Google Reveals South Korea’s Top Searches of 2014

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

It’s that time of year again. As 2014 draws to a close, Google has compiled a list of this year’s most searched topics in the world as well as individual countries. Here are some of South Korea’s most popular searches made in 2014.


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Topping the list of most searched names is former Olympic skater Kim Yuna. Many K-pop and Hallyu stars made their appearances on the list as well, including HyunA (No. 2), Hyosung of the girl group Secret (No. 4), IU (No. 6), rock icon Shin Hae Chul (No. 8), EXO (No. 9) and model and actress Clara (No. 10). Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Ryu Hyun Jin and the late owner of the sunken Sewol Ferry, Yoo Byung Eun, were also featured, ranking in third and fifth places, respectively.


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In 2014, Snowpiercer was the most googled movie in South Korea, followed by The Attorney and the epic blockbuster The Admiral Roaring Currents. This is no surprise as all three films broke box office records and quickly became some of the country’s highest-grossing films of all time.

Other Korean films that made the cut include Kundo: Age of the Rampant (No. 5), revenge noir The Divine Move (No. 6), spy-action film The Suspect (No. 7) and the scandalous romantic thriller Scarlet Innocence (No. 10). Hollywood films About Time (No. 4), Begin Again (No. 8) and Lucy (No. 9) were also featured on the list.

You can view all of South Korea’s top trending searches of 2014 here