Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

Updated on April 5, 2019
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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 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

Top Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama actors

  1. Lee Joon Gi
  2. Lee Jong Suk
  3. Song Joong Ki
  4. Ji Chang Wook
  5. Lee Min Ho
  6. Kim Soo Hyun
  7. Park Bo Gum
  8. So Ji Sub
  9. Nam Joo Hyuk
  10. Seo In Guk

10. Seo In Guk

Seo In Guk | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
Seo In Guk | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

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

Nam Joo Hyuk | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
Nam Joo Hyuk | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

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

So Ji Sub | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
So Ji Sub | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

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 Bo Gum | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
Park Bo Gum | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

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 | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
Kim Soo Hyun | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

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

Lee Min Ho | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
Lee Min Ho | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

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 | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
Ji Chang Wook | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

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.

  • Healer

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

Song Joong Ki | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
Song Joong Ki | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

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

Lee Jong Suk | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
Lee Jong Suk | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

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:

  • Pinocchio

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

Lee Joon Gi | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
Lee Joon Gi | Top 10 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors

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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      Zany mon ho ronya. 

      32 hours ago

      Leeminho is the one of my favourite actor and i don't think that no one can beat him in acting.i love you so much leeminho .I very much like your acting and hairstyle in boys over flower. Curly hair suit you very much.

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      Kimberly 

      4 days ago

      Park bo gum

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      Jacqueline G Rozell 

      2 weeks ago

      There are a lot of crime series and movies I've been watching that showcase more mature Korean actors who are still "hot" and very talented. Here's a thumbs up to all of them, as well. Are any of the veteran actors related to the younger ones?

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      DO KYUNG SOO 

      2 weeks ago

      Im really fan of d.o. and my yeobo PARK BO GUM..i want to see bo gum!!

      Im reallllllyyyyy love bo gum and exo and of coures KYUNG SOOO!!.._❤❤❤

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      #UMASA 

      2 weeks ago

      I really really like yeobo PARK BO GUM

      saranghe..❤❤❤

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      Pau pau 

      2 weeks ago

      I love kim so hyun and of coures PARK BO GUM im really fan of all bu't i like bo gum..lee jung suk i like you as raiko and all..saranghe..❤❤❤

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      Nathasha 

      3 weeks ago

      Lee min hoo is the best.i like him very much❤❤❤

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      Lenora 

      3 weeks ago

      These guys can give most western actors a run for their money

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      Wong 

      3 weeks ago

      Park Bo Gum is the best among all.

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      Camila S 

      4 weeks ago

      Lee Jong Suk is BAE, eye candy 100% but more importantly he’s a great actor. Look at the crying scene when Mr. Choi dies in “While you were sleeping”, is really convincing and very moving

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      Jacqueline G Rozell 

      4 weeks ago

      Ji Chang Wook, in The K2.... oh my, oh my! Putting aside his looks and acting skill, that was one of the most exciting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat dramas I have watched in ages! Had I not been able to "pause" the play on a couple of occasions my horse would have missed his feed as I binged on this one. My dog is lucky as he is privileged to go in and out at will. This one I have watched three times and will be watching it again... I am obsessive-compulsive. All the actors in this were great and the story line was intriguing. Watch it, watch it, if you haven't. If you are reading this site, you will enjoy this production.

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      Eun 

      4 weeks ago

      What about Park Jinyoung?

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      Jacqueline G Rozell 

      5 weeks ago

      Still can't choose just one. Such a dilemma!

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      Moon lover 

      5 weeks ago

      Lee joon gi is the best.multi tallented, handsome, and charming...

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      cats 

      6 weeks ago

      Where is cha eunwoo

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      Jacqueline G Rozell 

      7 weeks ago

      As can be seen from the many continuing comments, it's impossible to choose just ten. There is so much talent. And how can you ever choose The One? None of these guys could ever be called second best.

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      Joanne 

      7 weeks ago

      Oppa Hyun Bin is very handsome, his dimples will melt ur heart

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      Jacqueline G Rozell 

      7 weeks ago

      It's obvious the English speaking actors around the globe should be praying these Asian talents don't begin to cram for English lessons. These guys can say more with their eyes than most Western actors can with a novel of verbal offering.

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      Sanjana 

      7 weeks ago

      Lee joon ki❤️❤️

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      Jacqueline G Rozell 

      8 weeks ago

      Let others choose just one. As for me, drop me off where these guys can be found and let me swoon in bliss. I'll say it again... these Asian men are beautiful. I compliment their parents and thank them for the beauty and talent they have bestowed on us for our viewing and listening pleasure. Happy, happy Mother's Day, always, to these women!

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      debby agbaje 

      8 weeks ago

      i love iu film,

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      janet 

      2 months ago

      i really love this!! .But where is .YO SEUNG HO&LEE SEUNG GI.

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      Nct 127 Jaehyun lover 

      2 months ago

      Lee Joon Gi is the best actor

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      Ash 

      2 months ago

      I know right Hashmet :)

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      Hashmeet 

      2 months ago

      Where is kim taehyung,kim seokjin,jeon jungkook,park jimin

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      meenu 

      2 months ago

      I love all these actors as well! But i wish they add Jo In Sung as well. He is hawt.. *drools*

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      cc 

      2 months ago

      jang kiyong

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      Mr.Nobody 

      2 months ago

      Where is park hyung sik and Kim woobin

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      uwiringiyimana jeannette 

      2 months ago

      my favourite actor in korea is lee jong suk

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      amarachi 

      2 months ago

      song joong ki I love you you are the best of all,I love your role in the movie

      ,children of prophecy.

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      nayre 

      2 months ago

      lee min ho is the top among all korean actors

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      Star505 

      2 months ago

      I love Lee Jong Suk but my fave is Jung Hae In

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      seema syed 

      2 months ago

      why the fk kim woo bin isn't in list?

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      Jazz 

      3 months ago

      My favorite is ji Chang wook

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      Momelaine 

      3 months ago

      I'll go for Cha eunwoo!

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      Dy ann 

      3 months ago

      Cha eun woo is most hansome nowadays.

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      Benita 

      3 months ago

      Lee Jongsuk ❤️❤️

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      Kim Taehyung 

      3 months ago

      Im more handsome than all of you.

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      Say 

      3 months ago

      Lee joon gi is so handsome.. His series are definitely a must-watch.

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      Garima singh 

      3 months ago

      Lee min ho is the best one

      He is so handsome and his acting is fantastic as well.

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      Sana 

      4 months ago

      Only hyun bin ok

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      Tamael 

      4 months ago

      Where is Lee Byung‑hun ?

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      Rocy 

      4 months ago

      Seung gi

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      Sind 

      4 months ago

      Song joong ki is always the best

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      Tae 

      4 months ago

      Y'all probably haven't seen Park Seojoon yet cause I don't see him on this list.

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      Rhymed Zain rani 

      4 months ago

      Ji chang kook is my favouritebut not in this handsome look but his acting impressed me

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      Faiza Usman 

      4 months ago

      Lee min ho is forever the best and I like his drama how I wish that I will meet him once, may God bless u and the people around u

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      Han 

      4 months ago

      How can Hyun Bin and Park Hae Jin not be on the list

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      Aaaaaa 

      5 months ago

      Tell me plz in Pakistan why we cannot see k drama"Encounter" and many other k dramas

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      Reema Naz 

      5 months ago

      Hyun bin from secret garden

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      mie drama 

      5 months ago

      hyun bin

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