10 Fantastic Korean Oppas and Where to Find Them

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

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

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?

Instagram: @skawngur | 12.3 million followers, 0 following

Facebook: @OfficialJOOHYUK  | 748 thousand followers, 319 thousand likes

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

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

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.

Instagram: @soohyun_k216 | 7.8 million followers, 9 following

Weibo: 金秀贤 | 10.9 million fans

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

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

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

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

Website: leedongwook.co.kr

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

Website: lee-jongsuk.com

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

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).

Instagram: @jilwww| 2.6 million followers, 1 following

Facebook: @Officialjungilwoo| 117 thousand followers, 113 thousand likes

Twitter: @ActorJungilwoo| 403.6 thousand followers, 3 following

Weibo: 丁一宇| 14.6 million fans

Website: jungilwoo.com

Double-tap ’em: lobster, “How to Make Whipped Coffee,” elephant plushie, pretty Awoo

10. Lee Joon-gi

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

Website: leejoongi.co.kr

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.

Aurora Bae

Aurora Bae is a news and feature writer for Kdramapal. She first fell in love with Kdramas by watching Winter Sonata as a kid but it wasn’t until Secret Garden that she became an official fan. Now, she spends more time watching Kdramas in her home in Cebu and Kdramapal provides her a platform to write about them as a means of living. How cool is that? And oh, she obviously loves the northern lights too! | email: [email protected]

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