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Best Romantic Korean Drama Series of All Time

Updated on September 30, 2015

Below are some of the romantic Korean dramas that have gained large popularity among K-drama followers.

Love Rain Drama  - Seo-Joon (Jang Geun Suk) andKim Ha-Na (Yoona)
Love Rain Drama - Seo-Joon (Jang Geun Suk) andKim Ha-Na (Yoona) | Source

Love Rain (2012)

Dreamy and romantic, this drama talked about the first love of a couple, Seo In-Ha (Jang Geun Suk) and Kim Yoon-Hee (Yoona), a talented art student and a shy beauty, met and fell in love in 1970’s while they were still studying in college. Seo In-Ha would only paint the woman he loves. Love at first sight, In-Ha secretly painted Yoon-Hee while she was reading in the garden, from the window of his room.

Fate was not on their side, and they had to go separate way. 30 years later, their children, Seo In-Ha’s son, Seo-Joon (Jang Geun Suk), a bold and talented photographer, met and fell in love with Kim Yoon-Hee’s daughter, Kim Ha-Na (Yoona), a cheerful girl who loved gardening as much as her mother. Before meeting Yoon-Hee, Seo-Joon did not believe in romance, after seeing how his father suffer from his unforgettable first love, Yoon-Hee, and left his mother. He flirted with celebrities who often tried to please him. Indifferent to Seo-Joon’s fame, Ha-Na hurt his pride and caught his attention.

At the same time, Seo In Ha and Kim Yoon Hee met by coincidence, and Seo In Ha would not take another chance to lose her again.

If you like to watch “Winter Sonata”, you will enjoy this drama which reunited director Yoon Suk Ho and screenwriter Oh Soo Yun of “Autumn Tale” and “Winter Sonata” after ten years.

Uhm Ji-won, Park Jin-hee and Wang Bit-na
Uhm Ji-won, Park Jin-hee and Wang Bit-na
Kim Bum
Kim Bum

The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry (2010)

A romantic comedy, this drama revolves around three close-knit female friends in their mid-thirties, who are still not married. The first woman, a Korean-English translator Da-jung (Uhm Ji-won) is desperate to leave spinsterhood, and yet she will not settle for anything less than the perfect man.

The second woman, a broadcast journalist Shin-young (Park Jin-hee) is in quest for true love, but finds it hard to stay positive when she have to face high workplace pressure and at the same time, a few failed relationships has kept her pessimistic about finding the right man.

The third woman, Bu-ki (Wang Bit-na), is a beautiful, sophisticated, confidence, successful restaurant consultant and owner. Bu-ki seems to have the answer to every question, is perfectly happy to remain single forever, after breaking off a disappointed engagement.

Of all three women’s stories, the romance between the broadcast journalist Shin-young and Min-Jae (Kim Bum) is most romantic. Kim Bum, a college student and talented musician, is every girl’s dream. Started with a bet, Kim Bum pursued Shin-young, and a game turned into true love. Kim Bum pursuance is so persistent and romantic. Shin-young was moved but could not believe how she could end up with a man twelve years younger than her. Several rejections from the pessimistic Shin-young did not make Min-Jae give up.

“My love for you is real,” says Min-jae to Shin-young. “Just because I’m young, that does not mean I do not know how to love or I love less.”

At one point, Shin-young decides to throw away all her concerns, and tells Min-jae, in a voiceover that he could barely hear:

At this point in my life, I love you… more than anything else in the world.

Queen In-hyun's Man (2012)

Another romantic Korean comedy with interesting and creative plots that will mesmerize you with vivid memory after watching it is Queen In-hyun's Man.

You probably know the classic movie revolved around time travel, “Back to the Future” very well. In this Korean drama “Queen In-hyun's Man”, the author uses time travel as the background of the story, and adds on romantic details which are beyond your predictions. Summary of the story goes like this:

Year 1694, Joseon Dynasty: Kim Boong-do (Ji Hyun-woo) is an impressive scholar and the only survivor in his family who were killed in a conspiracy. Queen In-hyun, was deposed due to a scheme by royal concubine Lady Jang. Boong-do supports the reinstatement of the queen.

Year 2012, modern-day Seoul: Choi Hee-jin (Yoo In-na), is a struggling actress, who has a change in her career path when she is cast as Queen In-hyun in the television drama "New Jang Heebin".

With the help of a mysterious talisman, whenever Boong-do’s life is threatened, he will time-travel to 2012, where he crosses paths with Hee-jin. Due to 300 years of differences, Boon-do has a culture shock and a series of funny incidents take place.

Here is one of the romantic scenes:

With Hee-jin’s help, Boong-do is able to read the history in year 1694 in the library and learnt that the people behind the conspiracy were severely punished with death sentence. He was thrilled with what he read and asked Hee-jin, “What do you do when you are overjoyed (in modern-day)?”. Hee-jin replied, “We normally hug the other person.” And Boong-do hugged her. Before this, Hee-jin is already mesmerized with this noble gentleman, a hug from him not only pleasantly surprised her but melt her to the bone.

Then in the lift, Boong-do said that he will not need to see her again as he knows how to get the library himself. Hee-jin is so sad to hear that, she kisses him out of a sudden, for fear of not able to see him again. Then she explained herself vehemently that is the way to say goodbye nowadays. Boong-do is taken by surprised and said that in his time, only lovers kiss.

Then Hee-jin’s manager appears and insists on knowing this mysterious man. She offers to drive him to the nearby garden to drop him off. When they reach there and about to depart, she just said, “Goodbye” to him, (no kisses). Then, he reaffirms, “Is that all you do to say good bye”? Then she waved her hands. Hee-jin was so embarrassed, sitting at the back seat of the car.

This funny and romantic plot does not end here. Watch and know more. You will enjoy it.

Queen In-hyun' Man Korean Drama
Queen In-hyun' Man Korean Drama
Choi Hee-jin (Yoo In-na)
Choi Hee-jin (Yoo In-na)
Boong-do (Ji Hyun-woo)
Boong-do (Ji Hyun-woo)

Some memorable scenes from "Queen In-Hyun's Man" drama


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    • Simona Gandola profile image

      Simona Gandola 14 months ago

      I adore Love Rain

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for sharing, I will watch kim bum drama, he is so charming