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The annual survey report on the Korean Wave overseas in 2020 by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Korean Foundation for International Culture Exchange was released.

The survey was done with 8,500 Hallyu content consumers in 18 countries (including China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Australia, USA, Brazil, Argentina, France, United Kingdom, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa) from Sept. 24 to Nov. 4 through online surveys.

The respondents choose their favorite Korean actor by writing it down (not selecting it) and here is their answer.

 

1. Lee MinHo (9.6%)

Government Annual Survey Reveals Top 6 Favorite Korean Actors And Others Selected By Overseas Fans In 2020

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2. Hyun Bin (3.5%)

Government Annual Survey Reveals Top 6 Favorite Korean Actors And Others Selected By Overseas Fans In 2020

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3. Gong Yoo (2.3%)

Government Annual Survey Reveals Top 6 Favorite Korean Actors And Others Selected By Overseas Fans In 2020

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4. Song HyeKyo (2.1%)

Government Annual Survey Reveals Top 6 Favorite Korean Actors And Others Selected By Overseas Fans In 2020

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5. Lee JongSuk (2.0%)

Government Annual Survey Reveals Top 6 Favorite Korean Actors And Others Selected By Overseas Fans In 2020

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6. Kim SooHyun (1.7%)

Government Annual Survey Reveals Top 6 Favorite Korean Actors And Others Selected By Overseas Fans In 2020

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For information, in 2019, Lee MinHo was also on the top with 7.6%, followed by Song HyeKyo (3.4%), Song JoongKi (1.9%), Gong Yoo (1.8%), and Suzy and Lee JongSuk (1.7%). In 2020, Lee MinHo is still the favorite Korean actor of overseas Hallyu consumers with even more respondents (from 7.6% to 9.6%) after his return on screen with "The King: Eternal Monarch".

Check out the chart below.

Government Annual Survey Reveals Top 6 Favorite Korean Actors And Others Selected By Overseas Fans In 2020

Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Korean Foundation for International Culture Exchange

Also, the government gave out more details about the results, this table has 11 Korean actors mentioned by the respondents (only names with more than 1% of answers were included in the table).

Respondents from China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, France, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa named Lee MinHo the most. For respondents from the USA, Hyun Bin was the most answered and in the United Kingdom Park ShinHye.

Government Annual Survey Reveals Top 6 Favorite Korean Actors And Others Selected By Overseas Fans In 2020

Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Korean Foundation for International Culture Exchange (translation Kpopmap)

 

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Dr Ambreen
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Dr Ambreen
Jan 30, 2021 06:35 pm

Lee Min hoo always best no doubt

Rini
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Rini
Jan 30, 2021 05:48 pm

Everyone of them are doing their best to be known so I acknowledge their skills. Personally Lee Min Ho is my favorite, I enjoy the way he presents each character he take on.

Helena
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Helena
Jan 30, 2021 12:25 pm

Korean wave is driven by oppa-crazy ahjumma and fangirls/fanwives. Yet, Song Hye Kyo is on top.The only rose among the thorns with a career spanning 2 decades, she will never fade. Divorce and intrigues be damned. Whoever said her dramas are popular because of the male leads are delusional. Its always the other way around. These male leads stood beside her and gets the opportunity to share her brilliance. She is LMH female version.

Elsa baldevia
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Elsa baldevia
Jan 30, 2021 11:49 am

Lee minho was my bias but all them are also good and do like them all...congrats to all of you💞

Barakat
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Barakat
Jan 30, 2021 08:40 am

I love you....love ur acting...love the way you act,work,kiss talk...am biggest fanz of Lee Mee hoo

Princess
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Princess
Jan 30, 2021 03:04 am

Lee Mon ho winning at everything including online polls. AS HE SHOULD!!

Jirken
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Jirken
Jan 30, 2021 02:19 am

Lee Min Ho it is. Truly deserving to be on top 😊❤️❤️

aliciajade
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aliciajade
Jan 30, 2021 01:11 am

leejongsuk😍😍 saranghea oppa😘😘

Rosa Tuladhar
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Rosa Tuladhar
Jan 30, 2021 12:13 am

Congratulation LMH. I am so very proud to be your fan.

Ashi
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Ashi
Jan 29, 2021 11:43 pm

Lee Min Ho definitely deserves to be number 1!!!!!🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊.... He is such an amazing actor and singer with an amazing personality!!!!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

Leticia
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Leticia
Jan 29, 2021 11:29 pm

I love Song Hye kyo she ❤️❤️❤️ even she doing only commercial still in the list of top korean actors and the only female.

Rona D
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Rona D
Jan 29, 2021 10:42 pm

Song Joong Ki ❤