[Guest Post] 4 Male Kpop Idols 5’6 (171cm) or Shorter – Seoulistic

[Guest Post] 4 Male Kpop Idols 5’6 (171cm) or Shorter

[Guest post written by Syakirah A Malik, Founder, Editor & Writer of soKoreal.com]

When it comes to KPOP, one can never run away from the infamous topic of ‘Shoe Lifts.’ Korean idols are known for putting in shoe lifts to increase their height to make them appear taller and more presentable on screen and in real life as well. This is especially a sensitive issue for male idols who sadly did not make the cut of standing at the average height of 173cm and above. Here’s a list of Korean male idols who sadly did not make the cut for the average height of Korean men.



BEAST – Lee GiKwang

Known as the dancer in boy group BEAST, Lee GiKwang stands at exactly 170cm making him the shortest among the other members in BEAST. The idol has also expressed his uneasiness and sadness whenever his height issue is mentioned. Well, he might be the shortest member in the group, but GiKwang has his chiseled body that has driven lots of fan girls crazy to make up for the lack of height. GiKwang has also scored numerous acting gigs in the past years and has also been active in various variety and talk shows such as “Oh My School” and “Win Win.”


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Taeyang’s height has been a hot topic among netizens, and it seems that this issue will press on for a while. There has been many photos of Taeyang surfacing on the net standing next to female stars whose heights belong in the 160cm and above category. Although his height has caused a debate among netizens, it seems that the public is finally settling on the fact that Taeyang is indeed standing at around 170cm. Although he isn’t the tallest member in BIG BANG, his dancing skills and sweet personality has definitely earned him praises.


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TEEN TOP’s rapper L Joe has been garnering headlines for his ability to play the piano and violin, speak in English and his improving rapping skills. Sadly, one of the hot topics being discussed about him is also his height in which he stands at 171cm. His small physique does make him look a little shorter than his real height. But nevertheless, the rapper has managed to capture the hearts of many with his handsome face and sexy smirks, which he constantly portrays during performances. Hey, even 4minute’s member Sohyun has expressed her feelings towards him!

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Jay Park

Soloist Jay Park who has been touring around to promote his latest album, ‘New Breed,’ and been keeping himself busy with regular visits to the recording studio and gym, has recently announced that he stands at exactly 170cm. Although he admitted that his major complex is his height along with his pointy ears, the singer shows no signs of letting his height issues get to him. He sure knows how to get to the hearts of the many fangirls with his precise and slick dance moves. Not forgetting, his super toned abs and sexy tattoos plastered on his body give him that extra oomph that takes away the attention from his height.

So here we have it! Our picks for male Korean idols who fall below the average height for Korean men. Though they might be at a slight disadvantage in this area, we couldn’t help but agree that there are definitely more than just height with these talented stars.

Do you have other idols in mind that you would like to share with us? Drop your comments below!

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. Koko_Krunchie says:

    Lewl xD Should include Block B’s TaeIl here. He’s shorter than those mentioned above xD But he’s still my no. 1 bias in Block B -w-

  2. Samantha says:

    lol I know Nam Woohyun from Infinite always wears the shoe lifts XDD its a joke between the members and the fans now

  3. o says:

    I am 171cm/5’7″ and getting shorter the older i get it seems *grin*
    yes..the younger people are, the taller they seem to be getting. also fine.
    I read somewhere that G Dragon is 5’8″ (feet and inches) also not tall.
    *shrug* height is really a “non event”

  4. Luna K says:

    Hm.. I’ve been told by people who live(d) in Korea that the average height is actually nearer to 5’10 than 5’8..

  5. bobcat says:

    Just want to clarify 171cm is 5’7.25 and not 5’6

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