There is no shortage of pretty faces in South Korean drama - the problem, rather, is choosing the prettiest ones. Let’s check out today’s most popular Korean drama stars and see how their hallmark handsomeness and signature beauty can be described in the English language.
Lee Min-ho, 26, actor/singer
Basics: Best known for his leading role in romantic comedy drama The Inheritors. In July 2012 in South Korea, Lee was voted the most attractive male celebrity in TV commercials for cosmetics brands.
Characteristic: In his fans’ eyes, Lee’s physique is leggy (having attractively long and slender legs) and his personality introverted while still radiating a kind and vibrant warmth.
Park Yu-chun, 27, singer, songwriter, model and actor
Basics: Best known as a member of pop group JYJ, Park is well-known for his acting in the dramas Miss Ripley, and Missing You.
Characteristic: Wearing a dashing suit or a casual sweater, Park is labeled as a sunshine boy who is sweet, considerate and has an irresistible smile.
Kim Soo-hyun, 25, actor/singer
Basics: Kim’s popularity skyrocketed when he starred in the hit period drama Moon Embracing the Sun (捧日之月), which was the most popular in its time slot and, at its peak, had viewer ratings of 42.2 percent in South Korea. Known as the “Professor” in the hit drama Man From the Stars, Kim’s popularity has hit the roof in China.
Characteristic: His character in the show has stirred a lot of discussion among fans, with his omnipotent ability to walk through walls, read minds, and engage in psychic interfacing. The alien he depicts appears to have an icy exterior and seems very aloof. Kim’s perfectly proportioned figure also means everything on him is a showcase of good fashion.
Lim Yoon-a, 23, singer, dancer and actress
Basics: Lim stared in Love Rain, a fantasy drama about fate and how the offspring of a previous ill-fated couple who met in the 1970s, also fall in love with each other. In 2013, she played in the TV drama Prime Minister and I (总理与我) and rose to stardom across Asia.
Characteristic: While she has no hot figure, her looks are considered “healing” - her presence and beauty can comfort the heart.
Park Shin-hye, 23, actress, singer and dancer
Basics: Caught in a love triangle in The Inheritors, Park rocketed to fame in China overnight. She is best known for her leading role in the television drama You’re Beautiful.
Characteristic: Starring in The Inheritors, a quasi-Cinderella story, Park appears as a plain Jane, someone who is not hot but has a heart of gold. She also seems shy in the love affair, but this has not prevented her from becoming a fan favorite for looking like the girl next door.
Yun Eun-hea, 29, actress, singer and model
Basics: Yun debuted as a member of girl group Baby V.O.X. She has since moved on to acting and is best known for starring in the TV dramas The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince and Missing You.
Characteristic: In an interview, Yun commented on her own looks as “a chubby face”. But that hasn’t kept her from being a knockout beauty. Compared with actors born in the 1990s, Yun radiates an aura of sophistication, with less audacity but more elegance and grace.