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Year Of The Monkey K-Pop Stars To Keep An Eye On In 2016

By Tamar Herman | January 09, 2016 08:20 PM EST

It's 2016, and the Year of the Monkey based on the traditional Chinese zodiac. Which means that it's a very special year for all of the K-pop idols who were born in 1992 or 1993, but still in the same lunar year.

With so many early 20-something's in K-pop, there's a whole bevy of idols who will turn 26 (24 internationally) this year.

EXID's Hani already has a lot of attention on her, thanks to EXID's success. The year kicked off with a bang for Hani, after Dispatch revealed that she is currently in a relationship with JYJ's Xia Junsu.

EXO has four members who were born in 1992-3: D.O (Do Kyungsoo), Byun Baekhyun, Park Chanyeol, and Chen (Kim Jongdae). EXO had a great year in 2015, and broke numerous records. So far, 2016 has seen D.O and Chanyeol exploring careers as actors, while Baekhyun topped chart with his song "Dream," a collaboration with miss A's Suzy,

HyunA of 4Minute, who are set to make a comeback later this month, was also born in 1992.

INFINITE's L (Kim Myungsoo), who is currently touring North America with the rest of his group, also was born in 1992.

Block B has three members who are Monkeys: Kyung, U-Kwon, and Zico were all born in 1992.

1992 was the birth year of numerous popular idols.

f(x)'s Amber, Teen Top's C.A.P, ZE:A's Dongjun, Wonder Girls' Hyerim, BTOB's Hyunsik, BTS's Jin, VIXX's Ken, After School/Orange Caramel's Lizzy, FTISLAND's Minhwan and Seunghyun, B1A4's Sandeul and Baro, WINNER's Seunghoon, SISTAR's Soyou, and Girl's Day's Yura were also all born in the Year of the Monkey in 1992.

Other Year of the Monkey idols include stars born in 1980, 1968, 1956, and 1944. Several members of iconic idol groups like H.O.T (Lee Jae Won), Sechs Kies (Jang Soo Won, Kang Sung Hoon, Go Ji Yong), g.o.d (Son Ho Young), Shinhwa (Jun Jin), Fin.K.L (Ok Joo Hyun, Lee Jin), and Epik High's Tablo were also born in the Year of the Monkey.

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Tamar Herman is a multi-media journalist and the co-founder of KultScene. She is a freelance writer and copy editor, and has written for MTV Iggy, Noisey, and Paste Magazine. 

Tagged :  year of the monkey, exid hani, FTISLAND

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