South Korean Celebrities Born In January

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 1 
Son Ye-jin
(Actress)
Son Ye-jin
48
Birthdate: January 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Suseong District, Daegu, South Korea

Regarded as one of the most versatile actresses of South Korea, Son Ye-jin is also one of the highest-paid Korean actresses. She gained international recognition after playing prominent roles in films like The Truth Beneath and The Last Princess and in the popular TV series Crash Landing on You. She is also one of the most decorated South Korean actresses.

 2 
Lee Seung-gi
(Singer)
Lee Seung-gi
32
Birthdate: January 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Banghak-dong, Dobong District, South Korea

Lee Seung-gi is a South Korean actor, host, and singer. Dubbed the Triple Treat entertainer, Seung-gi was named in Forbes' Korea Power Celebrity list in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015. One of the top Hallyu stars, Lee Seung-gi is also one of the most popular celebrity endorsers and commercial models in South Korea. 

 3 
Kai
(Singer, Actors)
Kai
60
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Suncheon, South Jeolla, South Korea

Kim Jong-in, better known as Kai, soared to stardom as part of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO. A trained dancer, he won the S.M. Youth Best Contest at 13. He later began performing as part of the K-pop supergroup SuperM. He also went solo with a mini-album later.

 4 
Do Kyung-soo
(K-Pop Singer)
Do Kyung-soo
52
Birthdate: January 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

South Korean singer and actor, Do Kyung-soo, is best known for his association with the South Korean-Chinese boy group, Exo. Interested in singing from primary school, he joined Exo in 2012. As an actor, he has appeared in many TV shows and films. In 2019, he enlisted as an active duty soldier for his mandatory military service.

 5 
Moon Jae-in
(Former President of South Korea)
Moon Jae-in
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geoje, South Korea

Moon Jae-in is a South Korean politician and the current president of South Korea. Although he was raised in poverty, Moon worked hard during his early years and went on to become a prominent politician. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.

 6 
Lee Bo-young
(Actress)
Lee Bo-young
16
Birthdate: January 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Lee Bo-young is a South Korean actress best known for playing Jang Hye-sung in the popular television series I Can Hear Your Voice, for which she received several awards, including three SBS Drama Awards. Also known for her charity work, Lee Bo-young frequently donates to charitable causes along with her husband Ji Sung. She is also active in environmental causes.

 7 
Hwang Jung-eum
(Actress, Singer)
Hwang Jung-eum
13
Birthdate: January 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Hwang Jung-eum is a South Korean actress and singer. From 2002 to 2006, she was the lead vocalist of the now-defunct girl group, Sugar. Over the course of her career, Hwang has won several prestigious awards, such as MBC Drama Awards, SBS Drama Awards, and KBS Drama Awards. She also serves as a goodwill ambassador for several events and programs.

 8 
JB
(Singer)
JB
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Goyang, South Korea
 9 
Lee Young-ae
(Actress)
Lee Young-ae
7
Birthdate: January 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Lee Young-ae soared to fame with the series Jewel in The Palace and the Park Chan-wook thriller Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. However, after marrying businessman Jeong Ho-young, she quit films, while enjoying her stint as a stay-at-home mom for her twins. She later returned, playing artist Shin Saimdang in Saimdang.

 10 
Claudia Kim
(Actress)
Claudia Kim
11
Birthdate: January 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: South Korea
 11 
Kim Dae Jung
(Former President of South Korea)
Kim Dae Jung
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hauido, Sinan-gun
Died: August 18, 2009

Son of a farmer, Kim Dae Jung later took over a company that he had initially joined as a clerk. He escaped from the clutches of death during the Korean War. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning politician also became the first opposition leader to be elected as the South Korean president.

 12 
Kim Jae-joong
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gongju, South Korea

In 2020, Kim Jae-joong was named South Korea’s richest K-pop star. The former member of TVXQ later joined JYJ. He also soared to fame with K-dramas such as Manhole and Triangle. He loves splurging on luxury cars and owns lavish apartments, malls, and restaurants in Korea and Japan.

 13 
Jung Ryeo-won
(Australian Actress Best Known for Her Role in the Television Series 'My Name Is Kim Sam-Soon')
Jung Ryeo-won
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
 14 
Lee Wan
(Actor)
Lee Wan
4
Birthdate: January 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nam District, Ulsan, South Korea
 15 
Lee Yeon-hee
(Actress)
Lee Yeon-hee
3
Birthdate: January 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Samsan-myeon

Lee Yeon-hee is a South Korean actress known for playing important roles in TV series like East of Eden, Miss Korea, Phantom, and The Package. Over the years, Lee Yeon-hee's work in the South Korean entertainment industry has earned her several prestigious awards, such as MBC Drama Awards, a Korean Film Actors' Guild Award, and Golden Cinematography Award.

 16 
Kim Young-kwang
(Actor)
Kim Young-kwang
6
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea
 17 
Lee Seo-jin
(Actor)
Lee Seo-jin
3
Birthdate: January 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
 18 
Park Jin-young
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Park Jin-young is a South Korean singer, record producer, songwriter, reality television show judge, and record executive. He is credited with founding one of South Korea's most profitable entertainment agencies JYP Entertainment, for which he also serves as co-CEO. Park Jin-young is also credited with managing successful K-pop artists like Wonder Girls, Stray Kids, Miss A, Rain, Twice, and 2PM.

 19 
Song Kang-ho
9
Birthdate: January 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea

South Korean actor Song Kang-ho soared to international fame with his roles of Kim Ki-taek in the Academy Award-winning film Parasite and Namgoong Minsu in Snowpiercer. Fans also loved him in No. 3 and Joint Security Area. He has won honors such as the Blue Dragon Film Awards.

 20 
Park Sung-woong
3
Birthdate: January 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chungju, South Korea

Park Sung-woong is a South Korean actor best known for playing a gangster named Lee Joong-gu in the crime drama film New World, for which he received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Baeksang Arts Awards and Grand Bell Awards. He is the recipient of an SBS Drama Award, which he won for playing Park Dong-ho in Remember.

 21 
Ki Sung-yueng
(South Korean Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Ki Sung-yueng
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea
 22 
Kang Hye-jung
(Actress)
Kang Hye-jung
4
Birthdate: January 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea

South Korean actor Kang Hye-jung gained fame with her impactful Blue Dragon Film Award-winning roles in films such as Oldboy and Welcome to Dongmakgol. A former model, she has also been part of the Korean version of the Pulitzer-winning American play Proof. She is married to Korean-Canadian hip-hop artist Tablo.

 23 
Romi Park
(Actress, Voice actress)
Romi Park
0
Birthdate: January 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
 24 
Lee Yoo-ri
(Actress)
Lee Yoo-ri
6
Birthdate: January 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

South Korean actress, Lee Yoo-ri, is best known for her role as the antagonist in the TV drama series Twinkle Twinkle. Making her debut in 2001, she gained much popularity for appearing in the teen drama series School 4. Although better known as a TV actress, she has also acted in a couple of films. 

 25 
Kim Hyon-hui
(Spy)
Kim Hyon-hui
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pyongyang, North Korea
 26 
Lee Kun-hee
(South Korean Entrepreneur and Businessperson)
Lee Kun-hee
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uiryeong-gun, South Korea
Died: October 25, 2020
 27 
Han Joo-wan
1
Birthdate: January 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seoul
 28 
Byung-hyun Kim
(Baseball player)
Byung-hyun Kim
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gwangju, South Korea
 29 
Hong Jong-hyeon
(Actor)
Hong Jong-hyeon
5
Birthdate: January 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
 30 
Yun Chi-ho
(Political Activist and Thinker)
Yun Chi-ho
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dunpo-myeon, Asan-si, South Korea
Died: December 6, 1945
 31 
Ku Bon-chan
(South Korean Recurve Archer)
Ku Bon-chan
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gyeongju-si, South Korea
 32 
Ahn Sahng-hong
Ahn Sahng-hong
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jangsu County
Died: February 25, 1985
 33 
Yoo Seon-ho
(Reality Star as Contestant on Produce 101 (season 2) and Under the Queen's Umbrella)
Yoo Seon-ho
1
Birthdate: January 28, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea
 34 
Jennie
(Singer)
Jennie
606
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, South Korea

South Korean singer and rapper, Jennie, became popular as a member of the girl group Blackpink. She decided to pursue a career in music when she was a teenager. After being active in the music industry for a few years, she gained international fame after being selected for Blackpink. She has since embarked on a solo career as well.

 35 
Jang Ja-yeon
(Actress)
Jang Ja-yeon
4
Birthdate: January 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jeongeup, North Jeolla Province, South Korea
Died: March 7, 2009

South Korean actress Jang Ja-yeon was active in the entertainment industry for hardly three years before her untimely death. After making her debut in a TV commercial, she began appearing in the TV drama series Boys Over Flowers. On 7 March 2009, she was found hanging in her home. Her death was ruled a suicide.

 36 
Philip Jaisohn
(Journalist)
Philip Jaisohn
0
Birthdate: January 7, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boseong County
Died: January 5, 1951
 37 
Kim Kyu-sik
(Vice President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1940-1947))
Kim Kyu-sik
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 29, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dongnae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Died: December 10, 1950
 38 
Kim Min-soo
(South Korean Former Judoka and Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Kim Min-soo
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
 39 
Kangin
(Singer, Actor)
Kangin
5
Birthdate: January 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Kangin is a South Korean actor, singer, radio personality, and television host. He is best known for his association with the popular boy band Super Junior, although he is no longer part of the band. Over the years, Kangin has won prestigious awards, such as an MBC Entertainment Award, MBC Drama Award, and Seoul Webfest Award.

 40 
Chun Doo-hwan
(5th President of South Korea)
Chun Doo-hwan
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hapcheon-gun, South Korea
Died: November 23, 2021
 41 
Jeoung Young-sik
(South Korean Table Tennis Player)
Jeoung Young-sik
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Uijeongbu-si, South Korea
 42 
Heo Solji
(South Korean Singer)
Heo Solji
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seongnam
 43 
Lee Hyo-jung
(South Korean Former Badminton Player)
Lee Hyo-jung
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
 44 
Kim Sei-young
(South Korean Professional Golfer)
Kim Sei-young
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 21, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
 45 
Joo Sae-hyuk
(South Korean Table Tennis Player)
Joo Sae-hyuk
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
 46 
Seung-Hui Cho
(Korean-Born Mass Murderer Responsible for the Virginia Tech Shooting in 2007)
Seung-Hui Cho
41
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: January 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Asan, South Korea
Died: April 16, 2007

Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 29 others in the infamous Virginia Tech shooting on April 16, 2007. He was a South Korean-born immigrant who studied at the university and had been known to suffer from mental issues. He committed suicide before the police could reach him.

 47 
Kim Jae-bum
(South Korean Judoka)
Kim Jae-bum
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gimcheon-si, South Korea
 48 
Shin Soo-ji
(Gymnast)
Shin Soo-ji
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
 49 
Sa Jae-Hyouk
(South Korean Weightlifter and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Sa Jae-Hyouk
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hongcheon-gun, South Korea
 50 
Park Sung-hyun
(South Korea Archer)
Park Sung-hyun
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea