Korean romance dramas are the primary attraction of most people interested in Korean dramas. With some of the most iconic couples, Korean dramas never cease to amaze. The following is a list of ten of the best dramas with romance as the theme.
1. Best Love
Among some of the best Korean romance dramas, the Hong sisters are behind the screenplay for Best Love. Starring Cha Seung Won and Gong Hyo Jin, the drama is based around the world of entertainment. Dokgo Jin, is a successful film star while Gu Ae Jung used to be popular as the leader of a disbanded girl group. With no way to make money, she ends up on a variety show similar to The Bachelor. During the show, Dokgo Jin begins to fall in love with her – a forbidden love that the industry cannot accept. It is definitely a must watch.
2. Can We Get Married?
This drama revolves around the lives of three couples with relationships that are different from one another. Starring Sung Joon and Jung So Min, it traces the whole process of dating up to marriage. It is packed with comedy. Despite the humour it realistically tackles all the differences that come up between the two families involved. The bride’s mother has raised her daughter single-handedly in a limited financial setting. The groom’s more stable family constantly disagrees over things, adding comedy to what seems to be a rather boring story.
3. Discovery of Romance
The drama deals with moving on as a result of a break-up and meeting new people, only to have your ex-boyfriend reappear in your life. Han Yeo Reum has been dating Nam Ha Jin for a year. She ends up running into Kang Tae Ha due to work. Starring Jung Yu Mi, Sung Joon, and Eric Mun, respectively, the show handles this plot intelligently. The chemistry in the love triangle that ensues keeps the audience on their toes. This is definitely a classic drama for those who possess an interest in Korean romance dramas.
4. Fated to Love You
Starring Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra, the drama narrates the story of a man and a woman who having a one night stand while on vacation in Macau. Without actual knowledge of who they are, they part ways with no intentions of ever meeting again. When the female character ends up pregnant, their lives swivel around. They end up marrying so that Jang Hyuk’s character can take responsibility for what he has done. Great debates ensue about whether responsibility or love is the binding force keeping couples together or if there is something else.
5. Go Ho’s Starry Night
This is a web drama, starring Kwon Yuri of Girls’ Generation, Kim Young Kwang, and Lee Ji Hoon. It takes place in an advertising company. Always scolded by her boss, Go Ho has developed a deep-seated dislike for the man who has been ruining her life for some time. Under his prickly demeanour, he appears to be hiding his immense love for her, which he cannot show as her boss. Everything changes when her ex-boyfriend joins the company, and she is transferred to him as an employee. This helps develop a romantic rivalry between both men.
Starring Jung Yong Hwa of CNBlue and Park Shin Hye, this is a college drama revolving around the passion for music. Both Lee Shin and Lee Gyu Won are studying at a performing arts college. While both are in music school, they have completely different academic traditions. Lee Shin, a student of contemporary music is the singer in a rock band. Lee Gyu Won plays a gayageum in a traditional Korean music group. The disrespect they possess for each other’s music provides the fodder for the romantic drama ensuing between the two as the show progresses.
7. I’m Not a Robot
Another one among the good Korean romance dramas, I’m Not a Robot is primarily science fiction but has a twist. When a scientific experiment on a robot with a human face goes wrong, scientists must find the woman who inspired the robot’s face, since the machine has already been purchased by a rich man. Starring Yoo Seung Ho and Chae Soo Bin, the show deals with the deception of the scientists and how the male lead ends up falling in love with what he perceives to be a robot, the only companion in his own isolation.
8. Legend of the Blue Sea
Starring Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun, is also a fantasy drama among Korean romance dramas. Set in both the Joseon period and the contemporary period, it narrates the story of a human who fell in love with a mermaid. In the modern world, this human has the face of a con artist, who, with his friends goes on heists to gather money. In fact they try to limit the hold of rich people by diverting bribes. When he meets the mermaid in human form, his attention is riveted to her, which makes him take care of her.
9. Madame Antoine
Starring Han Ye Seul and Sung Joon, this drama deals with the potency of fortune-telling over psychological analysis. Go Hye Rim is a fortune-teller who claims that it is the soul of the French Queen, Marie Antoinette who tells her about the future. She does say otherwise, that she does not have psychic abilities but only follows her hunches upon meeting people. Choi Soo Hyun is a psychologist who has famous people as his clients, but has no belief in true love. When he moves into the same building as Hye Rim, a lot of drama unfolds between science and arts.
10. Oh My Ghostess
Starring Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Suk, this is among Korean romance dramas with a hint of horror to it. Na Bong Soon is an assistant chef possessing a timid personality and the ability to see ghosts. Upon getting possessed by a virgin ghost, who is hunting for a romance, Bong Soon becomes her means to an end. Bong Soon’s boss, Kang Sun Woo is a famous chef who is averse to romance. When he sees the personality change Bong Soon undergoes, he suddenly feels an attraction to her. The ghost’s influence proves to be helpful for her.