10 Leading Men Who Made Us Swoon This Year

Another year of K-dramas is upon us, and that means it’s time to reminiscence about the wonderful stars that made this year just a little brighter. From rookies to veterans, these leading men will be unforgettable in the years to come.

*Click the actors’ names to see stellar photos of them.*

Woo Do Hwan

Despite low ratings for his “Tempted” series in his home country, this actor did a wonderful job convincing us that he was a conflicted bad boy. His character Kwon Shi Hyun was probably the envy of many Red Velvet fans.

Lee Sun Kyun

The now iconic Park Dong Hoon instantly became a role model in “My Mister” (aka “My Ahjussi”). Lee’s portrayal of a heartbroken good guy tugged at everyone’s heartstrings.

Chang Ki Yong

Former “My Mister” bad guy transformed into a teddy bear in front of the girl he loved in “Come and Hug Me”. His role as detective Chae Do Jin completely erased the bad deeds of his K-drama past.

Jung Hae In

He instantly became the comfortable boy-next-door in the JTBC/NetFlix series “Something In The Rain” (aka “Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food”). Seo Joon Hee will forever be the perfect boyfriend for many.

Highlight’s Yoon Doo Joon

He landed two leading roles before he enlisted in the military this past August. Yoon surprised us as a top star turned radio DJ in “Radio Romance” and reprised his famous foodie role on “Let’s Eat 3”.

Lee Byung Hun

Earlier this year, Lee starred in the sports film “Keys to the Heart” and earned a nomination for Best Actor at “The Seoul Awards”. He returned to fans on the small screen (and via NetFlix) in the hit period series “Mr. Sunshine” as character Choi Yoo-jin / Eugene Choi.

ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo

The “Top Management” star mesmerized the world this past summer in the rom-com “My ID is Gangnam Beauty”. His character Do Kyung Seok is now the iconic boyfriend of our dreams.

Seo Kang Joon

Audiences around the world were in awe by Seo Kang Joon’s incredible versatility as an actor this year! He flawlessly portrayed a dual role (as a robot and man) this spring, and returned to a single role last month. “Are You Human Too?” and “The Third Charm” contrasted each other nicely.

EXO’s D.O.

“100 Days My Prince” debuted as a cable hit in September! It maintained high ratings in South Korea as D.O. drew K-Pop fans and drama lovers alike with his fabulous portrayal of Prince Lee Yul  and pauper Na Won Deuk.

So Ji Sub

In the Spring, So played in the Korean remake of the Japanese romance “Be With You”. He decided to make his grand return to TV in the thriller “Terius Behind Me” (aka “My Secret Terrius”). Kim Bon is a K-drama superhero.


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