Romantic Korean Dramas have become one of the most popular television genres in the world today. The mid-2000s saw the start of the South Korean drama industry’s first boom outside of Asia, and ever since then, the trajectory of the entertainment business as a whole has been ascending to all-new heights every year. Many people’s love of Korean dramas has its roots in romance films, and they can’t get enough of the clichés, such the woman lead screaming, “Don’t leave,” or the delicate wrist grip as a character moves away.
These dramas are now so popular that even the biggest names in streaming, like Netflix, are trying to break into the Korean market. These shows are actually for anybody with an open mind and the willingness to see past the boundaries established by the one-inch subtitles on the screen, despite the fact that statistically speaking, women are the main audience for these shows because of the romance components.
The television series known as Korean dramas, or K-dramas, is created in South Korea. Although there are numerous K-dramas that concentrate on other genres, including humor, action, and mystery, they often contain a romantic plot.
Why are Korean Dramas so popular?
Great storytelling : Storylines in K-dramas are frequently well-written and emotionally gratifying.
High-quality production : K-dramas frequently feature excellent production values, with stunning photography and music.
Attractive cast : The performers in K-dramas are among the most attractive and skilled in the world.
K-dramas can give viewers fascinating cultural insights into Korean society and culture.
15 Most Romantic Korean Dramas to Watch Next
These 15 romantic Korean dramas are some of the most romantic Korean dramas on the market so far, with settings ranging from the peripheries of South Korea’s provinces to the high-rise towers of modern Seoul and remote locations set in Europe.
Kim Shin was once an unbeatable general in Goryeo’s military who died a tragic death. He now possesses immortality but is tired of living while everyone else around him dies. For 900 years, Kim Shin has searched for his bride, a mortal who can pull out the sword and end his life. One day, he encounters Ji Eun Tak, a positive, upbeat high school student who can see the dead and has gone through tragic events, yet still stays strong. She claims to be the Goblin’s bride who can end his immortal life, but what appears to be an easy task, only gets complicated, as the two fall in love.
Descendants of the Sun (2016)
A South Korean special forces officer and a doctor fall in love while working together in a war-torn country. A soldier belonging to the South Korean Special Forces falls in love with a beautiful surgeon. However, their relationship is short-lived as their professions keep them apart.
Crash Landing on You (2019-2020)
This one is another K-Drama that famous in romantic Korean dramas list. The absolute top secret love story of a chaebol heiress who made an emergency landing in North Korea because of a paragliding accident and a North Korean special officer who falls in love with her and who is hiding and protecting her. A South Korean heiress crash-lands in North Korea after her paragliding accident and is rescued by a North Korean soldier. They fall in love despite the challenges of their different worlds.
It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020)
Moon Gang Tae is a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who was blessed with everything including a great body, smarts, ability to sympathize with others, patience, ability to react quickly, stamina, and more. Meanwhile, Ko Moon Young is a popular writer of children’s literature who, due to suffering from an antisocial personality disorder, seems extremely selfish, arrogant, and rude.
Moon Gang Tae denies love and Ko Moon Young doesn’t know it. The two defy fate and fall in love, finding their souls and identities in the process.
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim? (2018)
The series revolves around the narcissistic Lee Young Joon, the vice president of a company run by his family. He is very self-absorbed and thinks highly of himself, so much that he barely acknowledges the people around him. Lee Young Joon has a capable and patient secretary Kim Mi So who has remained by his side and worked diligently for 9 years without any romantic involvement. However, Mi So now wants to set her life & focus on herself so when she decides to resign from her job, hilarious misunderstandings ensue. After 9 years of their strictly-workplace relationship, can it now develop in something more?
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016-2017)
Bok Joo is a weightlifter who is pursuing her dream of winning the gold medal but she then finds romance for the first time in her life. While she is a woman who trains with heavy steel weights, she is also very feminine when it comes to relationships. Focusing solely on weightlifting would jeopardize her relationship but leaving her weightlifting career for love would keep her from attaining her dreams. Can she find a way to have love as well as glory at the age of 20? The characters within this drama are elite athletes in weightlifting, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics who work hard to reach their goals in life. It covers their coming-of-age stories and relationships through hectic life.
Reply 1988 (2015)
Five childhood friends, who all live in the same Ssangmundong neighborhood of Seoul, lean on each other to survive their challenging teen years and set a path for their futures. Sung Deok Sun struggles for attention as the middle child in her poor family while also carrying the burden of her 999th ranking in school. Kim Jung Hwan only has a one-track mind for soccer, even after his family becomes rich overnight. Sung Sun Woo is the perfect student, student council president and a caring and dependable son in his family.
Ryu Dong Ryong is a geek who knows more about girls and life than the rest of his friends, but his poor academic score prevents him from being able to go to college. Choi Taek is a genius baduk player who dropped out of school to go professional. As the group of friends gets into and out of mischief around the neighborhood, what experiences from these memorable times together will they carry with them into their future lives?
Hospital Playlist (2020-2021)
The stories of people going through their days are seemingly ordinary but actually special at the hospital, a place known as the microcosm of life, where someone is being born and someone’s life meets its ending. The five doctors are long-time friends of 20 years who started their undergrad in 1999 in the same medical school and now are colleagues in the same hospital and have a band together.
Mr. Sunshine (2018)
A Korean-American man who returns to Korea in the early 1900s falls in love with a woman from a wealthy family. Mr. Sunshine centers on a young boy born into a house servant’s family who travels to the United States during the 1871 Shinmiyangyo (U.S. expedition to Korea). He returns to his homeland later as a U.S. marine officer. He meets and falls in love with an aristocrat’s daughter. At the same time, he discovers a plot by foreign forces to colonize Korea.
My Name (2021)
Following her father’s murder, a revenge-driven woman puts her trust in a powerful crime boss — and enters the police force under his direction. Yoon Ji Woo, a member of a organized crime ring, goes undercover as a police officer and harbors cold revenge in her heart. Helping Yoon Ji Woo go undercover is Choi Moo Jin, the boss of the biggest drug ring in Korea, whose true motives are not easy to read.
Jeon Pil Do is a police detective in the Drug Investigation Unit. He is a stickler for rules who becomes Yoon Ji Woo’s partner when she joins the police. Cha Gi Ho is the team leader of the Drug Investigation Unit. He and Choi Moo Jin have long been enemies, with Cha Gi Ho vowing to take down his crime ring before he retires. Jung Tae Joo is Choi Moo Jin’s subordinate in the drug ring. Because of his steadfast loyalty, he is Choi Moo Jin’s most trusted henchman. Do Gang Jae is a former member of the drug ring. After causing problems and getting kicked out of the gang, he vowed revenge against them
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021-2022)
After a conflict with her boss, dentist Yoon Hye Jin escapes the city to a seaside village where she’d vacationed to before as a little girl. When she learns the village is without a dentist, she decides to set up her practice there permanently. As the former city-dweller’s stiff and guarded demeanor almost immediately rubs the locals the wrong way, in steps the free-spirited jack of all trades, Hong Do Shik. There to help her learn to navigate life in a small village, albeit they don’t hit it off well at first.
Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022)
In a time when dreams seem out of reach, a teen fencer pursues big ambitions and meets a hardworking young man who seeks to rebuild his life. Na Hee Do is a member of her high school fencing team. Due to the South Korean financial crisis, the high school fencing team gets disbanded. Getting through all the difficulties, she becomes a member of the national fencing team.
The South Korean financial crisis also causes Baek Yi Jin’s father’s business to go bankrupt. This leads to a life change for Baek Yi Jin, from living the life of a wealthy person to a poor person. While studying, he works part-time jobs like delivering newspapers. Later, he becomes a sports reporter for a broadcasting network.
Our Beloved Summer (2021-2022)
Years after filming a viral documentary in high school, two bickering ex-lovers get pulled back in front of the camera — and into each other’s lives. Choi Woong seems naive and a free-spirited man, but he wants to have something for the first time in his life. For that, he shows what he holds in his mind. Kook Yeon Soo aimed to become the top student at her school, but she is now an adult who lives fiercely, adapting to her reality.
Something in the Rain (2018)
Yoon Jin Ah is a woman in her mid-30s who doesn’t know yet what it’s like to date a man. She’s been dumped by a man many times because of her clumsy, reckless, and foolish behavior. And again, a man she wanted to marry dumps her for the worst reason ever: that she’s like bland, tasteless devil’s-tongue jelly, which means she’s not attractive at all as a woman.
Just then, Joon Hee appears before her with a broad smile on his face. He’s as refreshing as a soft drink. Joon Hee is Jin Ah’s childhood friend’s younger brother, who used to live next door. Jin Ah has always remembered him as a little kid, but one day, he comes back as a really masculine man. When she is surprised by his change, her gut feeling tells her that she would truly fall in love this time.
Business Proposal’s female lead, Shin Ha-ri, goes on a blind date and pretends to be her friend; this turns out to be the turning point for the entire series. The CEO of the food firm where Ha-ri works is the man she is now going on a date with, and he now believes she is someone else. She now needs to hide from Ha-ri, who she is fully aware is a superior, while simultaneously maintaining her cover as pretending to be her buddy, when he arrives at work. But as they begin to feel things, this ends up being a blessing for them both.
There are a ton of wonderful romantic Korean dramas, and here are just a few of them. So there’s definitely something out there whether you’re searching for a cute and fluffy romance or a more somber drama.