So if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m a *tad* in love with Korean culture. I’ve done posts before on learning languages as well as my favorite international films and I’ve even including K-pop into some of my Soundtrack Saturday features….but I’ve never done a post dedicated solely to Kdramas.
I actually just injured my neck tumbling the wrong way during a yoga headstand and have been trying to rest as much as possible sooo binging some old favorites was definitely in order and also kinda inspired this post!
So, sit back, relax, annd fall in love with the crazy dramatic romance and boys who have nicer skin than any girl I’ve ever seen :p
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My Top 6 Favorite K-Dramas
“A drama based on a true story about a legendary band of warriors known as “Hwarang” that would define a dynasty.” – DramaFever
Hwarang is extremely hard not to tear through. It’s fast-paced, full of plot twists and the romance is so well donee! Based on a true story, Hwarang is about what you might call the first group of Idols. In an effort to regain her peoples trust and love and to control the rich masters who are plotting against her, the queen creates a ragtag group made up of their sons (all strong, well-educated and bachelor-potential boys), calling them the future of Silla. Hwarang is this beautiful and funny story about friendship and family. The boys of Hwarang, who have been raised to abide by a harsh social ranking system, learn to cast that away and learn to work together and even become brothers. The romance is equally spicy and sweet and the female leads shine just as bright as their male co-stars.
High-School: Love On
“High schooler Woo Hyun has it tough, so he’s lucky to have a real guardian angel looking out for him. But can angel Seul Bi protect Woo Hyun and survive the perils of high school and first love?” – DramaFever
If you’re into high-school dramas, then this is for you! This drama has a supernatural twist, making lead character Seul Bi – who’s a young guardian angel masquerading as a normal highschool student – even more endearing and adorable. With the help of two boys who fall for Seul Bi’s weirdness, she navigates her first time living among humans in this hilarious and cute drama.
Legend of the Blue Sea
Legend of the Blue Sea is about two intertwining tales and a twist on your typical mermaid story. In the past, a governor from the Joseon Era falls for a mermaid that a greedy inn keeper is planning on capturing and exploiting at any cost. In the present, a happy-go-lucky mermaid named Shim-Chung hilariously happens upon a charming con man named Joon Jae who is in Spain on his latest con. When he becomes curious about the treasure around her wrist – an expensive looking bracelet from the Josen Era, the two become wrapped up in a sweet and funny romance.
I adore this romance – I’ve seen it three times xD Besides…you can’t go wrong with Lee Min Ho, (who plays the male lead,) a major star who has a ton of runway hits under his belt. It’s sweet, heartfelt and chock full of so many hilarious lines xD
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.” – DramaFever
This one is classic among avid kdrama fans and great for any newcomers. Jan Di is all of us when we witness a arrogant bully wreaking mayhem on those undeserving. The all-star cast and classic highschool drama of the rich boy and humble girl butting heads has inspired multiple other remakes of the drama all over. Lee Min Ho (who plays in the drama listed above as well) is one of many big names in this drama, including Gu Hye Son and Kim Hyun Joon (one of my other favorite actors). The cast plays so well off each other which definitely makes this drama!
“Lee Yo Won, Jung Il Woo, and Nam Gyu Ri star in this popular romantic comedy about a young bride who gets a second chance at life – by possessing the body of another woman.” – DramaFever
If you like a good tear-jerker, then 49 Days is for you. This is the first drama I ever bought on DVD because I loved it so much that I find myself re-watching it every once in a while. A harrowing story about a naive bride who uncovers a dark secret about her husband-to-be after her untimely death, Ji Hyun learns the ropes of being a 49 Traveler with the begrudging help of a grim reaper. Determined to complete the challenge of collecting 3 tears of people who truly love her by possessing the body of a mysterious and lonely woman, seemingly popular and beloved Ji Hyun thinks she’ll wake body out of coma in no time – but as it turns out, true love isn’t so simple. This drama is not only heart-warming and emotional (seriously, grab a tissue box – or two…) but it also provokes interesting questions love, life and your closest relationships.
Scarlet Heart: Ryeo
“Hae Soo (IU) is a 21st century woman who gets caught in a solar eclipse and is transported to the Goryeo Dynasty, which ruled Korea from the 10th century for nearly 500 years. Suddenly, Hae Soo finds herself in the royal palace, where she comes across Fourth Prince Wang So (Lee Joon Ki). A man as feared as he is handsome, Wang So is based on the real-life fourth king of the Goryeo Dynasty and makes others tremble but wins over Hae Soo’s heart. However, he is not the only one in the palace with eyes on the throne, and a political battle of deception, secrecy and lies ensues between Wang So and all the other princes.” – DramaFever
Hands down my favorite drama I have ever seen, I’ve mentioned Scarlet Heart in some of my other posts too. I adored the chemistry between Hae Soo and Wang So, her mix of tenderness and feisty attitude slowly unthawing a prince who has only ever known how to fight. The princes in the show, Wang So’s siblings, are all so well casted and I loved how each one had their own sub-story and distinct personality. Scarlet Heart was one of the first historical dramas I’ve ever seen in any language and I’ve loved it ever since! The story is a roller coaster of emotions and I highly recommend it!
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And that’s the end of my post for today! Did you like it? Have you ever seen a K-Drama? Which are your favorite? Let me know in the comments down below! They have such a different feel from American tv and sometimes I honestly prefer it – I get so pulled in and invested! Drama writers have serious skill! Did you know that the new and popular show The Good Doctor is adapted from a Kdrama? It’s taking over and I’m so excited to see how our cultures keep influencing each other! 🙂
Have a goodnight everyone! <3