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Are Idols Looked Down On In Korea?

Jason Park
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No, idols aren’t looked down on. In fact, they are often looked up to by the younger generation. The younger generation often wants to be like idols themselves and respect them a lot. However, if you look at the people in the TV scene for many years, yes, they look down on some idols.

It’s been known that many idols are very popular in Korea. They are not looked down on because of the fan base. However, if you look at some people that have been on the TV for many years, they might look down on idols, but since it’s not scientifically proven, we’ll never know.

If you ever visit Korea and see some idols walking around, that’s possible since they are also normal people. Just be genuine and don’t ask for pictures or other stuff since they are already very busy. There are thousands of fans following them, trying to get a picture.

Kpop Idols are often very tall and have a lot of confidence. The company makes sure they don’t show any insecurities because the idols have a strong image that keeps them looking protected and authentic.

Are Idols Respected In Korea?

Yes, most idols are respected in Korea. However, it would be best if you looked at it from a different perspective. Some people respect idols because of their work ethic and the training they go through for many years. However, some people also look at them as a product and do look down on idols.

As you can see, it’s very different, so there’s no clear answer, but idols are often respected and treated normally. If you worry about your favorite idol not being respected, you don’t have to worry at all since they have the other member to rely on.

Are Kpop Idols Allowed To Date?

No, Kpop idols aren’t allowed to date. Most idols that debut aren’t allowed to date or interact with other idols unless there’s no other option. However, companies like JYP allow their idols to date after.

JYP Entertainment has a 3-year dating ban for idols that debut. This means after three years of the debut, they are allowed to date. Their approach is very different than most other companies, but I like this one.

It gives the idols some free space to think about when the ban is over. Other companies make the idols sign a 5-year contract where they can’t date.

Are Kpop Idols Allowed To Date

What About Dating Fans or Foreigners?

Yes, idols are allowed to date foreigners; however, most often, they won’t. The reason is that they know foreigners are their fans, and dating fans is something they don’t want to. It is allowed for them to date fans but dating a fan isn’t a good idea.

Fans are often obsessed with you and don’t want to get to know you. It might sound a bit harsh, but fans will probably never date their favorite idol. It’s a dream the idol creates, but that’s the truth.

If you’ve ever seen an idol dating a fan or foreigner, you’ve probably witnessed a very rare sight. As you may know, there are almost no idols dating foreigners, and there’s no official reason why they don’t. IT’s probably just personal preference.

Where Do Kpop Idols Live?

Idols usually live in their dorms at the beginning of their debut stage. However, after earning enough, they can move out, but they normally don’t. Living in a shared dorm with the other members is way more affordable than renting an apartment themselves.

The place where most of the Kpop idols live is the Gangnam District, and it’s an upper-class neighborhood that’s known as more expensive than others.

Most idols live here that are already pretty popular and have money saved up. You rarely see freshly debuted idols live there because it’s very expensive.

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Where Do Kpop Idols Live

Why Are Idols Not Allowed To Take Pictures With Fans?

Idols aren’t allowed to take pictures with fans because they often have a very strict schedule. Of course, the idol also wants to take pictures with their fans, but they have managers. They can’t take pictures with every fan they see because the schedule is often packed with performances and events.

It’s not like they don’t want to take pictures with the fans, but if you consider how long it would take to take pictures with every fan they have, it could last hours. This would make their schedule messed up, and they may even get fined for being too late.

Why Are Idols Not Allowed To Take Pictures With Fans

How Long Will Kpop Last?

Kpop will probably last up to 15 years, and the genre will slowly die down. The same goes for any music genre. In the last two years, Kpop has been extremely popular and continues to grow; however, we think it will last around 5 to 10 more years and slowly die down.

Korea has also become more popular, it’s a very popular country to visit for foreigners, and it has been like this for many years. However, the Kpop industry adds a lot more to it, which keeps the foreigners coming back.


Now that you’ve come to the end of this article, I hope you’ve found the information you were looking for. As you might know now, idols aren’t looked down on by the younger generation. They might be looked down on when they firstly debut and are fresh off the boat.

Generally speaking, idols aren’t looked down on because they have a company behind them. They will back them up in case anything happens, and the idols know this. Normally they sign a 5+ year contract to secure a steady and safe idol life.

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    Jason Park

    Jason has been living in Seoul for over 4 years, and during that time, he has experienced many of the city's hidden stores. He loves to write about his experiences and share them with others. Jason has been quoted and referenced by different major media companies like Mashed, Distractify, ThePrint and TastingTable. In his free time, he likes to watch Korean dramas and learn more about Korean culture.

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