12 Best Korean Dramas You Must See

Korean Cinema’s popularity has increased leaps and bounds in the recent past. Despite producing many path-breaking movies, the Industry also produces many television series that culturally significant and resonant. Something peculiar about Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz was that it was a long movie – over 15 hours long. It was the advent of mini television series, that are similar to the contemporary Kdramas. Several movies like The Thornbirds, Roots and other early TV mini-series were lengthy movies made into mini television series. Unlike many blockbuster Hollywood television dramas, Kdramas are shorter in length and end in as many as 30 episodes. With that in mind, there are some of the gems of Korean television dramas that demand your attention. Here is a list of some of the top 12 Korean dramas:


12. Playful Kiss

Adapted from the 2005 Taiwanese movie- It All Started With A Kiss, Playful Kiss is one of the most globally popular Korean television series. Playful Kiss or Mischeivous Kiss is a warm and a bubbly romance which was designed to capitalize on Hyun Joong Kim’s immense popularity. Aimed at the teenage audiences, Playful catapulted its lead actor, Hyun Joon Kim into superstardom. The TV series deals with the relationship between Baek Seung-Jo, an arrogant young man with a genius IQ, and Oh Ha-Ni, a dizzy young woman who gets poor grades, but whose heart is as powerful as Seung-Jo’s mind. Watch it for its adorable love sequences and the terrific chemistry of the lead pair.


11. Secret Garden

When you have the beginning and the end of a television series like Secret Garden, marathon is the only viable option. Originally meant to be 20 episodes long, the show was prolonged for two additional episodes, keeping in regard the immense popularity of the series.  Secret Garden is a typical rich boy-poor girl love drama, which deals with the relation of the Kim Joo Won, a rich and an arrogant CEO, and Gil Ra Im, a stunt woman whose beauty is the object of envy for the all top actresses. After a series of complicated events, a strange incident results in swapping bodies. Secret Garden is a refreshing and beautiful tale of romance.


10. Dream High

Dream High is a beautiful and a captivating high school music drama starring Bae Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun. The drama series set in the prestigious Kirin Art High School, tells the story of six aspiring students who work to achieve their dreams of music stars in the Music Industry.After the release of the show, all the actors became huge stars, given the show’s popularity among the teenagers. Watch the show for its captivating screenplay and beautiful music album.


9. Coffee Prince

Based on Lee Sun-mi’s novel of the same name, Coffee prince tells the story of a woman who dresses up like a man to get work, and falls in love with a food empire mogul. The television series explores the homo-erotic moments, and sexuality issues of an insecure woman. Coffee Prince was an international success after its acquisition by various distribution movies. The series also swept many awards at the Korean Drama Awards. Watch the show for its bold take on the sexuality issues.


8. Queen Seon Deok

Queen Seon Deok is the historical account of the first female ruler of Silla Kingdom. A brilliant account of the struggles faced by the ruler, Queen Seon Deok is one of the most valued Korean television series. Queen Seon Deok is a  very popular historical figure in the manuscripts of several historians. Her saga depicted in the series was critically acclaimed. Watch it to experience the valor of the Great Queen Seon Deok.


7. The Moon That Embraces the Sun

Adapted from Jung Eun-gowl’s novel of the same name, The Moon that Embraces the Sun tells the story of  the relationship between a ficitional king and a female shaman against a traditional backdrop. The story deals with the conspiracies  and conflicts of political powers in  the Joseon Dynasty. Starring Kim Soo-hyun, Han Ga-in and Kim Min-seo, The Moon that Embraces the Sun is one of the culturally significant television series promoting the culture of Korea. Thereby, the series reached the status of ‘National Drama’.

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