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Everything you should know about Lee Min-Ho

Everything you should know about Lee Min-Ho
Everything you should know about Lee Min-Ho

Lee Min-ho is a multi-talented South Korean actor, singer, creative director, model, and entrepreneur. He has gained widespread recognition for his roles in popular South Korean television series such as “Boys Over Flowers” (2009), “City Hunter” (2011), “The Heirs” (2013), “The Legend of the Blue Sea” (2016), “The King: Eternal Monarch” (2020), and “Pachinko” (2022). With his impressive acting skills and charismatic presence, Lee Min-ho has become a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, both in South Korea and internationally.

Biography

Lee Min-ho was born on Monday, June 22, 1987, which makes him 36 years old as of 2023. He was born in Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Lee Min-ho’s zodiac sign is Cancer.

Lee Min-ho attended Seoul Namseong Elementary School, Banpo Middle School, and Danggok High School, all located in Seoul, South Korea.

As a child, Lee Min-ho had aspirations of becoming a professional football player. He pursued this dream by attending soccer classes taught by South Korean manager and former professional player Cha Bum-kun. However, his dreams were cut short when he suffered an injury in the fifth grade of elementary school.

In the second year of high school, Lee Min-ho shifted his focus to acting and began learning the craft. He further honed his skills by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Arts at Konkuk University in Seoul. Continuing his educational journey, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Film & Art at Kookmin University, also located in Seoul.

Relationships

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Lee Min-ho with Park Min-young

Throughout his career, Lee Min-ho has been the subject of numerous dating rumors with various celebrities. In 2011, he was rumored to be dating South Korean actress Park Min-young. Their agencies confirmed their relationship, but they eventually separated after eight months due to their busy schedules.

After starring together in the 2013 K-drama “Heirs,” Lee Min-ho’s on-screen chemistry with actress Park Shin-hye sparked dating speculations. However, these rumors were never confirmed.

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Lee Min-ho with Bae Suzy

In March 2015, dating rumors emerged between Lee Min-ho and South Korean actress and singer Bae Suzy. Dispatch reported on their dates, and their agencies later confirmed their one-month relationship. Although breakup rumors circulated in September 2015, their agencies denied the reports. Ultimately, the couple officially announced their breakup in November 2017.

In 2016, there were unfounded rumors of Lee Min-ho being in a relationship with American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift. However, his agency clarified that these rumors were not true.

Following their appearance together in the film “Gangnam Blues” in 2015, dating rumors circulated between Lee Min-ho and South Korean actress and singer Seolhyun, a member of the girl group AOA.

In 2020, Lee Min-ho and actress Kim Go-eun sparked dating speculations as they shared several pictures together on Instagram. However, no official confirmation was made regarding their relationship.

In August 2021, rumors of Lee Min-ho dating actress and singer Yeonwoo, a former member of the South Korean girl group Momoland, emerged. Nevertheless, Lee Min-ho’s agency refuted these rumors.

Career

Early Career

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During his school days, Lee Min-ho started receiving numerous offers for street casting. It was during this time that he ventured into the entertainment industry as a model for a magazine. One fateful encounter occurred when he mistakenly crossed paths with the president of his agency, which led to his official entry into the acting world. Subsequently, after enrolling at Konkuk University, Lee Min-ho began auditioning diligently to pursue his acting career.

Korean Dramas

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In 2003, Lee Min-ho made his debut in the KBS2 drama “Sharp” as Lee Jin-ho, a student at an art academy. The series primarily focused on the life and romantic experiences of a female high school student.

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Following his debut, Lee Min-ho took on minor roles in the MBC K-dramas “Nonstop 5” (2005) as MC Mong and “Recipe of Love” (2005) as a waiter. In 2006, he landed his first significant supporting role as Park Du-hyun in the EBS youth drama “Secret Campus.” His character, Park Du-hyun, was a thoughtful and caring individual who risked expulsion from the school soccer team.

Unfortunately, in the same year, Lee Min-ho was involved in a serious car accident that resulted in severe injuries. As a result, he had to take a break from acting and was unable to participate in the K-dramas “High Kick!” (2006) and “Two Outs in the Ninth Inning” (2007). However, he made a comeback in 2007 with his first lead role in the high school drama “Mackerel Run.” In the series, he portrayed Cha Gong-chan, a student who initially enters an elite school due to his soccer skills but later becomes an outcast.

When a beautiful girl named Min Yoon-seo (played by South Korean actress Moon Chae-won) enrolls in the school, Cha Gong-chan’s enthusiasm for school and love life reignites. Despite the drama’s low viewership, ranging from 3-4%, Lee Min-ho showcased his talent in a leading role.

In 2007, Lee Min-ho returned to playing a supporting role as Heo Mo-se, the principal’s son, in the South Korean drama “I Am Sam,” which aired on KBS2. The series garnered an average viewership of around 6.5%.

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Following that, he appeared in the 2008 MBC drama “Get Up,” where he took on the lead role of Min Wook-ki. The series delved into various issues such as youth, school violence, and racism, providing a thought-provoking narrative.

Boys Over Flowers (2009)

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Lee Min-ho achieved his breakthrough with the role of Gu Jun-pyo in the series “Boys Over Flowers,” which aired on KBS2 and was based on the Japanese manga series of the same name. The series, written by Yoon Ji-ryun and directed by Jeon Ki-sang, follows the story of Geum Jan-di, a working-class girl portrayed by South Korean actress Koo Hye-sun, who becomes entangled in the lives of the F4 members.

The F4 consists of Gu Jun-pyo, Yoon Ji-hu played by South Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong, So Yi-jung portrayed by South Korean actor Kim Bum, and Song Woo-bin portrayed by South Korean actor and singer Kim Joon. These wealthy young students dominate Shinhwa High School.

“Boys Over Flowers” became a massive hit, spanning 25 episodes and garnering an average viewership of 25-28.5%. The series catapulted the cast members, including Lee Min-ho, to stardom and is often credited with launching his career. The show’s popularity extended beyond South Korea, capturing audiences in countries such as Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Nepal, Taiwan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Zambia, and more.

Personal Taste (2010)

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Lee Min-ho took on the lead role of Jeon Jin-ho in the MBC drama “Personal Taste.” The series revolves around Jin-ho, an architect who pretends to be gay in order to win a project bid. He rents a part of a modernized hanok called Sanggojae, which is owned by Park Kae-in, portrayed by South Korean actress Son Ye-jin. As the story unfolds, both Kae-in and Jin-ho develop feelings for each other, unaware that Jin-ho is actually straight.

“Personal Taste” enjoyed success in South Korea, attaining a nationwide average viewership of 11-14%. The series also gained international popularity, with its overseas rights sold to various networks such as ABS-CBN in the Philippines, KNTV in Japan, and channels in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

City Hunter (2011)

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In the SBS drama “City Hunter,” Lee Min-ho portrayed the character of Lee Yoon-sung. Directed by Jin Hyuk, the series follows Yoon-sung’s quest to seek justice for his father’s murder by tracking down and confronting his five killers. Adopting the identity of a deceased Korean-American teenager, Yoon-sung infiltrates South Korea’s presidential palace as an employee. During his mission, he crosses paths with Kim Na-na, a presidential bodyguard portrayed by South Korean actress Park Min-young, and develops feelings for her.

“City Hunter” proved to be a commercial success, with the advertising space for the series sold at a high price of ₩420 million ($420,000) per episode. It garnered ₩10.45 billion ($10.45 million) from television advertising alone. The series received positive reviews and achieved a nationwide rating of 16%. In recognition of his portrayal, Lee Min-ho was honored as an ‘Honourable Prosecutor’ by the Seoul Prosecutor’s Office in a ceremony held in January 2021.

Faith (2012)

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Lee Min-ho took on the lead role of General Choi Young in the SBS drama “Faith.” The series revolves around a modern-day plastic surgeon named Yoo Eun-soo, portrayed by South Korean actress Kim Hee-sun, who is kidnapped by Choi Young and transported back in time to the Goryeo period in order to save the queen’s life. As the story progresses, Choi Young and Eun-soo develop a romantic relationship. “Faith” received an average nationwide rating of 10-11%.

The Heirs (2013)

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Lee Min-ho gained further popularity through his role in the highly successful K-drama “The Heirs.” The series, written by Kim Eun Seok and directed by Kang Shin-hyo and Boo Sung-chul, aired on SBS. Min-ho portrays Kim Tan, the heir of the Jeguk Group, a prominent Korean conglomerate.

After being exiled to the United States by his half-brother who seeks to take control of the family business, Tan meets Cha Eun-sang (played by South Korean actress Park Shin-hye) and falls in love with her, despite being engaged to Yoo Rachel (Kim Ji-won), another heiress. The drama delves into the conflicts faced by Tan as he must choose between his family’s empire and his love for Eun-sang.

“The Heirs” gained immense commercial success and achieved a nationwide average rating of 16.7%. It was also remade in China in 2014 under the title “Billion Dollar Heir,” featuring Chinese actors Yu Xiao Tong, Kan Qing Zi, and Korean singer-actor Choi Si-won.

The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016)

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Following “The Heirs,” Lee Min-ho took on the lead role in “The Legend of the Blue Sea,” a romantic fantasy drama that aired on SBS. The series, written by Park Ji-eun and directed by Jin Hyuk and Park Seon-Ho, intertwines the love story of mermaid Shim Cheong (played by South Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun) and clever con artist Heo Joon-jae (portrayed by Lee Min-ho).

Their tale unfolds alongside the narrative of their past incarnations as Se-hwa, a mermaid, and Kim Dam-ryeong, a town head, during the Joseon era. Joon-jae must strive to alter the tragic fate that befell their historical counterparts’ relationship.

“The Legend of the Blue Sea” premiered with an average nationwide viewership rating of 16.4%, which later peaked at 20.7% for certain episodes. It topped its time slot and garnered acclaim globally, captivating audiences in South East Asia, the Americas, and Europe.

The King: Eternal Monarch (2020)

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After completing his mandatory military service, Lee Min-ho made his television comeback with the K-drama “The King: Eternal Monarch” in the role of Emperor Lee Gon. The series, written by Kim Eun-sook and directed by Baek Sang-hoon, Jung Ji-hyun, and Yoo Je-won, tells the story of Lee Gon, a modern-day emperor of the Kingdom of Korea (KOK).

Utilizing a mystical flute called manpansik, he travels to an alternate reality known as the Republic of Korea (ROK). There, he encounters Jung Tae-eul, a detective whom he had first met during his father’s assassination. Lee Gon finds himself engaged in a battle against his uncle, who killed his father, as his uncle swaps people from ROK to KOK to build his own army.

While the series faced controversies due to historical inaccuracies and received advisory warnings from the Korea Communications Standards Commission for scenes challenging gender equality, it enjoyed commercial success. “The King: Eternal Monarch” became one of the most popular dramas of 2020, captivating audiences in South Korea, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and ranking among the top two in the US.

The premiere viewership rating of the series was 11.4%, which increased to 11.6% for the second episode. However, the later episodes averaged around 6-8% in viewership ratings, possibly influenced by the growing popularity of streaming platforms in South Korea.

Pachinko (2022)

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After a two-year hiatus, Lee Min-ho returned to the screen in the American-South Korean series “Pachinko,” portraying the character of Koh Hansu. The series is an adaptation of the acclaimed novel of the same name written by Korean American author Min Jin Lee. Created and written by Soo Hugh, and directed by Kogonada and Justin Chon, “Pachinko” follows the journey of a Korean immigrant family as they leave their homeland in search of a better life.

In the series, Lee Min-ho’s character, Koh Hansu, is a Zainichi Korean merchant and fish broker residing in Osaka, Japan, while frequently visiting Busan, South Korea. As the story unfolds, it is revealed that Koh Hansu is a member of the Yakuza, the largest transnational organized crime syndicate in Japan.

“Pachinko” delves into the struggles, triumphs, and complex relationships of the immigrant family against the backdrop of historical events spanning multiple generations. The series aims to provide a profound exploration of identity, love, and the enduring pursuit of a place to call home.

Movies / Films

Public Enemy Returns (2008)

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Lee Min-ho made his entry into the big-screen realm with the South Korean film “Public Enemy Returns” in 2008. In the film, he took on the supporting role of Jung Ha-yeon. “Public Enemy Returns” was written by Jang Jin and directed by Kang Woo-suk.

The story revolves around Kang Chul-joong, portrayed by Sol Kyung-gu, a police officer who is eagerly anticipating his retirement. However, his plans are interrupted when his superior assigns him one final case involving a series of murders. The film delves into the intense investigation and the challenges faced by Kang Chul-joong as he tackles this compelling case.

“Public Enemy Returns” received significant attention and acclaim, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2008 in South Korea. The movie captivated audiences with its gripping storyline and impressive performances, including Lee Min-ho’s notable contribution in a supporting role.

Our School’s E.T. (2008)

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In 2008, Lee Min-ho took on the supporting role of Oh Sang-hoon in the comedy-drama film “Our School’s E.T.” The film, directed by Park Kwang-chun and written by Choi Jin-won, revolves around a gym teacher who has been struggling with his job performance for years.

The plot takes an interesting turn when the school decides to replace gym classes with English classes. In a desperate bid to secure his job, the gym teacher, played by Lee Min-ho, is determined to obtain a permit to teach English, despite having no knowledge of the subject whatsoever. The film delves into the comical and challenging situations that arise as the gym teacher attempts to navigate this unexpected career change.

“Our School’s E.T.” combines elements of comedy and drama to explore the themes of perseverance, personal growth, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. Lee Min-ho’s portrayal of Oh Sang-hoon adds an entertaining dynamic to the story, showcasing his versatility as an actor.

Gangnam Blues (2015)

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In 2015, Lee Min Ho made his debut in the action film “Gangnam Blues,” where he portrayed the character Kim Jong-dae. The movie, written and directed by Yoo Ha, tells the story of childhood friends Jong-dae and Baek Yong-ki (played by Kim Rae-won), who become involved with different gangster groups and find themselves caught up in a power struggle over a development project in Gangnam, Seoul.

“Gangnam Blues” achieved significant commercial success, earning a total of US$20 million at the box office.

Bounty Hunters (2016)

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In 2016, Lee Min-ho took on the role of Yi San in the film “Bounty Hunters.” This movie was a collaborative production between China, South Korea, and Hong Kong, with Shin Terra directing. “Bounty Hunters” follows the story of five bounty hunters who track down fugitives for financial gain across various locations such as China, Hong Kong, Korea, and Thailand. The film achieved considerable success, grossing a total of US$31.1 million at the box office.

Promotional Series

The One and Only (2011-2012)

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From 2011 to 2012, Lee Min-ho starred in the series titled “The One and Only” for Toyota Camry. In this series, Lee Min-ho portrayed the character of Joon Kwon, who wakes up from a coma with no recollection of his identity. The only clue he has is a set of keys to a 2012 Toyota Camry, and whenever he gets inside the car, his memories start to resurface. Utilizing the car’s Entune System, he embarks on a journey, relying on the sole key memory from his past.

First Love (2012)

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In 2012, Lee Min-ho appeared in a project called “First Love” for Innisfree, where he portrayed the character of Innisfree’s CEO.

Line Romance (2014)

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In 2014, Lee Min-ho starred in a three-episode mini-drama called “Line Romance” for Line, where he portrayed the character named Min-ho. The series revolves around Ling Ling, a Chinese tourist who falls in love with Min-ho, a music producer. As they face a language barrier, they rely on the LINE app to communicate with each other. “Line Romance” was broadcasted on iQiyi.

Summer Love (2015)

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In 2015, Lee Min-ho appeared in “Summer Love” for Innisfree, portraying the character Min Ho. The series revolves around Yoon Ah and Min Ho, who have been best friends for a long time. As they spend time together and discuss a new Innisfree product, they gradually develop feelings for each other. “Summer Love” was aired on YouTube.

7 First Kisses (2016)

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In 2016, Lee Min-ho starred in “7 First Kisses” for Lotte Duty Free. The series follows the story of a single female employee working at a Lotte Duty Free store. One day, she encounters a goddess of dates who presents her with a unique opportunity to choose her partner from a selection of seven handsome men. Lee Min-ho portrays the character of a travel writer among the options.

Songs

Extreme (2009)

In 2009, Lee Min-ho made his singing debut with the song “Extreme,” a collaboration with South Korean-American singer Jessi.

Thank You (2015)

Another non-album single that Lee Min-ho sang was “Thank You” in 2015.

Some more OSTs

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Lee Min-ho sang the OSTs “My Everything” from the drama series Boys Over Flowers in 2009 and “Painful Love” from The Heirs in 2013. In May 2013, he released his first EP titled “My Everything,” which featured the lead single “Love Motion.” The album consisted of seven songs and reached number 5 on the Korean charts.

In the same month, he also released the Japanese version of the album, which reached number 11 on the Japanese charts. In 2014, he released another EP titled ‘Song For You’ in Korean, consisting of six tracks, and it peaked at number 3. His first single album, ‘The Day,’ was released in 2015 and reached number 6 on the Korean charts.

His second single album, ‘Always,’ released in 2017, peaked at number 5. Among his Japanese singles, both “Thank You” and “The Day” reached peak positions of 11 and 15, respectively, on the Japanese charts.

Other Works

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In 2009, Lee Min-ho appeared in the music video for “Kiss” by Sandara Park.

He served as an MC at the KCON 2016 LA X M Countdown. In 2017, he narrated the South Korean documentary titled “DMZ, The Wild.” The documentary showcased Lee Min-ho exploring the Southside of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a restricted area separating South Korea and North Korea. He aimed to raise awareness about endangered wildlife species in the region. During the filming, which took place from October 2015 to March 2016, Lee Min-ho endured the harsh conditions, camping in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius and patiently waiting for wildlife to appear.

In October 2020, he launched a YouTube channel called “Leeminho Film” where he serves as a creative director and executive producer. As of March 2022, his channel has garnered 867K subscribers. Lee Min-ho has also been involved in various endorsements, including Lotte, Pizza Hut, Levi Strauss Korea, LG, Samsung, Hyundai, Toyota, Naver, Ferrero, bbq, and Domino’s Pizza.

He has served as a brand ambassador for Cadillac CTS in 2009 and Konkuk University in 2010.

Throughout his career, Lee Min-ho has taken on several ambassador roles. In 2009, he was the honorary ambassador for UNICEF Love Net, which aimed to fight against malaria. In 2013, he became the PR ambassador for the Patagonia Reforestation Project. From 2015 to 2018, he served as the PR ambassador for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games. He also held the position of ambassador for Visit Korea Year during the same period. In 2015, he was designated as the public ambassador for the “Korean Tourism Campaign,” often referred to as “The Face of Korean Tourism.” Additionally, he was named the honorary ambassador for the King Sejong Institute Foundation (KSIF).

Philanthropy

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In 2014, Lee Min-ho established PROMIZ, a fundraising website aimed at raising awareness and donations for social and humanitarian causes. The proceeds from PROMIZ merchandise are directed to charity partners to support various charitable projects. One notable initiative was the collection of US$50,000 in 2014 for constructing wells in Malawi through the non-profit organization Charity: Water. PROMIZ has also raised funds for causes such as Good Neighbours, the Transparent Umbrella Project, World Water Day, and the Making Warm Winter for Both Bodies and Hearts campaign. In recognition of its efforts, the website received the Korea Good Brand Awards in 2016.

To assist the victims of earthquakes in Nepal, Lee Min-ho donated 100 million won to UNICEF in 2015. The following year, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea honored him with the Happiness Sharing Award for his notable contributions to society.

On the occasion of his 10th debut anniversary, Lee Min-ho’s fans organized several charity events. His Chinese fans planted 510 trees in Inner Mongolia, while his Mexican fans donated to support children with cancer by selling bottle caps to recycling companies. Additionally, his Taiwanese and Hong Kong fans raised funds for World Vision and UNICEF through their generous contributions.

Awards, Honors & Achievements

  • Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Weibo Movie Award
  • KBS Drama Awards
  • Korea Drama Awards
  • SBS Drama Awards
  • Seoul International Drama Awards
  • Drama Fever Awards
  • Soompi Awards
  • Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 40
  • MBC Drama Awards
  • China Xingxiang Awards
  • Sohu Media Award
  • China Fashion Awards
  • Korea Popular Culture and Arts Awards
  • Blue Dragon Film Awards
  • Grand Bell Awards
  • Korea Brand of the Year
  • Baidu Feidian Awards

Military Service

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Lee Min-ho was granted an exemption from mandatory military service due to injuries sustained in a car accident in 2006. The Military Manpower Administration publicly announced that although Min-ho would be exempt from military duty, he would instead serve in community service. He commenced his military service as a public service officer at the Suseo Social Welfare Centre in the Gangnam District Office on May 12, 2017.

On March 15, 2018, he underwent basic military training at the Korea Army Training Center in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. After completing four weeks of training, he returned to his public service duties. On April 25, 2019, Lee Min-ho was officially discharged from his mandatory military service.

Properties

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Lee Min-ho resides in a luxurious apartment at Mark Hills in Heukseok-dong, Seoul, South Korea. This prestigious location, also known as ‘Star’s Residency,’ is home to various Korean celebrities, including Hyun Bin, Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young, F(x)’s Krystal, Girls’ Generation’s Jessica Jung, and Big Bang’s Daesung.

In addition to his apartment at Mark Hills, Lee Min-ho owns two houses in Seongbuk-dong, Seoul. One of the houses, which he purchased in September 2018, spans approximately 740 square meters, while the other covers an area of about 391.84 square meters. The purchase price for one of these houses was 5.35 billion won.

Furthermore, Lee Min-ho owns an opulent apartment in Nonhyeon Lapolium, also known as Star Villa, located in Nonhyeon, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. This apartment boasts luxurious facilities and amenities. In 2015, he acquired an additional penthouse in Star Villa for 5 billion won. One of the two apartments in Star Villa is leased to a tenant.

Favorites

  • Book: The Gift by Spencer Johnson
  • Actor(s): Edward Norton, Leonardo Di Caprio, Kim Su-Ro
  • Film: A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • Color(s): Navy, Black, White, Gray
  • Football Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Salary

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Lee Min-ho is renowned as one of the highest-paid actors in South Korea. As of 2021, he commands an impressive fee of US$80,000 per episode for his appearances in television series. His talent and popularity have contributed to his well-deserved status as one of the industry’s most sought-after and financially rewarded actors.

Facts

  • Lee Min-ho is widely known as the ‘Hallyu Prince.’ The term “Hallyu” refers to the Korean Wave, which represents the global popularity and spread of South Korean culture, including K-dramas and K-pop, since the 1990s.
  • Lee Min-ho’s blood type is A.
  • Lee Min-ho was not academically inclined during his school days and admitted that he didn’t excel in his studies. He believed that if he put effort into studying, he would only achieve average marks. However, he gained popularity among his peers for his good looks.
  • In April 2013, Lee Min-ho’s wax statue was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Shanghai. The lifelike representation of the actor was met with excitement from fans. Following that, in January 2014, his second wax statue was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, further solidifying his popularity and recognition in the entertainment industry.
  • In January 2014, Lee Min-ho achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first Korean celebrity to perform at the CCTV Lunar New Year Gala in China. During the event, he captivated the audience with a special performance, collaborating with Taiwanese singer Harlem Yu for a memorable song.
  • Lee Min-ho shares a close friendship with fellow South Korean actor and singer Jung Il-woo. The two have been friends since childhood and grew up in the same neighborhood. Additionally, their schools were in close proximity, further strengthening their bond.
  • During his leisure time, Lee Min-ho prefers to relax and take a break. However, he also enjoys playing computer and mobile games, indulging in some virtual entertainment. Additionally, he has a fondness for skiing, which provides him with an active and exhilarating experience.
  • In October 2020, Lee Min-ho achieved a remarkable feat by surpassing 20 million followers on Instagram, making him the first Korean star to reach this milestone. As a result, he earned the title of the “King of Social Media” in South Korea, highlighting his immense popularity and influence in the digital realm.
  • Lee Min-ho’s official fan club is known as ‘MINOZ.’ It was established on June 21, 2009, and operates official fan clubs in Korea and Japan. Moreover, there are fan communities formed in 145 countries around the world, showcasing the global reach and support for the actor.
  • When discussing his ideal type in an interview, Lee Min-ho expressed that he is attracted to someone who possesses self-understanding, shares common values with him, and demonstrates respect towards her superiors and those around her.
  • In a separate interview, Lee Min-ho revealed that he had a crush on the South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo, indicating his admiration for her talent and charm.
  • In an interview, Lee Min-ho mentioned that he is not a strong drinker. He shared that he can only handle four glasses of Soju and has been trying to increase his tolerance to six glasses. However, when he goes out with his friends, he prefers activities such as eating or going to karaoke rather than focusing on drinking.
  • Lee Min-ho is known to be an avid dog lover. He has a pet dog named Choco, whom he cherishes and cares for. His love for animals, particularly dogs, highlights his affectionate nature.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who has Lee Min Ho dated?

Lee Min Ho has been involved in several high-profile relationships throughout his career. He dated actress Park Min Young, his co-star from the drama series “City Hunter,” from 2011 to 2012. Following their breakup, he was in a relationship with actress and singer Suzy, who is a member of the girl group Miss A. Their relationship lasted from 2015 to 2017.

Since then, Lee Min Ho has not publicly announced any new relationships, and he has been focusing on his acting career and other endeavors. As a public figure, his personal life is often kept private, and it is up to him to share any updates about his dating status in the future.

Who is the most handsome Korean actor?

There are many Korean actors who are widely regarded for their attractive looks and talent. Some actors who are often praised for their handsome appearance include Lee Min Ho, Song Joong Ki, Hyun Bin, Park Seo Joon, and Kim Soo Hyun, among others. Ultimately, opinions on who is the most handsome Korean actor may vary among individuals.

Who is the No 1 Korean actor Lee Min Ho?

Lee Min Ho is a highly popular and influential Korean actor who has gained widespread recognition both domestically and internationally. He has achieved immense success in his career and is considered one of the top Korean actors. Lee Min Ho’s talent, charm, and handsome appearance have contributed to his immense popularity and fanbase. While opinions may vary, many people consider Lee Min Ho to be one of the most successful and talented actors in the Korean entertainment industry.

Lee Min Ho and BTS are both highly popular figures in the Korean entertainment industry, but they have different areas of focus. Lee Min Ho is primarily known for his acting career, while BTS is a globally renowned K-pop group. Comparing their popularity can be subjective as it depends on various factors such as individual preferences, demographics, and cultural context. Both Lee Min Ho and BTS have a massive fan base and have achieved significant success in their respective fields.

Who is Lee Min Ho’s crush?

Lee Min Ho has mentioned in interviews that he had a crush on South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo. However, it’s important to note that celebrity crushes can change over time, and personal preferences can vary.

Yes, Lee Min Ho is very popular in India. He has a large fan base in the country, especially among K-drama enthusiasts. His dramas, such as “Boys Over Flowers,” “City Hunter,” and “The Heirs,” have gained a significant following in India. Lee Min Ho’s good looks, talent, and charismatic performances have contributed to his popularity among Indian viewers.

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Neha Garia is the founder and Editor at The Drama Paradise. She is a long-time K-Drama addict and K-Pop lover. Her favorite K-Pop artists are BTS, SF9, ATEEZ, and INFINITE but there are many more groups she is having a look at. Her favorite actors include Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim GoEun, and Kim TaeRi, to name a few. She hopes to share her love for Korean culture with people across the globe.

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