and female are wonderful viewing.
Visabaskar on August 02, 2020:
Lee Min Ho acting very natural one. I watched his Inheritor and The King .I love his acting from India.
Loretha on August 02, 2020:
I really love ji Chang work , he's just so perfect in acting, looks and everything
Sai on August 02, 2020:
Lee min hu is a best actor in the sri lanka
Redzzzzz on July 30, 2020:
Ji chang wook is the best .... All time no one can ever beat him....
Sam on July 22, 2020:
Ji chang wook
Chin on July 22, 2020:
Lee Joon Gi is THE BEST ACTION STAR in South Korea. He is also a Total performer and a Versatile actor.
Niki on July 21, 2020:
Lee Joon Gi ❤️
Lee Jong Suk, Song Joong Ki, Ji Chang Wook, Lee Min Ho, Kim Soo Hyun Beat actors im from Sri Lanka
S H E N on July 21, 2020:
Won bin is the most naturally handsome and manly korean actor
Lyn on July 19, 2020:
I like Lee Jong Suk❤️
Teha on July 19, 2020:
My favourite actor is Song joon ki
Anjali on July 17, 2020:
I love both Lee joon gi and Lee min ho. Both are the very talented and handsome actors.love them so much❤️❤️
Litlhare on July 15, 2020:
Lee Min Ho is my favorite actor and I'm so obsessed about him
I love everything about him and I so wish I could meet him in person
Stephen Adeboye on July 12, 2020:
Lee joon ji is my favorite almost watch all is movies
Jacqueline G Rozell on July 11, 2020:
Please give me Season Two of Vagabond and Arthdal Chronicals. Both kept me glued to the screen with every emotion of which I was capable: joy, love, sorrow, pain, happiness, misery, triumph, anger, compassion, sympathy, empathy. I even felt shame for feeling sympathy and empathy for some of the villains in both series. Both were so well cast and well written, the types of dramas where you want to get to the end to see the reckoning but don't want to reach the end of that journey because you are convinced you won't embark on another one so exciting.
Elvy on July 08, 2020:
Ah...i almost forgot (lee joon gi,kim woo bin,and ok tae cyeon) u've got no eyes for boys . THIS IS ELVY FROM CALIFORNIA.THANKS.....am off bye
Elvy on July 08, 2020:
Diana what is this now why did u miss lee seung gi if he is not on that list then no single person is qualified to be on this list but if i am to choose from this list i will choose(ji chang wook,lee jong suk,lee min ho,and nam joo hyuk.) seung gi is the best.
Kklt039 on July 07, 2020:
Lee Min Ho, a person with a soul as beautiful as his looks. Always with LeeMinHo
Jacqueline G Rozell on June 25, 2020:
Just finished The King: Eternal Monarch. Fell in love with Lee Min Ho's face and smile. The series was terrific!
Rachana on June 25, 2020:
How anybody forget about hyun bin???most talented k actor.extraordinary acting and amazing body language.see the k drama crash landing on you.
Ishara on June 21, 2020:
We love ❤️ both Lee Joon Gi and Lee Min Ho ... we are from Sri Lanka
Isini on June 21, 2020:
I love both Lee Joon Gi and Lee Min Ho.. Both of them are most popular and handsome guys.... ❤️
lee min ho fanclub on June 21, 2020:
lee min ho love from india...best acting oppa
Sjk lover on June 18, 2020:
Song joong ki ❣️forever love for u oppa ❣️
Shruti Ghising on June 13, 2020:
Cha Eun Woo is also popular and handsome
Nandni on June 09, 2020:
Lee min ho is best actor of South Korea love u oppa from India❤️❤️❤️❤️
Essy on June 08, 2020:
Lee Joon gi is the best historical actor but most of his movie ends sadly and it's to bad
Imie on June 08, 2020:
Lee joon gi is my first korean actor that I followed recently..injust knew him 3 weeks ago but its worth watching him
Jocelyn vicencio on June 07, 2020:
I love the way he act
I love his talent so well
I love this man
I love LEE JOON GI so much!
Kudos to you my L❤️Ve!
Joan Comison on June 07, 2020:
Lee joon Gi is the best, mutlitalented and versatile actor
Rohainah Saro on June 07, 2020:
Lee joon gi my favorite korean actor ever.
Lee joon ji,scarlet heart ryeo on June 07, 2020:
Lee joon ji...my favorite..scarlet heart ryeo
Dinushka on June 07, 2020:
I love you lee minho my oppa
afrinaftab on June 06, 2020:
Obviously ...it's ji chang wook .....the only one ji chang wook ...i started watching korean series only because of him ..he is the best ..i mean his looks and acting skills are really wowwwwwwwwwwwwww wowwwwwwwwwwwwww wowwwwwwwwwwwwww wowwwwwwwwwwwwww wowwwwwwwwwwwwww wowwwwwwwwwwwwww wwwwwww..bst jcw.....
Chidiogo Rita on June 03, 2020:
Lee min ho is always de best. Sooo charming.......he's unbeatable.
ani natung on June 02, 2020:
kim soo hyun forever
Priyanka on June 01, 2020:
Rowoon from extraordinary you my favourite he is so cute
pinkie on June 01, 2020:
cha eun woo? he is super handsome!
Jung on June 01, 2020:
Lee Jong suk and lee joon gi are most. Poplar
fudlover on May 30, 2020:
How is Lee Soo-hyuk not in the list?
favour on May 28, 2020:
Kim Soo Hyun
Favvylee on May 28, 2020:
Lee min 4life
Marj on May 26, 2020:
JI Chang WOOK , one of the best Korean Actor , a singer and stage Actor
rororrrr on May 25, 2020:
kim woo bin is the best everrr
Promise on May 25, 2020:
Song joong ki and Lee min ho are the most handsome and best actors in Korea
Maybelline Aparri on May 24, 2020:
Lee Min Ho is the best korean actor
Oluwapelumi on May 24, 2020:
Where's Hyun Bin
Actually no one on May 23, 2020:
Lee Joon Gi is the best one ♡
Bliss Tamar on May 16, 2020:
Lee Joon Gi is the one. There is him and everyone else. Authentic Talent.
Eze Gift on May 16, 2020:
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Lee min ho acting skills is d best above all he is charming
Angie Jolie on May 15, 2020:
I like lee jong suk and lee min ho. they are both talented, tall and good looking.
Fe Mar Parrenas on May 15, 2020:
Lee Min Ho is the best korean actor
Betty Davis on May 13, 2020:
How about Won Bin, Kim Tae Hoon and Park Hoon?
Frank on May 12, 2020:
Lee joon is the most one goood luck broooo
El g nghé on May 12, 2020:
Lee Joon Gi obvio luego Ji Chawn
moniqued on May 06, 2020:
consider the new wave - Ahn Hyo Seop and Kim Min Jae
Young on May 03, 2020:
I love ji change wool so much
He's the most handsome you guys should go and watch love in trouble and see how handsome God created this wonderful man
Isabella on May 02, 2020:
Song Kang, Ahn Hyo Seop, and Kwon Soo-Hyun
biblee on April 30, 2020:
For me, Lee joon gi is the most handsome. Follow by Lee min ho, Lee jong suk, Ji chang wook, Song joong ki,and Park bo gum
Dotman on April 28, 2020:
I love Lee min ho especially in boy before flowers forever the best
Someone on April 26, 2020:
Well , i like yoo seung ho the most
Okonkwo Francisca on April 24, 2020:
For me ,song joong ki is the most handsome follow by lee min ho,,park bo gum,nam joo hyuk,lee jon suk dat all
Edylorenzo49@yahoo.com on April 24, 2020:
I’m addicted to K-Drama series
I love Korean culture and idiosyncrasy also learning about their food; I love Kimchi now !!!
I also like their style in clothes in both female and male actors
My favorite is Lee Min Ho I follow all his series
In Netflix !!!
Linda Ong on April 23, 2020:
I love Lee Joon Gi
He is multi-talented & versatile.
I watched his movies & dramas.
He is not only good looking but also a superb actor. He is able to exhibit emotions which are varied such as anger, annoyance, exasperation & sadness. When he cried it tore my heart & i cried too. When he laughed he was so charming & it light me up.
He played the difficult roles very well.
Not only he is an action star, he has substance, a character actor.
A bonus that he sang & danced so well & he enjoyed & loved it - so natural.
His dance moves were well executed, complicated, varied & vigorous.
Lee Joon Gi is my heart throb.
Wish the audience appreciates him as much as i do.
I am sending lots of love & wish him success in all his endeavours.
Mia on April 21, 2020:
Lee min how is my only actor I love
anatalia on April 21, 2020:
Absolutely spot on. Lee Joon Gi is a fantastic multi-talented and gorgeous actor and performer. When it comes to acting, none can be compared to him. Lee Joon Gi morphs into his roles. The impact he has made as an actor on the globe, particularly for Moon Lovers, is enough evidence to show that he stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Ahmzee on April 21, 2020:
You have missed Lee Seung-gi
vanessa on April 21, 2020:
Kim Hyun-joong is the cutest
Malki on April 14, 2020:
Lee min ho is the best actor ever..lots of love from sri lanka
Phawin on April 14, 2020:
Kim soo hyun and lee min ho the most handsome and clever in action.. Love him both ❤❤❤
Amirah on April 14, 2020:
Lee jong suk
Gogo on April 14, 2020:
Ji chang is most handsome, he is my favourite actor
Song kang is hot on April 13, 2020:
sheisnoelle on April 12, 2020:
Kim Soo Hyun!!!
Kim TaeHyung on April 12, 2020:
Kim Soo Hyun
lhanz on April 10, 2020:
Wishing you more movies and true happiness Song Joong Ki..
Ann Choi on April 10, 2020:
SONG SEUNG HEON!!!!!!
Farnesol on April 10, 2020:
Hi Chang Wook is the most handsome. Should be no 1 on this list. Others can then follow. Thanks
bbie on April 08, 2020:
rowoon? where are you?
Sophia Claire Villaflor on April 07, 2020:
Cha eun woo is the most handsome
Majid on April 06, 2020:
For me choi jin hyuk is best actor all the time even not present in list
Mariana Ferreira on March 28, 2020:
what about song kang??
nimo on March 28, 2020:
i love you lee joon gi your my favourite actor
#kdrama lover on March 26, 2020:
the names mentioned are indeed very popular and amazing actors but I think some names are missing like Gong Yoo and Yoo Seung Hoo
beatrizpinheiro on March 26, 2020:
I just can't take serious a list of handsome koreans which didn't mentioned Kim Woo Bin ... shame on you guys.