Korean dramas started as a niche favorite among Asian dramas fans, and since then have emerged to lead a major wave in international entertainment, offering diverse and captivating dramas within its genre. Many viewers often start with one particular drama, either by accident or by word of mouth, and become enamored with the compelling stories, fascinating stars, and high-quality productions. If you are new to K-dramas, or if you’ve been wondering about which one to start with, here is a list of 10 Korean dramas must watch of all time.
Inspired by the life of a Korean Olympic gold-medalist, it 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. Although it’s a commercial failure based on its ratings performance, it’s gaining popularity among Hallyu fans when the drama became available for online streaming.
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Starring Park Bo-young, who is best known for the 2015 hit Oh My Ghostess, the series is about a young woman who was born with superhuman strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. Though faced with numerous struggles, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes.
Boys Over Flowers
At the prestigious Shin Hwa High School in Seoul, four boys comprise the group known as the Flower Four. The crème de la crème of the most powerful families from Korea, these spoiled, rebellious, flirtatious and cruel boys rule the school. Enter Jan Di, a girl of humble upbringing who is accepted into Shin Hwa on a swimming scholarship after accidentally saving the life of a Shin Hwa student. Not one for following the rules blindly, Jan Di faces immediate scrutiny from the entire school and in particular the boys of the Flower Four and their leader, Goo Jun Pyo, who dislikes her instantly. Through her charm and undying optimism, she slowly begins to capture the hearts of those around her, even the icy boys of the F4.
W – Two Worlds
Internally telecast in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong, the drama will soon be available on Philippine free TV after ABS-CBN acquired the rights for local broadcast. Popular for its unique storyline that blurs the line between reality and fantasy where a young woman is pulled inside the parallel world of a webtoon created by his father, W – Two Worlds is a fantasy romance topbilled by Han Hyo-joo, and model actor Lee Jong-suk, who became immensely popular for his roles in hit series Doctor Stranger (2014) and Pinocchio (2014).
While You Were Sleeping
Lee Jong-seok and Suzy? It’s finally happening and they will both headline While You Were Sleeping. This is a legal supernatural drama which tells the story of a prosecutor and a girl who can see the future. Suzy is cast as the young woman who dreams about tragedies that happen to other people while Lee Jong-seok plays the prosecutor who will stop the bad things from happening.
Legend of the Blue Sea
The pairing of Lee Min-ho and Jeon Ji-hyun has been years in the making. For Jeon Ji-hyun who doesn’t do drama much, her last is My Love from the Star, it takes Lee Min-ho and a good script for her to agree to appear in the small screen again.The result is one highly anticipated cinematic drama.
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
This is the drama with so many pretty Oppa to look at. You wish there’s always a ten minute bath romp for every episode to balance out all those betrayals, killings and machination within the Palace. Wait; let’s include the very bad mother.
A romantic story which involved hardships, friendships, and rivalries of young, rich heirs led by Kim Tan and a girl named Cha Eun-Sang.18-year-old Eun-Sang lives with her mother who is mute. Her mother works as a housekeeper and she also works part-time jobs to help out. Meanwhile, Kim Tan is not your typical high school student, but a handsome and wealthy Korean heir to a large conglomeration.
I’m Not a Robot
Kim Min Kyu ( Yoo Seung Ho) is both a genius and the primary shareholder of KM Financial, the country’s largest financial company. He’s also never had a girlfriend and claims to be “allergic” to humans. Enter Jo Ji Ah (Chae Soo Bin), an ambitious entrepreneur and a mechanical engineering whiz. Her ex-boyfriend, Hong Baek Kyung (Uhm Ki Joon) is a world-renowned intelligent engineering professor who creates a female android named Aji-3 that looks exactly like her. Through an odd set of circumstances, Ji Ah Jo ends up pretending to be her own likeness, Aji-3. Now she’s caught in a strange love triangle with two geniuses, and the pressure to keep up the ruse can make anyone feel a bit robotic.
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God
Gong Yoo (Coffee Prince) returns in a triumphant comeback with a fantasy romance drama about a Goryeo warrior who is transformed into an immortal Goblin, condemned to roam the world until he finds the woman who is fated to eliminate his miserable existence.
If you need more of your daily Korean drama dosage. Check out this blog by korearookie.com with their list of the best Korean dramas this 2018 .