1st Generation Kpop Idol. Lee Soo Man who founded SM Entertainment Yang Hyun-suk who founded YG Entertainment and Park Jin Young who founded JYP Entertainment. From left to right.
While Shinhwa is technically a 1st generation K-pop group their continued success in the industry during the time of 2nd generation idols warrants their inclusion on this. This year the diva debuted in the trio SSAK3 with fellow singer Rain and comedian Yoo Jae-suk. Allkpop works around the clock to be the first to deliver minute to minute breaking news gossip and the most exclusive coverage on the hottest K-pop stars.
Shinhwa topped the charts for the first time with Only One 2000 and the members showed off their well-built bodies in the MV surprising their fans.
The concept of their group that started in 1996 is actually based on American boy bands as well. Check out the slideshow below showing what I classify as the first generation Kpop groups. Lee Hyori hit the scene back in 1998 as part of FinKL a girl group quartet considered to be the first generation of K-pop idols. Its hard to deny that these groups are the pillars of what K-Pop has become today.