The Most Famous

BADMINTON PLAYERS from South Korea

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This page contains a list of the greatest South Korean Badminton Players. The pantheon dataset contains 81 Badminton Players, 10 of which were born in South Korea. This makes South Korea the birth place of the 4th most number of Badminton Players behind Indonesia and Denmark.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary South Korean Badminton Players of all time. This list of famous South Korean Badminton Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of South Korean Badminton Players.

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1. Park Joo-bong (1964 - )

With an HPI of 52.13, Park Joo-bong is the most famous South Korean Badminton Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages on wikipedia.

Park Joo-bong (Hangul: 박주봉; Hanja: 朴柱奉; born 5 December 1964) is a former badminton player from South Korea who excelled from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s.

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2. Lee Yong-dae (1988 - )

With an HPI of 46.97, Lee Yong-dae is the 2nd most famous South Korean Badminton Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Lee Yong-dae (Hangul: 이용대; Hanja: 李龍大; Korean pronunciation: [i.joŋ.dɛ̝]; born 11 September 1988) is a professional badminton player from South Korea who had been successful in both men's and mixed doubles. He reached world number 1 ranking with 4 different partners, Jung Jae-sung, Ko Sung-hyun and Yoo Yeon-seong in men's doubles, and Lee Hyo-jung in mixed doubles. He won a total of 43 Superseries titles, 37 in the men's doubles, the most of any doubles player in one discipline, and 6 in mixed doubles. He was ranked world number 1 in men's doubles for 117 consecutive weeks with his last partner, Yoo Yeon-seong. After winning the 2016 Korean Superseries with Yoo, Lee announced his retirement from international badminton. He made a comeback to the international stage at the end of 2017, and started a new partnership with Kim Gi-jung in 2018.

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3. Jung Jae-sung (1982 - 2018)

With an HPI of 45.49, Jung Jae-sung is the 3rd most famous South Korean Badminton Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Jung Jae-sung (also spelled Chung Jae-sung; Hangul: 정재성; Hanja: 鄭在成; Korean pronunciation: [tɕʌŋ.dʑɛ̝.sʌŋ]; 25 August 1982 – 9 March 2018) was a South Korean professional badminton player. Jung was born on 25 August 1982 in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do. He started playing badminton at 7, at his local elementary school. He entered the South Korea national badminton team in 2001.

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4. Bang Soo-hyun (1972 - )

With an HPI of 44.88, Bang Soo-hyun is the 4th most famous South Korean Badminton Player.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Bang Soo-hyun (Hangul: 방수현; Hanja: 方銖賢; born 13 September 1972) is a former badminton player from South Korea who was one of the world's leading women's singles players of the 1990s. She was a contemporary and rival of Indonesia's Susi Susanti and China's Ye Zhaoying and recorded wins over both in major badminton tournaments. Noted for a style that combined impressive power and movement, she retired from competition after her victory in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, shortly before her 24th birthday. She was elected to the World Badminton Hall of Fame in 2019.

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5. Kim Dong-moon (1975 - )

With an HPI of 43.61, Kim Dong-moon is the 5th most famous South Korean Badminton Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Kim Dong-moon (Hangul: 김동문, Hanja: 金東文; born 22 September 1975) is a retired South Korean badminton player who won major titles between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s (decade), and widely regarded as one of finest men's doubles and mixed doubles players in badminton history. Kim captured the world attention when he unexpectedly winning the gold medal in the mixed doubles event with Gil Young-ah at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. On his path to greatness, he won gold medals both in men's and mixed doubles at the 1999 World Championships. Kim and Ra Kyung-min, partnered up to become one of the strongest mixed doubles pairings of that time. They did not drop a single match from April to November in 2003. They won 10 straight victorious tournaments - 9 consecutive Grand Prix events and one World Championship title. Their excellent results in 2003 earned Kim and Ra the Eddie Choong Player of the Year award. He captured this award previously by himself in 2002. Despite their domination, the golden couple crashed in the second round against the Danish partnership of Jonas Rasmussen and Rikke Olsen at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Kim however redeemed himself with a gold medal in men's doubles with Ha Tae-kwon. After the 2004 Olympics, Kim retired from playing and married his former mixed doubles partner, Ra in 2005. Kim is currently the only South Korean player to have ever won Olympic gold in both the men's and mixed doubles events. He was inducted into the BWF Hall of Fame in 2009.

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6. Ha Tae-kwon (1975 - )

With an HPI of 41.41, Ha Tae-kwon is the 6th most famous South Korean Badminton Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Ha Tae-kwon (Korean: 하태권; Hanja: 河泰權; born 30 April 1975) is a badminton player from South Korea. Born in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, Ha started his career in badminton with the recommendation of Kim Dong-moon in elementary school. He made his international debut in 1992, and won his first Grand Prix title at the 1995 Canada Open. Ha three times competed in Olympic Games in 1996, 2000 and 2004, won a bronze medal in 2000 and a gold medal in 2004.

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7. Lee Hyo-jung (1981 - )

With an HPI of 40.38, Lee Hyo-jung is the 7th most famous South Korean Badminton Player.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Lee Hyo-jung (Hangul: 이효정, Hanja: 李孝貞; Korean pronunciation: [i.ɦjo.dʑʌŋ]; born 13 January 1981) is a South Korean former badminton player. She won the gold medal in badminton mixed doubles at the 2008 Summer Olympics with her partner, Lee Yong-dae. Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Yong-dae were unseeded, and in the finals they beat the top seeds and 2005 and 2007 world champions Lilyana Natsir and Nova Widianto of Indonesia, 21-11, 21-17. Lee Hyo-jung also won the silver medal in badminton women's doubles at the aforementioned Olympics with Lee Kyung-won; they were seeded fourth and lost to the second-seeded Chinese pair, Du Jing and Yu Yang. Lee became the first woman in Korean history to win gold medals at both the Olympics and the Asian Games. In the 2010 Asian Games, she partnered with Shin Baek-cheol instead of her usual partner, Lee Yong-dae. After winning the medal, she announced her retirement despite many pleas from her coaches and fans at home to continue playing until the London Olympics in 2012.

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8. Lee Kyung-won (1980 - )

With an HPI of 40.10, Lee Kyung-won is the 8th most famous South Korean Badminton Player.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Lee Kyung-won (Hangul: 이경원, Hanja: 李敬元; Korean pronunciation: [i.ɡjʌŋ.wʌn]; born 21 January 1980 in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do) is a badminton player from South Korea. Lee was the women's doubles gold medallist at the 2002 Asian Games. She competed at the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004, and 2008, winning women's doubles bronze in 2004, and silver in 2008. She captured the women's doubles gold at the Asian Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Lee educated at the Sungji Girls' Middle School, Sungji Girls' High School, and graduated from the Yong In University.

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9. Jung Kyung-eun (1990 - )

With an HPI of 36.65, Jung Kyung-eun is the 9th most famous South Korean Badminton Player.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Jung Kyung-eun (Hangul: 정경은; Korean pronunciation: [tɕʌŋ.ɡjʌŋ.ɯn] or [tɕʌŋ] [kjʌŋ.ɯn]; born 20 March 1990) is a South Korean professional badminton player. She was the 2016 Summer Olympics bronze medalist in the women's doubles event.

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10. Shin Seung-chan (1994 - )

With an HPI of 35.05, Shin Seung-chan is the 10th most famous South Korean Badminton Player.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Shin Seung-chan (신승찬; Korean pronunciation: [ɕin.sɯŋ.tɕʰan]; born 6 December 1994) is a South Korean doubles specialist badminton player. She won the women's doubles bronze medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and 2014 BWF World Championships. Shin clinched the women's and mixed doubles gold at the 2015 Summer Universiade, also in the team event in 2013 and 2015.

Pantheon has 10 people classified as badminton players born between 1964 and 1994. Of these 10, 9 (90.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living badminton players include Park Joo-bong, Lee Yong-dae, and Bang Soo-hyun. The most famous deceased badminton players include Jung Jae-sung. As of October 2020, 6 new badminton players have been added to Pantheon including Park Joo-bong, Bang Soo-hyun, and Lee Hyo-jung.

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Newly Added Badminton Players (2020)

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