As our way to help you jumpstart your journey towards Hallyu (Korean wave) fandom, we have rounded up 10 dashing and influential Korean actors whom you can follow on social media right now! Be on the front row when it comes to getting the latest updates about their daily lives—upcoming dramas and films, new leading ladies, snaps of their adorable pets, or just what dishes they had for Sunday’s brunch.
Get those fingers warmed up as here is KDramaPal’s list of 10 oh-so- fantastic Korean “oppas” (Korean term for older brother/close male friend or boyfriend) and where you can find them. Online, that is.
1. Park Seo-joon
PSJ is best known for his lead roles in a number of popular television series, including Fight for My Way (2017), What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (2018), and Itaewon Class (2020). It was also in these dramas that he earned the nickname “Mukbang King” (if you know what we mean).
Instagram: @bn_sj2013 | 15.4 million followers, 70 following
YouTube Channel: Record PARK’s | 31.9 million views, 29 videos
Weibo: 朴叙俊 | 1.1 million fans
What to see: Seo-joon’s unfiltered wacky selfies, behind-the-scenes footages, photoshoots, Simba’s awesome life
2. Nam Joo-hyuk
We first loved Nam Joo-hyuk for his role as a handsome athlete slash “sweet” boyfriend in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (2016–2017). He gained a huge fan base by the end of the drama and has now become one of the most followed Korean actors on Instagram. However, Joo-hyuk has not followed anybody yet, not even his basketball idol Stephen Curry. Could you be the one he is waiting for?
Twitter (private): @nam6310 | 11.3 thousand followers, 16 following
Weibo: namjoohyuk_official | 2.4 million fans
Expect to: browse through a candid-themed feed, find photobombs of sleeping workmates, appreciate aesthetic shots of the sky
3. Lee Min-ho
Hailed as the most followed Korean actor on Instagram, Lee Min-ho has been stealing our hearts since 2009 with his unforgettable role as Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers. Recently, he became our otherworldly (literal) and romantic (emphasis) majesty in The King: Eternal Monarch (2020). Min-ho also made headlines for posting a pic of his then leading lady Kim Go-eun on his IG, the first woman to ever grace his feed. But you *potentially* becoming the second ain’t really that bad, eh?
Instagram: @actorleeminho | 19.8 million followers, 2 following
Facebook: @OfficialLeeMinho | 20.4 million followers, 17.9 million likes
Weibo: 李敏镐 | 28.6 million fans
What awaits: scenic landscapes, casual strolls abroad, lucky doggo named Choco
4. Kim Soo-hyun
In contrast to being the highest-paid Korean actor of 2020 (so far; unofficial) for his reported 85-thousand-USD-per-episode talent fee in the series It’s Okay to Not be Okay (2020), Kim Soo-hyun’s sole SNS account gives off a rather pleasant aura of simplicity and geniality.
Trivia: Soo-hyun tickled many K-drama fans after he posted a string of awkward selfies on IG. He was still cute though, if not cuter because of it.
5. Ji Chang-wook
Great sense of humor, refreshing charms, and incomparable handsomeness—these are just some of the qualities Ji Chang-wook possesses that have lured in even the most prominent international celebrities of today. On top of that, the Backstreet Rookie actor is known in the industry for being a good son and proudly shows off his mother on his various social media accounts. I can see your heart melting from here.
Instagram: @jichangwook | 14.1 million followers, 0 following
Facebook: @ACTORJCW.OFFICIAL | 1.7 million followers, 341 thousand likes
YouTube Channel: 지창욱.Jichangwook | 16.6 million views, 38 videos
Weibo: 池昌旭_JiChangWook | 4.7 million fans
Single-word spoilers: motorbikes, surfboards, parody
6. Park Bo-gum
Park Bo-gum is among South Korea’s most versatile actors who solidified his reputation through television dramas, including Love in the Moonlight (2016), Encounter (2018–2019), and Record of Youth (2020). He might seem conservative when it comes to his social media engagements but that did not negatively affect him from becoming the first actor to top Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2017.
Twitter: @BOGUMMY | 2.2 million followers, 0 following
Weibo: 朴寶劍_ParkBoGum |1.6 million fans
Daum Official Fan Cafe: BLOSSOM |102 thousand members, 4.4 thousand visits
What he’s fond of: uploading selfies and group pics with co-actors, posting drama updates, letting fans get first dibs of his works via still shots from photoshoots and commercials
7. Lee Dong-wook
One of the OGs, Lee Dong-wook (Tale of the Nine Tailed) is proving tall, white, and handsome is a thing, too. His undeniable sexy features are amplified by his slightly innocent and shy vibe. ‘Nuff said.
Instagram: leedongwook_official | 7.3 million followers, 0 following
Facebook: @OfficialLeeDongWook | 278 thousand followers, 258 thousand likes
Weibo: 李栋旭 | 3.4 million fans
Be sure to: keep yourself from buying a tub, stop staring at those foxy eyes, double-tap that black coffee mug pic and perhaps make him notice us? (~wink )
8. Lee Jong-suk
Lee Jong-suk started his career as a model at the age of 17 and became the youngest male model to participate in Seoul Fashion Week. Since then, he flourished in the acting field as well, with lead roles in television series such as While You Were Sleeping (2017) and Romance Is a Bonus Book (2019). Do not be fooled by his angelic face though, I repeat, do not be fooled, as he is the “Mukbang King” of another realm just right across that of Seo-joon’s.
Instagram: @jongsuk0206 | 16.5 million followers, 2 following
Weibo: 李鍾碩 | 10.2 million fans
Daum Official Fan Cafe: Operation:Bimru |36 thousand members
To-Dos: congratulate him on his 10th anniversary, find snaps of his furry companions, keep scrolling no matter how precious his pouts are
9. Jung Il-woo
Jung Il-woo made his acting debut in the drama Unstoppable High Kick (2006–2007) where he met his celebrity friend Kim Bum. Since he has also been friends with actor Lee Min-ho, it did not take long for the three to hit it off and begin their close friendship. Jung’s latest small-screen appearance was in the gastronomic rom-com series Sweet Munchies (2020).
Weibo: 丁一宇| 14.6 million fans
Double-tap ’em: lobster, “How to Make Whipped Coffee,” elephant plushie, pretty Awoo
10. Lee Joon-gi
Lee Joon-gi is widely known for his impeccable portrayals in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016) and Flower of Evil (2020). He is one of those stars whose electrifying stares can give us palpitations. Joon-gi is extremely attractive and all when he smiles, but when he puts on his serious face, he transforms into someone who is dangerous…ly attractive. Yup, that’s right, abso-still-utely attractive.
Instagram: @actor_jg | 4.7 million followers, 0 following
Facebook: @OfficialLeeJoongi | 1.8 million followers, 1.8 million likes
Weibo: 李准基 | 16.6 million fans
Spot and heart: Joon-gi’s latest family portrait, Ggabi and Jjoonie, reindeer Joon-gi
How many of your Korean oppas did you find on our list? Tell us in the comments section who do you think deserves a spot here, and we’ll get you covered!
*Note: The data in this write-up, such as the number of followers and the like, are the figures as of writing and may change in the course of time.