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TOP 20: The Cutest And Most Beautiful Korean Actresses

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Xhyniie has been a K-pop fan since 2010 and a K-drama fan since 2000. She enjoys writing about the Korean entertainment industry.

Park Soo-ae

Park Soo-ae

20. Park Soo-ae

DOB: July 25, 1979
Popular works: A Family (2004), Sunny (2008), Emperor of the Sea (2004), Athena: Goddess of War (2010), A Thousand Day's Promise (2011), Queen of Ambition (2013)

Soo Ae began her career on television, but after her breakout role in A Family (2004), she became best known as a leading actress in film, notably in Sunny (2008) andMidnight FM (2010). She also appeared in the popular TV seriesEmperor of the Sea (2004) and A Thousand Days' Promise (2011).

She made her small screen debut in 2002 in a one-act drama on MBC, going on to star in Love Letter, Merry Go Round and April Kiss. Her 2004 hit historical drama Emperor of the Sea was exported to other Asian countries, South America and the Middle East, introducing Soo Ae to a wider international audience.


Kim Hee-sun

Kim Hee-sun

19. Kim Hee-sun

DOB: June 11, 1977
Popular works: Faith (2012), Wonderful Days (2014)

Kim Hee-sun debuted as the MC of SBS's music show Inkigayo in 1993 during her second year of high school, and has since become famous both at home and abroad as one of Korea's most beautiful actresses.

She starred as the heroine in many hit trendy dramas in the 1990s, such as Propose and Forever Yours with Ryu Shi-won, Wedding Dress with Lee Seung-yeon, Mister Q with Kim Min-jong and Song Yun-ah, Tomato with Kim Suk-hoon, and Goodbye My Love with Ahn Jae-wook.


Lee Yeon-hee

Lee Yeon-hee

18. Lee Yeon-hee

DOB: January 9, 1988
Popular works: A Millionaire’s First Love (2006), Gu Family Book (2013)

She is a South Korean actress and model under record label and talent agency, S.M. Entertainment. She made her first appearance in Moon Heejun's music video, "ALONE" in 2001 and officially debuted in the Korean television drama, Sea Godas young Junghwa in 2004.

She played her first movie in 2006 known as "A Millionaire's First Love" as Eun-whan.
Lee Yeon-hee’s big break came in the form of the movie Millionaire's First Love where she played a lead role alongside popular actor Hyun Bin. Lee resolved to "act as hard as she can with all that she's learned" for her movie debut. Through the movie she also made her singing debut, singing Do Re Mi from The Sound of Music and Insa on the film's original soundtrack.


Song Ji-hyo

Song Ji-hyo

17. Song Ji-hyo

DOB: August 15, 198
Popular works: Wishing Stars (2003), Princess Hours (2006), Jumong (2007), A Frozen Flower (2008), Emergency Couple (2014)

Song Ji-hyo gained international fame for being the only female member of the popular Korean variety show Running Man, which made her popularity rise across Asia.

Before she debut as an actress, she was a model for Kiki Magazine. She chose "Song Ji-hyo" as her stage name. Song appeared in the music video for Lee Soo-young "And I Love You" and appeared another music video for JTL"Just Say Goodbye". She also made a cameo appearances in the last episode of the television drama Age of Innocence.


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Gong Hyo-jin

Gong Hyo-jin

16. Gong Hyo-jin

DOB: April 4, 1980
Popular works: Crush and Blush(2008), Sang-doo! Let's Go to School (2003), Thank You(2007),Pasta (2010), The Greatest Love(2011), Master's Sun (2013), and It's Okay, That's Love (2014)

After starring with close friend Shin Min-ah in the 2009 indie Sisters on the Road, Gong played an aspiring chef in romantic comedy series Pastain 2010.Originally written as the usual brash and spunky rom-com heroine, Gong thought it would be boring and clichéd to play her as such, and instead made the significant acting decision to play against type by creating the character as an ordinary girl who was seemingly meek, but had a quiet strength and slyly got her way.

Gong Hyo-jin, along with fellow actresses Kim Min-hee and Choi Kang-hee, is considered an influential fashion icon by Korean women in their 20s and 30s. In 2010 she collaborated with shoe brand push BUTTON to produce the capsule collection "Excuse Me + pushBUTTON." Two years later, Suecomma Bonnie, another shoe brand, released her "Excuse Me x Suecomma Bonnie" line.


Moon Geun-young

Moon Geun-young

15. Moon Geun-young

DOB: May 6, 1987
Popular works: Endless Love: Autumn in My Heart (2000), A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), My Little Bride (2004), Goddess of Fire (2013)

Affectionately called "the nation's little sister," Moon Geun-young began modelling at the age of 12, then made her acting debut in 1999 as a child actress. She first rose to stardom through her role as the young Eun-suh in the hugely popular television drama series Autumn in My Heart (2000), followed by a well-received turn in Kim Ji-woon's critically acclaimed horror film A Tale of Two Sisters (2003).

Moon solidified her star status by headlining the box-office hits My Little Bride in 2004 and Innocent Steps in 2005. In 2008, she became the youngest recipient of a Grand Prize ("Daesang") which she won for the period drama Painter of the Wind.


Kim Ha-neul

Kim Ha-neul

14. Kim Ha-neul

DOB: February 21, 1978
Popular works: My Tutor Friend 2003, My Girlfriend Is An Agent (2009), A Gentleman's Dignity (2012)

She made her acting debut in 1998 with Bye June, and is best known for her starring roles in the romantic comedies My Tutor Friend (2003),Too Beautiful to Lie (2004) and My Girlfriend Is an Agent (2009). Kim received acting awards for the serial killer thriller Blind (2011).
She next stars in upcoming crowd funded indie feature Don't Forget Meopposite Jung Woo-sung,and her first Chinese film, romantic comedy Making Family opposite Aarif Rahman.


Moon Chae-won

Moon Chae-won

13. Moon Chae-won

DOB: November 13, 1986
Popular works: The Princess’ Man (2011), The Innocent Man (2012), Good Doctor (2013)

Moon Chae-won first attracted attention in 2008 in her supporting role as a gisaeng in Painter of the Wind. She was next cast in Brilliant Legacy, one of the top-rated Korean dramas of 2009.

Moon's profile was further raised with Brilliant Legacy, in which she played a privileged girl who alternately antagonizes and pities her stepsister. Brilliant Legacy became one of the top-rated Korean dramas of 2009, with a peak viewership rating of 47.1%.

2011 marked her career’s breakthrough, with leading roles in the television period drama The Princess' Man and the action blockbuster War of the Arrows; both were critical and commercial hits, with Arrows as the highest grossing Korean film of the year.


Han Ji-min

Han Ji-min

12. Han Ji-min

DOB: November 5, 1983
Popular works: Resurrection (2205), Padam Padam (2011), Rooftop Prince (2012)

After minor roles in All In and Dae Jang Geum, Han had her breakout role in revenge series Resurrectionin 2005. This was followed by period dramas Capital Scandal and Yi San, contemporary dramas Cain and Abeland Padam Padam, and romantic comedy Rooftop Prince.

Han Ji MIn is a Social Welfare major from Seoul Women's University, she is widely known for actively participating in volunteer work and fund drives, mostly through the relief organization Join Together Society.

In 2009 she published her own book titled We’re Already Friends: Han Ji-min’s Philippines Donation Book, which includes stories and drawings of her time spent in a deep mountain village in the Philippines helping at a village school.She then donated all the royalties to help in funding the education of children in North Korea and developing countries in Asia.In 2012 she was designated as goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme.


Son Ye-jin

Son Ye-jin

11. Son Ye-jin

DOB: January 11, 1982) is a South Korean actress.
Popular works: The Classic (2003),Summer Scent (2003), A Moment to Remember (2004), April Snow(2005), Alone in Love (2006) and My Wife Got Married (2008), Personal Taste (2010)

Her first high-profile role in cinema was in Im Kwon-taek's Chi-hwa-seon, which screened at Cannes and took home a Best Director award in 2002.

Son Ye Jin further solidified her status as a "hallyu" (Korean wave) star in 2003 by taking the lead in TV drama Summer Scent, a part of the hugely successful series of TV dramas including Autumn in My Heart and Winter Sonata (though this drama would not attract the attention of the previous two).

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