South Korea’s entertainment industry is full of stars, but some shine a bit brighter in the eyes of the public, according to a recent survey by Daily Sports Korea and the Korea Public Opinion and Reputation Research Institute. The survey — conducted on 1,003 people aged 18 or older living across the country from November 3 to 8 — gave fans a look at who’s capturing hearts across the nation right now.
1. Yoo Jae Suk
With an illustrious career spanning over two decades, Yoo has become synonymous with unwavering popularity and has been ensconced at the top spot for an impressive six consecutive years, securing 8.8% of the votes. Known for his quick wit and benevolent persona, Yoo Jae Suk has transcended the role of a mere entertainer to become a cultural mainstay in Korean households.
Trailing behind, yet equally esteemed, is the multi-talented songstress and actress, IU, who has clinched the second spot with 2.9% of the votes. IU’s ethereal voice and poignant storytelling through music have made her an icon of the Korean Wave, resonating with fans across generational divides. Her ability to continually reinvent herself while remaining true to her artistic core has cemented her status as a cherished figure in the industry.
The third place is adorned by the global phenomenon, BTS, with 1.9% of the total votes. The septet has not only dominated the music charts but also rewritten the rules of international pop culture. Their meteoric rise to global superstardom and their message of self-love and empowerment have earned them a devout following, both domestically and worldwide.
4. Nam Goong Min
In the fourth position is the versatile actor Nam Goong Min, who has garnered 1.5% of the public’s votes. Known for his chameleon-like ability to sink into diverse roles, Nam’s commitment to his craft and the depth of his performances have resonated deeply with audiences, making him a respected and beloved figure in the South Korean entertainment world. Nam’s perfect execution of his role in My Dearest has definitely helped him reach fourth on this list.
5. Lim Young Woong
Rounding out the top five is none other than Lim Young Woong, with 1.3% of the votes. His soulful renditions and humble demeanor have won over the nation, and his rise to fame is a testament to the power of connecting with the public through genuine talent and authenticity. He has more than just his ahjumma fans to thank for reaching number five on this survey!