Being a Korean actor is a tough job, as a lot of them are constantly booked with schedules, and usually don’t have any privacy. This has caused some Korean actors to leave the entertainment industry to live as a non-celebrity. Here’s a list of a few of these actors.

1. Seo Min Jung

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Seo Min Jung debuted as an actress in 2000, and was quite successful, as she gained massive popularity in 2006 after her role in the sitcom Unstoppable High Kick.

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In 2007, Seo Min Jung got married to a Korean-American dentist and decided to retire from the entertainment industry and move to New York with her husband.

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2. Shim Eun Ha

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Shim Eun Ha debuted as an actress in 1993 and was involved in many famous Korean dramas and films, such as the film Art Museum by the Zoo.

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However, in 2001, she decided to retire as an actress during the height of her popularity. Shim Eun Ha stated that she simply wanted to live life as a non-celebrity.

3. Lee Tae Im

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Lee Tae Im debuted as an actress in 2007 and was involved in many acting projects until her sudden retirement in 2018.

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In 2018, Lee Tae Im removed her profile from portal sites and gave a final message to her fans on her now-deleted Instagram account.

This is Tae Im.

It’s been a long time. I’ve been going through a difficult time with various thoughts and hardships.

I’ve decided to live an ordinary life from hereon. I will not forget those who loved and supported me.

Thank you.

— Lee Tae Im

4. Bae Yong Joon

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Bae Yong Joon debuted as an actor in 1994 and was incredibly successful. One of his most famous projects was his role in the K-Drama Winter Sonata.

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However, Bae Yong Joon decided to retire from the acting industry in 2007.