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Top 10 Romantic Korean Dramas You Should Watch

Top 10 Romantic Korean Dramas You Should Watch

my love from the stars korean drama

#01 You Who Came from the Stars (2013)
(별에서 그대) 

Also Known As: My Love from the Star
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Cast: Kim Soo-hyun, Jun Ji-hyun, Park Hae-jin, Yoo In-na
Number of Episodes: 21
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: December 18, 2013 – February 27, 2014

Synopsis:  Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun), a man who arrived on earth from outer space in 1609 Joseon Dynasty period, misses his chance to return back to his home planet while trying to protect a girl he met. Fast forward to 21st century Korea and he is still living among the earthlings, working as a professor which is the newest identity he’s chosen through his years on earth. Knowing that earth is where he belongs to, he continues to maintain distance from everyone. All is well until Cheon Song Yi (Ji-hyun Jun), a famous actress and a hard character and looks just like the girl he tried to protect 400 years ago, moves in next door. Since then he tries to protect her from a man who tries to kill her, and develops romantic feelings for her, although he doesn’t believe in love. The problem? He only has 3 months left on earth.

Winner of 50th Baeksang Arts Awards (Best Drama)
20th Shanghai Television Festival Magnolia Awards (Silver Award, Best Foreign TV Series)
27th Korea Producers & Directors (PD) Awards (Best Drama)

descendants of the sun korean drama

#02 Descendants of the Sun (2016)
(태양의 후예) 

Also Known As: Descended from the Sun
Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Action, Comedy
Cast: Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji-won
Number of Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: KBS
Broadcast Period: February 24 – April 22, 2016

Synopsis: This story takes place in the fictional war zone of Urk (Uruk) a place where UN peacekeeping troops are dispatched to. Captain Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong-ki), the captain of South Korean Special Forces unit, meets Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye-gyo), a volunteer doctor with Doctors Without Borders. Their love begins but due to their jobs that are vastly different, where one has to kill while another has to save people, their values constantly clash and their relationship falters, but their longing for each other grows only stronger through their hardships (an earthquake and an epidemic).

Awards: 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards (Grand Prize TV) (Best Drama)

coffee prince korean drama

#03 Coffee Prince (2007)
(커피프린스 1호점) 

Also Known As: The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince
Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Comedy, School
Cast: Yoon Eun-hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun-kyun, Chae Jung-an, Kim Chang-wan, Kim Dong-wook, Kim Jae-wook, Lee Eon
Number of Episodes: 17
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: July 2 – August 28, 2007

Synopsis: Choi Han-kyeol (Gong Yoo), a grandson of a food conglomerate who is a free soul and hates to join the family business. Hung up on his first love, he has neither any work experience nor a sense of responsibility. He is ordered by his grandmother to manage a small café and learns the responsibility of running own business and the people who work for him. Then he meets a 24-year-old tomboy Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) and slows learns the meaning of true love.

Awards: 44th Baeksang Arts Awards (Best Drama)
20th Korea PD Awards (Best Drama)

boys over flowers korean drama

#04 Boys Over Flowers (2009)
(꽃보다 남자) 

Also Known As: Boys Before Flowers
Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Comedy
Cast: Lee Min-ho, Ku Hye-sun, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon
Number of Episodes: 25
Broadcast Network: KBS
Broadcast Period: January 5 – March 31, 2009

Synopsis: Geum Jan-Di (Ku Hye-sun) is a hardworking student who comes from a poor family, but gets admitted into the prestigious Shinhwa High School after saving a Shinhwa student from committing suicide. From the very first day, she is disgusted by her privileged yet narrow-minded classmates, especially the infamous F4 (Flower Four Boys), the sons of the wealthiest families. Goo Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho), the leader of F4 and the heir of the Shinhwa Group, and no one dares to mess with him, until Geum Jan-di goes neck-to-neck and denounces his rudeness. Gu Jun-pyo falls in love with Geum Jan-di, the first person ever to display no sign of fear before him, and Geum Jan-di slowly falls in love with him as well. But numerous adversities are in store for them, including her selfish and cruel mother who is sworn to split them up…

Awards: 4th Seoul International Drama Awards (Popular Drama)

full house korean drama

#05 Full House (2004)

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Comedy
Cast: Song Hye-kyo, Rain, Han Eun-jung, Kim Sung-soo
Number of Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: KBS
Broadcast Period: 14 July – 4 September 2004

Synopsis: Ji-eun (Song Hye-gyo) is an aspiring scriptwriter living alone in a house called “Full House”, which she inherited from her late parents. One day, she was writing a novel as usual and two of her best friends, Hee-jin and Dong-wook make a visit. They talk her into believing that she has been chosen as the lucky winner of a sweepstakes event ran by the bank Dong-wook was working for. Naïve enough, Ji-eun falls for the trickery and happily accepts a free trip to China. While she’s gone, Hee-jin and Dong-wook sell her house. On the plane, Ji-eun happened to meet and get acquainted with Young-jae (Rain), the most popular celebrity in Asia, only to discover that her house was sold to him upon returning. Ji-eun works as his maid to make money to buy back the house. Young-jae, on the other hand, wants to make her admirer, Hye-won, jealous. Young-jae and Ji-eun sign a marriage contract set for six months…

Awards: KBS Drama Awards (Best Couple – Rain and Song Hye-kyo)

sungkyunkwan scandal korean drama

#06 Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
(성균관 스캔들) 

Also Known As: Boys Before Flowers
Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Comedy, Historical
Cast: Park Min-young, Park Yoochun, Yoo Ah-in, Song Joong-ki
Number of Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: KBS
Broadcast Period: 30 August – 2 November 2010

Synopsis: The story revolves around Sungkyunkwan University, the foremost educational institution during the Joseon Dynasty era when females were not allowed to be educated or employed. When Kim Yoon-hee (Park Min-young)’s younger brother’s illness worsens and her family is on the brink of eviction, she disguises herself as her brother, in an effort to save the family. After going through numerous jobs, she takes a risky but well-paying job as a substitute test-taker. Her venture ends when caught by Lee Sun-joon (Park Yoo-chun), who later becomes aware of her talents and encourages her to enroll in the university, where she has to put up against many unruly colleagues.

Awards: 47th Baeksang Arts Awards (Best Drama)
6th Seoul International Drama Awards (Outstanding Korean Drama)
4th Korea Drama Awards (Best Drama)
38th Korea Broadcasting Awards (Best Mid-length Drama)
55th New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards (Bronze World Medal for Best Miniseries)

the heirs korean drama

#07 The Inheritors  (2010)

Also Known As: The Heirs
Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Cast: Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye, Kim Woo-bin
Number of Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: October 9 – December 12, 2013

Synopsis: The story revolves around a group of wealthy, privileged, elite high school students who are preparing to take over their families’ business empires. They seem to possess everything they want and need, except true love. Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho), the heir to a Korean conglomerate, the Empire Group, is sent to the U.S. to study abroad, In the mean time, his elder half-brother Kim Won (Choi Jin-hyuk) devises a scheme to take control of the family business. While in the U.S., Kim Tan meets Cha Eun-sung (Park-Sin-hye), whom he falls in love with. When Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji-won), his fiancé arrives in the U.S. to bring him back to Korea, troubles arise and he is torn between love and duty. To make things further complicated, Rachel’s half-brother Choi Young-do (Kim Woo-bin) slowly develops his own feelings toward Eun-sung.

Awards: 2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards (Best Modern Drama)
9th Seoul International Drama Awards (Outstanding Korean Drama)
7th Korea Drama Awards (Grand Prize)

it's okay that is love korean drama

#08 It’s Alright This Is Love (2014)
(괜찮아 사랑이야) 

Also Known As: It’s Okay, It’s Love
Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Comedy, Medical
Cast: Jo In-sung, Gong Hyo-jin, Sung Dong-il, Lee Kwang-soo, Do Kyung-soo
Number of Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: July 23 – September 11, 2014

Synopsis: Jang Jae-yul (Jo In-sung) is a famous mystery novelist and also a popular radio DJ. He suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. He meets Ji Hae-soo (Gong Hyo-jin), a first-year psychiatric fellow, at the hospital where he is being treated. While they help each other work through their deep-rooted emotional issues, Jo Dong-min (Sung Dong-il), Hae-soo’s senior colleague and first love, and Lee Pul-ip (Yoon Jin-yi), Jae-yul’s girlfriend, become more and more anxious…

Awards: Korean Society for Schizophrenia Research (Plaque of Appreciation)
Blue Media Awards (Special Award)

personal taste korean drama

#09 Personal Taste (2010)
(개인의 취향) 

Also Known As: Personal Preference
Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Comedy
Cast: Son Ye-jin, Lee Min-ho
Number of Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: March 31 – May 20, 2010

Synopsis: Park Kae-in (Son Ye-jin) is a warm-hearted, clumsy, and impulsive furniture architect who lives in a place Sanggojae. It is a modern hanok (traditional Korean house) house designed by her father Kang Shin-il, who is a famous yet reclusive architecture professor. To many, the place is known as a mysterious place as it has never been opened to the public. One day, Par Kae-in’s longtime boyfriend Han Chang-ryul (Kim Ji-seok) abruptly breaks up with her and disappears. She is invited to her good friend and roommate Kim In-hee (Wang Ji-hye), only to find out that the groom is none other than her ex-boyfriend, Chang-ryul. Realizing that she had been cheated, she vows to never trust a man again. Meanwhile, Jeon Jin-ho (Lee Min-ho), a budding architect who is in desperate needs of winning a project bid for the Dam Art Center to save his small firm from going bankrupt. After discovering that the art center director’s favorite building is Sanggojae, he devises a brilliant plan: he disguises himself as gay in order to get access to the house by becoming Kae-in’s roommate…

Awards: GyaO! Awards (Best / Most Shared Foreign Drama)

secret garden korean drama

#09 Secret Garden (2010)
(시크릿 가든) 

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Comedy
Cast: Ha Ji-won, Hyun Bin, Yoon Sang-hyun, Kim Sa-rang
Number of Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 13 November 2010 – 16 January 2011

Synopsis: Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin), a high-end department store CEO is a modern-day prince charming – good looking, confident and a member of the upper class (also keeps his distance from the “regular” people). He is always meticulous about his work and demands only the best from his subordinates, often in the most patronizing way. All that changes when he meets Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-won), a stunt woman who lives hand to mouth. Joo-won falls in love with her, while it is against his “upper class” image. Two different worlds collide and they go through a series of incidents that complicate their relationship. Things get even more complex when they wake up one morning and realize their bodies have been switched.

Awards: SBS Drama Awards (Netizen Popularity Award)
47th Baeksang Arts Awards (Best Drama)
4th Korea Drama Awards (Grand Prize)
24th Grimae Awards (Grand Prize)