Bambam from GOT7 smiling

The 10 most popular K-pop idols who are not Korean!

Did you know that not all of your favorite K-pop idols are actually Korean? There are idols of various nationalities such as Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, and many more! Lisa Manoban from Blackpink is Thai, Bambam from GOT7 has also a surprise for you. Curious to know more? Watch the video below!

  • Lisa is the most popular non-Korean idol on the list here. The Thai rapper, dancer, and model is the richest member of Blackpink with a net worth of $10 million.
  • Mark Tuan, Momo, Lisa, and other idols on the list are signed under the K-pop companies JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, and YG Entertainment
  • Foreign singers are usually taught Korean in order to communicate with their Asian fans.

1. Lisa from BLACKPINK

Lisa as the brand ambassador for  BVLGARI

Yes, your favorite girl is not Korean. She is actually Thai! It is hard to tell because she speaks the Korean language perfectly and has adapted to the culture well. Lisa was born and raised in Thailand but is now settled in South Korea because of her career. Watch her latest dance video here

2. Mark Tuan from GOT7

Mark Tuan

Although he was born and raised in the US, Mark is actually of Taiwanese descent. 

3. Momo from TWICE


Did you know Momo is Japanese? This beauty was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. She’s one of our most favorite female singers in K-pop! 

4. Amber Liu from F(X)

Amber Liu

F(X) may no longer be together but Amber’s amazing rapping skills will stay with us forever. The Taiwanese rapper is releasing her own music these days, check out one of her songs here



Fun fact about Ten: he is a Thai national but his ethnicity is Chinese

6. Jackson Wang from GOT7

Jackson Wang

The Chinese rapper and songwriter was born and raised in Hong Kong. He is fluent in English, Korean, Mandarin, and Shanghainese.

7. Lucas from NCT/WAYV/SUPERM


Born in Hong Kong, this hottie has descendants from Thailand and China

8. Sana from TWICE


She is another Japanese member from Twice! Her full name is Sana Minatozaki and she has stolen our hearts with her irresistible charm. 

9. BamBam from GOT7


Just like Lisa, BamBam is also Thai! And guess what? The two of them are close childhood friends! 

10. Yuta from NCT


If we had to pick who we love the most in NCT, we would pick Yuta. Who is your favorite K-pop idol? Let us know in the comments below!

Estefanía Martínez

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