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7 of the Prettiest Korean Actors We're Currently Crushing On

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Fact: Koreans love to take good care of their skin—and don’t get us wrong, we’re not just talking about the girls.

Unlike most men, guys in South Korea are neither scared nor ashamed to admit that they use beauty products. In fact, several known cosmetics brands like Etude House, The Face Shop, Skin Food and Tony Moly even use popular actors as their celebrity endorsers because they’re, well, too pretty. One of them is Descendants of the Sun’s Soong Jong-Ki who’s currently taking the K-drama world (and social media) by storm with his baby face and killer smile. But just to state the obvious, he’s not the only one.

Get to know seven swoon-worthy Korean actors we are currently crushing on below. 

1. Lee Min-Ho


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You don’t need to be a K-drama fan to know his name, much less be familiar with his face. Lee Min-Ho skyrocketed to fame after portraying the hot-headed Gu Jun-Pyo in Boys Over Flowers, which was shortly followed by other successful lead roles in The Heirs, City Hunter, and more, all of which won him the hearts of fans worldwide. In fact, he became so popular here in the Philippines that he also scored an endorsement deal with the local retail brand, Bench.

2. Kim Soo-Hyun

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This Korean cutie is best known for his roles in Dream High and Moon Embracing the Sun, but what gave him global fame was when he starred as Do Min Joon alongside Jun Ji-Hyun in the fantasy romance series My Love From Another Star, an immensely popular drama both locally and internationally. It won him several acting awards and landed him a record-breaking number of endorsement deals, including Clinique and The Face Shop to name a few.

3. Lee Jong-Suk

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If Kim Soo-Hyun is for The Face Shop, Lee Jong-Suk is for Skin Food. Before jumping in the K-drama pool, this pretty boy debuted in 2005 as a runway model and has walked for Seoul Fashion Week. Several years later, he switched to the small screen and rose to popularity for his lead role in School 2013, which was shortly followed by other acclaimed dramas such as I Can Hear Your Voice, Doctor Stranger, and Pinocchio.

4. Kim Woo-Bin

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Completing the so-called “Fantastic Four of Hallyu” is The Heirs’ Kim Woo-Bin. (The other three are the above-mentioned, in case you’re wondering.) Like Lee Jong-Suk, he originally launched his career as a model but had a better shot at fame in the world of K-drama. He was hailed as one of the most popular actors in 2015 and even appeared on the ad campaigns of Giordano and Calvin Klein’s watch and jewelry line.

5. Park Yoo-Chun

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Also a member of the South Korean pop group, JYJ, the multi-talented Park Yoo-Chun launched his acting career in 2010. He started with minor roles but soon after gained recognition for his performance in Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Rooftop Prince where he received his “Most Popular Actor in TV Drama” award. But other than his acting chops, how about we talk about the obvious? Because we’re pretty sure it’s his good looks that landed him an endorsement contract with South Korean cosmetics brand Tony Moly.

6. Soong Jong-Ki

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Before girls all over the world fell in love with the Descendants of the Sun’s dashing Yoo Si-Jin, Soong Jong-Ki was best known for his supporting role in the historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal and as one of the original cast members of variety show Running Man. His first lead role was for the melodrama The Innocent Man, which also received high ratings. Other than movies and TV dramas, another project of Soong Jong-Ki was a book entitled Beautiful Skin Project, a bestselling health and beauty guide for men. Looking at his baby-smooth skin though, who wouldn’t want a copy?

7. Jang Geun-Suk

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As an actor, a model, and a singer, it has always been easy for Jang Geun-Suk to captivate the hearts of K-drama fans, not only in South Korea but also in Japan. This Korean hottie, who’s best known for his lead roles in popular dramas like You’re Beautiful, Love Rain, and Pretty Man, is also bilingual—he can easily carry a conversation in both Korean and Japanese.

How about you? Which Korean cutie are you crushing on?

This story originally appeared on Stylebible.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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Today, I am sharing my mother's story. I wish my mother was a constant in my life, like an angel who guards you to sleep and comes right there when you called. But angels come back home too, in heaven where they always belonged, and my mother went back a little early. My mother died when I was 13 years old. My last memory of my mother: Letting go when you are not yet ready is a very cruel thing that one has to ever experience. It is a sudden wave of total sadness and desperation crashing into your very core.

On the 28th of July 2013, we went to a resort in Bataan for the employees’ getaway. My parents own a 7-11 franchise, and it had always been a tradition to give their store clerks a get-together every year. I remember very well the last breakfast I had with my mother. The Sunday morning sky was clear and sunny, and the sea was calm and tranquil as we ate our breakfast on a cottage under the tall palm trees. She shared with us a strange dream she had the other night. She dreamt about an unknown woman holding an ice pick chasing her down on a dimly lit street, then she woke up just before the woman could grab her arm. We never knew what that dream exactly meant and now, I wished I never knew its meaning. After breakfast, my family and our employees decided to take a swim at the beach. The day was nice. The morning air may be chilly but the sun’s kiss on our skins gave us warmth. It was perfect. Everything is fine and the tides are low which made it very enjoyable to swim. We swam a little farther from the shore and we stopped to the point where the water reached our shoulders. We were talking about the good things in life and reminiscing the good old days. Those are the things that I’ve always loved about my family because I never had a meaningless conversation with them.

A few moments later, we heard a panicking call for help from one of our store clerks. It was Rachel. She was struggling to keep her head above water. She was already drowning but the odd thing was, she was only a few feet away from us. At first, we thought she was just playing around until we felt the sand in our toes dissolving like powder. It felt like as if the seafloor submerged deeper. I remembered sighting the shore and it seemed so close yet very far away. We were all panicking at that time. No one knew how to swim except my mother so without having second thoughts she swam towards Rachel and called out to my father, “Yung mga anak mo! Dalhin mo sa pampang yung mga anak mo!” and I never thought I already heard my mother’s last words to my father. I was paddling like a dog, gasping for air, as I say a little prayer to God to take us all back to safety. I felt my father grabbing our swimsuits, trying to lift our bodies so we can breathe even though he was also struggling to keep himself alive. Once I felt my toes touch the ground, there came a veil of relief that covered my whole body. As soon as my father and my sister made it to the shore we started calling out for help. There were no lifeguards on duty at that time, no personnel, nor guards. I saw my mother already floating in her stomach. We sighted a boat sailing nearby, we waved our hands and called for their attention. They almost ignored us because they cannot comprehend what we were trying to relay but the good thing was a passenger in the boat noticed my mother and Rachel in the water.

My mother’s body was laid on the shore. She was unconscious and her whole body was pale as white. My father performed CPR but my mother couldn’t get the water come out of her mouth because the food she ate earlier got stuck in her throat and blocked the passage. A concerned tourist offered his car to deliver my mom in a nearby health center or a clinic of some sort since the hospital was miles away from the beach and she needs immediate care. My father told us to stay in the hotel room and prepare mom’s belongings so that if she wakes up she has fresh clothes to change into. My sister and I finished packing our things and waited for our father to pick us up from the hotel. I was crying and I couldn’t stop myself because I was afraid to lose my mother. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be if I lose her that day. Moments lasted until we heard a knock on the door and it was my father, crying, and apologizing to us. He hugged me and my sister tightly and saying, “Sorry, anak, sorry hindi na uuwi si mommy, sorry hindi ko nasagip si mommy”. And that was the moment I felt sinking into the ground. I never knew what to feel at first. I was numb because my worries were now actually a reality that I have to live in. I was at shock because I am now one of the kids in those cliche teleseryes who lost a mother at an early age. We went to the health center to settle everything. The clinic was very small and it sure did lack equipment. He told us to stay in the car. I wanted to see my mom, but I know he never wanted us to see her like that. I didn’t know what to feel. I was having high anxiety levels that my stomach is churning and I wanted to vomit. I got off the car and entered the health center to find the restroom. When I was finding my way around, I passed by the emergency room. I saw my mother lying in a foldable bed, lifeless, her hands dangling from the side of the bed, she has violet bruises on her skin, and her body was partially covered with a white towel.

That is when it sunk into me that she’s dead and never coming back. My father asked the others to just commute back to Manila because what we need right now is comfort from our family. The drive back home was one of the most painful memory I had as a kid. My father was in the steering wheel crying his eyes out. We drove from Bataan to Pampanga. We went home to my grandmother’s house, the nearest house that we can call “home” because how are we still going to be “home” without her?

Once we reached Pampanga, we stopped over to the gas station and my father made some calls to our loved ones to tell them that my mother passed away. He then called my aunt to help him arrange for the funeral. We got home and my grandmother hugged us and told us to get some rest. Already tired of crying, I went to sleep for a while. I woke up and for a second, I thought everything that happened the other day was all just a dream. That she was there in Manila, sitting on the couch reading some furniture magazine, waiting for us to go home. But that’s how cruel life is, right? I got up and weirdly, I felt sands in the bed. It was gray, just like the ones on the beach. I thought maybe it was just dirt but it was a fair amount to believe that maybe she visited us before she left. - ?

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