EXO’s Chanyeol Becomes First Korean Celebrity To Hit 17 Million Follower Count On Instagram

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Yes, Chanyeol is on top of Instagram among South Koreans!

The past month saw a stiff competition between EXO’s Chanyeol and BIGBANG’s G-Dragon over the top spot on Instagram in terms of follower count.

And after going back-and-forth between the two K-Pop acts, the EXO member finally cemented his position and earned himself the most followed Instagram account among Korean celebrities with over 17 million followers in his account @real__pcy.

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늦은 해피발렌타인?

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He ended the long-lasting reign of G-Dragon who held the title of most followed account among Korean Instagram-users for five consecutive years.

He also created another record by being the first Korean celebrity to surpass the 17 million follower mark on the photo and video sharing app.

As of 4 p.m. KST of February 15, Chanyeol records 17, 010, 638 followers.


According to the Instagram engagement calculator of Phlanx, the EXO member boasts an engagement rate of 13.95 percent with average interactions per post at 2.3 million likes and 61,909 comments from his 688 posts.


Kai’s birthday celebration photo, which Chanyeol posted on January 14, garnered the greatest number of likes among his posts with 2,869,019 likes (as of February 15, 4:30 p.m. KST).

Meanwhile, his Christmas post uploaded on December 25 gave him the most comments at 122,574 (as of February 15, 4:30 p.m. KST).

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생일축하해 김종카이❤

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?Merry Christmas?❣

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Most Followed Instagram Accounts Among Korean Celebrities After Chanyeol

Despite losing the top spot, BIGBANG’s G-Dragon maintains his strong following on Instagram even while on hiatus. He boasts 16.3 million followers on the platform.

Meanwhile, EXO’s Sehun kept his hold at the third position with 15.5 million followers.

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BLACKPINK’s Lisa continues to show an impressive growth in terms of followers. Although her account is less than a year old, the BLACKPINK member already secured 15 million followers. She is currently the most followed K-Pop female idol, as well.

Lee Jong Suk is the only actor on the list — thanks to his 14.7 million followers. Right behind him on the list is EXO’s Baekhyun who has 14.4 million followers.

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사랑하는 고실장과 #씨이앤

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오랜만이에요!? #볶큥이

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BLACKPINK’s Jennie took the sixth spot in the top ten most followed Korean celebrities on Instagram as she records 13.1 million followers. Like Lisa, the “Solo” singer also started her account in June 2018.

Taeyeon, who previously held the highest number of followers among female K-Pop idols, now became the eighth most followed Korean celebrity with 13 million followers. Meanwhile, GOT7’s Jackson took the ninth spot, having 12.6 million followers.

Completing the top ten list is BLACKPINK’s Rosé who boasts 11.4 million followers on Instagram.

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