Although K-Pop belongs to South Korea, this music industry still opens the door to many idols who are foreigners, half-Korean or those who were not born in South Korea. Although they do not have the criterion that Knet often requires, over time, these idols gradually conquer the public thanks to their talents.
Previously, the voting page ‘Ranker’ opened a poll to find out the top 20 K-Pop idols who were not born in South Korea but still have high public recognition and are most loved by international fans.
Let’s take a look at the current 20 most well-known K-Pop idols born outside of South Korea with the highest public recognition at the moment.
No.20: JACKSON (GOT7)
Jackson Wang (real name Wang Ka Yee) was born on March 28, 1994 in Hong Kong. The male idol is currently a member of GOT7.
No.19: JOHNNY (NCT)
Johnny (real name John Suh) was born on February 9, 1995 in Chicago, USA. The male idol is an American citizen and is a member of NCT, NCT 127.
No.18: BAMBAM (GOT7)
Bambam’s real name is Kunpimook Bhuwakul, born on May 2, 1997 in Bangkok, Thailand. The male idol is currently a member of GOT7.
No.17: MARK (GOT7)
Mark’s real name is Mark Yi En Tuan, born on September 4, 1993 in Los Angeles, USA. The male idol is a Taiwanese American citizen and is currently a member of GOT7.
No.16: MOMO (TWICE)
Momo’s real name is Hirai Momo, born on November 9, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan. The female idol is currently a member of TWICE.
No.15: WINWIN (NCT)
WinWin (real name Dong Si Cheng) was born on October 28, 1997 in Zhejiang, China. WinWin is currently a member of NCT, NCT U and WayV.
No.14: SANA (TWICE)
Sana’s real name is Minatozaki Sana, born on December 29, 1996 in Osaka, Japan. Sana is currently a member of TWICE.
No.13: MINA (TWICE)
Mina’s real name is Myoui Mina, born on March 24, 1997. The female idol was born in Texas, USA but her parents are both Japanese. Therefore, the TWICE‘s beauty has both American and Japanese nationalities.
No.12: TZUYU (TWICE)
Tzuyu (Chou Tzuyu) was born on June 14, 1999 in Tainan, Taiwan. The female idol is the maknae of TWICE.
No.11: FELIX (STRAY KIDS)
Felix’s real name is Felix Lee, born on September 15, 2000 in Sydney, Australia. The male idol’s parents are Korean but he was born in Australia, so the male idol has Australian nationality.
No.10: LAY (EXO)
Lay (Zhang Yixing) was born on October 7, 1991 in Hunan, China. The male idol is currently the only remaining Chinese member of EXO.
NO.9: ROSÉ (BLACKPINK)
Rosé’s real name is Park Chaeyoung, while her English name is Roseanne Park. The female idol was born on February 11, 1997 in Auckland, New Zealand. She has Australian nationality and is Korean (her parents are both Korean).
No.8: HUENING KAI (TXT)
Huening Kai’s real name is Kai Kamal Huening. The male idol was born on August 14, 2002 in Hawaii, USA. His father is German (born in Brazil) while his mother is Korean. He is currently TXT’s maknae.
No.7: LUCAS (NCT)
Lucas (Wong Yuk Hei) was born on January 25, 1999 in Hong Kong. His father is Chinese and his mother is Thai. Currently Lucas is a member of NCT, NCT U, SuperM and WayV.
No.6: BANG CHAN (Stray Kids)
Bang Chan’s real name is Christopher Bang, born on October 3, 1997. The guy has an Australian nationality and Korean descent. Bang Chan is seen as the ace of Stray Kids.
No.5: TEN (NCT)
Ten, whose real name is Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkun, was born on February 27, 1996 in Bangkok, Thailand. The male idol is of Chinese ethnicity but holds Thai nationality. Ten is currently a member of NCT, NCT U, SuperM and WayV.
No.4: YUTA (NCT)
Yuta’s real name is Nakamoto Yuta, born on October 26, 1995 in Osaka, Japan. The male idol is a member of NCT and NCT 127.
No.3: MARK (NCT)
Mark’s real name is Mark Lee, born on August 2, 1999 in Canada. The male idol is a Canadian of Korean descent and is currently the K-Pop idol that joins the most SM groups: NCT, NCT 127, NCT U, NCT Dream and SuperM.
No.2: VERNON (SEVENTEEN)
Vernon’s real name is Hansol Vernon Chwe, born on February 18, 1998 in New York, USA. The male idol has Korean-American nationality and is currently a member of SEVENTEEN.
No.1: LISA (BLACKPINK)
Lisa’s birth name was Pranpriya Manoban, but later her family changed it to Lalisa Manoban. The female idol was born on March 27, 1997 in Buriram, Thailand. She is currently the maknae of BLACKPINK.
Is there any K-Pop idol in the top 20 that you love? Are you satisfied with their position in this chart?