In a survey of 496 people conducted by the Korea Tourism Organization in Taipei, Taiwan on the best male and female Hallyu star as well as the most popular drama in the country, the results aren’t very surprising.
Kim Soo Hyun took the top spot as the best male Hallyu star for Taiwan residents with 47.8% of the votes. Lee Min Ho followed with 21.2% while Kim Woo Bin came in third place with 4.8%. The whole group of Super Junior and So Ji Sub tied for the fourth place with 4.4% while Hyun Bin took the sixth place with 3.4%. CNBLUE, Lee Seung Gi, and BIGBANG gained lower number of votes with 3%, 2.2%, and 2% respectively.
For the best female Hallyu star category, Jun Ji Hyun reclaimed her spot in the first place that she held back in 2012 with 48.8% of the votes. Song Hye Gyo follows with 8.8%, Girls’ Generation comes in third place with 8%, and Ha Ji Won places fourth with 7%. Lee Young Ae and Song Ji Hyo are tied at fifth place with 5.8% while Han Ga In is at seventh place with 4.3%. Taking the last three spots are 2NE1 with 2.5% and Lee Bo Young and Kim Tae Hee both with 2.1% of the votes.
While Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun are top stars in their own rights, their immense popularity in Taiwan can be attributed to the huge following of the drama in the country. “Man from the Stars” is voted most favorite Korean drama among Taiwanese viewers with 58.5% followed by “The Heirs” with 16.5% and “Master’s Sun” with 8.7%. “Moon that Embraces the Sun,” another drama starring Kim Soo Hyun, is at fourth place with 5.2% while “Secret Garden” is at fifth place with 4% of the votes.
Congrats, Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun!