The latest ranking of the top five most popular Korean celebrities in China has been revealed in the latest HI★CHINA Ranking, compiled by Star Hankook, the sister publication of the Korea Times.

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At No 1 is Jungkook of K-pop boy band BTS, who has topped the list five weeks in a row.

Other members of BTS, V and Jimin, were ranked No 2 and No 3, respectively.

Sehun, a member of K-pop boy group EXO, was No 4, followed in fifth place by actor Kim Soo-hyun, who has been doing his mandatory military service since October 2017.

The HI★CHINA Ranking poll uses three sources to measure the popularity of Korean stars.

The first is the “fan universe” ranking from Chinese messaging service Weibo, which sums up a celebrity’s activity index and number of followers.

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A weekly chart from Baidu, the most popular search engine in China, is the second standard, followed by the Korean-Japanese chart from the Chinese voting site “123 fans”.

Each is differently weighted according to the way of voting and method of calculation.

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This article was written by Dong Sun-hwa for The Korea Times.