K-Drama Actors Who Represented Korean Wave in 2024: Byeon Woo Seok, Chae Jong Hyeop, More

Halfway through 2024, broadcast networks and OTT platforms were able to deliver a slew of notable dramas: from rom-coms to fantasy to thrillers, and more.

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Other than the remarkable shows that made the first half of the year exciting, several stars piqued the viewers’ interest.

Swooning fans with their head-turning looks, dazzling charm, and perfect portrayal of the character, these stars managed to steal the hearts of fans and make a name for themselves in the international scene.

From Byeon Woo Seok to Chae Jong Hyeop and more, here are the K-drama actors who have represented the Korean wave so far this 2024.

Byeon Woo Seok

Thanks to his hit rom-com drama “Lovely Runner,” Byeon Woo Seok became not just a household name in South Korea but also on the global stage after the tvN series created a huge craze.

From supporting roles to villain, the 32-year-old actor only proves that he is not just a pretty face but a superstar in the making.

Lovely Runner Still-Byeon Woo Seok
Byeon Woo Seok

With Byeon Woo Seok’s surge of fame, the South Korean star had a sold-out fan meeting in Manila on June 22. In addition to this, he also had his first meet-and-greet in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 14 and 15.

Byeon Woo Seok’s next stop is in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the 28th, followed by Singapore on the 30th. He will return to South Korea for a 2-day fan meet in Seoul.

Other than the sold-out fan meet, Byeon Woo Seok ranks first as the top influencer for Milan Fashion Week SS25 after gracing Prada’s menswear show.

Chae Jong Hyeop

Chae Jong Hyeop made headlines in 2023 after starring in back-to-back K-dramas, especially in the rom-com “Castaway Diva” with Park Eun Bin.

Since then, the 31-year-old actor has continued to intrigue fans with his charisma and visuals. He is, in fact, set to make his small screen return.

Chae Jong Hyeop
Chae Jong Hyeop

After the rom-com K-drama, Chae Jong Hyeop continued to make a name for himself in Japan and starred in his first J-drama, “Eye Love You.” He headlined the series together with Nikaido Fumi of “Promise Cinderella” and “Sumu Sumu,” as well as Nakagawa Taishi of “Boku no Satsui ga Koi wo Shita.”

From J-drama, Chae Jong Hyeop also had a successful fan meeting in Chiba for a 2-day event.

According to a report, tickets for his meet and greet called “First Love” sold out in all 20,000 seats immediately after it went on sale.

In addition to this, he also had a two-day fan meet at the Kobe World Memorial Hall on June 8 and 9.

Park Ji Hoon

Park Ji Hoon
Park Ji Hoon

The former Wanna One member showcased his amazing acting skills after joining the cast of “Weak Hero Class” Seasons 1 and 2.

Playing the role of Yeon Shi Eun, or Gray Yeon, he earned the title of Best New Actor at the 2nd Blue Dragon Series Awards and the 14th Korea Drama Awards for the same role.

This year, he also impressed the viewers with his versatility, as he portrayed dual roles in the dark romantasy “Love Song for Illusion,” alongside Hong Ye Ji.