From fashion ads to the runway, Korean male models have been burning up the scene! These sleek and fashionable men are sure to turn your head when you see them. Their unique features and overwhelming charisma make it no surprise that they’ve been at the forefront of the modeling industry.
Whether at home or abroad, these male models have been making Korea proud with their success. It’s also no surprise that many of them venture into other fields aside from modeling. They’re here to prove they’re not just eye candy! Now without further ado, we give you 30 of the most iconic Korean male models working today!
1. Na Dae-Hyuck / Dae Na
Dae Na, whose real name is Na Dae-Hyuck, is a New York-based model who’s been representing Korea in many different modeling gigs. His sharp features and unique vibe have caught the eye of many designer brands like Armani Exchange and Tom Ford. He’s also been the favorite of many different magazines like Esquire, GQ Taiwan, Man of the World, and L’Officiel Hommes Germany.
He may look cold and intimidating, but actually he’s a big softie! One peek into his Instagram will have you gushing at the adorable photos he shares with his lovely kids. He even describes himself as a “full-time model and part-time house-husband!”
2. Lee Soo-Hyuk
Our next pick should be no stranger. Aside from being a top-class model, Lee Soo-Hyuk is also one of Korea’s most beloved actors!
Debuting in 2006 at the Lone Custome Fashion Show by designer Jung Wook-Jun, Lee Soo-Hyuk quickly climbed to the top. His pale skin and frail image made him look like a hot vampire, and this image intrigued many different brands and designers like Gucci and Armani.
In 2010, he made his acting debut. Since then, he’s starred in top hits like “Born Again” and “Doom At Your Service.” This veteran model still looks as stunning as he did from day one.
3. Kim Sang-Woo
If you like guys with an artistic side, then Kim Sang-Woo might just be your next crush! Born in Korea but raised in the UK, this stunner first turned to modeling to fund his studies to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist.
Now a fully-fledged artist with a degree in fine arts, his work deals with identity and belonging as a first-generation immigrant. Between looking at his face and his paintings, we’re not sure which one is the real artwork!
Aside from the arts, Kim Sang-Woo also regularly walks for brands such as Burberry, and has appeared in campaigns for DKNY, Dolce and Gabbana, and more.
4. Kim Won-Joong
Our next male model is also a household name. Kim Won-Joong is one of the top fashion models in the country. Many online fashion communities even call him “King Wonjoong!” Just step into any department store in Korea and you’ll be sure to see his face at least once, endorsing a famous brand.
His tall frame and cool charisma have made him the favorite of many fashion brands since he debuted. Along with modeling, Kim Won-Joong has also ventured into different fields like fashion design. Together with fellow model Park Jiwoon, they launched the online shop called 87mm.
5. Park Sung-Jin
Next up we have the certified cool kid, Park Sung-Jin! If his face is familiar, then you might recognize him as a rapper under the Korean hip-hop label “Just Music!” This multi-talented hottie has modeled for brands like Hermes, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, and UNIQLO.
His sharp looks matched with his fiery passion make him one to watch out for. Aside from music and modeling, he’s also released a sportswear clothing line called “Silencion.” Now that’s what we call an all-rounder!
6. Nam Joo-Hyuk
Up next we have another beloved model-actor: Nam Joo-Hyuk! His tall height and boyish charms swept the nation when he starred in the hit dramas “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo” and “Twenty-Five, Twenty-One.”
But before charming the silver screen, Nam Joo-Hyuk first debuted as a runway model in 2013 for SONGZIO Homme. Since then, he has modeled for brands such as Penshoppe and Dior.
7. Park Tae-Min
Debuting in 2016, this Busan-born model has been rising through the ranks lately. Park Tae-Min has been getting more and more recognition for his sleek looks, charisma, and versatility. In 2020, he was even a runner-up for the coveted Male Model Of The Year award.
He has walked runways all over the world for brands such as Prada, Dior, and Calvin Klein. As one of Prada’s muses, he’s also been in many of their ad campaigns as well. Park Tae-Min is well-known for his versatility, rocking both masculine and feminine concepts!
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8. Kim Ki-Bum
We guess the name “Kim Ki-Bum” must be lucky, because there are three different Korean entertainers with this same name, including former Super Junior member Kibum and the iconic Key from SHINee!
But model Kim Ki-Bum is also one to look out for. Debuting at 18 years old through the prestigious Caruso collection, Kim Ki-Bum has now modeled in print ads for various luxury brands–both local and international.
Aside from modeling, he also has a passion for music! With his skill at the turntable, he has now become a respectable DJ, playing in festivals all over the world. Gucci even contacted him to DJ at one of their prestigious private events, and he has also played for several fashion shows of Chanel, Dior, Ralph Lauren, and more!
9. Cho Min-Ho
Next up we have another talented model-actor. Cho Min-ho is a gorgeous fashion model that has caught the eye of many different brands and designers. Recently, he’s also been rocking some long hair which makes him stand out even more!
As an actor, he starred in the movie “Our Diary”, and the web dramas “Yellow” and “Sleepless in Love” among others. His boy-next-door looks also make him perfect for many commercials such as Adidas, ABC Mart, Collect Point, Beanpole, and more!
10. Jang Ki-Yong
Jang Ki-Yong is another up-and-comer who’s been making waves in the Korean industry recently. Debuting at age 20 during the 2012 Seoul Fashion Week, Jang Ki-Yong has since modeled for Guess, Philips, Estee Lauder, and more.
You might also recognize him from your favorite music videos! He starred in IU’s “The Red Shoes” and Brown Eyed Soul’s “Night and Day.” Of course, his acting talents also took him to the silver screen as he starred in the K-Dramas “Search: WWW,” “My Roommate is a Gumiho,” and more.
In his downtime, Jang Ki-Yong also likes to practice jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. We guess that’s how he got his incredible physique!
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11. Han Noma
If you’re looking for a bad boy with a heart of gold, then look no further than Han Noma! With his collection of cool tattoos and his signature shaved head, he may come off as intimidating. But underneath that icy exterior is a charming man with a passion for the arts. As a model-turned-tattoo-artist, Han Noma has taken the world by storm.
For his one-of-a-kind aura, he’s worked with many respected brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, and more. He’s also known for his refreshing style and versatile facial expressions that make him stand out from the crowd!
12. Joo Woo-Jae
Joo Woo-Jae is one interesting man. Despite his stunningly good looks, he didn’t actually start out as a model. In university, he studied mechanical engineering and then went into the clothing business. He started making a name for himself not on the runway but behind the recording booth! Joo Woo-Jae turned to podcasting and became quite well-known as a radio DJ.
But behind that silky smooth voice is a face to die for. He finally made his modeling debut in 2013 at an age when most models already start to retire. But with age comes wisdom, and we can’t deny Joo Woo-Jae ages like fine wine.
13. Xu Meen
Next up we have a model that transcends gender barriers. Known for his sleek androgynous looks, model Xu Meen has been making a name for himself both in his homeland and in the international arena.
Rumor has it that he was cast on the street by a passing fashion director who was immediately stunned by his good looks. Now, Xu Meen works regularly for brands like Lanvin, Boss, and Moncler. He’s also well-known for being one of Louis Vuitton’s muses. Did you know that they modeled tons of their mannequins all over the world after Xu Meen’s hot body?
14. Sung Joon
Our next pick might also be a familiar face. Sung Joon is a popular model-turned-actor who’s starred in many hit K-Dramas like “Flower Band,” “High Society,” and “Madame Antoine: The Love Therapist.”
Thanks to his great physique and fiery features, Sung Joon has been sweeping hearts all over the world since his debut in 2011.
15. Ahn Jae-Hyung
Even though he just debuted in 2020, model Ahn Jae-Hyung has already been taking over the modeling industry. He’s walked on major international runways for brands such as Emporio Armani, Givenchy, and Thom Browne.
We can’t blame brands for being smitten with him. Aside from his good looks, he’s also remained humble despite early success. He’s even known for uplifting fellow Korean models on the international scene!
16. Do Sang-Woo
Do Sang-Woo is a popular print and runway model who also made a name for himself in the acting industry. He starred as Gong Hyo-Jin’s ex-boyfriend in “It’s Okay, That’s Love.”
He’s also the favorite of many respected Korean designers like Lee Ju-young, Choi Bum-suk, Kwak Hyun-joo, and more.
Do Sang-Woo has also graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, GQ, and Esquire among others.
17. Lee Seung-Chan
Our next model may have had a rocky start, but now he’s off to take over the entire modeling industry! Lee Seung-Chan debuted in 2015 but he was only able to become fully active back in 2019. Now he’s known both in Korea and internationally for his gorgeous looks and outstanding work ethic.
His “baby-faced” good looks make him stand out from his sleek contemporaries. He’s worked with various clients like Givenchy, Fendi, Dolce and Gabbana, and more.
18. Kim Woo-Bin
Of course, when we’re talking about Korean male models, we can’t not mention one of the OGs of the industry! Kim Woo-Bin needs no introduction. Starting out as a runway model, he quickly got noticed for his devilishly handsome features and amazing physique.
You may recognize him from the megahits “The Heirs,” “School 2013,” and “Our Blues.” This handsome gentleman just keeps getting better with age. We’ll never get enough of Kim Woo-Bin!
19. Kim Chil-Du
This next model is surely one of the most unique ones on this list. Breaking the barriers of age, we have Kim Chil-Du! Models are often told that their looks will fade over time, but Kim Chil-Du proves that he only gets more dazzling as he grows older.
Debuting at 63 years old, Kim Chil-Du has since swept the nation for his confident aura and unique features. This silver fox has walked the runway for Seoul Fashion Week and has been on the cover of many respected magazines.
20. Lee Jong-Suk
We all know Lee Jong-Suk as a popular actor. Starring in the megahits “W,” “Romance is a Bonus Book,” and “Doctor Stranger,” Lee Jong-Suk has been a beloved Korean heartthrob for a long time.
But did you know he actually started his career as a modeling prodigy? He debuted in 2005 when he was only 17 years old, making him the youngest male model to model for Seoul collections at the time.
His clean boyish looks and signature long hair make him one of the most beloved model-actors in the country.
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21. Kim Tae-Hwan
Our next model has become a household name not just in Korea–he’s become a superstar in the Chinese entertainment industry as well! Kim Tae-Hwan is known for his charming looks that have captivated millions.
As a newbie, he took on many magazine photoshoots and commercials in his homeland. As he grew more famous, he started to get international recognition and has been hand-picked by many designers like Neil Barrett, Kenzo, Dries van Noten, and more.
22. Ahn Bo-Hyun
Ahn Bo-Hyun is definitely a familiar face, as he’s also one of the country’s popular model-turned-actors!
But actually, Ahn Bo-Hyun started out dreaming to become a boxer. He competed during his school days and wanted this to become his full-time career, but he was discouraged because boxing can cause serious damage to one’s health.
Instead, his good looks and sizzling hot physique led him to become a model. He debuted as a model in the 2007 Seoul collections. In 2016, he started his career as an actor. Since then, he’s been on the beloved Korean TV shows “Itaewon Class,” “Descendants of the Sun,” “Yumi’s Cells,” and much more!
23. Song Jaerim
Song Jaerim started his modeling career with a bang, walking the runways for prestigious designers like Juun. J, Herin Homme, and Ha Sang Beg.
Interested in both acting and modeling, Song Jaerim has also garnered wide international recognition. He was the first Korean to be chosen as the main model for famous Japanese magazines like Men’s Nonno, Men’s Joker, POPEYE, and Street Jack.
He’s also climbed his way through the acting ladder, with roles in music videos from top artists like BoA and KARA. His breakthrough was the role of the bodyguard Kim Jae-Woon in “Moon Embracing The Sun” back in 2012. Now he has starred in “Work Later, Drink Now,” “I Wanna Hear Your Song,” “Clean With Passion For Now,” and more.
But despite his overwhelming charisma, Song Jaerim has some hidden quirks as well! He’s a homebody who loves staying inside and taking care of his two adorable cats. He also has a penchant for reading philosophy books. We think his brain just makes him even hotter!
24. Sung Hoon
Sung Hoon, also known as Roiii Bang or Roi Bang, is a former-swimmer-turned-actor-and-model in Korea. Known as a prolific swimmer, he used to specialize in the butterfly stroke and even set a record for it during the 2002 MBC National Swimming Championships.
But a handsome face like his was destined for something more. A herniated disc forced him to quit athletics and instead turn to modeling and acting. He’s also beloved nationwide for his appearances in the reality show “I Live Alone” where he shows off his various quirks that prove he’s not just a pretty face.
His background in swimming gave him those broad shoulders that are just to die for. Pair that up with a gorgeous face and a great sense of humor, and you’ve got the one and only Sung Hoon!
25. Yoo Hyuk-Jae
Yoo Hyuk-Jae is a pioneer for Asian models internationally. When he first immigrated to the US, he was bullied for his looks, especially for his small eyes. But his unique features soon made him one of the top models working today.
He has modeled for Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, John Galliano, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and much more. He was even the first Asian man to ever model for Calvin Klein Men. His unique swag and masculinity have caught the eye of thousands all over the globe.
Aside from modeling, he enjoys playing sports like baseball, basketball, and swimming during his free time.
26. Park Jin
Up next we have another up-and-comer taking the modeling world by storm: Park Jin! Scouted on social media when he was 23, now he has modeled for several luxury brands like Hermes, Maison Kitsune, and more.
He was even the first-ever Asian male model to open for an Emporio Armani fashion show, back in the 2016 S/S collection in Milan, Italy. With his pale skin and one-of-a-kind profile, he has caught the eyes of many designers and admirers both locally and abroad.
27. Bang Tae-Eun
Bang Tae-Eun’s tall height and strong features are unmistakable. Debuting in 2014 during the S/S Seoul Fashion Week, Bang Tae-Eun has since modeled for Fendi, Tom Ford, Bottega Veneta, Nike, and more!
Even though he’s now happily married to actress Park Garim and with an adorable son, his career shows no signs of slowing down. Fans especially love his Instagram where you can see his daily adventures as a dad, husband, and model.
Above all, Bang Tae-Eun proves that kindness is sexy. He’s known for regularly doing charity work with his family!
28. Song Juno
Song Juno is a model who exudes effortless and cool style. He was born in South Korea but moved to Montreal, Canada at the age of 15. There he studied fashion and production, but he didn’t intend to become a model at first.
He was scouted while he was working at a Korean restaurant. His unique looks and suave vibe makes him the perfect model as he makes you want to look closely at the clothes he wears.
Song Juno has modeled for Reebok, Gucci, Esquire, GC, and more. Aside from modeling, he also has a passion for fashion and even writes songs during his spare time. We think there might just be a recording deal in his future!
29. Park Hyeongseop
Park Hyeongseop has become a household name. His stunning bone structure and delicately carved features, paired with a distinct brand of masculinity, make him a model of the highest caliber.
He’s even been dubbed as a “Runway Veteran” for his strong presence as he stomps down the runway. He has walked for various brands such as Dolce and Gabbana, Dries van Noten, and more.
Aside from modeling, he also drew people’s attention by appearing in music videos from his YG labelmates, such as Epik High’s “Spoiler” and “Happy Ending.”
30. Park Seo-Joon
Last but certainly not the least, we have another one of Korea’s heartthrobs! Park Seo-Joon is one of the hottest and most popular actors working today, but he’s also quite well-known as a model.
He was the first Asian male model to become the face of Tommy Hilfiger. The brand even said of him: “We look forward to the synergy that Tommy Hilfiger will create with Park Seo-Joon, who’s a trending actor with great popularity and influence in the Asian market.”
Of course, we can’t miss talking about his amazing acting portfolio: from “Hwarang,” to “She Was Pretty,” and of course “Itaewon Class” and much more!
But despite his worldwide success, did you know that Park Seo-Joon doesn’t even see himself as handsome? He said his “plain looks” are actually an advantage since it allows him to take on different acting roles. Well, we think his humility just makes him even hotter!
What did you think of our list? Which one of these sizzling hot Korean male models are you most intrigued by? Let us know in the comments down below!
The modeling industry is a lot tougher than it looks, but these 30 men have proved that they have what it takes. From runways and print ads, many have also ventured into other fields like fashion and acting. These Korean male models are truly worth keeping an eye on!