Top 10 Best Romantic Korean Dramas of All Time (Until July 2016) (Good for Beginners)

What type/genre of Korean Dramas that you like the most? Action? Thriller? Romance? Horror? For me, I won’t watch Korean Drama that has no romance in it. So all Korean dramas that I’d like to watch should have romance. Or else I won’t watch it. Why? Because I think a drama without romance will tastes empty.

Unless action dramas which the excitement are no joke like Bad Guy. Although this drama has no romance at all, but the story is intriguing enough to make me curious and excited in each episode.

But even so, not all dramas that have romance will interest me. Many of Korean romantic dramas are boring, too easy to guess, the story is repeated over and over again, too many cliche, and so for.

I love Korean drama which has a unique storyline, has many plot twists, interspersed by action would also good, and most importantly, I really like Korean drama that focuses on the love relationship between the main characters.

Why? Because it will always make my heart pounding, and wondered how it goes.

I’ve watched a lot of romantic Korean drama, and many are very good. Romantic Korean drama also made me addicted to continue looking for another romantic Drama.

Here are the top 10 best romantic Korean drama by Kmazing.net. Watch carefully.

 

10. Gentleman’s Dignity (SBS, 2012)

A Gentleman's Dignity Korean Drama

Gentleman’s Dignity is a Korean drama that aired in mid 2012 as well as Jang Dong Gun’s comeback drama after his hiatus for more than 10 years. The main actor is none other than Jang Dong Dun himself, and  the main actress is Kim Ha Neul, who i considered as one of the top 15 most beautiful Korean actresses of all time.

This drama tells the story of the life of 4 Ahjussi that aged above 40 years (known as F4 ahjussi) and it still can’t be separated from romance and marriage.

This drama is among the best because it is packaged in a funny way but also has thick/strong love story which is about Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul that has a lot of plot twists happened between them.

A Gentleman's Dignity SBS 2012

This drama is perfect for those who want to laugh out loud but also want to experience a strong romance story.

Here is the teaser :

 

9. Descendants of the Sun (KBS2, 2016)

Descendants of the Sun KBS2 2016

It’s already too mainstream to discuss this drama because all Korean drama lovers must be knew, might even bored to discuss it.

As I already said above that I really like the romantic Korean drama which is also interspersed with action, and Descendants of the Sun is one of it.

With romance storyline similar to IRIS, where the lead woman (Song Hye Gyo) quickly accept the love confession from the lead man (Song Joong Ki) at the beginning of the story and began dating, but encountered many obstacles in the middle of the story and had to be in LDR (Long Distance Relationship) or even break up for a long time.

There’s also a love story between Kim Ji Won and Jin Goo which is more lovely compared from the main characters. In fact there are many people who said that the love story between these two (Kim Ji Won and Jin Goo) is better and more thrilling than the love story of the main character who is already mainstream.

Descendants of the Sun Korean Drama

Played by top artists and newcomers, this drama is worthed to be the most popular drama this year.

Here is the teaser :

 

8. IRIS (KBS2, 2009)

IRIS Korean Drama 2009

IRIS is the first action romantic Korean drama that I watched since i entered the Korean world. At that time I was really amazed why there could be a Korean Drama as cool and as good as this.

With the story line of the romance that fast at the beginning, in which the lead woman (Kim Tae Hee) directly accept the love of the leading man (Lee Byung Hun) then immediately dating, dominated by the outstanding action as well as OST songs that are very nice and fit the atmosphere. There is one song that i’ve memorized it completely, that is Don’t Forget, sang by Baek Ji Young, because this song is all over the drama, and i crowned this song as one of the “top 15 best Korean sad/ballad songs of all time“.

This drama is perfect for you who want to raise your adrenaline.

Here is the teaser :

 

7. Plus Nine Boys (TvN, 2014)

Plus Nine Boys TvN 2014

Plus Nine Boys tells the love story from four different men, each aged 39, 29, 19 and 9 years old. In this drama each man has a woman they like and also having various problems (although I always skip the scenes of a 9 years old child).

Honestly, in this drama Park Chorong Apink was very gorgeous and beautiful. To the extent that I crowned her as one of the “top 15 most beautiful Kpop girls of all time“.

Plus Nine Boys Park Cho Rong

The drama is played by Kim Young Kwang and Kyung Soo Jin as the main character. The drama is nice and light, very suitable to fill your boring time.

Here is the teaser :

 

6. The Accidental Couple (KBS2, 2009)

The Accidental Couple 2009

The Accidental Couple is a Korean drama that aired prior to IRIS in 2009. I think this drama is very underrated because many people are not aware of the awesomeness of this drama. May be you didn’t know it.

For me as a man, this drama is extraordinary because Kim Ah Joong is very charming. While perhaps for women this drama is less interesting to watch because the male lead actor is Hwang Jung Min which already a bit old and not too handsome.

The Accidental Couple Korean Drama

The drama is so focused on the relationship between the two main actors. At the beginning of the drama is very frustrating but in the middle until the end part of the drama, it turned out to be very pleasant. The drama is worth watching for men who want to see Kim Ah Joong act very lovely.

Here is the teaser :

 

Moving on to top 5.. Its getting more and more romantic.

 

5. Can We Get Married? (JTBC, 2012)

Can We Get Married JTBC

When I was hunting a new Korean drama on the internet and found that Jung So Min plays a romantic drama that is still ongoing, called Can We Get Married. After I searched deeper, I figured out that this drama aired in the paid channel JTBC, this drama is the first paid channel drama that I watched.

As I watch, this drama is different from the usual drama in regular channel like KBS, SBS, MBC, etc. This drama is packed with unique and simple way. Without unnecessary cliches and straight to the point.

This drama tells the story of the lead actor (Sung Joon) and lead actress (Jung So Min) who want to get married and trying to overcome the problems/obstacles that facing them before their wedding.

Can We Get Married Korean Drama

The drama is very simple and light to watch.

Here is the teaser :

 

4. Marriage Without Dating (TvN, 2014)

Marriage Without Dating TvN 2014

Marriage Without Dating played by Han Groo who had previously casted in Can We Get Married as the supporting actress, In this drama she became a lead actress, accompanied by Yeon Woo Jin as the lead actor.

This drama also focuses on the relationship between Joo Jang Mi (Han Groo) with Gong Gi Tae (Yeon Woo Jin) from the start which they hated each other until they fell in love with each other.

Marriage Without Dating Korean Drama

As a man, I’m very fascinated with Han Groo who acted very lovely and I instantly became a huge fan of her. Hence i also crowned Han Groo as one of the “top 15 most beautiful Korean actresses of all time“.

Here is the teaser :

 

3. Boys Over Flowers (KBS2, 2009)

Boys Over Flowers 2009

This one is already very mainstream and is indeed a repetition of the drama “Meteor Garden” and “Hana Yori Dango”. But still interesting to watch. One of the biggest hit in Korean drama history.

And this drama has the most OST songs that I like, I almost memorized them all.

For beginners, this drama is perfect to watch.

Here is the teaser :

 

2. Runner Up : Padam Padam (The Sound Of His and Her Heartbeats) (JTBC, 2011)

Padam Padam Korean Drama

I watched this drama way after Can We Get Married, which is around 2013, eventhough the drama also aired on JTBC in 2011. Where the hell did I go at that time to miss this great romantic drama? Thank you internet for letting me download this drama.

And it turns out to be a quite extreme drama, because it tells about an ex-con who just about to out from prison and wants to restart his life, fell in love with a woman. This drama also equipped with a fantasy where a friend of the ex-convict admitted himself as a guardian angel.

Padam Padam 2011 JTBC

The drama is very good because it tells about the hard of life, but beside that it also tells a strong romantic story. Played by top actor Jung Woo Sung and top actress Han Ji Min, this drama is really unique, and one of a kind.

Here is the teaser :

 

1. First Place : Another Miss Oh (TvN, 2016)

Another Miss Oh TvN 2016

And the best is Another Miss Oh that just recently aired. Why did I choose this as the best drama? Its because somehow i just really like the relationship between Oh Hae Young and Park Do-kyung.

The drama is really focused on the relationship between Oh Hae Young (Seo Hyun Jin) and Park Do Kyung (Eric), this drama is packed with little fantasy and also has a little extreme storyline, almost like Padam Padam (but not as extreme as Padam Padam).

Somehow after watching this drama my ideal type woman turned into woman like Oh Hae Young. Want to know why? Just watch her acting, I do not want to give you a lot of spoilers here.

Another Miss Oh Korean Drama

In addition, the OST songs is also very suitable with the atmosphere of the drama. I’ve almost memorized all of this drama OST songs because they are good, I also crowned one of this drama OST as one of “Top 30 Best Korean Drama OST Songs of All Time“.

Anyway, this drama is perfect for you who really like a romantic drama.

Here is the teaser :

 

Yep! That was the top 10 best romantic Korean dramas of all time by Kmazing.net. Maybe not all the dramas above are suitable or good for you, because everyone must have a different taste. Dramas above only as a suggestions by Kmazing.net for beginners who want to find Romantic Korean Dramas.

And as we’ve seen above that top 5 ranking are dominated by paid channel drama, this means that I like paid channel drama more than regular channel drama. Because usually paid channel drama provides more unique and creative story.

If you also know some romantic Korean drama that are amazing but not listed above, just let me know in the comments below. Maybe I also could get some great recommendation dramas from you that I can watch later.

Thank you very much.

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23 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Romantic Korean Dramas of All Time (Until July 2016) (Good for Beginners)

    1. I actually agree with you. My first Kdrama was Descendants of the Sun. And while I totally enjoyed it, it was mostly melancholic and more dramatic than funny. The 2nd Kdrama I stumbled into was Coffee Prince. This changed the way I perceived Kdramas. I like the light, funny, charming, heart wrenching and endearing flow of the story. I think it is very balanced and all the characters were given justice and closure in the series. Because of Coffee Prince, I ended up looking for more kdramas and watched Full House. I liked it but not something I would watch over and over again. Coffee Prince to me is timeless and something I can definitely watch when I want to be inspired and motivated to look at the world in a better perspective. I am quite disappointed it didn’t make the list. My husband(an American) enjoyed it as much as I can and he rarely watched shows like this. So yes, I think Coffee Prince should have made the cut.

       
  1. Hi Neferua,

    I didn’t watch Coffee Prince because Yoon Eun Hye Was like a man there, so i don’t like it LOL. Anyway thanks for your suggestion.

     
  2. But I really love coffee prince. Really really really like it. It’s actually my number one kdrama of all time. Anyway thx, i appreciate it

     
  3. It was interesting to see a male perspective on romance. Hwang Jung Min isn’t the most attractive, but he plays characters that are typically charming–and charm goes further with a girl than great looks. The movie, Ode to my Father, displays his great talent as an actor. As far as Coffee Prince goes, most girls like the idea that love transcends looks, time, everything. K-Dramas do an excellent job of delving into the emotional dynamics of the human condition.

     
    1. Hi Shay,

      yes I think Hwang Jung Min is like Seo Hyun Jin in “Another Miss Oh”, basically Seo Hyun Jin isn’t really beautiful but in the drama she become the most attractive female character I’ve ever seen (in my opinion). Even actresses that have good looks are no match to her. I’m so in love with Oh Hae Young. Thats why I put “Another Miss Oh” as the best drama because Seo Hyun Jin was really fascinating and make the romantic relationship the best.

      Btw thanks for visiting.

       
  4. The korean drama which made me addicted was MY GiRL & Full House. With an awesome OST. But still I think there isn’t a better drama than Descendants of the Sun. Weirdly I watched it 3 times already (Although I can’t watch a drama twiche), but i didn’t get tired of it. Wanna watch it for the 4th time again.

     
    1. Hi Liza,

      Thank you very much for visiting my blog. I’ve watched Swallow The Sun and My Love Eun Dong, but didn’t watch All In yet because it’s an old drama. Will try to watch it later.

       
  5. No offence but you’re writing is honestly bad, it is distracting BUT you have great taste in Korean Dramas! Another Oh Hae Young is seriously one of the best dramas I’ve watched so far!

     
  6. I GUESS I REMEMBER YOU OR MUST POPULARLY KNOWN AS HELLO MONSTER SHOULD ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE LIST… ALTHOUGH ITS NOT THAT ROMANTIC BUT IT HAS MORE THRILL AND SUBSTANCE TO IT… TRY WATCHING IT.. ITS NOT THAT BORING ONCE YOU GET THE HANG OF IT..

     
  7. I love It’s okay, that’s love, and Love me if you dare (this is actually Chinese drama). I agreed with you about paid channel having more interesting dramas. I watched Vampire Prosecutor which led me to my loved for OCN dramas. My taste in K-drama tend to be quirky.

     
  8. Would seriously doubt a list excluding “coffee prince” in this genre.If youve not seen it,you are missing one if the best TV Shows ever-Korean or otherwise.Other exclusion of “I hear your voice” is also surprising-Another gr8 show.

     
  9. Secret garden, My love from another star, moon embraces the sun, coffee prince, masters sun(though ending is little boring for 2 episodes) are the best.
    Heirs is the first korean drama i have watched and love it.
    Playfull kiss, rooftop prince, personal taste, shopping king louie, full house, kill me or heal me are also the second best korean dramas among the dramas which i watched.

     
    1. Your list is just about the same as mine!

      I would include Queen InHyun’s Man, Love at the Moonlight, Sungkyunkwon Scandal and Arang and the Magistrate in best sageuk drama as well!

       
  10. 1. You who came from the stars.
    2.moon embraces the sun
    3.coffee prince
    4.descendants of the sun.
    5.boys over flowers.
    6playful kiss.
    Playful kiss was the first korean drama i watched. Lee min ho, kim soo hyun and coffee prince lead are my fav actors

     

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