Standing the test of time
WHO says K-pop is all about youth? These 30-something artists show that "old" can still be gold.
BAEK JI YOUNG, 38
This singer made her debut in 1999 and is best known for her strong, husky vocals.
Her continuing success in her late 30s, alongside the many popular young female groups, has led critics to praise her for her mass appeal. In 2011, Baek married actor Jung Suk Won, who is nine years younger than her.
LEE HYORI, 34
This sexy dancing queen made her first appearance as part of K-pop girl group Fin.K.L in 1998, but has since ventured out as a solo artist.
The award-winning singer released her fifth full-length album, Monochrome, last year, with lead single Bad Girl topping music charts in South Korea. She married musician Lee Sang Soon last year.
They are the longest-running K-pop boy band today, having been in the industry for 16 years. The sextet took a four-year hiatus in 2008 as the members served mandatory military service. They announced their comeback in 2012 with an album aptly titled The Return and an Asian concert tour. All of them are still single.