There’s an ongoing project called WikiProject Korea, which is dedicated to collecting data and organizing all Wikipedia pages related to Korea. By looking at which pages on Korean entertainment have accumulated the most views over a period of time, we can get a pretty good idea about which people and topics are trending the highest over that time period!
These were the 10 most-viewed Wikipedia pages related to Korean entertainment through the month of October.
10. Hwang Dong Hyuk
Hwang Dong Hyuk is a South Korean screenwriter and film director, and is the director behind Squid Game, along with several other short films! With the Squid Game craze still going strong in October, it’s no surprise he was one of the top-viewed topics of the month. The Wikipedia page for Hwang Dong Hyuk accumulated 616,800 views in the month of October, averaging 19,896 views a day.
This list wouldn’t be complete without BTS, who are, of course, the most well-known K-Pop group in the world right now. Though they aren’t currently promoting new music, it isn’t surprising that they still made it onto this list! The Wikipedia page for BTS accumulated 656,100 views in the month of October, averaging 21,164 views a day.
8. Gong Yoo
Gong Yoo was already a very well-known Korean actor, starring in the zombie movie Train To Busan and K-Dramas such as Coffee Prince and Guardian: The Great and Lonely God. Starting a couple of months ago, however, he really picked up more popularity for his cameo in the Squid Game series! In fact, he rose from #10 on the WikiProject list to #8 this month. The Wikipedia page for Gong Yoo accumulated 668,432 views in the month of October, averaging 21,562 views a day.
7. Kim Seon Ho
Kim Seon Ho’s acting career began with theater work from 2009-2016 before he made his debut in film acting in 2017 in the office drama Good Manager. His popularity began to grow in 2020 with his participation in the series Start-Up, and most recently it has shot up even further with his leading role in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha! The Wikipedia page for Kim Seon Ho accumulated 689,309 views in the month of October, averaging 22,235 views a day.
6. Park Hae Soo
Park Hae Soo has appared in K-Dramas as far back as the 2012 series God of War, and in 2017 his role in the drama series Prison Playbook earned him the Best New Actor award at that year’s Seoul Awards. His recent success, however, is due to his main role in the drama Squid Game as the character Cho Sang Woo! The Wikipedia page for Park Hae Soo accumulated 810,516 views in the month of October, averaging 26,145 views a day.
5. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
The K-Drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is one of the most popular series that recently aired, ranking first place during its entire eight-week run from August 28 until October 17. It has also become one of the highest-rating series in cable television history, and the tenth episode achieved an 11.397% viewership rating (which is over 2.9 million views)! The Wikipedia page for Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha accumulated 811,936 views in the month of October, averaging 26,191 views a day.
4. My Name
My Name is another recent drama that has really caught people’s interest, with a plot revolving around a woman who joins a gang, and then the police force, to get revenge for her father’s death. It came out on Netflix on October 15, and three of the eight episodes were also screened at the 26th Busan International Film Festival. The Wikipedia page for My Name accumulated 824,426 views in the month of October, averaging 26,594 views a day.
3. Lee Jung Jae
Lee Jung Jae has been in the acting industry for a long time, starting with a role in the 1993 drama Dinosaur Teacher. He quickly became a star and got mainly lead roles after that, and while his popularity fluctuated over the years, his recent role as the main character Seong Gi-Hun in Squid Game has shot him into worldwide stardom! The Wikipedia page for Lee Jung Jae accumulated 1,512,764 views in the month of October, averaging 48,798 views a day.
2. HoYeon Jung
HoYeon Jung is a model and an actress, and made her debut as a model back in 2010 and even participated on Korea’s Next Top Model in 2013, where she was the runner-up. What has really gotten her name into the public, however, was her role as Kang Sae Byeok in Squid Game, which brought her massive popularity quickly. The Wikipedia page for HoYeon Jung accumulated 2,324,519 views in the month of October, averaging 74,984 views a day.
1. Squid Game
And of course, coming in at the top of the list once again for October, is the massively successful Netflix drama, Squid Game. Though it’s popularity has been slowly dying down, it’s still clearly something people are interested in! the number of views that its Wikipedia page had in October is over 6 times as many as that of the #2 topic! The Wikipedia page for Squid Game accumulated 14,284,820 views in the month of October, averaging 460,800 views a day.