In need of something to binge-watch? Try these complete Korean romance dramas!
If you haven’t noticed, 2016-2017 was a great year for Korean drama. And that’s exactly why I spent most of my time watching them. This year, major Korean television networks were able to pick up from the success and produce amazing shows that will instantly get you hooked. The first quarter has just ended, but we are confident that this year will be just as amazing.
Each drama is only around 16-20 episodes long, but each drama’s unique story really has you asking for more. If you don’t mind reading subtitles, I really suggest you try watching these. Here are the 10 best complete Korean romance dramas last 2016 that everyone kept talking about. How many have you watched?
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
This is a lighthearted series that deals with a female weightlifter’s struggles on being a woman. Kim Bok Joo, played by superstar and model Lee Sung Kyung (Cheese in the Trap, Doctors), teaches us that it’s okay if you don’t meet the “conventional standards of being feminine”.
Legend of the Blue Sea
Legend of the Blue Sea is one version of the Little Mermad you won’t forget. This drama stars Korea’s top superstars Lee Min Ho (Boys Over Flowers) and Jun Ji Hyun (My Sassy Girl) and thankfully, they didn’t let us down. A mermaid leaves the ocean to meet the man of her dreams and while the romance seems blossoming, it is gradually revealed that their present destinies intertwine with their past lives’ in a dark and thrilling mystery.
Scarlet Heart Goryeo
This has got to be the most heartbreaking drama in the history of Korean dramas. Singer and actress IU plays Hae Soo, a present day girl who drowns in a lake and finds herself in an early Korean era. She comes across the King’s many sons and uses her wit and reason to stop them from killing each other for the throne.
IU pairs well with Lee Joon Gi, who plays 4th Prince Wang So, except no one really knows if their fates will meet once again. That wasn’t a spoiler, I swear.
Descendants of the Sun
Song Joong Ki plays Yoo Shi Jin, military man in the Korean Special Forces who falls in love with one of Haesung Hospital’s best surgeons, Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo). Both are sent to Uruk, a fictional country, to help the residents get by their war-torn and calamity-stricken home.
By the way, the love story between Kim Ji Won and Jin Goo is to die for.
Cheese in the Trap
Goblin’s Kim Go Eun is the lead star of this drama. She portrays a straight-As student who meets Jung Yoo (Park Hae Jin) and eventually falls in love with him. While school might seem normal for the both of them, at home Jung Yoo seems to have a dark and eerie past. Lee Sung Kyung is also in this drama and plays a Jung Yoo’s adoptive bratty sister notorious for excessive shopping.
Cheese in the Trap is different. It’s a good type of different that combines a normal love relationship with the struggles of a life outside college.
Cinderella and Four Knights
Eun Ha Won (Park So Dam) gets an offer to work for a rich family’s patriarch. She only has one role – to finally get the three cousins in the house, Kang Ji Woon (Jung Il Woo), Kang Hyun Min (Ahn Jae Hyun), and Kang Seo Woo (Lee Jung Shin), to get along. She is provided everything that she could ever imagine even a potential scholarship but everything will be taken away from her if she engages in a romantic relationship with any one of the boys. Spoiler alert – she did.
Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim
If Doctors didn’t satisfy your medical drama slash romance needs, Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim might be the drama for you. It follows the story of Teacher Kim (Han Suk Kyu) who is an unconventional surgeon in a small hospital as he teaches a stubborn general surgeon Kang Dong Joo (Yoon Yeon Seok) and Yoo Seo Jung (Seo Hyun Jin), a surgeon who got into a car accident as was since then unable to perform delicate surgical procedures.
Gong Yoo wins our hearts again in a beautiful drama where he portrays Kim Shin, cursed by the deity to live forever until he finds his bride. His bride would be able to see the sword pierced through his heart and draw it out so he can finally die in peace. The Goblin’s bride is no other than Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun), a student who wasn’t supposed to live in the first place.
It’s a stunning drama with their own grand and complete story of why we live and how we die.
Love in the Moonlight
Love in the Moonlight was a period drama that was airing almost simultaneously (well, same days) with Scarlet Heart. This drama’s a lot lighter than scarlet heart because of the playfulness of the characters. Hong Ra On (Kim Yoo Jung) is a country girl who has been pretending to be a man since her younger years and enters the palace as a eunuch. She catches the eye of Crown Prince Lee Yeong (Park Bo Gum) after he finds out her secret.
W: Two Worlds
W: Two Worlds is a fantasy romance drama that stars Lee Jong Suk as Kang Cheol, a comic book character trying to solve the mystery of his family’s murder. Oh Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo), for some strange reason, was sucked into Kang Cheol’s comic book and becomes a character. Together, they try to understand what eerie things are happening both in Kang Cheol’s and in Yeon Joo’s world.