Top 12 celebrities with the highest popularity in Korea: IU and BTS both lost to one male personality

IU only came in 2nd, while BTS got the last positions in this list of Top 12 celebrities with the highest popularity in Korea. 

While Koreans highly regard celebrities with a clean reputation, maintaining a scandal-free and reputable record is no easy feat, especially in an environment as competitive and tough as the Korean showbiz. 

Recently, Korean netizens gathered to select the celebrities with the best and highest popularity in their home countries, and came up with a list full of top stars. 

Below are some notable faces:

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IU, Yoo Jae Suk, and Kim Yuna are among the most popular celebrities in Korea. 

It’s not surprising to see the “national MC” Yoo Jae Suk taking the throne. Despite having worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years, the “Running Man” host never ran into any scandals or controversies. Yoo Jae Suk is always highly praised for his funny personality, emotional intelligence, and ability to resolve issues in the smartest manner. 

“National MC” Yoo Jae Suk came in 1st place. 
He is most known to international fans via the famous variety show “Running Man”. 

In his public appearances, Yoo Jae Suk always maintains a friendly manner and explosive energy. Korean netizens even said that it’s impossible not to laugh when watching the MC.

Yoo Jae Suk is praised for his friendly manner, funny personality, and high EQ. 

Coming in 2nd is the “nation’s little sister” IU, who managed to achieve successes in both the music and acting field. Throughout her career, the idol-actress has landed various music hits lije “Good Day” and “Blueming”, alongside popular and critically acclaimed K-dramas like “Hotel del Luna”, “Moon Lovers”, and “My Mister”. 

IU is a big name in the musical field. 
The idol-actress also starred in various popular K-dramas like “Hotel del Luna”, “Moon Lovers”, and “My Mister”.

Over time, IU has shown remarkable improvements in her acting abilities, and recently appeared in the critically acclaimed movie “Broker”, which just earned a major award at the 2022 Cannes International Film Festival. 

IU has shown remarkable improvements in her acting abilities over time.

The “nation’s son-in-law” Lee Seung Gi was named at the 6th position, while famous actor Park Bo Gum landed in 7th place. Both of the actors were considered reputable for their dedication to their craft, as well as clean images. 

Lee Seung Gi came in 6th place. 
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While Park Bo Gum got the 7th position. 

The world-famous Kpop group BTS found themselves at position number 12. Their international impact and successful musical career were mentioned by many netizens. 

Kpop boy group BTS was 11th in the chart. 
However, the group’s leader RM ranked 12th. 

Here are the full Top 12 celebrities with highest popularity in Korea: 

  • 1. Yoo Jae Suk (host, MC)
  • 2. IU (singer, actress)
  • 3. Kim Yuna (Olympic-winning athlete)
  • 4. Lim Young Woong (singer)
  • 5. SNSD Yoona (singer, actress)
  • 6. Lee Seung Gi (actor, host, singer)
  • 7. Park Bo Gum (actor)
  • 8. Kim Hye Soo (actress)
  • 9. Han Ji Min (actress)
  • 10. Song Hae (host, singer)
  • 11. BTS (singer)
  • 12. BTS RM (singer) 
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