Beyond K-pop: 5 South Korean stars' YouTube channels to check out

IU invites popular group SHINee to her YouTube channel talk show, and it's an entertaining 40 minutes from start to finish. Photo: YouTube

Fans love to get a peek into the personal lives of their favourite personalities, one that’s away from the professional setting.

Fortunately, more than a few South Korean celebs are willing to share bits of their daily activities and interests on social media. Some too do it via their own YouTube channels.

The content is sometimes self-recorded, but usually taken by their managers, publicity team, etc.

However, the end product is always pleasing. Best part, they come with English subtitles.

Here are five celebrities who have come up with fun content on YouTube that you may want to check out.


Actress-singer Lee Ji-eun who is professionally known as IU has 6.6 million (and counting) subscribers on her IU Official YouTube channel.

Whether she is on a drama set or a shooting a music video, the Hotel Del Luna always takes her fans along, giving insights into what’s happening. One thing that’s consistent in all these behind-the-scene videos is of IU yawning and feeling sleepy.

Since late last year too, the hitmaker started her own talk show titled IU Palette on her channel. And she’s had some big guests too – actor Gong Yoo, actor-singer Lee Seung-gi and popular K-pop group Shinee.

She’s done nine episodes so far and all of them have surpassed a million views.

Ever a courteous host, IU puts her guests at ease as she asks career-related questions before inviting them to perform live a song or two. Of course, she sings as well which is always a treat. There is usually an exchange of songs as well whenever her guests are musicians.


Actress-singer Hyeri has 1.4 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, Hyeri Vlog.

Adapting a reality show-like concept, the member of K-pop group Girl’s Day has a variety of content that sees her on activities such as calligraphy, ceramics and so forth.

The channel howcases the 27-year-old’s charming personality.

Recently, she shared some snippets from her involvement in the recently ended drama My Roommate Is A Gumiho.

Fans seem to love videos of her eating, and they’re not the healthy food either. She admitted: “I don’t think I have any healthy food in my YouTube videos.”

There is one video of her eating ramen followed by churros at 2am – while she was supposed to be on a diet – which has 1.7 million views.

Kim Jong-kook

Running Man cast member Kim Jong-kook started his channel only a month ago but his number of subscribers hast hit 2 million.

Unlike other celebs on this list, his YouTube channel has a specific content; it’s all about exercising, hence his channel is named Gym Jong Kook.

The singer wrote in the description: “As you all know, I love exercising... I’ll try my best to put out videos that are relatable while sharing my knowledge on getting fit.”

But it’s not all about working hard when it comes to Kim’s videos – the two funniest videos are the ones where he invited Running Man cast member Song Ji-hyo to talk about exercising at home.

He feeds her good food too, which she loved. The exercise portion, she didn’t enjoy that much.


Lee Ho-seok, known by his stage name Wonho, is the former member of South Korean boy band Monsta X.

The 28-year-old updates his YouTube channel – called ohhoho – quite regularly.

He has videos of his workout sessions, behind the scenes of his professional life, Vlogs and, best of all, he has a number of videos of him just eating.

As with most mukbang videos, Wonho knows how to enjoy his food well.

Check out Christmas Home Alone Party video below, from Dec 25, 2020 where he diligently decorates his Christmas tree and then has dinner for one.

Also do click on the videos of him trying out new forms of exercises namely Flying Yoga and Bungee Physio, which one fan described as entertaining and educational.

Jung Il-woo

Actor Jung Il-woo, who enjoys cooking, has showcased his “chef” skills at many fan meetings, variety shows and last year’s K-drama, Sweet Munchies.

He’s a coffee enthusiast as well. Remember Dalgona coffee that took over the world last year? That coffee can be traced back to Jung when he appeared on the cooking variety programme Stars’ Top Recipe At Fun-Staurant.

So, it makes sense that his YouTube channel (1Day ILWoo JungIlWoo) features videos of him cooking.

One of the first cooking videos he put up has him making his family recipe for dumpling soup. The Haehci star even shared the recipe in the video’s description.

While the 33-year-old has other content as well – such as him looking back at his debut role in the drama High Kick – videos of him cooking are the ones to watch.

Especially when he gets his celebrity friends to come over and be part of the videos.

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