Pretty Korean boys

 Pretty Korean boys
G.Dragon at the 2013 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix
K-pop group Big Bang's G-Dragon at their concert as part of the 2013 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

SINGAPORE - Member of boyband Shinee

The fresh-faced popster Taemin has gotten the public's vote for his dainty looks.

He came out tops in a poll of "Male Idols Prettier Than Women" in a March episode of Super Idol Chart Show, a variety show on Korean TV channel MNet. He beat the likes of BigBang's G-Dragon (ranked third) and Super Junior's Kim Heechul (ranked fourth).

It is not hard to see why Taemin is the champion of the pretty boys with his innocent doe-like eyes and kissable pouty lips.

In fact, he once candidly revealed on a Korean radio show that he was often mistaken for a girl when he was young.

The lad still plays the lass (a performance act not uncommon in K-pop): He has appeared as a guileless schoolgirl and a hot blonde babe on variety shows and at concerts.

Lately, it looks like the flower boy is going for a "manlier" image. In singer BoA's 2013 music video Disturbance, he sports a shorter hairdo as the brooding leading man.

As far as relationships go, he paired up last year with girl group A Pink's Son Na Eun - but that was for celebrity virtual marriage show We Got Married.

It is not known whether he has a paramour in real life.

JANG GEUN SUK, 26, Actor-singer

Popular Korean actor Jang Geun Suk nearly gave his legions of fans a heart attack when he uploaded a photo of his "girlfriend" on his Twitter account two years ago.

The Twitter post was accompanied by a photo of a bow-wearing, feminine-looking person with one manicured finger placed on pouting lips. It turned out that the "girlfriend" was himself in drag.

Nicknamed Asia Prince, for his overwhelming popularity in Asia, Jang's official Twitter and Weibo feeds are chock-full of expertly taken, dreamy-looking selfies.

For the longest time, netizens have left comments discussing the femininity of the breakout star of hit drama You're Beautiful (2009).

One netizen even questioned if Jang was transforming into a girl.

Never mind that he has been romantically linked to his You're Beautiful co-star, Park Shin Hye.

This pretty boy with signature flowy locks has further fanned the speculation by sporting hairstyles from punky pony tails to wavy tresses.

Last year, however, the beautiful man said he got a haircut after four years of keeping his hair long for his new drama that ended its run in Korea earlier this year.

Some things never change, however. The title of the drama? Pretty Man.

More about

Purchase this article for republication.
Your daily good stuff - AsiaOne stories delivered straight to your inbox
By signing up, you agree to our Privacy policy and Terms and Conditions.