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Posted by Rika-go Monday, January 23, 2023

Female K-pop idols who were born in South Korea's second city, Busan


Busan is South Korea's largest port city and the country's second-most populous city after Seoul. Busan is a vibrant port city renowned for its stunning beaches, majestic mountains, diverse marine life, and ancient Buddhist temples. It serves as the region's commercial, cultural, and academic hub and is a popular tourist destination for both foreigners and locals alike. The city also has its own unique dialect, making it an even more attractive destination.

Busan is not only renowned for its tourist attractions but also for being the hometown of many beloved K-pop stars and idols, whose beauty is as captivating as the city itself.

Let's look at some of the female K-pop stars who were born in South Korea's second city, Busan.


    Sandara Park is a South Korean singer, television presenter, and actress who goes by the stage name Dara. She was born in Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea, in 1984. But subsequently, in 1993, her family relocated to Daegu and then, in 1994, to the Philippines. Dara is well-known in the Philippines and has even worked in the country's entertainment sector.


        Kim Min-Jeong is a vocalist, dancer, and visual of SM Entertainment’s girl group AESPA and is also a member of the female supergroup “GOT the beat.” She is professionally known by her stage name, Winter. She was born in Busan in 2001; however, her hometown is Yangsan-si.


          In Cosmic Girls, also known as WJSN, EXY serves as the group's main rapper, vocalist, and leader. Her real name is Chu So-Jung. She was born in Geumjeong-gu, Busan, South Korea, in 1995. EXY is also an actress. She acted in “The Flatter,” “Urban Myths,” etc.


            Park Ji-won, better known as Jiwon, is the main vocalist of fromis_9. She was born in Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea, in 1998. She is a former JYP Entertainment trainee and contestant on “SIXTEEN.” Jiwon was ranked sixth in “Idol School.”


              Jo Yu-ri is a South Korean singer and actress. She used to be a member of the popular girl group Iz*One. Following the group's disbandment in 2021, she made her debut as a soloist in the same year. Yuri was born in Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea, in 2001.


                Lee Chae-Young, best known by her stage name ISA, is a lead-vocalist and dancer of the South Korean girl group STAYC, which is managed by High Up Entertainment. She was born in Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea, in 2002. In her pre-debut days, Isa joined Busan’s Hak Enter Academy.


                  Jeong Eun Ji, known as Eunji, is the main vocalist and face of the group Apink. She was born in Jaesong-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea, in 1993. As an actress, Eunji appeared in numerous dramas and movies, such as "Untouchable," "Reply 1997," and "Reply 1994," among many others.


                    Kim Chae-Hyun is the center of the K-pop girl group Kep1er. She came in first place in “Girls Planet 999,” which is the survival reality program of the group. Chaehyun was born in Yeonje-gu, Busan, South Korea, in 2002. She is one of the MCs of SBS MTV’s “The Show."


                      Ha Soo-young of Loona goes by the stage name Yves. She is the leader of yyxy, a sub-unit of Loona. Yves was born in Busan in 1997. However, she later moved to Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, for elementary school. She joined “Dance Up Academy” in Busan before her debut.


                        Choi Ye-won, professionally known as Arin, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a vocalist, dancer, and maknae of the girl group, Oh My Girl and its special sub-unit, Oh My Girl Banhana. The Alchemy of Souls star was born in Yongho-dong, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea, in 1999.


                          Hyomin, whose real name is Park Sun-young, is a member of the South Korean girl group T-ara and its sub-unit T-ara N4. In 1989, she was born in Busan, South Korea. Hyomin is an actress as well. Her acting credits include "My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox," "Gyebaek," "Jinx!!!," etc.


                          Choi Yun-Jin, known by her stage name Jinni, is a former member of JYP Entertainment’s rookie girl group NMIXX. In December of last year, for personal reasons, she terminated her exclusive contract and quit the band. She was born in Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea, in 2004.

                          So, there you have it: some Busan-born K-pop stars. Is your bias based on Busan, the largest port city? Is your favorite K-pop idol on the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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                          1. Eunji
                          2. Winter
                          3. Exy
                          4. fromis_9
                          5. Jo Yu Ri
                          6. Kep1er
                          7. Yves
                          8. Arin
                          9. Isa
                          10. Hyomin
                          11. Dara
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                          SeoulSucker1,886 pts Monday, January 23, 2023 0
                          Monday, January 23, 2023

                          After visiting Busan for the first time last year, I realized why 미남이시네요 (You're Beautiful 2009) used the name 고미남. There is a subway station called 미남역 (Beauty Station). 너무 설레게하는 역... 🤭💕 다라언니가 부산여자구나요... 더 좋아요~ 🫶

                          Winter is from 양산 (Yangsan), 경남 (Gyeong Nam). From what I know, Gyeongnam and Busan are different districts. Their dialect is similar but boundaries are separate.

                          K-pop idols I know from Busan are 정용화 (Jung Yonghwa) and 쌈디 (SimonD). 까리한데이~ 짜장면 시켰는데 계란은 어딧노?! 승질난다.

                          Notable actors from Busan are 김영애 (Kim Young Age), 강동원 (Kang Dong Won), and 공지철 (Gong Yoo).

                          Busan (originally 푸산 Pusan) is a beautiful city. If anyone ever visits, take a trip to 감천문화 (Gam Cheon Mun Hwa). It is the Positano and Amalfi of Korea. One of the most architecturally beautiful locations in Korea.

                          In the Spring, 벚꽃 (Cherry blossom) blooms and ornaments the city.

                          The representative flower of Busan is 동백꽃 (Camellia flower). I am not certain about the history, but I think it originated from the invasion of Japanese colonialists. Perhaps Korean civilians kept and preserved the flower for it's beauty and innocence. It is surreally pretty to the point I questioned if the tree was fake or real.

                          For 강철부대 (Steel Troops) viewers, there is a cafe called Code6062 founded by 김민준 (Kim Min June; one of the season one winning team's member) and his wife. It is delicately dainty and offers a variety of drinks/baked goods.

                          부산... 억수로 징하게 사랑한데이~ ❤️🥰🏖️

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                          MaeilKpop7,629 pts Monday, January 23, 2023 1
                          Monday, January 23, 2023
                          Imagine a special stage with all of them! It could be done for a year-end show or the BOF which is held in Busan.
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