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The best of hallyu in 2 decades

Survey reveals top 5 acts in K-pop, drama and other fields of Korean Wave

Psy, Big Bang and TVXQ are among the five acts that best represent K-pop, according to a recent survey on the nation’s best hallyu content of all time. 

According to the Korea Creative Content Agency, which released the poll Tuesday, the remaining two in the top five K-pop acts are Girls’ Generation and BoA; while the list for most popular Korean TV dramas and shows to-date are: “Jewel in the Palace,” “Winter Sonata,” “My Love from the Star,” “Autumn in My Heart” and reality TV show “Running Man.”

Categorizing hallyu content under seven genres -- TV shows, games, comic books, webtoons, animation characters, music artists and live stage productions -- the survey included the opinions of 10 cultural figures including professors, writers and media professionals as well as 1,000 members of the general public.

Scene from 2003‘s hit MBC TV drama “Jewel in the Palace” (MBC)
Scene from 2003‘s hit MBC TV drama “Jewel in the Palace” (MBC)
The most popular live stage shows were found to be Song Seung-hwan’s record-breaking nonverbal live show “Nanta,” “The Last Empress,” “Jump,” “Gwanghwamun Love Song” and “Ballerina who Loved a B-boy.”

Pororo, Pucca, Larva, Robocar Poli and the 1983 character Dooly the Little Dinosaur were the top picks in the animation category, while comic books “Yeol Hyul Gang Ho,” “Full House,” “Palace,” “A Daunting Team” and “Priest” were named the top five for that category.

The most influential online games include “Lineage,” “Crossfire,” “Dungeon and Fighter,” “Maple Story” and “Modoo Marble.”

Rounding off the list, the most popular webtoons were listed as “Noblesse,” “Sound of Heart,” “Misaeng,” “Shin Gwa Hamkke” and “Hello Schoolgirl.”

“To all those who helped spread the contents of hallyu over the past two decades, I thank you for your hard work,” said Song Sung-gak, director of the state-run KOCCA in a press statement Tuesday.

“In the future we will work hard and support our local content for its continued development in the global market,” he added.

KOCCA will hold a public forum to discuss the results of its hallyu survey Friday at its K-culture forum being held at Coex in Gangnam-gu, southern Seoul.

By Julie Jackson (