Thanks to streaming services, K-dramas are so accessible these days. As such, these shows and its stars have surge in popularity due to increasing appetite from fans in recent years.

We’ve compiled a list of highest paid actress in South Korea and it’s interesting to note the huge difference in terms of the salary that these Hallyu A-listers earned. If you don’t believe us, check out the actress list below and compare it with the actor list.

10. Park Shin Hye (박신혜)

Korean Actress
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  • USD17,000 per episode
  • Her ideal type: “Someone who is family-oriented.”
  • Word has it that Park Shin Hye is set to star in a new drama called “Sisyphus: The Myth” this year, pairing with “Secret Forest” actor Cho Seung Woo.

9. Park Bo Young (박보영)

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  • USD25,000 per episode
  • She rose to fame after starring in the 2008 comedy film “Scandal Makers”.
  • Park Bo Young last appeared in a K-Drama called “Abyss” alongside Ahn Hyo Seop.

8. Shin Min Ah (신민아)

Source: ELLE
  • USD25,000 per episode
  • Her last K-Drama appearance was in the political drama “Chief Of Staff” (Season 1 and 2)
  • She has been dating actor Kim Woo Bin since May 2015.

7. Gong Hyo Jin (공효진)

Korean Actress
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  • USD33,400 per episode
  • Some of her close friends in the industry include Jung Ryeo Won, Son Dam Bi, Shin Min Ah, and Son Ye Jin.
  • She used to date actor Lee Jin Wook for a short period back in 2014.

6. Kim Tae Hee (김태희)

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  • USD34,000 per episode
  • For those who don’t know, she is married to K-pop superstar Rain. They have 2 children together.
  • She made her much-anticipated return to the small screen with family drama series “Hi Bye, Mama!”.

5. Song Hye Kyo (송혜교)

Source: ELLE
  • USD42,000 per episode
  • Fun fact: She is a fan of BIGBANG.
  • As for her favourite brand, she chooses Hermes.
  • Her last drama was “Encounter” (2019), co-starring Park Bo Gum.

4. Choi Ji Woo (최지우)

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  • USD42,000 per episode
  • She gave birth to her first child last May, at the age of 45!
  • Choi Ji Woo made a special appearance as a cameo in the hit TV series “Crash Landing On You”.

3. Ha Ji Won (하지원)

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  • USD42,000 per episode.
  • She has a younger brother, Jeon Tae Soo who is also an actor. Sadly, he committed suicide following a long battle of depression.
  • Her last TV appearance was in the drama “Chocolate” with Yoon Kye Sang.

2. Lee Young Ae (이영애)

Korean Actress
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  • USD83,000 per episode
  • She is married to Jung Ho Young, a Korean-American businessman who is 17 years older than her (the talented starlet is 49 this year).
  • Her most famous K-Drama is arguably “Dae Jang Geum” a.k.a “Jewel In The Palace”.

1. Jun Ji Hyun (전지현)

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  • USD84,000 per episode
  • She achieved mainstream success for her role as The Girl in the 2001 film “My Sassy Girl”, one of the highest-grossing Korean comedies of all time.
  • She made a special cameo for the 2nd instalment of Netflix’s historical drama “Kingdom” earlier this year.

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