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China's five favorite Korean celebs revealed

Jungkook from K-pop boy band BTS. Yonhap

By Dong Sun-hwa

Star Hankook, The Korea Times' sister publication, released its [HI★CHINA Ranking] Tuesday, disclosing the five hottest Korean celebrities most loved by the Chinese.

No. 1 was Jungkook from K-pop boy band BTS, who has topped the list five weeks in a row. Other members of BTS, V and Jimin, were ranked No. 2 and 3 respectively.

Sehun, a member of K-pop boy group EXO, was No. 4, followed by actor Kim Soo-hyun, who has been doing mandatory military service since October 2017.

[HI★CHINA Ranking] uses three sources to measure the popularity of Korean stars.

The first criterion is "Fan Universe" ranking from Chinese SNS Sina Weibo, which sums up a celebrity's activity index and number of followers.

A weekly chart from Baidu, the most popular search engine in China, is the second standard, followed by the Korean-Japanese chart from Chinese voting site "123 fans."

Each is differently weighed according to the way of voting and method of calculation.

V from K-pop boy band BTS. Yonhap.

Boy band BTS member Jimin. Capture from BTS's official Twitter

Sehun from K-pop boy band EXO. Courtesy of SM Entertainment

Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun. Courtesy of Keyeast Entertainment