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15 Things To Know About Kang Ha-Neul, 56th Baeksang Arts Awards' Best Actor For TV

We're turning the spotlight on one of South Korea's actors of the moment—you'll love him after reading this!

The 56th Baeksang Arts Awards, dubbed as the “Oscars of Korea,” ended on a high note. One of the best moments of the night was the announcement of the Best Actor for TV award. And much to the delight of Hallyu fans, When the Camellia Blooms lead actor Kang Ha-neul was called onstage to receive the recognition.


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It’s a much-deserved win for the passionate and talented celebrity, who beat other top actors like Namgoong Min (from Stove League), Park Seo-joon (from Itaewon Class), Ju Ji-hoon (from Hyena), and Hyun Bin (from Crash Landing on You).

Hwang Yong-sik—a police officer who falls for single mother Oh Dong-baek (played by Gong Hyo-jin), who owns the bar named Camelia in fictional town Ongsan—has been one of the most unforgettable characters in recent K-Dramas. As a headstrong and romantic guy who goes all the way to pursue the love of his life despite all challenges, Kang Ha-neul made the viewers love his smooth yet powerful performance. 


제56회 #백상예술대상 TV부문 남자 최우수 연기상 #강하늘 백스테이지 인터뷰 cut. #KANGHANEUL #baeksangartsawards

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His name may not ring a bell for new fans of K-Dramas, but seasoned binge-watchers of all things Korean have long been smitten by the actor of the moment. People would recognize him for his roles in notable dramas like The Heirs and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, as well as his films Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet, New Trial, and Midnight Runners (which he starred in with Park Seo-joon). But whether you’re a long-time follower of Kang Ha-neul or just starting to get charmed by the 30-year-old, we can tell that the interest towards the actor is steadily rising.

And no, we’re not just talking about the surge of feelings towards his attractive face, beautiful physique, and killer acting skills. Digging deeper into Kang Ha-neul’s roots, you’ll learn that there’s more to admire and love about the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor for TV. In this gallery, we gathered 15 facts that you should know about Kang Ha-neul! Get ready to be surprised and discover his favorites, what life was like in his younger years, and other interesting tidbits.


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Lead photos from Vonin and Unsplash