The Year of the Dragon in 2024 brings particular attention to those born under this revered and lucky Chinese zodiac sign. Dragons are often seen as creative, confident, and innately curious. It reflects the mythical creature’s esteemed symbolism associated with leadership and charisma. This is particularly true in South Korean culture, where zodiac signs hold significant importance. Therefore, those born in the Dragon Year are often viewed as destined for remarkable achievements. And here’s the list of Korean celebrities born in the Year of the Dragon, a sign associated with creativity, confidence, and curiosity.
Korean Celebrities Born in the Year of the Dragon
Many Korean celebrities, recognized as Dragons, are famous for not only their artistic talents but also their dynamic personalities and leadership skills. The influence of the Dragon Year is believed to grant them an added layer of magnetism and a greater potential for success. In the entertainment industry, these individuals are often followed closely and admired for embodying the dragon’s spirit through a harmonious mix of creativity, self-assurance, and a relentless pursuit of knowledge.
1964 – the Year of the Wood Dragon
Han Suk-kyu is a prominent veteran actor known for his role as the lead surgeon Kim in the “Dr. Romantic” series. He was born in the Year of the Wood Dragon. Celebrating his 60th birthday this year, the actor reaches a notable age in Korean and East Asian cultures. This age is significant as it represents the full cycle of the 60-year sexagenary calendar.
1976 – the Year of the Fire Dragon
Born in 1976, the Year of the Wood Dragon, Kim Jong-kook is a famous South Korean entertainer. He is known for his robust voice and formidable physique. He first rose to fame as part of the duo Turbo and later enjoyed success as a solo artist. Kim Jong-kook is also a standout on variety shows, notably “Running Man,” where his physical prowess and sharp wit have made him a fan favorite.
Cha Tae-hyun, born in 1976 alongside his “Dragon’s Club” peer Kim Jong-kook, is a multifaceted South Korean entertainer. He first charmed audiences in the romantic comedy “My Sassy Girl.” Cha Tae-hyun has since continued to captivate with his approachable charm and genuine performances. Recently, he has been in the spotlight for his role in the latest series, “Moving.”
Jang Hyuk is another South Korean actor who was born in 1976. He is widely recognized for his intense and captivating performances in dramas and films. Jang Hyuk’s notable works include “Volcano High” and “Fated to Love You,” showcasing his versatility across genres. His compelling screen presence continues to earn him acclaim in the Korean entertainment industry.
1988 – the Earth Dragon Leaders
G-Dragon, the leader of the renowned K-pop group BigBang since their debut in 2005, celebrates his 36th birthday this year. 2023 has been challenging for the rapper-singer due to investigations into alleged illegal drug use. In response, he founded JUSPEACE, an organization dedicated to combating drug abuse. Furthermore, under the guidance of his new management, Galaxy Corporation, G-Dragon is making a comeback this year.
Born in 1988, the Year of the Earth Dragon, the same as G-Dragon, Park Seo-joon expanded his acting repertoire to Hollywood with his debut in “The Marvels.” Additionally, he played a leading role in “Concrete Utopia,” which was South Korea’s submission for the Best International Feature Film at the 2024 Academy Awards. Last year, he also embarked on a new project with Netflix, starring in “Gyeongseong Creature.” The series released its part 1 in December 2023, followed by the part 2 in January 2024. Reportedly, the series will have its Season 2.
Kim Soo-hyun, famous for his performances in “My Love from the Star” (2013) and “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” (2020), is also among the notable “dragon babies” born in 1988. In 2024, he is set to captivate audiences in the eagerly awaited romance drama “Queen of Tears.” This project is especially intriguing as it’s written by Park Ji-eun, known for “Crash Landing on You.”
Im Si-wan, who successfully transitioned from singer to actor, also celebrates his 36th birthday this year. Currently, he’s impressing audiences with his lead role in “Boyhood.” Adding to his accomplishments, Im Si-wan has secured a part in the highly anticipated second season of Netflix’s blockbuster series “Squid Game,” set for release in 2024.
2000 – the Metal Dragon Babies
aespa Karina and Giselle
Karina and Giselle, born in the Year of the Dragon in 2000, are prominent members of the K-pop girl group aespa. They have garnered widespread attention for their dynamic stage presence and exceptional visuals, contributing significantly to the group’s reputation for powerful performances and unique style.
Nancy from MOMOLAND, born in the year of the Metal Dragon, 2000, has captivated audiences with her talents as a singer and performer. She stands out for her charismatic stage presence and vocal abilities, contributing significantly to MOMOLAND’s energetic and vibrant performances that have won fans worldwide.
CLC Kwon Eun-bin
Kwon Eun-bin of CLC, another star born in 2000, has made her mark in the K-pop industry with her versatile skills. As a member of CLC, Eun-bin showcases her talents in singing and dancing, adding depth to the group’s performances and gaining recognition for her unique stage persona.
ITZY Yeji and Lia
Yeji and Lia, born in the Metal Dragon year, are idols from the popular K-pop group ITZY. Yeji, the group’s leader, is famous for her powerful dance moves and strong vocals. Meanwhile Lia, celebrated for her melodious voice, contributes to ITZY’s distinct sound and style, which has captivated a global audience.
LE SSERAFIM Chaewon
Meanwhile, Chaewon from LE SSERAFIM, born in 2000, has quickly risen in popularity due to her impressive vocal skills and stage presence. As a member of LE SSERAFIM, Chaewon’s talents shine, contributing to the group’s growing reputation for delivering captivating performances.
Stray Kids Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin
Stray Kids members Hyunjin, Han, Felix, and Seungmin, all born in 2000, each bring their unique flair to the group. Hyunjin and Han are known for their exceptional rap and dance skills. Meanwhile, Felix is loved for his deep voice and charismatic stage presence, and Seungmin for his soothing vocals. With other members, they form a dynamic and versatile group.
TXT’s Soobin, born in 2000, is the group leader and has gained popularity for his gentle vocal tone and leadership qualities. His contributions have been instrumental in shaping TXT’s soft yet impactful musical style.
Jongho from ATEEZ, another star from the Metal Dragon year, is famous for his powerful vocals and stage presence. As the main vocalist of ATEEZ, Jongho plays a crucial role in defining the group’s energetic and powerful performances.
NCT Jeno, Renjun, Jaemin, dan Haechan
NCT members Jeno, Renjun, Jaemin, and Haechan all born in 2000, have significantly contributed to the group’s diverse sound and image. Haechan is known for his unique vocal color. Meanwhile, Jeno and Renjun for their dancing skills and charm and Jaemin for his all-around performance abilities, making them integral to NCT’s success.
The Boyz Sunwoo and Eric
The Boyz members Sunwoo and Eric, also born in the Metal Dragon year, add distinct elements to the group. Sunwoo’s rap skills and Eric’s energetic dance performances have helped The Boyz establish a strong presence in the K-pop industry.
Golden Child Bo-min
Golden Child’s Bo-min, rounding out the list of 2000 Metal Dragon year stars, has made a name for himself with his multi-talented singing, acting, and dancing abilities. His contributions have played a significant role in Golden Child’s growing popularity.
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