Top 3 Korean Dramas in 2009

No. 3: Shining Inheritance

Every year, many Korean dramas are produced. For the year 2009, three dramas captured my attention. At third place is "Shining Inheritance" (also known as Brilliant Legacy) starring Lee Seung Gi and Han Hyo Joo. The drama revolves around Han Hyo Joo's character who is put in a situation like Cinderella's. She is forced to fend for herself and her brother. In the process, she inevitably ends up living in the same house as the main male character thanks to his grandmother.

To cut the long story short, both characters grow to love another and teach each other important lessons in life. For Lee Seung Gi's character, it is definitely a huge leap in terms of maturity as he learns to appreciate money and to respect others.

Shining Inheritance was also shown in Japan. Among the various Korean dramas shown before, this drama is the one which attained the highest rating for that time slot. This has also earned the two main lead actors, Lee Seung Gi and Han Hyo Joo many Japanese fans.

Han Hyo Joo is currently starring in a new Korean drama titled "Dong Yi".

K Will - Love Is Punishment (Shining Inheritance OST)

No. 2: Boys Over Flowers

This drama is based on a manga called Hana Yori Dango. There has been many adaptations to TV including the famous Taiwanese series Meteor Garden starring Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Vanness Wu and Ken Zhu. However, this adaptation still manages to capture the hearts of viewers.

With great casting, all the actors play and look their parts well. Moreover, the drama is also accompanied by great songs throughout the show such as Paradise by T-Max (Kim Jun is a member) and Because I'm Stupid by SS501 (second male lead Kim Hyun Joong is the leader).

During the filming, there were various unfortunate incidents including Goo Hye Sun's accident. This resulted in a special being shown to replace a planned episode. Catch the special to see the 4 male leads!

No. 1: You're Beautiful

This drama has far exceeded the expectations of many. What makes this drama stand out among all the rest is the fact that even after the show was completed, fans still do not have enough. This has led to the setting up of a new website for the band A.N.Jell. In fact, when the website was first up, too many visits to the site actually caused the server to break down!

From the excellent acting by Jang Geun Suk to the catchy songs with touching lyrics, almost everything in this Korean series is perfect. Although the premise of a girl pretending to be a guy is nothing new, the scriptwriters have managed to inject lots of humour and heartwarming scenes into this short drama series.

Fans of the show will definitely recognize the significance of things like "stars" and the "pig-rabbit". Also, not to forget the extremely hilarious "running away from the pig" scene. It is all these small little things that have captured the attention of fans all around the world, particularly in the Asian region. And the series has definitely won me over!

2011 Korean Drama: Dream High duet (Kim Soo Hyun and Suzy Miss A)

You're Beautiful: Top Korean Drama for 2009

The four lead actors in You're Beautiful: Jang Geun Suk, Park Shin Hye, Lee Hong Ki and Jung Yong Hwa.
The four lead actors in You're Beautiful: Jang Geun Suk, Park Shin Hye, Lee Hong Ki and Jung Yong Hwa.

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Which is your favourite Korean drama for 2009? 29 comments

miley angeles 6 years ago

love all these dramas..bof,shining inheritance and of course you're beautiful.these 3 are the best in 2009.


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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks for reading and commenting. =)


jac_mans 6 years ago

i agree with you...these are the best dramas ive seen.


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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks Jac! Glad you enjoyed the post =D


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

Hi! these dramas are great, thank you for sharing :)


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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

You are most welcome. =)


bignose 6 years ago

I also noticed the older-women, younger-men trend. could be catering to the interests of the large number of older women (stay-home moms and housewives) watching the dramas who have the money to attract advertisers.


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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

That sounds like a probable reason. Thanks for your input on my other hub http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Older-Women-Youn... !


jaycee 6 years ago

you miss Queen Seon Deok in your list.


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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore Author

Ah...I didn't include Queen Seon Deok because I didn't watch it. So obviously I can't rate it. The list is subjective as I only chose the top 3 based on the dramas which I have watched =) Hope you understand!


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Priscilla_Bee 5 years ago

what about "bad guy" or "bad boy". its on hulu now, and it is pretty intense and awesome


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lilian_sg 5 years ago from Singapore Author

Hi Priscilla, Bad Guy was shown in 2010. My post includes only those in 2009 =)


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lilian_sg 5 years ago from Singapore Author

Hi Priscilla, Bad Guy was shown in 2010. My post includes only those in 2009 =)


Ay ay 5 years ago

My 2010 kdrama favourit is you're beautiful.


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lilian_sg 5 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks for sharing....We have the taste then!


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

Thanks for this Hub about contemporary Korean drama - rated up and useful.


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lilian_sg 5 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks Patty for rating up and useful =)

Glad you enjoyed the post!


chz_furstin 5 years ago

i love you're beutifull,, great acting.. I buy the dvd n finished it only in a day!!!


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lilian_sg 5 years ago from Singapore Author

Haha...another fan of You're Beautiful! Yeah...


Enajyram 5 years ago

Oh!! I really really like Boys Over Flowers... so Nice...


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lilian_sg 5 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks for commenting. I liked it too!


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jajunjajuli 5 years ago

i think shining inheritance is the most i like.. that's very cool film

kaos futsal bandung


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lilian_sg 5 years ago from Singapore Author

Yeah...I liked it too. You should try My Girlfriend is a Gumiho too http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Top-Korean-Drama ! It has Lee Seung Gi =)


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ceh4702 4 years ago

My favorite song is from legend. It is "Million Roses".


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lilian_sg 4 years ago from Singapore Author

Ah..I didn't watch that drama so do not know the song. If I have time later, I will search for it. Thanks!


sanchiana 3 years ago

thanx bud!!

actually m done watching all these dramas :D

can u suggest a few more??? :)


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lilian_sg 3 years ago from Singapore Author

You can check out my latest hubs on the dramas for 2010, 2011 and this year 2012 =D


Imran 3 years ago

The first drama I viewed was Fantasy Couple (환상의 커플). Followed by I Hate You, But It's Fine/Likeable or Not (미우나 고우나). Iljimae (일지매) and The Return of Iljimae (돌아온 일지매) must have came after. I tolltay fell in love with Kim Sun-ah (김선아) in My Lovely Sam Soon/My Name is Kim Sam-Soon (내 이름은 김삼순). Other dramas such as Warrior Baek Dong Soo (무사 백동수), The Kingdom of the Wind (바람의 나라), and Painter of the Wind (바람의 화원 ) did follow. Need to finish Shining Inheritance (찬란한 유산) and The Jewel in the Palace (대장금). Do love the contemporary dramas, but I realized my heart feels most happy when I view historical dramas. Currently, I am viewing Jumong (주몽). I am so grateful to dramafever!!! Just wish the "Language Professors Hate Him" and "Powerade Saxophone" advertisements would go away. Happy viewing to all!!!


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lilian_sg 3 years ago from Singapore Author

Thanks Imran for your input! I really liked My Lovely Sam Soon/My Name is Kim Sam-Soon too =)

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