The ongoing WikiProject Korea is a project on Wikipedia that keeps track of views and other data for pages that relate to Korea and Korean entertainment. Every month, they create a list of the most-viewed pages for that month, and it’s a good way to see what topics are trending at any point in time. These were the 15 most-viewed Korean entertainment Wikipedia pages from January!
Even though BLACKPINK hasn’t released music in well over a year now, the fact that they still made it onto this list shows the power that they have in the K-Pop industry! The ranking of their Wikipedia page is likely to rise later this year, if they do have the comeback that has been hinted at.
In January, their article received 241.7k total views (averaging about 7.8k views per day).
14. Ghost Doctor
Ghost Doctor is an ongoing K-Drama that began on January 3, 2022, and has a star-studded cast including Rain, Kim Bum, Uee and Son Na Eun. The series “revolves around two doctors from extreme backgrounds, who are complete opposites, with opposite personalities and medical skills”.
In January, this article received 248.5k total views (averaging about 8.0k views per day).
13. Jung Hae In
Jung Hae In made his TV debut back in 2014 for the series Bride of the Century, and gained recognition for his supporting roles in While You Were Sleeping and Prison Playbook. His leap onto this list is likely due to his lead role in the ongoing K-Drama Snowdrop, which also features BLACKPINK’s Jisoo!
In January, his article received 273.6k total views (averaging about 8.8k views per day).
12. V (BTS)
Though, like BLACKPINK, BTS and their members have been relatively quiet in terms of music releases for the last several months, V’s popularity shows in his appearance on this list! He’s the only individual member of the group to have his Wikipedia page rank this high in January.
In January, his article received 280.1k total views (averaging about 9.0k views per day).
11. Park Shin Hye
Park Shin Hye hasn’t been in any new media since she had a lead role in the 2021 K-Drama Sisyphus: The Myth. However, it’s what has been going on in her personal life that likely had so many people looking her up recently! In November 2021, it was announced that she is pregnant and preparing to marry long-term partner Choi Tae Joon, and on January 22, they held their wedding ceremony.
In January, her article received 293.3k total views (averaging about 9.5k views per day).
10. The Red Sleeve
The Red Sleeve is a recently-released K-Drama that ran from November 12, 2021 until January 1, 2022. The synopsis for the show describes it as, “based on a novel of the same name, it tells the record of a royal court romance between the King of Joseon who believes his duty is to his country first above love, and a court lady who wants to protect the life she has chosen”. At the 2021 MBC Drama Awards, it took home all 8 awards that it was nominated for!
In January, this article received 301.4k total views (averaging about 9.7k views per day).
9. Choi Woo Shik
Choi Woo Shik is a Korean-Canadian actor who first began his career in 2011 in the period K-Drama The Duo. He has recently gained attention for his lead role in the popular series Our Beloved Summer, which likely is what landed him on this list! He also appeared in the 2021 film The Policeman’s Lineage, and is also going to be in the upcoming sci-fi movie Wonderland.
In January, his article received 327.2k total views (averaging about 10.6k views per day).
8. Ma Dong Seok
While Ma Dong Seok’s career began all the way back in 2005 with a role in the film Heaven’s Soldiers, it was his participation in the zombie thriller Train To Busan that really made his popularity skyrocket. More recently, he appeared in the American superhero movie Eternals as the character Gilgamesh, and has said that he “pursued the role in order to be an inspiration to the younger generation as the first Korean superhero, and was able to utilize his boxing training for the role”.
In January, his article received 372.7k total views (averaging about 12.0k views per day).
7. Our Beloved Summer
Our Beloved Summer is a recently-finished K-Drama that ran from December 6, 2021 until January 22, 2022, and is available to stream on Netflix. The series is “A coming-of-age romantic comedy that revolves around Choi Ung and Kook Yeon-soo, ex-lovers who broke up with a promise to never meet again. As luck would have it, the documentary they filmed ten years ago in high school went viral and they are forced to face the cameras together again by their producer friend.”
In January, this article received 441.0k total views (averaging about 14.2k views per day).
6. The Silent Sea
Yet another K-Drama that seems to have recently gone fairly viral, The Silent Sea premiered on Netflix on December 24, 2021, and is an adaptation on the 2014 short film The Sea of Tranquility. The plot for the show is as follows: “Set in the dystopian near future, when the planet suffers from a lack of water and food caused by desertification, Han Yun-Jae is a soldier for the space agency. He is selected for a team, including Song Ji-An, to travel to the moon. Their mission is to retrieve a mysterious sample from an abandoned research station”.
In January, this article received 455.2k total views (averaging about 14.7k views per day).
5. Kim Mi Soo
While Kim Mi Soo had earned newfound interest from K-Drama watchers for her role in Snowdrop, she sadly didn’t get to enjoy it as she was announced to have passed away on January 5, 2022. Her cause of death is still unknown, and her agency has asked people to refrain from spreading rumors for the sake of her grieving family.
In January, her article received 516.4k total views (averaging about 16.7k views per day).
4. Squid Game
Though Squid Game‘s quick rise to great popularity and success has declined over the last couple of months, the fact that it still made it to the fourth place on this list shows that people’s interest in it is still ongoing! The show became available on Netflix on September 17, 2021, and still holds the title now for being the most-watched series on the streaming platform.
In January, this article received 563.9k total views (averaging about 18.2k views per day).
Given that BTS’s popularity only seems to grow each day, it shouldn’t be a surprise they ranked at #3 on this list! Fans are eager to hear new music from them, especially since they seem to be hinting at a new era to be released this year.
In January, their article received 679.0k total views (averaging about 21.9k views per day).
2. All of Us Are Dead
All of Us Are Dead is a zombie apocalypse series that was released on Netflix on January 28, 2022. It has quickly caught the interest of K-Drama viewers and non-viewers alike, and has been praised for its unique storyline despite the common genre of the film! The plot is as follows: “After a science experiment gone wrong, a local school is overrun with zombies, and the trapped students struggle to survive. With no food and water, and communication cut-off by the government, they must use equipment around the school to protect themselves in the midst of a battleground or they will become part of the infected.”
In January, this article received 890.0k total views (averaging about 28.7k views per day).
And finally, the K-Drama Snowdrop found its Wikipedia page at the top of the most-viewed list for January. Though a large part of the show’s popularity is due to BLACKPINK’s Jisoo starring in it, the series has also found itself in quite a bit of controversy due to claims of historical negationism.
In January, this article received 1.06 million total views (averaging about 34.3k views per day).