Survey: Most popular Korean stars in 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Big Bang, Girls Generation, Won Bin and Kim Tae Hee are the most popular singers and actors for the first half of 2012, according to a survey.

A total of 1,329 respondents were polled by Korean marketing research firm Leespiar on their favorite Korean celebrities.

For male singers, Big Bang topped the poll, getting 18.1 percent, up from third place in the same survey conducted in the second half of 2011.

Solo artist and actor Lee Seung Gi is second with 11.3 percent followed by 2PM with 8.1 percent, Rain with 6.9 percent, and 2AM with 5.7 percent.

In the second half of 2011, Kim Bum Soo topped the survey followed by Im Jae Bum, Big Bang, Yoon Do Hyun and Lee Seung Gi.

In the female singers category, Girls Generation garnered 26.9 percent of the votes to top the poll. The girl group is followed by IU with 15.3 percent, Wonder Girls with 7.3 percent, Lee Hyori with 7.1 percent, Baek Ji Young with 6.5 percent and miss A with 6.5 percent.

For male actors, Won Bin got the first place, getting 16.3 percent. He is followed by "The Moon that Embraces the Sun" star Kim Soo Hyun with 16 percent, Jang Dong-gun with 9.2 percent, Hyun Bin with 7.8 percent, Lee Seung Gi with 6.5 percent and Kang Dongwon with 5.6 percent.

Kim Tae Hee was the top choice among Korean actresses. She is followed by Han Ga-in with 16.9 percent, Ha Ji Won with 12.6 percent, Shin Minah with 6.8 percent and Song Hye Kyo with 6.6 percent.