My Top 12 Kdramas in South Korea

Korean dramas or kdramas have changed the way the world sees South Korea and fans and non-fans would probably have their own favorite Korean drama or have seen one in their lifetime. I am a fan of kdramas, not an addict because I don’t watch everything, just like most kdrama addicts would. But I would have binge on some when time permits and if I really like the actors and the story.

I feel so lucky that I am here in South Korea and that I could go to those places anytime where they filmed the dramas. I have on some occasion, went to these filming locations of kdramas as I have mentioned in my article 9 Best K-drama Filming Locations in South Korea. Click to read here…

So without further ado, here are my favorites in my personal ranking:

#12 – The Beautiful Gong Shim

I watched this because of the actor Namgoong Min. I don’t know but there’s just something so mesmerizing about this guy. The lead girl was also memorable, played by Bang Minah from Girl’s Day. Namgoong played Joon-pyo who was kidnapped when he was a kid and the story revolved around him going back to his family and in the process meeting Gong Shim, played by Minah. For me, they didn’t have much chemistry, but I appreciate the comedic treatment. I also like the 2nd lead, On Joo-wan, he’s just so cute!         

#11 – Something In The Rain

I liked this because of Jung Hae In and the story was good on the first part and then wonk wonk, it fizzled on the other half towards the end. The actors had great chemistry and you would really wish they would really hit it off in real life. This drama was more of a political statement, as it tackles several issues that are plaguing the Korean society such as age, societal expectations, sexual harassment at work, and a lot more. If you haven’t been smitten yet by Jung Hae In, watch this drama. Thank me later. You’re welcome.

#10 – Coffee Prince

This is probably one of the first Kdrama that I watched and didn’t know that I already adore Gong Yoo. It was also very brave to tackle homosexuality, which is considered taboo subject here in South Korea. The chemistry between the two actors Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye is undeniable. Let me also remind you that this was shown way back in 2007 so it is kinda old but I know that it will still deliver.

#9 – What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim

I watched this because of Park Min-young because I really liked her in Sunkyungkwan Scandal. I liked the back story of this and to be honest, I don’t think Park Seo Joon fit the role but who cares what I think. The story was well-written and I loved how they tied everything in the end. Lee Tae-hwan was also a revelation in this drama, and I hope to see him in more dramas in the future.

#8 – The Heirs

I watched this because of Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun-bin. There was a time I went head-over-heels with Lee Min Ho and it was just awesome. Kim Hyun Bin was also a revelation in this drama, playing the antagonist and Park Shin Hye, there’s just something about this girl. She is an amazing actress. Hyung-sik was also so young in this drama, and I’m not sure if this was one of his early dramas before rising to stardom. What’s fascinating is how these actors play their characters so well and how they can look the part of college students. Thanks, Korean skin-care!

#7 – Sunkyungkwan Scandal

This actually tipped me on to watched historical kdramas. I don’t like them to be honest (don’t hate), but because of Yoo Ah In and Song Joong Ki, I became curious. Their chemistry was amazing, they even won an award for it as Best Couple. I just liked how Joong-ki played with his character and how I imagine that Yoo Ah-in’s character is really lovers in the series.

#6 –  Memories of Alhambra

This is a fairly new one, which just wrapped this 2019. I was captivated by the story, which is not a typical kdrama. It featured a virtual reality game, which the whole plot evolved into. Plus, it starred Chanyeol which is my fave in EXO. The drama was very well executed, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one day, it would happen in Seoul.

#5 – Legend of the Blue Sea

This is really a feast for the eyes because it starred two of my favorite Kdrama stars, Lee MinHo and Jeon Ji-hyun or Gianna Jun plus the whole plot, mermaids. What more can I ask for? In the Philippines, we have a local version which is Dyesebel, a mermaid who also fell in love with a human. I think, across the board, that’s how mermaid stories are. I wish they could twist it a little bit, make it darker and gruesome, well, that’s just me. And their supporting actor Shin Won-Ho, hmmm, super cute!

#4 – Encounter

If you haven’t been convinced that Park Bo Gum can make you fall in love or at least like him that much, watch this. This is also Song Hye-kyo’s comeback drama after marrying Song Joong-ki and she really looks stunning as ever. It’s a May-December love affair and the cheesy kind of kdrama. However, it is still a must watch and will leave you wanting to see the next episode. And the soundtrack, wow, amazing. Eric Nam captivated my heart with his song, The Night.

#3 – You Who Came From the Stars

This started my kdrama marathon binging moments. I watched this straight for 3 days and you just want more. I hope they could work again someday. Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji-hyun’s chemistry was like an atomic bomb. They acted very well in this drama and the story was also captivating. I mean, yes, it’s an alien plot that has been used over-and-over but still, I liked how they crafted everything and put it as a whole. This would turn you to a Jun Ji-hyun’s fan I must say.

#2 – Descendants of the Sun

I really like the feels of this kdrama and I consider this as one whole movie. The cinematography and the whole cast was amazing. Of course, who wouldn’t see the nuclear chemistry of Song Joong-ki and Song He-kyo in this last kdrama they did before they got married. This is a tearjerker, I can guarantee you that. It was also this kdrama that a lot of scenes are filmed abroad instead of only in South Korea, which really added amazing appeal to the cinematography.

#1 – Goblin: The Lonely and Great God

I know, it’s been said a thousand times before and you’ve probably already know how obsessed I am with Gong Yoo. Yes, I know Anne Curtis like him and I can’t blame her. Who wouldn’t like this guy? Anyway, Goblin is an amazing work of art. The story, the actors, the cinematography, the humor, the love story, everything is perfect. If they make this into a movie and make it in 3 parts, I would still watch it. It’s just so good, and I can’t move on after watching it. There was a big hole of emptiness after watching Goblin, and I know that a lot of people also feel the same way. If you are just starting with Korean dramas, start with this one if you want to have a great start, or leave this one and start with other kdramas because after you watch this, you would think less of other kdramas. Yass, gurl.

So to summarize, here are my top 12 Korean dramas:

12 – The Beautiful Gong Shim

11 – Something In The Rain

10 – Coffee Prince

9 – What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim

8 – The Heirs

7 – Sungkyungwan Scandal

6 – The Memories of Alhambra

5 – The Legend of the Blue Sea

4 – Encounter

3 – You Who Came From the Stars

2 – Descendants of the Sun

1 – Goblin: The Lonely and Great God

So there you have it, my top 12 Korean dramas and I know that there’s thousands of other dramas I haven’t watched it that’s why they are not on this list. Calm down, sweetie. I will get there, just like you are. In the meantime, while we are still binge-watching these Korean dramas, please comment which kdrama is your favorite and why, in the comment section below.


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