Top 10 Cutest Korean Drama Actresses Ever
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Who Are the Most Beautiful and Cute Female Korean Actors?
Among the many beautiful Korean actresses we know, there's always a place for cute actresses. In this article, find out who's on our list of the top 10 cutest Korean drama actresses ever.
10. Kim So Eun
Kim So-eun was born on September 6, 1989. She made her acting debut with a small part in the 2004 film Two Guys when she was in junior high school. She then appeared in minor roles on TV and in film.
In 2009, she became popular with her supporting role as the heroine's best friend, Cha Ga Eul, in the popular television series Boys Over Flowers. She landed her first leading role in the 2010 daily drama A Good Day for the Wind to Blow.
- Boys Over Flowers - Chu Ga-eul
- A Good Day for the Wind to Blow - Kwon Oh-bok
- A Thousand Kisses - Woo Joo-mi
- Horse Doctor - Princess Sukhwi
9. Yoon Eun Hye
Yoon Eun Hye was born on October 3, 1984. She debuted as a member of the girl group Baby V.O.X, staying with the group from 1999 to 2005. After leaving the group, she moved on to acting.
She is best known for starring in the television dramas Princess Hours (2006), The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (2007), My Fair Lady (2009), Missing You (2012), and Marry Him If You Dare (2013).
- Princess Hours - Shin Chae-gyung
- Coffee Prince - Go Eun-chan
- My Fair Lady - Kang Hye-na
- Lie To Me - Gong Ah-jung
- Marry Him If You Dare - Na Mi-rae
8. Moon Chae Won
Moon Chae Won was born on November 13, 1986, in Daegu, South Korea. She studied Western painting at the Chugye University for the Arts but dropped out in 2006 to pursue acting.
She made her acting debut in 2007 in Mackerel Run, alongside fellow newcomer Lee Min-ho. Her breakthrough came in the 2008 period drama Painter of the Wind as she played a beautiful gisaeng who falls for Shin Yun-bok. Since then, she has starred in several different dramas.
- Mackerel Run - Min Yoon-seo
- Painter of the Wind - Jung-hyang
- My Fair Lady - Yeo Eui-joo
- The Princess' Man - Lee Se-ryung
- The Innocent Man - Seo Eun-gi
- Good Doctor - Cha Yoon-seo
Bae Su-ji, also known as Suzy, was born on October 10, 1994. She has an older sister, Su-bin, and a younger brother, Sang-moon. She attended Seoul Performing Arts High School. Before her acting debut, she was an online shopping model.
In 2009, she auditioned for Mnet Superstar K and made it through the preliminary round, but she was ultimately eliminated. However, she caught the attention of a scout from JYP Entertainment and soon became a trainee. After one year of training, she and her fellow members prepared to debut as Miss A.
- Dream High - Go Hye-mi
- Big - Jang Ma-ri
- Gu Family Book - Dam Yeo-wool
- Uncontrollably Fond - No Eul
6. Han Ga In
Han Ga In, whose real name is Kim Hyun-joo, was born on February 25, 1982. As a high school student, Han Ga-in appeared on a TV quiz show and was also captured in footage of interviews with other students. Entertainment bigwigs spotted her in the news clip and immediately went to her school to offer her a part.
She debuted in an Asiana Airlines commercial in 2002 and was later cast in the KBS2 drama Sunshine Hunting. She subsequently appeared in Yellow Handkerchief and made her big-screen debut in Once Upon a Time in High School. She married her Yellow Handkerchief co-actor Yeon Jung-hoon on April 26, 2005.
- Yellow Handkerchief - Jo Sun-joo
- Terms of Endearment - Kang Eun-pah
- Super Rookie - Lee Mi-ok
- Bad Guy - Moon Jae-in
- Moon Embracing the Sun - Heo Yeon-woo/Wol
Lee Ji-eun, who is also known by her stage name as IU, was born on May 16, 1993. She is a multi-talented girl known for being a songwriter, actress, and singer.
She began her music career at the age of 15 with her debut album, Lost and Found. Her follow-up albums, Growing Up and IU...IM, brought her mainstream success, but it was through "Good Day," the lead single from her 2010 album Real, that she achieved national stardom.
- Dream High - Kim Pil-suk
- Bel Ami - Kim Bo-tong
- The Producers - Cindy
- Scarlet Heart: Ryeo - Ko Ha-jin/Hae-soo
4. Kim Ji Won
Kim Ji Won was born on October 19, 1992. She first entered the entertainment industry in 2008 by taking on minor roles in television dramas and appearing in commercials. She became popular after starring in the 2011 sitcom High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged.
This was followed up with appearances in To the Beautiful You, based on the famous Japanese shoujo manga series Hanazakari no Kimitachie, and omnibus horror film Horror Stories. In 2013, she played a chic and haughty heiress in the drama The Heirs; and in 2016, she starred in KBS's hit drama Descendants of the Sun, playing an army surgeon.
- High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged - Herself
- What's Up - Park Tae-yi
- To the Beautiful You - Seol Han-na
- The Heirs - Rachel Yoo
- Descendants of the Sun - Yoon Myung-ju
3. Park Shin Hye
Park Shin Hye was born on February 18, 1990, in Gwangju. She made her first appearance on the music video of "Flower" by singer Lee Seung-hwan. In 2014, she was unanimously chosen as the "Nation's Little Sister" for her unchanging beauty, good acting skills, and kind personality. She was also picked for having many other talents besides acting, including singing and dancing.
On February 15, 2016, she graduated from Chung-Ang University, receiving a degree in theater and film and a "Lifetime Achievement Award" as honorary ambassador of the school at the graduation ceremony.
- Stairway to Heaven - Young Han Jung-suh
- You're Beautiful - Go Mi-nam / Go Mi-nyeo
- My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox - Go Mi-nyeo
- Heartstrings - Lee Gyu-won
- Flower Boys Next Door - Go Dok-mi
- The Heirs - Cha Eun-sang
- Doctors - Yoo Hye-jung
- Miracle in Cell No. 7 - Adult Ye-seung
2. Song Ji Hyo
Song Ji Hyo, whose real name is Cheon Seong-im, was born on August 15, 1981, in Pohang, one of the main seaport cities in North Gyeongsang. She has a younger brother and a younger sister. She attended Daerim Elementary School, Hwagye Middle School, and Ilsan Convention High School. She graduated with a tax and accounting degree from Kyungmoon University.
She chose "Song Ji-hyo" as her stage name as she was inspired by the two famous actors—Song Seung-heon and Song Hye-kyo.
- Princess Hours - Min Hyo-rin
- Jumong - Lady Ye So-ya
- Emergency Couple - Oh Jin-hee
- Running Man - Herself
1. Kim Tae Hee
Kim Tae Hee was born on March 29, 1980, in Busan, South Korea. Her father, Kim Yoo Moon, became the chairman of Hankook Union Transportation Company in 1984. She has an older sister, Kim Hee-won, and a younger brother, Lee Wan, who is also an actor and appeared in her television series Stairway to Heaven.
She started her career in entertainment in 2000 when an advertising executive saw her riding the subway and offered her a modeling job.
- Stairway to Heaven - Han Yoo-ri
- Forbidden Love - Yoon Shi-yeon
- Iris - Choi Seung-hee
- My Princess - Lee Seol
- Yong-pal - Han Yeo-jin
lovely girl on October 11, 2020:
IU is the best
unknown on September 21, 2020:
Who is in the first top picture?
Sarita Chhantyal on August 24, 2020:
Where is kim yoo jung??
Uaenas on July 13, 2020:
Iu is the cutest bunny
Tere on July 20, 2019:
Where is Park Bo Young and Kim Yoo Jung?
Jeda on October 13, 2018:
You are missing out Park So Dam
Lara on July 09, 2018:
IU is the one.
Sweety Shang from Philippines on June 02, 2018:
Song Ji Hyo ❤❤❤
Riaz hassan on May 15, 2018:
Han ga in the best
Victor on April 02, 2018:
Where is Park Bo Young?
Neil Diamond on October 26, 2017:
Where is Krystal Jung ? She is the cutest
jiraiya on October 24, 2017:
Park Shin Hye is good at expressions
Selina on August 02, 2017:
Park Shin Hye and Kim So Eun
Sulatri on April 10, 2017:
Song Ji Hyo
TOP 10 MOST FOLLOWED K-DRAMA ACTRESSES ON INSTAGRAM
5:00 PM May 6, 2021 IST
Lockdown gave us enough horizons to look upon and one of the recent waves that hit all over the world is the K-drama wave. This Hallyu wave doesn’t stick only to the K-dramas, but also got its root deep down in learning the Korean culture, their language, about the delicious food (Ramen-hot trend) and connecting with the K-drama memes is a new cool. K-dramas provided a different world altogether to the binge watchers and gave them a good getaway from this chaotic life. With the increase in the K-drama fan club there is a recent rise in K-drama stars’ Instagram followers. Here is the top 10 list of actresses who’ve got their new fan base in the recent surge of K-drama love wave.
10. Park Min-Young
Name: Park Min-Young
Height: 1.64 M
Insta Followers: 8.6 Million
Park Min Young ranks tenth in the list, she started her career with a commercial in 2005 after that she debuted her acting career through a sitcom “High Kick” in 2016. She received her career breakthrough with the 2010 drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”, a coming-of-age drama. She also starred in television series “City Hunter”, “Glory Jane”, “Healer”, “Queen for Seven Days”, “What's Wrong with Secretary Kim”, “Her Private Life” and the recent drama “When the Weather Is Fine (2020)”. Her official account on Instagram is @rachel_mypark, if you haven’t followed her yet go and check it out.
Name: Krystal Jung
Height: 1.65 M
Insta Followers: 9.5 Million
Chrystal Soo Jung professionally known as Krystal, Krystal Jung or Jung Soo-jung, is a Korean-American singer and actress based in South Korea. Jung debuted as a lead vocalist of the South Korean girl group f(x) in September 2009. In 2013 she starred in the drama “The Heirs” and got the recognition for her performance. Further, she acted in various K-dramas like “My Lovely Girl”, “Prison Playbook”, “The Bride of Habaek”, “Player” and recently in “Search(2020)”.
You can also check out her official account on Instagram i.e. @vousmevoyez
8. Kim So-Hyun
Name: Kim So-Hyun
Height: 1.65 M
Insta Followers: 11.4 Million
Kim SoHyun started her career as a child artist in “Drama City” in 2006, in which she played a supporting role. She initially gained attention from her roles in “Moon Embracing the Sun” and “Missing You”. She played her first leading role in “Who Are You: School 2015” in 2015 and played several pivotal roles in the dramas like “Radio Romance”, television dramas based on Naver Webtoon's “Hey Ghost”, “Let's Fight”, “The Tale of Nokdu” and currently “Love Alarm”(2019–2021) and Korean folklore River Where the Moon Rises (2021). Her Instagram account is @wow_kimsohyun.
7. Song Hye-Kyo
Name: Song Hye-kyo
Insta Followers: 11.5 Million
Song Hye-kyo ranks sixth with her popularity. She made her entertainment debut as a model for the school uniform company, which led to her being cast in a small role in her first television drama, “First Love”. gained international popularity through her leading roles in television dramas “Autumn in My Heart”, “All In”, “Full House”, “That Winter, the Wind Blows”, “Descendants of the Sun”, and “Encounter”. Her official instagram id is quite different and unique i.e. @kyo1122.
6. Red Velvet’s Joy
Name: Park Soo-young
Height: 1.67 M
Insta Followers: 11.4 Million
Park Soo-young known by the stage name Joy, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of South Korean girl group Red Velvet and she ranks eighth in the list. She started her television activity in 2015 in the variety show “We Got Married” in fourth season. In 2017, Joy made her acting debut as the female lead in tvN's music-based drama “The Liar and His Lover” and also performed in “Tempted”. @_imyour_joy.
5. Park ShinHye
Name: Park Shin-Hye
Height: 1.68 M
Insta Followers: 11.7 Million
Park ShinHye ranks fifth position in the list of most followed actress. She is a South Korean singer and actress. Park made her first appearance in the music video "Flower" by singer Lee Seung-hwan. She got her recognition in the popular Korean drama Stairway to Heaven in 2003 in which she played the younger version of Choi Ji-woo's character. As a first adult leading role, she acted in South Korean-Japanese melodrama Tree of Heaven (2006). She received her recognition for her roles in the television dramas “You're Beautiful”, ”The Heirs”, ”Pinocchio”, “Doctors”, “Memories of the Alhambra” and “#Alive”(2020). Her official Instagram account is @ssinz7.
4. Im Yoon-ah
Name: Im Yoon-ah
Height: 1.68 M
Insta Followers: 12.3 Million
Im Yoon-ah is a South Korean singer and actress stands fourth in the list. She debuted as a member of girl group Girls' Generation in 2007 which went to become one of the most famous and bestselling artists in South Korea. She made her career breakthrough from “You Are My Destiny” in 2008. Further, she acted in various dramas like “Love Rain”, Prime Minister & I, The K2 ,The King in Love and Hush (2020–21). Her official account is @yoona__lim.
3. Lee Sung-Kyung
Name: Lee Sung-Kyung
Height: 1.75 M
Insta Followers: 12.6 Million
LLee SungKyung ranked third in the list with 12.6 M followers, a model and an actor. The famous Kim Bok-joo (drama-“Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo”) began her entertainment career as a model where she competed at the local Super Model Contest in 2008. In 2014, she made her acting debut with a supporting role in television drama “It’s Okay, That’s Love”, being the first model-actress promoted under the joint venture of YG Entertainment and K-Plus. She acted in various K-drama such as “Cheese In The Trap”, “The Doctors”, “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo” and in her recent project “Dr. Romantic(2020)”. . Her official Instagram account is @heybiblee.
2. Bae Suzy
Name: Bae Suzy
Height: 1.68 M
Insta Followers: 16 Million
15.7M followers Bae Suzy better known as Bae Suzy, a singer, actor and model takes the second place in the list. She was the member of the girl group Miss A and she made her debut in 2011 in the television drama “Dream High” in 2011. She later on appeared in the television series like “Uncontrollably Fond”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “Vagabond” and recently acted in one of the famous drama of 2020 “Start Up”. . She has crazy following and his official Instagram account is @skuukzky
1. Lee Ji-eun (IU)
Name: Lee Ji Eun
Height: 1.62 M
Insta Followers: 21.1 Million
IU topped the list with 21.1 M followers, a popular singer-songwriter and actress. Her stage name is derived from the phrase ‘I’ and ‘YOU’, symbolizing that people can become one through music. Her She debuted in 2008 with her single “Lost child” and made her acting debut in 2011 in the television drama “Dream High” and acted as lead in the famous K-dramas like “My Mister”, “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” and recently in “Hotel Del Luna”. . Her Instagram account is @dlwlrma.
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Here’s the list of top 10 most successful and beautiful Korean drama actresses who have wonderful screen presence, or can sing and dance, are TV and radio hosts or have successful modeling careers! Their brilliant talent, appearance, good personality and charm are hard not to notice! Here you will also find some K-drama recommendations! You can’t miss the movies where these charming ladies are starring!
Top Most Popular and Beautiful Korean Drama Actresses
- Han Hyo Joo
- Song Hye Kyo
- Bae Suzy
- Kim So Hyun
- Jun Ji Hyun
- Park Shin Hye
- Lee Sung Kyung
- Park Bo Young
- Kim Yoo Jung
10. Kim Yoo Jung
One of the best known and most successful child actresses in South Korea, Kim Yoo Jung has won a great number of Best Young Actress awards! Soon, “Korea’s Little Sister” transitioned into teen roles and became known for her performances in Dong Yi, May Queen, Moon Embracing the Sun and Angry Mom. She even starred in her first adult role as a lead actress! Love in the Moonlight, the domestic and international hit series, perfectly shows she has a wonderful presence on the screen! Unlike many other acclaimed child actors and actresses, Kim Yoo has successfully transitioned her roles from child to teen actress, and even to leading adult roles! It’s not that easy to achieve! Here are some of the most popular dramas in her career!
- Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (Love in the Moonlight)
It’s not only the coming-of-age high-quality drama phenomenon but also is considered to be Kim Yoo’s first adult and leading lady role! Here, the actress stars as a girl disguising as a man and lives at the palace as a eunuch. Watch this sweet love story of the girl in disguise and the crown prince if you haven’t yet!
- Clean With Passion for Now
Kim Yoo continues to make her transition into adult roles and stars as a leading heroine again. This time it’s a young and fresh romantic K-drama! The actress plays a grubby girl looking for a full-time job who ends up falling in love with her polar opposite!
9. Park Bo Young
Everyone knows Park Bo Young for her leading roles in such hit films as Scandal Makers, A Werewolf Boy, On Your Wedding Day, Oh My Ghost and Strong Woman Bong Soon. Making her acting debut at sixteen, this incredibly talented and beautiful woman became one of the most beloved and most popular actresses in drama land! She hasn’t had free time since her debut and for a good reason! She’s got incredible range of dramas. We have so many options of what to choose from, so it gets even harder to pick and highlight only several of her works. However, here are some of them!
- Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Park Bo plays a funny and charming lead Do Bong Soon, an unbelievably strong woman with superpowers! One day, a man finds out about her super strength and becomes intrigued by her. The actresses’ chemistry with fellow lead actor is awesome!
Meet Park Bo Young as a girl who falls for a boy with a beast inside of him! It won’t be easy for her to get along with the beast side of her loved one. It can hardly be tamed!
8. Lee Sung Kyung
Lee Sung literally became an overnight celebrity after her acting debut in Okay, That’s Love. She was a successful model at that time, with no thought of appearing on TV. However, the director of the series was desperately in need for new, fresh faces and that’s where he stumbled upon the Instagram page! After her role as a rebellious high school student in the drama, Lee builds her fanbase and many other roles flood in! She lands her next roles as a mentally unstable student in Cheese in the Trap and Doctor Crush. Soon after this, she takes her first leading role in a coming of age TV drama, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo!
7. Park Shin Hye
Park Shin was noticed when she appeared in singer Lee Seung Hwan’s music video and she received formal training in singing, acting, and dancing. The actress debuted in K-drama Stairway to Heaven and it didn’t take long for her to gain fame! She successfully portrayed the younger version of the lead heroine! You’re Beautiful brought another hit title for the young talent. The drama was a hit on the Internet! We also know Park Shin Hye for her amazing performances in such popular K-dramas as Pinocchio, Flower Boys Next Door, Heirs, and Heartstrings.
6. Jun Ji Hyun
To those of you who remember Jun Ji for her role in My Love from the Stars, the fact that she had a much bigger role some time ago might be surprising! My Sassy Girl is one of the most popular K-dramas of all time! The romantic comedy won her the Best Actress Award and became a real breakthrough in her career. The success of the series and films she has starred in internationally established her as a top Hallyu star. You can see her in fantasy-romantic comedy Windstruck, major hit, blockbuster drama Legend of the Blue Sea, and in other notable films like The Thieves, The Berlin File, Assassination, and Il Mare.
One of the highest paid Korean actresses, Jun Ji is also considered one of the most demanded advertisement spokespersons in the country: she has advertised for a wide range of popular brands like Samsung, Lotte Duty Free, and many Chinese brands.
5. Kim So Hyun
Kim So started her acting career in her childhood, at the age of 7, and even was labeled as “Nation’s Little Sister”! Her famous roles in Moon Embracing the Sun and Missing You rose her to fame, but there are so much more dramas to choose from! Who Are You: School 2015 was her first film where she got the leading role, and since those times she has starred in a wide range of K-dramas: Hey Ghost, Lets Fight for the fans of horror genre, The Emperor: Owner of the Mask for historical melodrama lovers, Radio Romance for those who want to run away from real world and dive into a romantic comedy. You might also want to check out some of her other dramas: Page Turner, Goblin, The Suspicious Housemaid, Rooftop Prince, Reset, I Hear Your Voice, The Girl Who Sees Smells, Nightmare Teacher, and Rooftop Prince.
4. Bae Suzy
Suzy (Bae Su Ji) is one of the most in-demand actresses in Korea. However, not everyone knows that she started out as an online shopping model! She was one of the contestants in the reality show “Superstar K”, she was noticed by a scout there. So, it didn’t take her long to transfer from a modeling career and become a music trainee. Soon, she debuted with Miss A and what’s more, became a host in some music shows. Only after all these successes, the young talent transferred into acting! It was Dream High that made her recognized among millions of K-drama lovers. Here are some of her career-defining performances! Take a look!
You can’t miss this one, especially if you call yourself a fan of historical fantasy drama genre! Suzy plays a tomboy here, a skilled in archery and martial arts girl who crosses her paths with an unusual guy. He turns out to be a mythological nine-tailed fox, but half-human at the same time.
After a tragic event, a girl (played by Suzy) receives a gift (or a curse, it depends on how you see it) to dream about the accidents that will happen to different people in the future. It may be her relative or friend, or it can be a complete stranger. She tries to stop these horrible events from happening in real life. However, things become even more interesting when she finds out there are two more persons in her life who have the same gift.
Lee Ji Eun, best known by her stage name IU (which stands for “I and You” – to become one with music (you and me) is not only one of the best-selling K-Pop solo artists (in the entertainment industry dominated mostly by K-Pop groups), radio and television host and the most influential celebrity in the country in general. She has also ventured into acting! You can see the actress not only in commercials selling smartphones but also in highly popular nowadays K-dramas. She acted in You're the Best, Pretty Man, The Producers, Lee Soon Shin, Moon Lovers, and My Mister.
- Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
IU plays a 21st-century woman who travels back in time due to the strange sequence of events during a total eclipse of the Sun. She gets trapped in the Goryeo era and lives in the body of another woman. A member of the royal family, many palace intrigues are ahead of her. As some time goes by, she realizes she falls for the violent fourth Prince who is known for being an outcast. This historical is a real roller-coaster of emotions! Don’t miss this gem with IU as a leading heroine!
2. Song Hye Kyo
Though Song Hye first debuted as a model, she decided to transfer into acting and gained not only Asia-wide popularity but became an internationally known top Hallyu star. The actress made her debut starring in KBS2’s Autumn in My Heart and in All In, both dramas gained fame abroad including Taiwan, Japan, and Europe. Song is also well-known for her leading roles in television dramas Full House, That Winter, the Wind Blows, Descendants of the Sun and Encounter.
Descendants of the Sun was a mega-hit during its broadcast on TV. In this popular love story, Song Hye plays a lead. Basically, the story revolves around a medical team that saves lives and a Special Forces unit that deals with various secret missions. The series is set in Uruk, a fictitious country which is in a state of war.
Song Hye Kyo stars here as the daughter of a powerful politician. The girl is tired of living life controlled by others, where she doesn’t have the right to make her own choices. After divorcing her husband from an arranged marriage, she travels overseas. The trip changes her life, as she meets a simple, kind and free-spirited guy on the way. They are instantly drawn to each other, even despite the fact that they are complete opposites.
1. Han Hyo Joo
Han Hyo Ju got her first leading role in K-drama Spring Waltz. However, it was Brilliant Legacy that brought her commercial break-out role. The series showed her brilliant acting and she got signed by a popular filmmaker soon after. She was cast in film Ad Lib Night, which brought her many honors. This success brought many more opportunities for the talented actress! It gained her roles in other big TV dramas - Ilijimae, Shining Inheritance, and Dong Yi! Every K-drama lover knows these gems; they became hits, so Han became even more famous! You will also enjoy watching her acting in a period K-drama Masquerade, where she played a queen. It turned out to become the highest grossing film in Korea as of that time! Don’t hesitate a second and check out her other works, such as Miracle: Devil Claus' Love and Magic, Cold Eyes, The Beauty Inside, Golden Slumber, and W: Two Worlds!
Who is your favorite Korean drama actress? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!
Arlene Rodriguez on September 15, 2020:
Where is Son Ye Jin? How can you define success and beautiful here to be on the list? Is this just based on your personal opinion? If it is, then, I can’t question that. But at least, your opinion should Be based on facts for it to be credible. Sorry, but your list is unbelievable.
manni on September 08, 2020:
Where is ku hye sun i know now she is not active but through boys over flowers and also she is very popular in the world
santoshitha on September 07, 2020:
i actually like park shin ye(doctors),song hye kyu(descendents of the sun) .so much.i think the way of their acting skills cannot be spoken and fabricated by words by me.simply i am a huge heart core fan of them.
Sherapova Rodriguez on September 04, 2020:
Only song hye kyu , jun ji hyun and kim you jung are popular in our country.the rest not familiar
Korean Movies kdrama exclusive on September 03, 2020:
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With their some funny and amazing facts also with their amazing commercials and photoshoots
Kavya Shukla on August 26, 2020:
Where is Son Ye Jin? She is one of the most popular actress in South Korea and also one of the most popular korean actress in the world.
mini on August 22, 2020:
jun ji hyun is my favourite. she is just the best
MJ on August 17, 2020:
I luv IU, park shin hye, bae suzy and kim soo hyun they are so pretty
Ely dj on August 15, 2020:
So ye jin is best. She captured the role of yoon seri in crash landing on you to a T. Amazingly good!
Paniz on August 14, 2020:
Suzy is everything
Shiees on August 07, 2020:
Iu my queen. U r the best
James Ruth on August 05, 2020:
What about park min young?
Dunno on July 31, 2020:
Song Hye kyo is the besttttttt
Nikki on July 17, 2020:
Love you all. AHHHHHH!!!!!!
Elvy on July 08, 2020:
Diana How can u skip im yoon ah,park min young and yoon bora from a korean oddesey(alice[the octopus]) that's not how to do it you skipped park min young of all people huh the MOST POPULAR AND BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS.
Tina on July 07, 2020:
Kim yoo is the best... muah...
[email protected] on July 07, 2020:
Han hyo Joo is best of all
Somani on July 06, 2020:
Where the hell is Son Ye-Jin????
Fangirl on July 05, 2020:
Iu is the most stunning and best one
Jeff on July 03, 2020:
IU is the Best
Sana on June 26, 2020:
Park as an iconic act in her own way
Fapohunda Motunrayo on June 24, 2020:
l choose IU and Bae suzy.they are very beautiful and they are the best.l also love park shin hye she is beautiful and l love her dramas
Amanda on June 21, 2020:
Bae Suzy and IU are d best
gabilove on June 19, 2020:
i didn't park so young
francis from ghana on June 17, 2020:
South Korean movies are the best
Umka on June 16, 2020:
Bae Suzy is the best
Bernadette on June 11, 2020:
Kim Tae Hee should be included in that list.
jessy studio on June 09, 2020:
song hye kyo
ani natung on June 02, 2020:
jun ji hyun
smile gold on May 23, 2020:
all of them are the best buh i wish i could be the best among the best.that's me for you guyz
Nia on May 18, 2020:
Bae Suzy, IU and park bo young are the best actresses
tamia on May 16, 2020:
park shin hye is the best luv you
SMW on May 13, 2020:
How come Son Ye Jin is not on this list
Park hye sun on May 10, 2020:
All the actresses are beautiful,but to me park shin hye is the prettiest,i vote for IU because she is not bad.
Hauwa Usman Tahir on May 01, 2020:
How can you throw away Krystal Soo Jung?
khate on April 28, 2020:
all of them is so pretty i couldn't imagine their beautyy
Marian on April 21, 2020:
Kim So Hyun is the most beautiful and most elegant korean actress.
Eden on April 18, 2020:
I would say Ha Ji Won should be in the list. One of the most versatile Korean actresses.
Park Hyo Jung on April 16, 2020:
Finally! Han Hyo Joo And Kim Yoo Jung are on a list of Most beautiful and successful Korean actresses! BUT they forgot THE MOST beautiful and MOST successful of them all!! PARK MIN YOUNG!!
AJD on April 14, 2020:
Son Ye Jin is the most beautiful Korean Actress.
TSHERING YANGDON on April 13, 2020:
I am looking for Kim sae Ron.....
She is the most beautiful actress also
pulivarthi srinivasa rao on April 12, 2020:
I require money help with love
Ellie on April 09, 2020:
I was expecting to see Ha Ji Won on this list.
Jenerelyn Calusayan on April 09, 2020:
Why? Out of the blue, Ms. KiM HYUN JOO not always part of the list.
Shes also VERSATile and BEAUTiFUL iN and OUT..
Jenerelyn Calusayan on April 09, 2020:
I'm. Just looking Ms. KiM HYUN JOO, Hope that her name part of them..
She also BEAUTiFUL iN and OUT
Lara Jean on April 08, 2020:
Hey!! Where the heck is Son Ye-Jin???? Isn't she the top award winning actress in Korea?
Chloe on April 05, 2020:
Are you for real? Where is Son ye Jin?
Sneha on March 23, 2020:
These actresses are really beautiful❤ bt their are too many cute and adorable actresses in korea ... ❤❤Why they are not here..
jason on March 18, 2020:
i sweet girl i saw you on sevi
hi baby girl my name is jason i want you on March 18, 2020:
hi baby I want you
Rachel on March 05, 2020:
Im not from Korea but Song Hye Kyo should be on Top 1
Include also Ha Ji won
Sofi on March 01, 2020:
This seems fake.
where is top actress like son Ye Jin, Ha Ji Won, Kim Tae Hee ?
Promise Warren on February 29, 2020:
I love IU and Park Bo Young
Bbt on February 25, 2020:
Kim So Hyun
glayse on February 24, 2020:
Son Ye jin is the first on the list. With all the awards and recognition. She is the Best Actress among all the list above.
Sj on February 22, 2020:
why Son Ye jin is not included in this list ?
It is disgusting to see that No blogger, youtuber, etc include Son ye jin in their list.
LEE SUNG KYUNG on February 11, 2020:
Well, she is beautiful and I like her plays. That's why I like her.NOTHING ELSE...
지안 on January 16, 2020:
Ez on January 03, 2020:
I like IU, IU is life! I heart heart her. I love love her so very much indeed.
자ㅣ납 zainab on December 31, 2019:
What about park hyung sik and shin ye eun and kim da som and ji so ? They are really handsom thank goodnes that park bo young is there but i liked strong woman the most of all her films if you did not watch
He is psychometric
And Hwarang you should watch them 사랑해요
Rica on December 22, 2019:
Geralt of Rivia on December 22, 2019:
Son Ye jin should be on around top 5 , but you didn't put her name at all .
Niki on December 15, 2019:
How bout kim tae hee?
Lexy on December 05, 2019:
Park Min Young
Haemosu on December 02, 2019:
"Bae Suzy , GuFamilyBook : .....He turns out to be a mythological nine-tailed fox, but half-human at the same time...."
Are you sure he was nine-tailed fox.... ?
Olive on November 15, 2019:
Han Hyo Joo
ABC on November 07, 2019:
Kim So Hyun
Leelamma on November 07, 2019:
Jung Na Ra should be included.
Chioma on October 28, 2019:
Iu is the best
luO on October 21, 2019:
I was waiting to see Ha Ji Won ;;;;;;
Amara on September 06, 2019:
Ha ji won is the best actress, populer, beauty inside and outside
Song hye kyo on August 22, 2019:
She’s beautiful and the best moves
Saima Rizvi on August 10, 2019:
Park shin hye❤ hwaiting
Argel Noel on July 24, 2019:
Why Yoo In-na is not in the list?!
Pakistan on June 16, 2019:
Song hye kyo is the best of all.
Pppppp on June 10, 2019:
Song hye kyo is the best
Aaaaa on June 08, 2019:
Song hye kyo is the best of all in the list.why ha ji won is not in this list she is also beautiful
Korean Actress – Most Popular K-Drama & Film Stars of All Time
Much like with actors in South Korea, a South Korean actress in the industry is also loved, adored, and respected by the viewing audience.
In some aspects, these beautiful South Korean actresses may even be held in higher regard than their male counterparts. Whether it’s a movie or a drama, there are always new and beautiful Korean actresses coming in to capture hearts.
Famous Korean Actresses
The most beautiful Korean actress may be different for each person. However, this list features South Korean actresses who were recognized for their superb acting skills shown in dramas and movies that they’ve starred in.
Jun Ji Hyun (전지현)
K-drama: My Love from the Star, Legend of the Blue Sea, Kingdom: Ashin of the North
Movies: Il Mare(A Love Story), My Sassy Girl, Windstruck, Blood: The Last Vampire, The Thieves, The Berlin File, Assassination
Jun Ji Hyun is one of the highest-paid Korean actresses and has starred in the Korean drama My Sassy Girl.
However, when she starred in the hit drama My Love from the Star opposite actor Kim Soo Hyun, Jun Ji Hyun immediately rose to international fame.
If she already wasn’t of such status, she is most definitely among one of Korea’s highest-rated drama actresses now.
Park Shin Hye (박신혜)
K-drama: Stairway to Heaven, Tree of Heaven, Prince Hours, You’re Beautiful, Heartstrings, Hayate the Combat Butler, My Cute Guys, The Heirs, Pinocchio, The Doctors, Memories of the Alhambra, Sisyphus: The Myth
Movies: Cyrano Agency, Miracle in Cell No. 7, One Perfect Day, #Alive, The Call
With her youthful and beautiful look, Park Shin Hye has become famous through her acting chops and become memorable through her appearance. She started her acting career at a young as a child actress portraying the younger version of many South Korean actresses.
This actress is one of the most famous and best-paid South Korean actresses, and it’s no surprise as she is constantly appearing in the most popular dramas, especially geared towards younger audiences. However, in her recent films, she has taken the leading roles in horror/thriller-themed movies.
In addition to her acting skills, Park Shin Hye is also a talented singer.
Song Hye Kyo (송혜교)
K-drama: Autumn in My Heart, Hotelier, Guardian Angel, All In, Full House, Worlds Within, That Winter, the Wind Blows, Descendants of the Sun, Encounter
Movies: Hwang Jin Yi, A Reason to Live, My Brilliant Life, The Crossing, The Queens
This beautiful actress s one of the highest-ranked celebrities among all genders in South Korea, including non-acting celebrities as well.
Through her appearances in several well-received dramas and movies, she has risen to triple-A status throughout Asia which makes her one of the most influential actresses in South Korea.
The latest drama that Song Hye Kyo starred in was Encounter alongside actor Park Bo Gum.
Ha Ji Won (하지원)
K-drama: Damo, What Happened in Bali, Hwang Jini, Secret Garden, The King 2 Hearts, Empress Ki, The Time We Were Not in Love, Hospital Ship, Chocolate
Movies: Phone, Reversal of Fortune, 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant, Love, So Divine, Daddy-Long-Legs, Miracle on 1st Street, Miracle of a Giving Fool, Sector 7, The Huntresses, Life Risking Romance, Pawn
Ha Ji Won is not only among the most beautiful Korean actresses, but she is also very versatile. It is no wonder that Ha Ji Won has become so popular and famous.
She has received several recognitions through her award-winning roles in movies and television dramas.
Like many other South Korean actors and actresses, Ha Ji Won has also dabbled in music, having even written some of her own songs.
Shin Min Ah (신민아)
K-drama: A Love to Kill, The Devil, My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox, Arang and the Magistrate, Oh My Venus, Tomorrow, With You, Chief of Staff, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
Movies: Madeleine, My Mighty Princess, The Naked Kitchen, Sisters on the Road, Gyeongju, My Love, My Bride, Diva
Another incredibly versatile actress, Shin Min Ah, and her fresh look shine in comedy and more serious work.
Although she started her career as a successful model and is still a familiar face in several ad campaigns all around South Korea, it is the last decade’s hit television dramas such as My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox and Oh My Venus that she is especially known for.
There is at least one movie starring her coming out this year. It has also been recently confirmed that Shin Min Ah and her longtime boyfriend, Korean actor Kim Woo Bin will be co-stars in an upcoming drama series. Another exciting series that K-drama fans can look forward to!
Ku Hye Sun (구혜선)
K-drama: Boys Over Flowers, The Musical, Take Care of Us, Captain, Absolute Darling, Angel Eyes, Blood
Movies: Baby and I, Daughter
Much like Lee Minho, Ku Hye Sun also rose to domestic and international fame through the hit drama Boys Over Flowers.
Ku Hye Sun has continued to star in dramas actively ever since to keep up with the momentum.
This beautiful Korean actress is also well-versed as a singer-songwriter, director, amongst other artistic endeavors.
Bae Suzy (배수지)
K-drama: Dream High, Gu Family Book, Uncontrollably Fond, While You Were Sleeping, Vagabond, Start-Up
Movies: Architecture 101, The Sound of a Flower, Ashfall,
Although Suzy originally rose to fame as an idol member of the girl group Miss A, she has made herself an even bigger name through her acting.
Having appeared in more than 10 television dramas, Bae Suzy has become one of the most sought-after and beautiful Korean actresses. She also starred in top K-dramas, namely While You Were Sleeping. Vagabond, and most recently, Start-Up.
Despite gaining momentum in acting, she has continued earnestly to work as a singer and an idol.
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Gong Hyo Jin (공효진)
K-drama: Hello My Teacher, Pasta, Cool Guys, Hot Ramen, Master’s Sun, It’s Okay, That’s Love, The Producers,Don’t Dare to Dream, When the Camellia Blooms
Movies: Family Ties, Happiness, M, Crush and Blush, Sisters on the Road, Love Fiction, Boomerang Family, Missing, Single Rider, Door Lock, Hit-and-Run Squad
Over the last 20 years, Gong Hyo Jin has appeared in more than 20 movies and nearly as many TV dramas in South Korea.
She is undoubtedly one of the best-liked South Korean actresses, especially when it comes to stars of romantic comedy.
On top of a great career in film and TV, she has also taken her talent to the theatre.
Yoon Eun Hye (윤은혜)
K-drama: Princess Hours, Coffee Prince, My Fair Lady, Lie To Me, Missing You, Marry Him If You Dare, Love Alert
Movies:The Legend of Seven Cutter, My Black Mini Dress
Even though Yoon Eun Hye has spent the past few years laying low, she has long been one of the most popular and beautiful Korean actresses.
She made her debut as a member of the group Baby VOX but has mainly worked as a South Korean actress since 2005 when her contract ended.
She shot to fame with the almost back-to-back popular dramas Princess Hours, Coffee Prince, and My Fair Lady, cementing her legacy among Korea’s best actresses early in her career. With this, Yoon Eun Hye won the best actress award in the prestigious Baeksang Arts Awards in South Korea in 2008.
Lee Young Ae (이영애)
K-drama: West Palace, Jewel in the Palace, Saimdang, Memoir of Colors, Inspector Koo
Movies: Last Present, Lady Vengeance, Bring Me Home
While Lee Young Ae wasn’t seen in a film or a drama for a long time since starring in the movie Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, she has continuously been regarded as one of Korea’s best paid and most beautiful Korean actresses. Especially among the slightly older population.
She is so highly regarded that she even became the first South Korean actress ever to be invited as a jury member for the International Berlin Film Festival. Lee Young Ae finally returned to TV in 2017 and the big screen a year later.
Choi Ji Woo (최지우)
K-drama: Mr. Duke, Beautiful Days, Winter Sonata, Stairway to Heaven, Air City, Woman with a Suitcase, The Most Beautiful Goodbye
Movies: The Romantic President, Now and Forever, Actresses, Like for Likes
Choi Ji Woo might be a slightly unfamiliar name to our younger readers. However, she has a long and steady career behind her, starting in the mid-90s.
And she is most definitely not a stranger to those who watched dramas in the early 2000s, starring first in Winter Sonata, and then in Stairway To Heaven right after. She also recently did a cameo appearance in the high-rating South Korean drama Crash Landing on You.
Throughout her career, she has won several acting awards.
Son Ye Jin (손예진)
K-drama:Summer Scent, Alone in Love, Spotlight, Personal Taste, Don’t Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus, Something in the Rain, Crash Landing on You
Movies:Lover’s Concerto, A Moment to Remember, April Snow, Open City, My Wife Got Married, Spellbound, Blood and Ties, The Pirates, The Truth Beneath, The Last Princess, Be with You, The Negotiation
With her acting career starting in the early 2000s, Son Ye Jin is one of the most beautiful Korean faces and has been consistently starring in drama and films.
Son Ye Jin is famous for her roles in romance-themed TV dramas. The actress most recently starred in the drama Crash Landing on You alongside Hyun Bin. It has also been confirmed that Son Ye Jin and Hyun Bin are dating!
Kim Go Eun (김고은)
K-drama: Cheese in the Trap, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, The King: Eternal Monarch
Movies: A Muse, Monster, Memories of the Sword, The Advocate: A Missing Body, Canola, Sunset in My Hometown, Tune in for Love
Through the South Korean film A Muse, actress Kim Go Eun debuted and won several Best New Actress awards in South Korea. The Korean actress went on a South Korean entertainment hiatus despite several offers as she had to finish her degree in college.
She then returned to acting in South Korean movies in 2014 and began her television career in 2016. She has become increasingly popular when she starred in the K-drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God alongside Korean actor Gong Yoo. Kim Go Eun has recently starred in the Korean series The King: Eternal Monarch together with actor Lee Min Ho.
Park Bo Young (박보영)
K-drama: Jungle Fish, Oh My Ghost, Strong Girl Bong-soon. Abyss, Doom at Your Service
Movies: The ESP Couple, Don’t Click, A Werewolf Boy, Hot Young Bloods, The Silenced, You Call It Passion, On Your Wedding Day
South Korean actress Park Bo Young started officially started her acting career way back in 2006 with several breaks in between. Her comeback to South Korean television has also been a continuous success for her.
Park Bo Young then starred in several series, including the South Korean drama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, which became one of the highest-rated South Korean dramas in cable television history. She also starred in the Korean drama Oh My Ghost.
Park Min Young (박민영)
K-drama: I Am Sam, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, City Hunter, Glory Jane, Dr. Jin, Healer, Queen for Seven Days, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, Her Private Life, When the Weather Is Fine
Movies: The Cat
You might have recently seen her in the South Korean series When the Weather is Fine, but Park Min Young had grown popular when she starred in South Korean dramas Sungkyunkwan Scandal (a historical drama) and City Hunter (an action drama).
She has constantly appeared and starred in TV series since 2012. Park Min Young also appeared in the popular K-pop boy band Big Bang’s MV for Haru Haru.
Here are more of the talented and beautiful Korean actresses who starred in high-rating TV series.
- Han Hyo Joo
- Kim Yoo Jung
- Lee Ji Eun (IU)
- Lee Sung Kyung
- Kim So Hyun
- Kim Tae Hee
- Kim Hyun Joo
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While this list details some of the best and most beautiful Korean actresses of all time, it certainly leaves a lot of room for more to be discovered. Who are your favorites right now? Who do you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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Top 10 highest paid Korean actresses 
There are many talented actresses in South Korea, and the competition to get a lead role in a k-drama is fierce. How much the Korean actresses are paid per episode?. We will answer this question now and show you the top 10 highest paid Korean actresses.
1. JUN JI-HYUN
This actress made her debut as a model for a fashion magazine at the age of 15. She got tremendous fame after being cast for the 2001 movie, ‘My Sassy Girl’. JUN JI-HYUN always earns many compliments for her performances in drama series and currently is one of the top actresses in South Korea. She is paid 99,900 USD per episode.
2. LEE YOUNG-AE
This actress famously starred in the drama Dae Jang Geum. LEE YOUNG-AE is sparkling as ever. Her personal life is the target of admiration from Koreans. It is very difficult to find someone who doesn’t like her beauty and acting. She is paid 90,700 USD per episodes.
3. SONG HYE-KYO
This actress has starred in many popular dramas, among which Autumn in My Heart and Descendants of the Sun are her most successful films. She is paid 54,400 USD per episode.
4. CHOI JI-WOO
This actress has starred in lots of dramas with many different roles, but she very well knows her parts in Winter Sonata and Stairway to Heaven. Most of the fans were excited to watch her make a cameo in the 2020 drama series Crash Landing on You. She is paid 46,000 USD per episodes
5. Ha JI-WON
This actress made her debut playing the villain role but her fantastic acting made her capable to get as much attention as the lead actresses. In 2010, she and Hyun Bin played the leads in Secret Garden, setting several records for drama series that still stands to this day. She is paid 45,000 USD per episodes.
6. KIM TAE-HEE
This actress’s beauty is unchanging throughout the years. She graduated from Seoul National University which proves that she is gifted with both wits and beauty. She is paid 37,000 USD per episodes.
7. GONG HYO-JIN
This actress is known as one of the most talented actresses in South Korea. The drama series in which she had starred have all been successful. She is also known as “Queen of Ratings”. Last year she and Kang Ha-neul played the leads in When the Camellia Blooms. Both of them got the “Best Couple Award”, and the actress had won the prestigious Grand Prize. She is paid 36,500 USD per episodes.
8. PARK BO-YOUNG
This actress is known for her extraordinary acting skills. She is so good that she scoops up awards after almost every role. many people like her drama series Oh My Ghost. She is paid 27,300 USD per episodes.
9. SHIN MIN-A
This actress’s acting skills are top class. Many loved her drama Oh My Venus, where she and So Ji Sub played the leads. She is also famous for the drama My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox. Her relationship with Kim Woo Bin is trending nowadays. She is paid 27,000 USD per episodes.
10. PARK SHIN-HYE
Her career started at a young age and she would appear in commercials and TV dramas as a child actress. This actress’s first drama series was Stairway to Heaven. She played Choi Ji-Woo’s character as a young girl and that performance gave her “Best Young Actress” at the 2003 SBS Drama Awards. She is paid 22,700 USD per episodes.
Heirs (2013), Pinocchio (2014), Memories of the Alhambra (2018), You Are Beautiful (2009), Doctors (2016)
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), Hotel Del Luna (2019), My Mister (2018), Dream High (2011), The Producers (2015)
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Crash Landing on You (2019), Something in the Rain (2018), Personal Taste (2010), Don't Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus (2013), Spotlight (2008)
The King: Eternal Monarch (2020), Boys Over Flowers (2009), Coffee Prince (2007), Witch's Love (2018), Dear My Friends (2016)
Legend of the Blue Sea (2016), My Love from Another Star (2013), Happy Together (1999), Fascinate My Heart (1998)
It's Okay, That's Love (2014), Master's Sun (2013), The Producers (2015), When the Camellia Blooms (2019), The Greatest Love (2011)
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016), The King: Eternal Monarch (2020), Cheese in the Trap (2016)
While You Were Sleeping (2017), Gu Family Book (2013), Vagabond (2019), Uncontrollably Fond (2016), Dream High (2011)
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Descendants of the Sun (2016), That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), Full House (2004), Encounter (2018), Autumn in My Heart (2000)
Strong Girl Bong-soon (2017), Oh My Ghost (2015), Abyss (2019), Star's Lover (2008), Strongest Chil Woo (2008)
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018), Healer (2014), Seven Day Queen (2017), City Hunter (2011), Dr. Jin (2012)
Crash Landing on You (2019), Punch (2014), Black Knight (2017), Jealousy Incarnate (2016), 49 Days (2011)
Love Alarm (2019), Bring It On, Ghost (2016), While You Were Sleeping (2017), The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (2017), Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016)
Signal (2016), Hyena (2020), The Queen of Office (2013), Home Sweet Home (2010), Style (2009)
Cinderella and the Four Knights (2016), A Beautiful Mind (2016), Because It's the First Time (2015), The Moment (2020)
Mr. Sunshine (2018), Oh My Ghost (2015), Strangers from Hell (2019), Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016), My Holo Love (2020)
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016), Touch Your Heart (2019), My Secret Hotel (2014), My Love from Another Star (2013), One More Happy Ending (2016)
Secret Garden (2010), The King 2 Hearts (2012), The Empress Ki (2013), Hwang Jin Yi (2006), Chocolate (2019)
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016), Dr. Romantic 2 (2020), Cheese in the Trap (2016), Doctors (2016), It's Okay, That's Love (2014)
Hello Monster (2015), Go Back Couple (2017), School (2012), The Last Empress (2018), Oh My Baby (2020)
Mischievous Kiss (2010), Because This Is My First Life (2017), The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (2018), The Sound of Your Heart (2016), Father Is Strange (2017)
One Spring Night (2019), Rooftop Prince (2012), Familiar Wife (2018), The Light in Your Eyes (2019), Hyde, Jekyll, Me (2015)
Fight for My Way (2017), Arthdal Chronicles (2019), Descendants of the Sun (2016), Heirs (2013), Gap Dong (2014)
Kill Me, Heal Me (2015), She Was Pretty (2015), Mystic Pop-up Bar (2020), Secret Love (2013), Handsome Guy and Jung-Eum (2018)
Boys Over Flowers (2009), The Scholar Who Walks the Night (2015), Perfect Bride (2016), A Thousand Kisses (2011), Liar Game (2014)
I Can Hear Your Voice (2013), Mother (2018), Whisper (2017), When My Love Blooms (2020), God's Gift: 14 Days (2014)
Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love (2013), Hi Bye, Mama! (2020), Yong Pal (2015), My Princess (2011), Stairway to Heaven (2003)
Good Doctor (2013), My Fair Lady (2009), The Innocent Man (2012), Criminal Minds (2017), Goodbye Mr. Black (2016)
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Kingdom (2019), Stranger (2017), The Greatest Divorce (2018), Beating Heart (2005), God of Study (2010)
Life on Mars (2018), Radiant Office (2017), Heard It Through the Grapevine (2015), God of Study (2010), Beating Heart (2005)
The Lady in Dignity (2017), Faith (2012), Wonderful Days (2014), Room No. 9 (2018), Angry Mom (2015)
Doctor Stranger (2014), Dream High (2012), Revolutionary Love (2017), Misaeng (2014), Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho (2016)
Second 20s (2015), Temptation (2014), The Suspicious Housekeeper (2013), Winter Sonata (2002), Stairway to Heaven (2003)
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (2016), Clean with Passion for Now (2018), The Moon That Embraces the Sun (2012), Angry Mom (2015), Love Cells (2014)
The King: Eternal Monarch (2020), The Guest (2018), Return (2018), Doctor Frost (2014)
Coffee Prince (2007), Princess Hours (2006), Missing You (2012), My Fair Lady (2009), Marry Him If You Dare (2013)
Reply 1997 (2012), That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), Sassy, Go Go (2015), Untouchable (2017), Trot Lovers (2014)
Marriage Contract (2016), High Society (2015), You Are Beautiful (2009), Ojakgyo Brothers (2011), My Only One (2019)
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Secret Love Affair (2014), The World of the Married (2020), My Husband's Lover (2007), Mrs. Cop (2015), Second to Last Love (2016)
The Great Jang-Geum (2003), Saimdang, the Herstory (2017), YooHoo and Friends (2011), The Medical Brothers (1997)
Oh My Venus (2015), My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (2010), Tale of Arang (2012), Tomorrow, With You (2017), Chief of Staff (2019)
SKY Castle (2018), The Lady in Dignity (2017), Woman of 9.9 Billion (2019), Chicago Typewriter (2017), My Mister (2018)
SKY Castle (2018), The Great Seducer (2018), Come and Hug Me (2018), Nobody Knows (2020), The Good Wife (2016)
Catch the Ghost (2019), The Village: Achiara's Secret (2015), Goddess of Fire (2013), Painter of the Wind (2008), Cinderella's Sister (2010)
Live Up to Your Name (2017), Punch (2014), Wanted (2016), Sign (2011), The Accidental Couple (2009)
Love Rain (2012), The K2 (2016), The Prime Minister and I (2013), The King Loves (2017), Cinderella Man (2009)
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Suspicious Partner (2017), 100 Days My Prince (2018), Shopping King Louie (2016), 365: Repeat the Year (2020), What's with This Family (2014)
Secret Healer (2016), Leverage (2019), Nobody Knows (2020), Glamorous Temptation (2015), To Be Continued (2015)
Ms. Perfect (2017), Woman of 9.9 Billion (2019), Beautiful World (2019), I Need Romance (2011), Haeundae Lovers (2012)
A Witch's Love (2014), You're Too Much (2017), The Man Who Can't Get Married (2009)
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Itaewon Class (2020), Dr. Prisoner (2019), My Mister (2018), Suspicious Partner (2017), Your Honor (2018)
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung (2019), The Girl Who Sees Smells (2015), Six Flying Dragons (2015), The Bride of Habaek (2017), Black Knight (2017)
The Moon That Embraces the Sun (2012), Mistress (2018), Bad Boy (2010), Witch Amusement (2007), Super Rookie (2005)
Heirs (2013), Prison Playbook (2017), The Bride of Habaek (2017), High Kick! (2011), My Lovely Girl (2014)
Emergency Couple (2014), Princess Hours (2006), My Wife's Having an Affair This Week (2016), The Fugitive of Joseon (2013), Ex-Girlfriend Club (2015)
Boys Over Flowers (2009), Angel Eyes (2014), Absolute Boyfriend (2012), Take Care of Us, Captain (2012), You're Too Much (2017)
SKY Castle (2018), Touch (2020), Her Private Life (2019), Who Are You: School 2015 (2015), Avengers Social Club (2017)
My Girl (2005), Chuno (2010), Hotel King (2014), Good Witch (2018), Iris 2 (2013)
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016), Joseon Survival (2019), Untouchable (2017), Meloholic (2017), Secret Love Affair (2014)
Dong Yi (2010), High Kick! (2011), 2 Weeks (2013), Temptation (2014), Three Days (2014)
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Richest Kdrama Actresses of All-Time – Highest Paid for Korean Dramas
Many of the top Korean actresses today have done Korean dramas. However, Korean dramas still face the same challenges as other workspaces in Korea in regards to bias and inequality. Korean Dramas in regards to the pay gap has been getting a lot of attention over the years and has helped bring much-needed attention to the problem. Now the pay gap is not as wide as it used to be but there is always room for improvement. Most of the Korean dramas are lead by lead actresses who have played an indispensable role in the rise of Kdramas. Some of the most recognized Kdrama stars are women. Also, some of the richest Kdrama actresses on this list have been working in the industry for decades. Who are the richest male actors in Korean dramas? You can check out that article here.
Lee Young Ae
Lee Young Ae is the richest Kdrama actress of all time. She has been working since 1993 and been very active ever since. She does very few films and mostly sticks with Korean dramas. Her most famous role has to be in the MBC drama Jewel in the Palace. That was not only her best drama until her comeback in 2017 for SBS’s Korean drama Saimdang, Memoir of Colors. She commands one of the highest fees per episode. It is unknown when she will do another Korean drama as she seems to be focusing more on Korean films moving forward.
Fee Per Episode: $83,000
Estimated Total Earnings from KDramas: $18 million
Choi Ji Woo
The most famous Korean drama of all time could be Winter Sonata. It stars one of the richest Kdrama actresses of all time in Choi Ji Woo. She made her debut back in 1996 and is still working today. Some of her best Korean dramas include Woman with a Suitcase, Second 20s, and The Suspicious Housekeeper. Recently she made a cameo on the hit Korean drama Crash Landing on You. She recently had her first baby in mid-2020. Therefore, don’t expect her to be doing a Korean drama anytime soon.
Fee Per Episode: $42,000
Estimated Total Earnings from KDramas: $17 million
Song Hye Kyo
Not only is Song Hye Kyo considered one of the most beautiful Korean drama actresses of all time. She has also made a lot of money making Korean dramas. Song Hye Kyo has won many awards and most of her dramas have gotten positive reviews from critics. She has worked on many dramas but some of the ones you should check out include Full House, Descendants of the Sun, and Encounter. She has not done a Korean drama since her divorce from her husband Song Joong-ki in mid-2019.
Fee Per Episode: $42,000
Estimated Total Earnings from KDramas: $11 million
Jun Ji Hyun
Jun Ji Hyun is on our list of the most beautiful Korean actresses working today. While Jun Ji Hyun is the highest-paid Korean actress today, she does not do a lot of Korean dramas. She has a very successful Korean film career but she has done some memorable Korean dramas such as My Love From the Stars and The Legend of the Blue Sea. If she had a longer Korean drama filmography she would quickly rise to the top of these rankings. She will be starring in the Korean mystery thriller drama Cliffhanger which should air in 2021. This will be her Korean drama comeback after 5 years away.
Fee Per Episode: $84,000
Estimated Total Earnings from KDramas: $10 million
Gong Hyo Jin
Gong Hyo Jin is known as the “Queen of the romantic comedy”. She has proven herself in genres such as romantic comedies, black comedies, and even mystery dramas. She started out as a model but got into acting quickly after. Some of her best Korean dramas include Hello My Teacher, Pasta, and When The Camellia Blooms. She also starred in Crazy Romance which was a huge commercial success in 2019.
Fee Per Episode: $33,000
Estimated Total Earnings from KDramas: $8.5 million
Ha Ji Won
Ha Ji Won might be most known for her role in the hit Korean drama Secret Garden. She has entertained audiences with her action movie stunts but she has always found time for Korean dramas as well. She has so far won 4 Baeksang Arts Awards and 2 of those were for her role in What Happened in Bali and Secret. Recently, she has focused more on Korean movies.
Fee Per Episode: $42,000
Estimated Total Earnings from KDramas: $8 million
Park Shin Hye
Park Shin Hye has it all, not only is she beautiful but is an award-winning actress. She started out as a child actor but now is a K-drama veteran. She has done many leading roles in Korean dramas. Some of her best works include Prince Hours, You’re Beautiful, and Heartstrings. We don’t know when she will return to the small screen as her recent Korean films, #Alive and The Call were huge hits not just in Korea but around the world.
Fee Per Episode: $17,000
Estimated Total Earnings from KDramas: $6 million
Kim Tae Hee
When you think of the most beautiful Korean drama actress, many think of Kim Tae Hee. She has been in the Korean entertainment industry since 2001. She married the super Kpop star Rain and has not done many Korean dramas since. Kim Tae Hee gave birth to her first child in October of 2017 and had her second child in September of 2019. Hi Bye, Mama! is her first Korean drama in 5 years.
Fee Per Episode: $34,000
Estimated Total Earnings from KDramas: $5.5 million
Shin Min-a first started out as a model, then went on to star in music videos before starting her acting career. She is considered the “sweetheart” of Korean dramas. She brings a lot of personality and sassiness to her roles which makes many of her characters very memorable. Her latest Korean Drama is Here where she stars alongside Lee Byung-hun. Some of her best work in Korean dramas can be found in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Arang and the Magistrate, and Oh My Venus. Her latest Korean drama is Here.
Fee Per Episode: $25,000
Estimated Total Earnings from KDramas: $3.5 million
Park Bo Young
Park Bo Young is one of the cutest and most beloved Korean actresses today. She has a lot of range as she does both romantic comedies and horrors equally well. Some of her best Korean dramas include Strong Girl Bong-Soon, Oh My Ghost, and The Silenced. Expect to see her rise in these rankings with more work. It won’t be a shock to see Park Bo Young break into the top 5 of the richest KDrama Actresses list within the next few years. You can see her latest work in the Korean fantasy romance series One Day Destruction Came Through My Front Door.
Fee Per Episode: $25,000
Estimated Total Earnings from KDramas: $3 million