15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

It is a common practise in the idol industry for artists to use stage names. However, off-stage, they're often referred to with their real names. Similarly, in the film and television industry too, actors use stage names but they might not be as evident as they are in the case of idols. To be more precise, the stage names of Korean actors sound like they could very well be their real names. So, why do they not just use their real names? While there may be many reasons for this, a common reason is advice from fortune tellers. Fortune-telling is an ancient art that is still popular today in South Korea. A large majority of Koreans consult fortune tellers before making major decisions in their life, and oftentimes, these fortune tellers even suggest their clients (both celebrities and non-celebrities) change their names to attract more success and luck. At the same time, many artists also change their names to fit their image better. This may or may not have anything to do with fortune tellers but is usually suggested by their management companies or by the celebrities themselves. Besides this, some celebrities also change their names to avoid confusion with other celebrities or if their own name is too difficult to pronounce or remember. Additionally, they might also choose to use a stage name to protect their privacy and their families. However, it is not unlikely for celebrities to choose their stage names on a whim or have their own unique reasoning behind it. Now, another important thing to note here is that many celebrities who use stage names do not change their legal names, but there are many cases where they change their legal names to their stage names. There are also some celebrities who have a stage name that is different from their legal name, which is also different from the name they were given at birth. With that said, here are 15 highly successful Korean actors and actresses who use stage names rather than their real names in their careers! Note: This list is not a ranking and is not exhaustive. 1. Stage: Park SeoJun - Born Park YongKyu Park SeoJun's Instagram 2. Stage: Gong Yoo - Born Gong JiCheol Management SOOP 3. Stage: Son YeJin - Born Son EonJin Son YeJin's Instagram 4. Stage: Yoo Teo - Born Kim ChiHun GQ Korea's Instagram 5. Stage Wi HaJun - Born Wi HyunYi MAPS 6. Stage: Song JiHyo - Born Cheon SeongIm, Current Legal Name: Cheon SooYeon katiacho's Instagram Dazed Korea 8. Stage: Sung Hoon - Born Bang InGyu Sung Hoon's Instagram 9. Stage: Oh Yeon Seo - Born Oh HaetNim Story J Company 10. Stage: RoWoon (SF9) - Born Kim SeokWoo FNC Entertainment 11. Stage: Hyun Bin - Born Kim TaePyung VAST Entertainment 12. Stage: Seo KangJoon - Born Lee SeungHwan Seo KangJoon's Instagram 13. Stage: Ha JiWon - Born Jeon HaeRim Harper's Bazaar 14. Stage: Kim WooBin - Born Kim HyunJoong MEN Noblesse 15. Stage: Shin MinA - Born Yang MinA Shin MinA's Instagram Which of these real names surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments section down below! 5 1 vote Rating

15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

It is a common practise in the idol industry for artists to use stage names. However, off-stage, they're often referred to with their real names. Similarly, in the film and television industry too, actors use stage names but they might not be as evident as they are in the case of idols.

To be more precise, the stage names of Korean actors sound like they could very well be their real names. So, why do they not just use their real names? While there may be many reasons for this, a common reason is advice from fortune tellers. Fortune-telling is an ancient art that is still popular today in South Korea. A large majority of Koreans consult fortune tellers before making major decisions in their life, and oftentimes, these fortune tellers even suggest their clients (both celebrities and non-celebrities) change their names to attract more success and luck.

At the same time, many artists also change their names to fit their image better. This may or may not have anything to do with fortune tellers but is usually suggested by their management companies or by the celebrities themselves.

Besides this, some celebrities also change their names to avoid confusion with other celebrities or if their own name is too difficult to pronounce or remember. Additionally, they might also choose to use a stage name to protect their privacy and their families. However, it is not unlikely for celebrities to choose their stage names on a whim or have their own unique reasoning behind it.

Now, another important thing to note here is that many celebrities who use stage names do not change their legal names, but there are many cases where they change their legal names to their stage names. There are also some celebrities who have a stage name that is different from their legal name, which is also different from the name they were given at birth.

With that said, here are 15 highly successful Korean actors and actresses who use stage names rather than their real names in their careers!

Note: This list is not a ranking and is not exhaustive.

1. Stage: Park SeoJun - Born Park YongKyu

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

Park SeoJun's Instagram

2. Stage: Gong Yoo - Born Gong JiCheol

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

Management SOOP

3. Stage: Son YeJin - Born Son EonJin

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

Son YeJin's Instagram

4. Stage: Yoo Teo - Born Kim ChiHun

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

GQ Korea's Instagram

5. Stage Wi HaJun - Born Wi HyunYi

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

MAPS

6. Stage: Song JiHyo - Born Cheon SeongIm, Current Legal Name: Cheon SooYeon

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

katiacho's Instagram

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

Dazed Korea

8. Stage: Sung Hoon - Born Bang InGyu

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

Sung Hoon's Instagram

9. Stage: Oh Yeon Seo - Born Oh HaetNim

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

Story J Company

10. Stage: RoWoon (SF9) - Born Kim SeokWoo

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

FNC Entertainment

11. Stage: Hyun Bin - Born Kim TaePyung

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

VAST Entertainment

12. Stage: Seo KangJoon - Born Lee SeungHwan

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

Seo KangJoon's Instagram

13. Stage: Ha JiWon - Born Jeon HaeRim

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

Harper's Bazaar

14. Stage: Kim WooBin - Born Kim HyunJoong

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

MEN Noblesse

15. Stage: Shin MinA - Born Yang MinA

 15 Top Korean Actors/Actresses Who Use Stage Names

Shin MinA's Instagram

Which of these real names surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments section down below!

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