Korean Stars Born in the Year of the Monkey

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2016 is the Year of the Monkey! People born in this zodiac year are said to be clever and talented and as it happens, many Korean celebrities call this zodiac animal their own.


There are a surprising amount of Hallyu stars born in 1992! Those born in this Year of the Monkey will turn 24 (international age) this year (the zodiac cycle repeats every 12 years). This includes EXO‘s Chanyeol, Baekhyun, and Chen (also known as the “beagle” line), Wonder Girls‘s maknae Hyelim, Block B‘s leader Zico, SISTAR‘s Soyu, EXID‘s Hani, ZE:A‘s maknae Dongjun, INFINITE‘S L, f(x)‘s Amber, FTISLAND‘s Minhwan, B1A4‘s Baro and Sandeul, VIXX‘s Ken, WINNER‘s Seunghoon, After School‘s Lizzy, MAMAMOO‘s Moonbyul, BTS‘s Jin, BTOB‘s Hyunsik, and 4minute‘s HyunA (who famously sings a line about monkeys in her song “Red”).

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Singer-turned-actress Han Groo and actresses Go Ah Sung (“Heard It Through the Grapevine“) and Kim Ji Won (“Heirs“) are also born in the year 1992.


1980-born singers, born 12 years earlier than their 1992 counterparts, boast an impressive lineup of first-generation idols. These include H.O.T‘s Lee Jae Won, Sechs Kies‘s Jang Soo Won, Kang Sung Hoon, and Go Ji Yong, g.o.d‘s Son Ho Young, Shinhwa‘s Jun Jin, Fin.K.L‘s Ok Joo Hyun and Lee Jin, NRG‘s No Yoo Min. Hip-hop artist Choiza of Dynamic Duo, trot queen Jang Yoon Jung, Epik High‘s Tablo, and singer-songwriter Junggigo are also born in this year.

1980 also boasts some of the finest actors of their generation, including Kim Tae Hee, Chun Jung Myung, Ryu Seung Bum, Lee Dong Gun, Jin Goo, Lee Yo Won, and Son Tae Young. Famous comedians born in this year include the comedian famous for his eating broadcasts, Kim Joon Hyun, comedian Yoo Se Yoon, and comedienne Shin Bong Sun.

And Beyond

Finally, there are many popular and still-active actors and singers born in the years 1968, 1956 and 1944. These include (among others) Park Shin Yang, Lee Sung Min, Kim Seung Jin, Shin Hae Chul (deceased), Yoo Dong Geun and Kim Young Ran.

Maybe those born in 2004 (the last Year of the Monkey) will also join this impressive lineup in the future! Hopefully, all these celebrities can expect a streak of luck in their special zodiac year.

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