[OP-ED] 5 Korean idols who'll shock you with their intelligence

Crystal Chan, Jan. 11, 2017, 5:10 p.m.


Most idols are typically known for their vocals, dance skills, or good looks and thought not to be the sharpest tools in the shed, but here are some idols who break the stereotype. Not only will these idols captivate you with their beauty and amazing voice and moves, but they will also charm you with their intelligence!

1. EXID's Hani

Hani is known to be the lead vocalist for EXID and is the most recognizable member, but did you know that she is also incredibly smart? She has an IQ of 145 and scored 900 on the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), just by studying for it for 2 months. She is a sight for sore eyes, has a captivating voice, moves like no other, and is intelligent. Is she goals or what?


2. ZE:A's Siwan

Struggling to solve that Rubix’s cube? Same here. That’s not the case for ZE;A’s Siwan; he can solve it in under 40 seconds. Think that’s impressive? Well, get a load of this- Siwan was a mechanical engineering major at Busan National University before dropping out to become an idol.


3. BTS' Rap Monster

Bangtan Boy’s leader, Rap Monster, will impress you with academic achievements. When he was in middle school, he scored a 900 on the TOEIC and was in the 99 percentile in the nation for the preparatory university entrance exam. Plus, he’s a certified genius with an IQ of 148.


4. Epik High's Tablo

Epik High’s Tablo has the highest IQ out of everyone on the list with 160! He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature and a Masters Degree in creative writing from Stanford, one of the top universities in the nation. Tablo is one smart cookie.

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