Youngest Male K-Pop Idols Currently in the Industry

10 Youngest Male K-Pop Idols Currently in the Industry

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In recent years, K-pop has become one of the most popular genres of music around the world among teens and young adults. Boy bands are a staple of K-pop music and their members tend to be young, attractive, and talented teenagers. Many of these K-pop idols became trainees when they were still in middle school. Most of the young men on this list are the maknae, or youngest members/the baby of the group, and they range in age from 16 to 18 years old.

10. Minjae (August 23, 2003 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 18 years, 4 months, 3 days
Birth Name: Song Min-jae
Birthplace: South Korea
Group: MCND
Position: Lead Vocalist and Lead Dancer

Minjaephoto source: Kpop Wiki

Minjae is one of several young members of MCND who appear on this list. He is currently MCND’s lead vocalist and lead dancer. Along with Huijin and Castle J, who are also members of MCND, Minjae became a part of TOP Media in 2015 as a trainee. Minjae underwent several years of training with his fellow group members before MCND debuted in 2020.

Did You Know?

Minjae’s nicknames are “Big Baby,” “Baby Lion,” and “Cherry Bear.”


9. Huijun (October 7, 2003 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 18 years, 2 months, 19 days
Birth Name: No Hui-jin
Birthplace: Yongin, South Korea
Group: MCND
Position: Main Vocalist

Huijunphoto source: Kpop Wiki

Huijin is currently the main vocalist of MCND, which stands for “Music Creates New Dream.” He first joined TOP Media as a trainee in 2015. Along with fellow MCND member, Minjae, Huijun appeared on the reality contest The Fan in 2018. Although he trained for several years, Huijin did not make his official debut until 2020 when MCND released its first album.

Did You Know?

In 2016, Huijin and the other future members of MCND – Castel J, BIC, Minjae – were sent to the United States to learn how to dance.


8. Doyoung (December 4, 2003 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 18 years, 22 days
Birth Name: Kim Do-young
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Group: TREASURE
Position: Main Dancer and Vocalist

Doyoungphoto source: Kpop Wiki

Doyoung is yet another young member of TREASURE. He is currently the group’s main dancer and one of its vocalists. In 2018, Doyoung participated in the reality competition show YG Treasure Box and he was actually eliminated. However, due to overwhelming fan demand, YG decided to bring back some of the eliminated contestants and form a second group called MAGNUM. These plans were scrapped following scandals surrounding YG Entertainment, but some of the members of MAGNUM, including Doyoung, were added to TREASURE.

Did You Know?

Doyoung used to dance with fellow TREASURE members, Junkyu and Gil Dohwan, at Def Skool (a dance crew).


7. Won (December 13, 2003 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 18 years, 8 days
Birth Name: Park Sung-won
Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea
Group: Ciipher
Position: Sub Rapper, Sub-Vocalist, and Maknae

Wonphoto source: Kpop Wiki

Won is a sub rapper and sub-vocalist from the group Ciipher. He was previously part of 1THE9, which featured the winners of the competition show Under Nineteen. Won, placed seventh on Under Nineteen  and became the main rapper of 1THE9. The group disbanded in 2020 after its 18-month contract expired.

In late 2020, Won was revealed as a member of Ciipher, which debuted in early 2021. Ciipher is under the management of Rain Company, which was started by Korean superstar Rain. The group is Rain Company’s first boy band.

Did You Know?

Won said that he was inspired to become a singer after seeing G-Dragon of BIGBANG perform.


6. Haruto (April 5, 2004 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 17 years, 8 months, 21 days
Birth Name: Watanabe Haruto
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan
Group: TREASURE
Position: Lead Rapper and Visual

photo source: Kpop Wiki

Haruto, who hails from Japan, is another young member of TREASURE. He first became a trainee with YG Entertainment in 2017 and he participated in the competition show YG Treasure Box the next year. Haruto, who was part of the rap group, did very well on the show and was announced as the first member of TREASURE during the show’s finale.

Did You Know?

Haruto’s mom is a big fan of the very famous K-pop group BIGBANG and she has a large collection of the group’s merchandise.


5. Jinwoo (September 13, 2004 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 17 years, 3 months, 13 days
Birth Name: Lee Jin-woo
Birthplace: Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Group: GHOST9 sub-unit TEEN TEEN
Position: Lead Dancer, Rapper, Sub-Vocalist, and Maknae

photo source: Kpop Wiki

Jinwoo is the youngest member of GHOST9 and is one of three members of the groups, sub-unit TEEN TEEN. He is the groups lead dancer and one of its rappers. Jinwoo first appeared on Produce X 101 in 2019 as a representative of Maroo Entertainment. He placed 22nd on the show and did not make it to the final episode.

Although he did not place very high on Produce X 101, Jinwoo became a member of Maroo Entertainment’s GHOST9 and TEEN TEEN. The groups made their debut in September 2020.

Did You Know?

Unlike other idols who train for years, Jinwoo only trained for five months before making his debut on Produce X 101.


4. Jeongwoo (September 28, 2004 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 17 years, 2 months, 28 days
Birth Name: Park Jeong-woo
Birthplace: Iksan, South Korea
Group: TREASURE
Position: Main Vocalist

Jeongwoophoto source: Kpop Wiki

Jeongwoo is the main vocalist of TREASURE and the second youngest member after Junghwan. Like all members of TREASURE, Jeongwoo competed on YG Treasure Box to win a spot in the group. Jeongwoo was announced as the the fifth member of TREASURE in early 2019.

Before making his debut, Jeongwoo trained for almost three years and attended IB Music Academy with Junghwan. Jeongwoo is a hardworking K-pop idol who has never missed a day of practice.

Did You Know?

Jeongwoo said that his childhood dream was to become a surgeon.


3. Dohyon (November 10, 2004 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 17 years, 1 month, 16 days
Birth Name: Nam Do-hyun
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
Group: BAE173
Position: Rapper and Maknae

photo source: Kpop Wiki

Dohyon is the youngest member of BAE173 and one of the rappers of the group. He first appeared on the reality competition show Under Nineteen in 2018. Dohyon did not make it very far on the show and was eliminated in the 9th episode, placing 42nd overall out of all the contestants. The following year, Dohyon was a contestant on another show, Produce X 101 representing MBK Entertainment. This time, Dohyon did much better, placing 8th and earning a spot in the group X1.

However, X1 disbanded in 2020 following the Produce 101 vote manipulation controversy, where viewers accused Produce X 101 of manipulating votes so certain contestants would win. The controversy did not really affect Dohyon’s career as he was picked up by PocketDol Studio and placed in BAE173.

Did You Know?

Dohyon only trained for five months before appearing on Under Nineteen and he has been called a rap genius by national producers.


2. Win (December 19, 2004 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 17 years, 7 days
Birth Name: Bang Jun-hyuk
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Group: MCND
Position: Lead Rapper and Maknae

Winphoto source: Kpop Wiki

Win is the youngest member and lead rapper of MCND. He first garnered attention in 2018 when he was a contestant on Under Nineteen, a reality competition where aspiring boy band members competed for a spot on a new K-pop idol group. Win was originally part of the rap group on Under Nineteen, but during the 13th episode, he announced that he was dropping out of the competition due to health reasons. This move was not detrimental to Win’s career and he was signed to Top Media’s MCND.

Did You Know?

Although he is already part of an idol group, Win currently attends Hanlim Music Arts School under the practical music program.


1. Junghwan (February 18, 2005 – Present)

Current Age (as of December 2021): 16 years, 10 months, 8 days
Birth Name: So Jung-hwan
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Group: TREASURE
Position: Lead Dancer, Vocalist, and Maknae

photo source: Kpop Wiki

At the age of 16 years, 10 months, and 8 days, Junghwan is currently the youngest male K-pop idol in the industry. Junghwan made his debut in 2018 when he participated in YG Entertainment’s survival show YG Treasure Box. From there, the group TREASURE was formed and Junghwan is now the group’s lead dancer and maknae. TREASURE is a pretty new group, making its debut in early 2020.

As a child, Junghwan was model and appeared in many TV advertisements. Junghwan and fellow TREASURE member Jeongwoo knew each other before the group was formed. They both attended IB Music Academy.


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