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Posted : 2014-03-17 19:25
Updated : 2014-03-17 19:25

Lee Min-ho named No.1 Korean actor in China

By Chung Ah-young

Lee Min-ho
Hallyu heartthrob Lee Min-ho has been selected as the most popular Korean actor in a recent survey conducted in China.

The actor garnered some 510,764 votes or 37 percent among a total of 1.35 million votes for his role of Kim Tan in the drama series "The Heirs" which ended in December.

The survey was conducted by the Chinese music and entertainment site Kugou.com for ranking the most beloved hallyu stars in the Korean dramas which have gained popularity in China.

Kim Soo-hyun ranked second with 469,948 votes for his character of Do Min-joon in "My Love From the Star" while Jang Keun-suk landed the third place with 159,940 votes.

Also, Lee Jong-suk earned 86,771 votes and Kim Woo-bin won 56,982 votes. Park Yoo-chun, singer and actor who is a member of K-pop group JYJ, received 17,278 votes.

Chinese media outlets are rushing to cover Lee Min-ho thanks to his growing popularity even though his drama ended three months ago. After rekindling the hallyu phenomenon with his drama "City Hunter" in 2011, Lee created a sensation with "The Heirs" in 2013, according to Chinese media reports. They also predicted that Lee's popularity is expected to continue growing in China.

Lee has attracted more than 20 million Chinese followers on his Weibo account. Lee's agency said that aside from Weibo followers, the number of his worldwide fans on his various SNS accounts stands at 13 million on Facebook and 7 million online.

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