Best Korean Romantic Dramas of all time

Updated: May 19

If you have not watched any Korean drama (aka K-Drama) in your life then you are definitely missing something!

Are you new to K-Drama and willing to change your life for the better?? Then it’s time to dig into some swoon-worthy entertainment.

Let's find out the Top 10 must watch K-Dramas along with some of the Korean buzzwords and dishes which you will come across in this journey. Soon you will understand why you get so excited by mentioning these words and dishes as they will become close to your heart.


Let’s go through a list of disclaimers before you get hooked to K drama,

  1. You will remember your first kiss

  2. You will start obsessing over actors, and your dreams will be hijacked by them

  3. The real world will disappoint you

  4. They eat so deliciously, that your stomach can’t help rumbling

  5. The average runtime of each episode is 50 mins

Moving on, this is my list of Top 10 K-Dramas which will make you fall in love with their culture and

people. The good news is many of these K Dramas are available on Netflix.


1.Crash Landing on you


Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin

This is simply the most loved K-Drama I have ever watched and huge thanks to Netflix for

making this K-Drama accessible worldwide.

If it wasn't for the long list of other K-dramas, I must have watched this multiple times.

This show has love, comedy, and differences between North and South Korea.

Hyun Bin has played a perfect North Korean soldier. Son Ye-jin played a wealthy, beautiful but

sad woman who accidentally falls into North Korea after a paragliding accident.

"If you give up on waiting, the pain of loss will kill you. That's why I wait." -Captain Ri

Crash Landing on you

2. Something in the rain


Drama, Romance

Son Ye-jin, Jung Hae-In

You will get to see the struggle of a fully independent woman living in Korean society with so

many constraints. As a woman falling in love with a younger man and as a target of workplace

sexual harassment.

Jung Hae In’s character is very endearing especially when in love and you really feel for him

when things get rough and to see how he deals with his limits of age and position.

A beautiful love story, that makes you wonder what a couple could withstand from the people in

their environment and the society, to keep their love and relationship alive.

The chemistry between the actors is magical. You will fall in love with these characters instantly.

Something in the rain

3. It's Okay to Not Be Okay


Comedy, Drama, Romance

Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-Ji, Oh Jeong-Se

A beautiful story of love, friendship, and brotherhood.

This show is very different from any typical K- Drama. It conveys the sensitive topic of mental

health and you will be completely hooked after watching the first few episodes.

The series follows a selfless psych ward caretaker and an antisocial children's book writer.

This is actor Kim Soo-Hyun's first lead role in a TV series since he was discharged from the

South Korean military on July 1, 2019.

The New York Times named It's Okay to Not Be Okay one of "The Best International Shows of

2020"

It's Okay to Not Be Okay


4. Reply 1988


Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Friendship

Hyeri Lee, Go Kyung-Pyo, Ryu Jun-Yeol, Park Bo-gum, Dong-hwi Lee,

Hye-young Ryu

This drama will make you nostalgic, it takes you down the memory lane of the simplicity of life

of average people and highlights the connections among families, friends & neighbors.

The story revolves around five friends and their families living in the same neighborhood of

Ssangmun-dong.

The lead characters end up dating in real life too.

Reply 1988


5. Descendants of the sun


Action, Drama, Romance, Comedy

Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-Kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji-Won

A love story develops between Captain Yoo Shi Jin, from the South Korean Special Forces and

Doctor Kang Mo Yeon, who works as a Surgeon at Hospital in Seoul.

Cinematography is beautiful, storytelling is very effective, beautiful soundtrack and very skilled

actors.

Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-Kyo, who both played the lead roles, married on October 31, 2017.

This drama series is actor Song Joong-ki's first acting role since being discharged from the South

Korean military on May 26, 2015.

Descendants of the sun


6. Hospital Playlist


Friendship, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music

Jo Jung-Suk, Yoo Yeon-Seok, Jung Kyung-ho, Dae-Myung Kim, Jeon Mi Do,

Hyeon-bin Shin

This is not any typical medical drama. The story revolves around a group of friends as they

embark on hospital adventures involving medicine, music, and relationships.

Instead of having 1 lead character, this show has 5 leading characters, and every character has an

important role to play.

The Hospital Playlist received positive critical feedback. Comparing the series to Grey's Anatomy

and Friends, Ariana Yaptangco of Elle featured it on the list of "The 10 Best K-Dramas To

Binge-Watch On Netflix".

Hospital Playlist


7. Oh My Venus


Comedy, Drama, Romance

So Ji-seob, Shin Min-a

A woman’s journey towards fitness and finding love. Beautiful relationships among the lead

actors and supporting cast as well.

Kim Young-ho, a.k.a. John Kim, is a personal trainer to Hollywood stars. Despite his family's

wealth, Young-ho suffered a devastating illness in his childhood. But he believes living a healthy

lifestyle and exercising is the only way to survive.

Ji-Seob So, who plays Mr. Coach, is amazing. The chemistry between him and our leading lady

leaps off the screen.

Oh My Venus


8. Touch Your Heart


Comedy, Romance

Lee Dong-Wook, Yoo In-Na, Sang-woo Lee, Sung Yoon Son

After a scandal, an actress is offered a comeback role of playing an attorney. She fakes her

position to become the lawyer's secretary in order to star in a famous writer's drama. Lee Dong

Wook acts quite well as the lawyer who is clueless about dating. Yoo In Ah isn't the most

beautiful actress out there but she plays the character of an actress working as a secretary in a law

firm with a sweet charm and avoids being annoying even when she is acting cute.

Touch Your Heart


9. Guardian: The lonely and the great god


Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Gong Yoo,Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-Wook, Yoo In-Na

Kim Shin (Gong Yoo), a decorated military general from the Goryeo Dynasty, is framed as a

traitor and killed by the young king. Years after his death, he is cursed by the Almighty to stay

immortal forever, enduring the pain of seeing his loved ones die as punishment for the soldiers he

killed to protect his country.

One of the best rom-com tv series of all time. Brilliant performances, Storyline is unique and has

its own plot twists.

Kudos to Gong Yoo, Kim Go-Eun, Lee Dong-Wook, and the rest of the cast for their brilliant

performances.

The series was the 3rd highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history at the time it aired.

Guardian: The lonely and the great god


10. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo


Comedy, Romance

Lee Song-Kyoung, Nam Joo-hyuk

This series is a coming-of-age story about a group of college athletes who are fighting for their

dreams, experiencing and finding love in the process, and growing every step of the way.

The leading couple Lee Sung-Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk are like eye candy to watch. The

carefree life of the youth and the passion in our hearts. This is definitely a must-watch for all.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo

Korean Buzz words

​Korean

English

Korean

English

Chingu

Friend

Bogo sipeo

I Miss You

Oppa

An Older Brother

Gamsahabnida

Thank You

Annyeonghaseyo

Hello

Gwaenchanh-ayo

I am fine

Sa-rang-hae

I love you

saengsineul chukadeurimnida

Happy Birthday

Aigo

Oh dear\OMG

Mi-ahn-hae

I'm sorry

Joahae

I like you

Abeoji

Father

Jinjja

Really

Eomeoni

Mother

namja chingu

Boyfriend

yeoja chingu

Girlfriend


Korean famous Food & Drink


Korean

English

Korean

English

Jjambbong

Seafood noodles

Soondae

Korean Sausage

Ddeokbokki

Rice and fish cakes in


chili sauce

Dakgangjeong

Crispy Korean Fried


Chicken

Tteok-bokki

Rice cake

Soju

Soju


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