When it comes to the film industry and drama Korea is a huge industry with the most talented actors. This industry has produced some of the best actors in Korea. Korean actors are very talented and public adores them. They have a huge fan following as well, they are versatile, good looking, talented, dedicated, etc. it is a vast industry with so many talents. Korean actors are paid quite a lot, and even though the gap between actors and actresses in regards to payment is not large but yet male Korean actors enjoy more fame and popularity. With all the pay charge they receive per episode, they also earn a lot more in their success meetings with fans. While some actors earn more and some less but the drama is never the less.
Entertainment is one factor important in people’s life and Korean movies serves that. Some of these are highly talented with their work and have earned fame thus being so successful in their field of work. So below is the list of top 10 highest paid Korean actors:
10 Ji Chang Wook
Ji Chang Wook is a South Korean actor who is well known among Korea and has a huge fan following mainly because of his looks and acting. His fame started after he played the lead role in one of the drama called Serial Smile Again. His acting is versatile, and the most handsome actors in the country. Ji Chang Wook has also acted in popular drama series like Baek Dong-Soo, Healer, and Empress Ki for which he is known for. Ji Chang Wook charges around $42,000 per episode which is quite a lot. Ji Chang Wook is currently 29 years old born on 5th of July 1987 in South Korea, his height is 182cm.
9 Song Juung KI
Song Juung KI is a South Korean actor who got famous through a popular dramatic series called Sungkyukwan Scandal. Song Juung KI is paid about $50,300 for each episode. With drama series, he has also been hosts at many shows, as well as worked in several movies.
Some of the famous movies in which he has acted are A Werewolf Boy and Descendant of the Sun. Song Juung KI is currently of 31 years born on 19th September 1985 and his height is of 175cm.
8 Lee Jong Suk
Lee Jong Suk was born on 14th of September 1987, currently of age 27, at Suwon in South Korea. For each episode Lee Jong Suk earns $50,300 which is similar to Song Juung KI. Rather than actor, he is also a well known model, with a great fan following. He was the youngest model in the Seoul Fashion Week.
He got famous by his leading roles in I Can Hear Your Voice, Pinocchio, Doctor Strange, and School 2013.
7 Yoo An In
Yoo An In being a South Korean actor earns around $58,700 per episode. He got his fame by his popular role in Sungkyunkwan Scandal which certainly is one of the popular dramatic Television Series in Korea. He is one of the best looking actors in Korea. With this he is also popular for his role in Punch, Six Flying Dragons, Secret, Veteran, and The Throne, in which he has done very good acting.
He was born in Daegu, South Korea on 6th of October 1986 and is 29 years old with being 178cm tall.
6 Lee Min Ho
Lee Min Ho is multitalented as he is an actor, singer, and a model. But his fame rose when he did this enormous role in the Boys over Flowers that actually got him many awards. Lee Min Ho also received an award for best actor in television series.
The popular drama series he has done are The Heirs, Personal Faith, and City Hunter, also he played as a leading actor in Gangnam Heirs which is one of the popular Korean movies. For each episode he is paid $58,700. He was born in Heukseok, South Korea, on 22nd June, 1987 and is of 29 years with his height 187cm tall.
5 Lee Seung GI
Lee Seung GI was born in Banghak-Dong in South Korea on 13th January 1987, currently aged 29 years old and has height of 180cm. He is a famous South Korean actor and is great with ceremonies and is also a singer.
He is paid $58,700 for each episode and is very popular for his songs. He is quite famous for his singing along with enormous acting skills for which his fans praise him so much.
4 So Ji Sub
So Ji Sub was born on 4th November 1977, currently he is 39 years old, he was born at Seoul, South Korea, and is 185cm tall. So Ji Sub is a well known South Korean actor who has played lead roles in many series like Oh My Venus, I’m Sorry, Cain and Abel, and Master’s Sun which were all quite popular.
He is paid $67,000 for each episode. He is very talented and loved by the Korean audience.
3 Jo In Sung
Jo In Sung has played many significant roles in several Television Series such as What Happened in Bali, The Wind Blows, That Winter, and It’s Okay. He is paid $67,100 for each episode, and is 184cm tall. Jo In Sung was born on 28th July 1981 at Cheonho-dong, South Korea and currently his age is 35. Jo In Sung has earned quite success with incredible acting in several series which were praised by his loving fans.
Jo In Sung is adored by his fans and is also very popular for his acting in It’s Okay, That’s Love. Jo In Sung brings that charisma whenever he is on set with his stellar looks and acting skills. He has this great ability to connect with his friends. Jo In Sung also has won many awards along with several nominations for his valuable input to the Korean Industry.
2 Hyun Bin
Hyun Bin is a popular South Korean Actor. He has played leading roles in several Korean series and he is paid $83,900 per episode. He has played some significant leading roles in Secret Garden, My Name is Kim, and Sam-Soon, which gave him a lot of popularity and fame.
He was born on 25th September 1982 at Jamsil-dong, South Korea and his height is 180m. Moreover, Hyun Bin received success after his comeback in the drama series Hyde, Jekyll, and I that got him to earn such high pay and fame. But unbelievably this drama became flopped and didn’t work out in the end with the Korean audiences who at first loved it so much, and also an insider from the industry had revealed that in the future he may not get to be able to earn such high paycheck again, but his fan hopes for him to do so.
1 Kim Soo Hyun
Kim Soo Hyun is the most popular South Korean actor who is paid $83,900 per episode which makes him the highest paid actor. He was born at Seoul, South Korea on 16th February 1988, and currently his age is 28 years. His height is of 177cm. He has played leading roles in Dream High, My Love from the Star, and Moon embracing the Sun. He has also acted in several movies like the Thieves, Greatly, and Secretly. One wouldn’t notice that he could’ve been an introverted child based on his popularity now. No one had expected him to enter the Korean dram industry and receive so much fame.
It was his mother who encouraged him to join acting classes thinking that it would help him bring some change in his personality, not knowing that it would enhance him so much to become one of the highest paid actor in Korean Television industry.
Top 10 Highest Paid Korean Actors 2017
|No.||Highest Paid Korean Actors|
|1||Kim Soo Hyun|
|3||Jo In Sung|
|4||So Ji Sub|
|5||Lee Seung GI|
|6||Lee Min Ho|
|7||Yoo An In|
|8||Lee Jong Suk|
|9||Song Juung KI|
|10||Ji Chang Wook|
Korean culture overtime has earned quite some fame all over the globe in a short period of time. This fame started with ‘Hallyu’ which is Korean flow that begun with the Korean soap operas along with their serious dramas. Over the time the hit single Gangnam style which almost everyone has heard of reached another height and got Korea popularity. Korean actors have a charming personality, handsome, and their acting skills get them to earn this high. Korea is famous for its delicious cuisine, with handsome men, and has a loving and kind population. It is a popular hub for entertainment. It is liked and praised for the sitcoms, television dramas, and thrilling movies.
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