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Famous South Koreans

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - C

  • Ajoo singer, dancer
  • Donna Bae actress
  • Lee Beom-seok former prime minister
  • Nicole Bilderback actress
  • Yun Bo-seon former president
  • Kim Byong-joon former deputy prime minister
  • Lee Chang-hwan Olympic medalist, archer
  • Choi Cheol-ho actor
  • Ahn Cheol-soo politician, educator
  • John Cho actor
  • Daniel Choi actor
  • Min-sik Choi actor
  • Park Chung-hee former president
  • Kim Chung-tae Olympic medalist, archer
D - E
  • Kim Dae-jung former president, Nobel laureate
  • Jang Dong-gun actor, musician
  • Lee Dong-gun actor, singer
  • Im Dong-hyun Olympic medalist, archer
  • Kang Dong-won actor
  • Chun Doo-hwan former
  • Bae Doona actress, photographer
  • Kim Elizabeth author, poet
  • Shim Eun-ha actress
  • Ham Eun-jeong actress, singer, dancer
  • Kim Evey media producer
H - J
  • Harisu actress
  • You Hee-Yeo singer, songwriter, composer, pianist
  • Kim Hwang-sik prime minister
  • Choe Hyeon-bae educationalist, language scholar
  • Gong Hyo-jin actress
  • Choi Jae-sung actor
  • Ahn Jae-wook actor, singer
  • Jun Ji-hyun actress
  • Yoo Ji-tae director, actor
  • Choi Ji-woo actress
  • Choi Jin-sil actress
  • Bae Young Joon actor
  • Gianna Jun actress
  • Woo-sung Jung actor
K
  • Choi Kang-hee actress, radio host
  • Jee-woon Kim film director, screenwriter
  • Yunjin Kim actress
  • Yu-ri Kim model
  • Ban Ki-moon secretary-general of the U.N.
  • Do Kum-bong actress
  • Oh Kyo-Moon Olympic medalist, archer
  • James Kyson actor
  • Choi Kyu-hah former president
  • Park Kyung-Mo Olympic medalist, archer
L - O
  • Denyce Lawton actress
  • Yun Mi-Jin Olympic medalist, archer
  • Min-hoo-lee actor
  • Choi Min-sik actor
  • Roh Moo-hyun former president
  • Choi Moo-ryong actor, producer, director
  • Chang Myon politician, educator, former prime minister
  • Lee Myung-bak president (born in Japan)
  • Kim Nam-Soon Olympic medalist, archer
  • Yun Ok-hee Olympic medalist, archer
P - S
  • Seri Pak golfer
  • Chan-wook Park film director, screenwriter, producer
  • Syngman Ree former president
  • Lee Sang-don legal scholar, activist, politician
  • Hong Sang-soo film director
  • Kwon Sang-woo actor
  • Kim Seong-su educator, activist, journalist, politician
  • Lee Seung-gi singer, actor
  • Song Seung-heon model, actor
  • Choi Seung-hyun (T.O.P.) singer, songwriter, composer
  • Lee Seung-u writer
  • Cha Seung-won actor
  • Woo Seung-yeon actress
  • Cathy Shim actress
  • Chae Shi-ra actress
  • Choi Siwon actor, singer
  • Bae Soo-bin actor
  • Choi Soo-jong actor
  • Kim Soo-Nyung Olympic medalist, archer
  • Han Suk-kyu actor
  • Park Sung-Hyun Olympic medalist, archer
  • Ahn Sung-ki actor
  • Shin Sung-mo former prime minister
  • Bae Suzy singer, dancer, actress
T - W
  • Kim Tae-hee actress
  • Cha Tae-hyun actor, singer
  • Roh Tae-woo former president
  • Jenna Ushkowitz actress
  • Hines Ward football player
  • Park Won-soon politician
  • Hwang Woo-suk veterinarian, researcher, professor
Y - Z
  • Son Ye-jin actress
  • Jang Yong-Ho Olympic medalist, archer
  • Jim Yongkim anthropologist, physician, president of World Bank
  • Oh Yoon-ah actress
  • Euh Yoon-dae professor, financier
  • Yoseob singer, dancer
  • Kim Young-sam former president
  • Han Young-sil professor
  • Younha singer
  • Ji-tae Yu actor
  • Choe Yun writer, professor
  • Kim Yu-Na Olympic medalist, ice skater
  • Yi Yun-Young politician
  • Zia singer

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.