Kids grow up so fast!

This year, some of our most precious actresses and idols are finally turning 18 years old! In South Korea, the big party doesn't start until they turn 19 (20 in Korean age), but in our part of the world the young people on this list are finally adults. Moving out, getting married and even joining the military are just a few of the things 18 year-olds have the privilege of doing. 

Let's take a look at 7 beloved stars who are walking the path to adulthood in 2017.

1. Kim So Hyun

The Ruler: Master of the Mask actress embarked on her aristocratic role of Han Ga Eun last week after playing royalty in Goblin just months ago. Her acting career started over a decade ago when she was still in elementary school. On June 4, our girl will finally be a legal adult in many countries.

2. Kim Yoo Jung

The Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds star had a rough time at the end of last year with health setbacks and dealing with the stress of netizens' negatives comments on her behavior. Nonetheless, she has always been a class act and proves it with her solid work history since the age of 4. Her day of freedom is Sept. 22.

3. ASTRO's Rocky

On February 25, the K-pop idol officially turned 18 just one year after he debuted with his Fantagio boy group. I wonder if he will try his hand at acting once again following his entertaining pre-debut performance on To Be Continued

4. Akdong Musican's Soo Hyun 

After her debut with her brother on K-Pop Star 2 in 2012, she has enjoyed explosive popularity in music as a member of Akdong Musician and unit group Hi Suhyun. She started her journey in adulthood on May 4.

5. SF9's Hwiyoung

Seven months after he greeted the world with his SF9 boys, Hwiyoung turned the ripe old age of 18 on May 11. He may be still a rookie in the entertainment industry, but the FNC Entertainment talent already has stardom in his future with his idol status and guest starring role on Click Your Heart

6. Jin Ji Hee

She started out the same year Kim Yoo Jung did in 2003. Jin has quite the impressive resume with High Kick Through The Roof, The Moon that Embraces the Sun and Detectives of Seonam Girls' High School under her belt. She joined her new legal peers on March 25. 

7. Seventeen's Lee Chan (aka Dino)

In 2015, he and his band jumped into the music scene, and they even made an appearance at KCON 2016 Concert. After almost two years as a celebrity minor, he turned 18 on February 11. Now that he is legal overseas, Carats are anxiously waiting for his grand South Korean celebration into adulthood next year.

Are there any more child stars who are turning 18 that you would add to this list?

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Ruler: Master of the Mask

Starring Yoo Seung Ho and Kim So Hyun

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