The Hallyuwave has been so contagious that #Koreanactors are famous not only in Korea, but also throughout the entire world! We see them on the big screen and the small screen, in magazines, and all over social media. Their faces are also on drinks and other merchandise. In short, we see these actors everywhere.
With that in mind, aren’t you just a little curious about how much these superstars earn? It's time to feed your curiosity as we bring you the top 10 highest paid #Koreandrama actors of 2020!
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10. Ji Chang-wook
First on the list is our favorite night courier from Healer, Ji Chang-wook. Ji Chang-wook earns an estimated $42,000 per episode. The actor began his rise to fame with his breakthrough role in the historical drama, Empress Ki. Since then, he was able to gain more fans through his roles in Healer and K2. He’s got everyone falling for his cool action stunts!
9. Song Joong-ki
Included in the 2013 Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list and now earning an estimated $50,300 per episode, is the man who captured the hearts of many, Song Joong-ki. The historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which he was a part of, really helped boost his career. Also contributing to his popularity is the variety show Running Man, in which he was an original cast member. He also starred in A Werewolf Boy, one of the most successful Korean melodrama films of all time.
8. Lee Jong-suk
Also earning an estimated $50,300 per episode is Lee Jong-suk. Having debuted as a runway model, Lee Jong-suk found more success in acting through his breakout role in School 2013.
7. Yoo Ah-in
Just like Song Joong-ki, Yoo Ah-in rose to fame with the historical drama, Sungkyunkwan Scandal. The star earns an estimated $58,700 per episode. You can catch the actor in his best-known works, including Punch, Secret Love Affair, Veteran, and The Throne. 2015 was a great year for the actor. He starred in two top-grossing films and the highly rated drama, Six Flying Dragons. Because of his success that year, 2015 was coined the "A-in-shi-dae" or Ah-in Era by the media.
6. Lee Seung Gi
Coming in the sixth spot is Korea's "Triple Threat" entertainer, Lee Seung Gi. The actor earned this title from his success as a singer, actor, and host. That’s why it's no surprise that Lee Seung Gi earns an estimated $59,000 per episode.
You can catch the multi-talented star in his upcoming drama about psychopaths, Mouse.
5. Lee Min-ho
Lee Min-ho, like Lee Seung-gi, earns an estimated $59,000 per episode. With curly locks and the arrogance we should hate but have come to love, who can forget him in Boys Over Flowers? The hit drama blew up in the K-drama world, and skyrocketed Lee Min-ho's career.
4. So Ji-sub
Any guesses on how much So Ji-sub is earning? The actor takes home a staggering $67,000 per episode! Starting as a model, the star went through a rough patch in his career and had difficulties getting in the spotlight. Fortunately, fame started to creep in when he starred in the hit drama What Happened in Bali.
3. Jo In-sung
We really need to appreciate the drama What Happened in Bali, because Jo In-sung also gained popularity through this show. This actor reportedly earns $68,000 per episode nowadays. Another hit drama he was in was That Winter, the Wind Blows, where he starred with the famous actress, Song Hye-kyo.
2. Hyun Bin
Hyun Bin, the actor who played our favorite captain from North Korea, earns a jaw-dropping $84,000 per episode. I mean, why shouldn’t he? The Korean star truly deserves it because he was one of the first actors who captured our hearts and made Korean dramas that were well-received by many. His works include My Name is Kim Sam Soon and Secret Garden. These shows definitely boosted of the viewership of K-dramas. As for the big screen, he starred in the box office hits Confidential Assignment, The Swindlers, The Negotiation, and Rampant. Winning great awards such as the Grand Prize for TV at the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards, his success continued to take off with his roles in highly rated dramas like Memories of the Alhambra and Crash Landing on You, a drama we definitely won't forget.
1. Kim Soo-hyun
Taking the number one spot is Kim Soo-hyun. This actor, who was included in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list, reportedly earns $85,000 per episode. We’re almost certain you know this top Korean star very well, but if case you missed out on some of his dramas, we’ll fill you in!
Kim Soo-hyun was first noticed in the hit drama Dream High. After this, he gained more popularity through the historical drama Moon Embracing the Sun, as well as The Thieves, which happens to be one of the highest-grossing movies i