Top 9 Male Archetypes That’s Famous Among Korean Netizens!
In this article we will share to you top 8 Korean male archetypes that is famous in South Korea among netizen. Let’s see if one of these male archetypes is your style. Let’s dive right to it.
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Meaning: The cutest face
Ulzzang for the first time appeared in terminology in 2001 in South Korea. It is compound word of face ( Eolgul/얼굴) and “짱” which means the best. This word became famous on 2003 and was on the top among the buzzword search term ranking. Those who have a really cute face yet aren’t celebrities usually called “Yumyeong Eoljjang (유명 얼짱)” in the internet, which mean famous cute face net idol.
Meaning: picky and arrogant man
Chadonam (차도남) an abbreviation of “차가운 도시 남자 (Chagaundosi Namja / cool city man), it refers to a stylish men and women that seems cold yet warm and caring on the inside. Usually associated with wealthy people.
Lee Min-ho’s character in Boys Over Flowers as Gu Jun-pyo was voted as number 1 Chadonam in Korea, as his characters shows that he is a cold and hard to get along with, yet totally different, really warm and loving to his loved ones.
Other than Lee Min Ho, Park Seo Joon in What’s Wrong with secretary kim is also having this archetype, as he is cold and stylish yet always warm and caring to his loved ones.
Meaning: Tough city man
“까칠한 도시 남자 (Gga do nam / Tough city man) stands for.” “까칠 하다 (Gga chil ha da)” in dictionary is “haggard, rough”, refer to a rude and arrogant city man. Usually associated with a cool and stylish person yet really unapproachable.
Hyun Bin’s character in Secret Garden is great example for Kkadonam. He is rich, handsome, reserved, and always express his emotions in cool way.
Meaning: Man with healing appearance that makes your heart warm.
The Hun nam (훈남), came from the word of 훈훈한 (hunhunhan-warm) + 남자 (Namja-man) = 훈남. In the case of women, 훈훈한 (hunhunhan-warm) + 여자 (Yeoja-woman) = 훈녀 (Hun nyeo).
Hunnam (훈남) is a word that refers to a gentle and handsome man with warm personality, the better word to explain hun-nam is charming.
Park Ji-sung is a type of man who possesses the qualities of a Hun-nam.
Other than Park Ji Sung, Gong Yoo is also having the same quality, we love him more by just keep looking at him.
Meaning: Warm Countryside Man.
Tta-si-nam (따시남) the abbreviation of “따뜻한 시골 남자 (Dda ddut han si gol Namja / warm countryside of man). This word refer to someone who is not a city and stylish type of guy, but really warm and gentle.
Kim Seon-ho in Hometown Cha is the type of male who posses the qualities of ddasinam .
Meaning: Warm and friendly city man
“따도남”(tta-do-nam) in Korean is abbreviation of “따뜻한 도시 남자 (Dda duet han dosi namja / warm city man)”, refers to warm and gentle city man, open hearted, easy going, good company.
Park Jung Min from SS501 is great example of somene who have the quality of ddadonam.
Meaning: Manly / Man with great body.
‘Momzzang’ is the abbreviation of mom + zzang which means body and best or best body. This type refers to those who have a great body, 6 pack abs, ideal height and weight.
2PM member, Kim Jong Kook and Rain have this quality of momzzang
Meaning: Pretty man
Kkotminam (꽃미남) is short words for “kkotcheoreom aju yeppeun namja” (꽃처럼 아주 예쁜 남자) meaning “a beautiful man like a flower”.
The good example for this type of male is BTS V and park bo gum
Meaning: Beast idol with strong feeling and powerful on stage.
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The Jim sung dol (짐승), it is compound word of 짐승 (beast) + 돌 (아이돌 /idol). This refers to a male idol with a wild side. Usually male with this archetype tends to have a mysterious charm and sexy body.
The example of man that falls to this category would be Monsta X Shownu, Monsta X Wonho, Rain, BIGBANG’s TOP, and BEAST.
Korean Male Archetypes
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