You would not believe how many talented Kpop idols were born in the year 1997! The year of Tell Me, Dance with DOC, and Good-Bye Yesterday is also the birth year of many. When we say many, we mean many talented K-pop idols. What would be your reaction if you found out that a Kpop idol or, even better, your bias was born in the same year as you? From what we have encountered, you would either be super excited and thank God that you were born in the same year as your idol. Or you would stare at the wall as you think how much a K-pop idol is earning vs. you and regret being lazy and laying on your bed the whole day.
Now, so that you do not have to open Kpop’s history book and search for idols born in 1997, we have read your mind and prepared a whole list of the most popular K-pop idols born in the year. Before you check it out, we need to give you a talent alert because this year had talent in the air. Let us start with the eldest, shall we!
1. Donghyuk from iKON
Born on 3rd January in 1997, the main dancer of IKON, Donghyuk’s talents know no bounds. Not only does he have amazing vocals and dances well, but Dongkyuk was also a top student during his school days. Before being scouted by YG Entertainment, Donghyuk had already proven his talent by winning the JYP Trainee Search competition in March of 2012. So just at the age of 15, Donghyuk became a trainee sought by the two most popular Kpop agencies. Fans cannot wait to see what talents will a 25-year-old Donghyuk have to show.
2. Yoohyeon from Dreamcatcher
The South Korean singer, Yoohyeon or Kim Yoo Hyeon of Dreamcatcher, was born on 7th January 1997. Additionally, Yoohyeon was born in the Incheon region of South Korea. Before becoming a part of Dreamcatcher, Yoohyeon was a member of the popular girl group MINX. Yoohyeon is amazing at playing the guitar and also beatboxing. Moreover, she is fluent in the English language and is also learning Mandarin as well as German. Make sure you don’t forget to wish Yoohyeon on her birthday.
3. Miyeon from G-Idle
Another cutie that was born in 1997 is Cho Mi-Yeon. Furthermore, Miyeon was born on 31st January 1997. This dimpled beauty is the main vocalist of the popular Kpop Girl Group G-Idle. Apart from being an amazing vocalist, Miyeon is also making a name for herself in the acting industry. She is best known for her role in Replay: The Moment When It Starts Again. Miyeon also hosted the popular dating variety show ‘Love Catcher In Seoul’ in 2021. We cant wait to see what more Miyeon has in store for her fans this year.
4. Jihyo from TWICE
The beautiful vocalist of the mega-popular girl group Twice was also born in 1997. Jihyo, whose real name is Park Ji-Hyo, was born on 1st February in Gyeonggi Province of South Korea. Just at the mere age of eight, Jihyo joined JYP Entertainment. With how talented she is and how flawless her vocals are, it comes as no shock that Jihyo has trained for ten years before finally debuting as a member TWICE in 2015.
5. Rosé from Blackpink
Blackpink’s lead vocalist, Rosé, is a well-known singer and an amazing dancer. Additionally, Roseanne Park was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 11th February 1997. Her family later moved to Australia, where she auditioned for YG Entertainment in 2012 when she was just fifteen years old. She passed the auditions and became a member of what would become one of the most popular K-pop girl groups, Blackpink. Moreover, she later made her solo debut with the album ‘R,’ which became the highest-selling album in a week by a female solo artist.
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6. Jaehyun from NCT
The handsome vocalist of NCT, Jaehyun, was born on the day of love which is 14th February 1997. Additionally, Jaehyun is an all-rounder as he can rap, dance, sing and is also the visual of his group. He was born in Seoul, but he lived in America during his childhood years, making him fluent in English. More importantly, Jaehyun is a part of the famous 1997 liner group, which you will get to know more about as we move further down the list.
7. DK from Seventeen
Lee Seokmin, more popularly known for his stage name, DK, was born on 18th February 1997. He is the main vocalist of the popular Kpop Boy Group, Seventeen, and also the leader of the sub-unit, BOOSEOKSOON. Additionally, DK belongs to the Gyeonggi-do region of South Korea. He did not plan on becoming an idol from the start, but when Pledis Entertainment contacted him after he casually gave an audition, he decided to take the opportunity and is now one of the best vocalists in all of Kpop.
8. Taeyang From SF9
Yoon Tae Yang, better known by his stage name Taeyang was born on 28th February 1997. Additionally, Taeyang was born in the metropolitan city of Seoul in South Korea. Taeyang is known for his deep voice, which makes the lyric of any song seem ten times more emotional. Before becoming a member of SF9, Taeyang had participated in the ‘Star Empire Audition’ in 2013. He is the main dancer and sub-vocalist in SF9. Being the main dancer must be a tough job because Taeyang is known for having a huge appetite. He has played small roles in kdramas such as Click Your Heart and Was It Love, and fans cannot wait to see him play the main role in 2022.
9. Dami from Dreamcatcher
Lee Yu Bin, who is mainly known by her stage persona, Dami, was born on 7th March 1997. Additionally, Dami is the main rapper of Dreamcatcher. She was born in Seoul and is known for her love of animals and manga. Given her friendly personality, Dami is a member of the female 97 liners friend’s group, which includes fellow female Kpop idols that share the same birth year.
10. Mina From TWICE
The beautiful member of TWICE who vowed us with her amazing dance skills and vocals was born on 24th March in 1997. Additionally, Mina’s real name is Myoui Mina Sharon, and she was born in America and then moved to Japan, where her parents were born. However, Mina recently gave up her American citizenship. It seems like becoming an idol was a part of Mina’s fate because she was scouted when she was casually shopping with her mother. She joined JYP Entertainment in 2014 and then debuted as a member of TWICE in late 2015. Make sure you don’t forget to wish TWICE’s penguin this year!
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11. Lisa From Blackpink
Yet another record-breaking female solo artist was born in 1997. Lisa Monobal known popularly as Lisa was born on 27th March in 1997. From being an amazing rapper to being one of the best female dancers in the Kpop industry, Lisa is truly an ace. At the age of thirteen, Lisa was the only individual among the 4000 other participants to pass the YG Entertainment auditions. She debuted as a member of Blackpink in 2016. Lisa made her solo debut with Lalisa in the September of 2021, which became the most commercially successful solo debut by a female Kpop artist. Her album sold 736,000 copies in a week, breaking the record of the highest-selling album in a week, which was previously held by her bandmate Rose.
12. Cha Eunwoo From ASTRO
1997 was really a blessed year because even the face genius, Cha Eun Woo, was born on 30th March in this year. Additionally, Cha Eunwoo is from the Gyeonggi province of South Korea. He is a vocalist and, unsurprisingly, the face of his group, ASTRO. Apart from being an amazing idol, Cha Eun Woo is also a great actor. He is known for his roles in True Beauty, My ID Is Gangnam Beauty, and Rookie Historian: Goo Hye Ryeong. Furthermore, Cha Eun Woo is super smart with an IQ of 142. If you want to find out about other Kpop idols who have insanely high IQs, then click here. Cha Eun Woo is another popular member of the 97 liners friend group.
13. Junhoe From iKON
Koo Jun Hoe, more popularly known by his stage name Ju-ne was born on 31st March in 1997. From his childhood days, Junhoe was shining in the spotlight. He played ’13-year-old Michael Jackson’ in 2009 on SBS’s Star King and later also appeared on the K-pop Star. He joined YG Entertainment in 2012 and made his debut as a member of iKON in 2015. He is the main vocalist and is also known for his flexibility.
14. Mingyu From SEVENTEEN
The fierce lead rapper with a handsome face that has us all in awe, Kim Mingyu, of the mega-popular Kpop Boy Group, was born on 6th April in 1997. Furthermore, he was born in Gyeonggi-do from South Korea. Mingyu was scouted by Pledis Entertainment when he was just in middle school. Because of his quirky personality, Mingyu has earned himself the nickname ‘Housewife Mingyu’. He is also a part of the 97 liners friend group that consists of all the popular idols who were born in 1997.
15. Kim Woojin
Former Stray Kids member Kim Woojin was born on 8th April 1997. Additionally, Kim Woojin was born in the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea. He was a part of the JYP Entertainment Kpop boy group, Stray Kids until an unnecessary and fake scandal led to his departure from the agency as well as the group. He joined 10x Entertainment and launched his solo career. He released his debut mini-album, The Moment: A Minor, which was warmly welcomed by his fans.
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Koonpimook Bhuwakul, who is popularly known by his stage name BamBam was born on 2nd May 1997. More importantly, Bambam is the source of energy that binds all the 97 liners. He is known to be a social butterfly. Furthermore, Bambam was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Similar to his friend Lisa, Bambam too passed the tough JYP World Tour Audition when he was just thirteen years old. He debuted as a member of GOT7 in 2014. As of now, GOT7 has left JYP Entertainment but continues to remain a group, and BamBam is focusing on his solo career. He made his solo debut with an Extended Play titled ‘Ribbon’. He then released ‘Who Are You’ with Seulgi from Red Velvet and gave fans the duo they never knew they needed. On 18th January 2022, Bambam released another chart-topping EP titled B. Fans cannot wait to see what Bambam has in store for fans this year.
17. Jungkook From BTS
The golden maknae of the BTS, Jeon Jungkook, was born on 1st September 1997. Additionally, Jungkook was born in Busan. He auditioned for Superstar K and received offers from seven different entertainment companies when he was just fourteen years old. Tales of how insanely talented Jungkook is at everything he does are no secret. You can read more about it here.
Fun fact: Jungkook’s mother had two dreams before Jungkook was born. One of them was about a rainfall where everything that the raindrops would touch will turn into gold. And the other was of seven little piglets feeding on their mother’s milk who Jimin hilariously interpreted as the seven little pigs being the BTS members and Bang PD as the pig. Fans only wish more success for this cute golden maknae!
18. Bang Chan From Stray Kids
The leader of Stray Kids, Bang Chan, was born on 3rd October 1997. Additionally, his birthplace is Seoul, but he moved to Sydney at an early age. He produces, writes, and composes songs for the band. Moreover, fans love him for his woke personality and cannot go a day without watching his ‘Bang Chan’s Room’.
19. Minnie from G-Idle
Nicha Yontararak, who is better known by her stage name, Minnie, was born on 23rd October 1997. Additionally, Minnie was born in Bangkok, Thailand, into a musical family. Minnie’s uncle, aunt, and mother played the piano. And Minnie herself started playing the piano and taking vocal lessons when she was just five years old. With her mother’s encouragement, Minnie auditioned in the Cube Star World Audition being held in Thailand in 2015 and debuted as a member of G-Idle in 2018. Minnie is known for her amazing vocals. In 2021, Minnie proved her acting skills with the South Korean Netflix sitcom So Not Worth It. Fans cannot wait to hear an entire album in Minnie’s heavenly voice.
Kim Yugyeom is an all-rounder and the ace of the Kpop group, GOT7. Additionally, Yugyeom was born in Seoul on 17th November 1997. After a video of his dance performance was uploaded on social media by his brother and caught the attention of JYP dance instructor, Yugyeom became a trainee at the agency in 2011.
He later debuted as a member of GOT7 in 2014. He is also the best friend of fellow 97 liners and all-rounder Jeon Jungkook.
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