Top 20 Best Romantic Korean Dramas of All Time (2016-2017) (Updated)

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21Plus Nine Boys (TvN, 2014) (Out from Top 20)

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 :

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  1. All K-drama beginner should cut they teeth on all round dramas..that’s why Coffee Prince should have included in this list

    • 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.

      • I 1000% agree with you. Coffee Prince is my favorite asian drama, among korean, japanese, taiwanese and chinese dramas…everything is great about it. I started DOTS, reached up to epi 4 and stopped, it got too predictive. Scarlet Heart is one that just finished that blew me away, and is now on par with CP for me. Lee Joon Ki is a whole other level actor. just simply amazing. I would love to see LJK and Yoon Eun Hye in a movie but preferably a drama together!!!

      • coffee prince no size..ive watched it lyk 30tyms.de best and also I’ve watched fall in with me ..superb…I lv Korean series…

        • I totally agree with Coffee Prince, also my first drama. I actually saw Nana (Jdrama) and that was the window to Asian dramas as a whole. Back to the topic, my faves (I watch them over and over):

          Coffee Prince
          Going/Princess Hours
          My Princess
          Playful Kiss
          Secret Garden
          Gumiho
          My Name is Kim Sam Soon
          Lie to Me
          You are Beautiful
          Personal Taste
          49 Days
          Sungkyunkwan Scandal
          Pasta
          Arang and the Magistrate
          The World That They Live In
          Dream High
          Me Too, Flower

          I’m sorry my list is pretty long, these are sooo good! I’ve watched so many kdramas, Tdramas, Jdramas, etc.,, I don’t discriminate, as long as it holds my attention. Just my two cents, enjoy!!!

    • I completely agree my ranking would be :
      1) Coffee Prince _ the first drama I ever watched, I’ve been watching it several times and it’s so hard to find something that good.
      2) Dating Agency : Cyrano _ as light and funny + the different missions give the drama a good rythm, you don’t have the time to get bored
      3) Kill me, Heal me _ Ji Sung is so good at playing the different personalities, from a teenage girl to an old ajusshi, he cracks me up
      4) One More Happy Ending _ I love the random goofy moments, funny from the very beginning to the end

      Honorable mention to Miss Korea, the beginning was toooo long ! but as the competiton goes on I got more into it, and actually it should have had more episodes because I want to know what happens next so bad! haha

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    • coffee prince to me was not the best….there is stairway to heaven, healer, lie to me,share my heart,scarlet heart[soo good], city hunter, my princess, my girl,heartstrings,prosecutor princes, a man called God[tho the ending was nt dat good], endless love,sungkyungkwan scandal,dream high[the ending was bad],the greatest love [bt ddnt like faces of main actors],…..[taiwanese—–just you,love now, love around, love cheque charge, fated to lve you, [um forgeting the names of atha best dramas],…..[philipino——–on the wings of love, destined hearts, infact u can neva go wrong with pinoy dramas…]

  4. 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.

    • 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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.

      • ‘All In’ …do it sooner than later. Also an oldie but goodie for me: “Lovers”—controversial back then, but great.

        • Hi Charlotte….
          I also love the ” All In” because it was my first time I watched a kdrama and fell in love with it. it was 10 years ago but it is still like a first kiss to me. The actors are the best actors at the moment . The lead female actress is the one that acts in the ” Descendents of the Sun” and the male actor is the most successful korean actor known in american movies like Red 2,Anyway I am proud of them… The OST is amazing,RECOMMEND.

  6. 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!

    • Why don’t you check your own grammar before you criticize others? You’re again just one of those people who can’t differentiate between ‘you’re’ and ‘your’. You’re: you are. ‘Your’ is used for possession.

    • Hi Oh Hae Young,

      yeah sorry for my bad english, I’m still learning. Writing in this blog is one of many ways for me to learn more English.

      Thanks for visiting by the way.

  7. 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..

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. My love from the star is a great start plus,secret garden,and then for historical or joseon era,moon embraces the sun,empress ki.

  11. 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.

    • 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!

  12. 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

  13. For me the best korean dramas must be:
    1. Coffee Prince
    2. Princess Hours
    3. It’s Okay That’s Love
    4. Full House
    5. Jewel In The Palace
    6. The Great Queen Seondeok
    7. Boys Before Flower
    8. I miss You
    9. Autumn In My Heart
    10. Sungkyunkwan Scandal
    That’s the list of best dramas i ever watched since 2000 until 2016. All of those dramas are well qualified because the stories are great and naturally presented, and they’re also well acted. For the beginners who are looking for korean best dramas, i really really recommended those drama above. You won’t get bored and i bet you’ll love them, trust me. And for the admin, please go check for those dramas i mentioned above and consider them to be added into your list. Thank you

  14. My favorite korean dramas are
    1. to the beautiful you
    2. Boys over flower (lee min ho rocks! and the music is my favorite )
    3.personal taste (love lee min ho’s hair style and dressing in this serial)
    4.faith
    5.my gf is a gumiho has a different concept.
    i have not seen coffee prince but all my friends said it is very nice! 🙂

  15. 1. Descendants of the Sun
    2. Oh My Venus
    3. A Gentleman’s Dignity
    4. My Love Eun Dong
    5. Winter Sonata
    6. Autumn In My Heart
    7. Cinderella and the Four Knights
    8. The Heirs
    9. Scent of a Woman
    10.

    While i watched other K dramas.. i am not filling in the last slot cause i am waiting for another good one.

  16. Is anyone going to mention MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR?! It was my very first drama and it’s so amazing! Besides being a romance, it has comedy, which made me laugh, and I hadn’t giggled or laughed from a show in a long time. Can’t wait to watch a drama that’ll match up to this one.

  17. The best korean dramas i’ve ever seen are:
    Rooftop prince
    Uncontrollably fond
    Cinderella and four knights
    Princess hours
    Prime minister and i
    Pinocchio
    Boys over flowers
    Cheese in the trap
    City hunter
    Healer
    I suggest seeing these korean dramas.

  18. Here’s my list of all the kdramas ive watched!

    Full house
    The heirs
    Boys over flowers
    Autumn in my heart
    Winter sonata
    Stairway to heaven
    Jewel in the palace
    The descendants of the sun
    Weightlifting fairy kim bok-joo
    Moon Lovers: Scarlet heart ryeo
    Uncontrollably fond

    My favorite would be jewel in the palace and weightlifting fairy kim bok joo!!! Seeing your comments though i want to watch coffee prince right now!!!

    Here’s a list of kmovies to watch too!
    Man from nowhere
    Il mare
    A moment to remember
    Maundy thursday
    The classic
    The prophet

  19. I would definately rate The Descendants of The Sun the top one. It had all things in proportion. There were times when cried and laughed simultaneously. Well it is an EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER!!!!!!!

  20. the rank make it unexpected list 😮
    you writing make me wanna watch all the drama especially oh hae young and gentleman dignity. i am not interested with them before but now i do. thanks for sharing :>

  21. 1. Remember: War of the Son – is my fave drama of all time, so far.
    2. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
    3. Shopping King Louis
    4. Cheese in the Trap
    5. She Was Pretty
    6. Cunning Single Lady
    7. Doctors
    8. I Hear Your Voice
    9. A Man Living In Our House
    10. Let’s Fight Ghost
    11. Surplus Princess
    12. Angry Mom
    13. Cheer Up
    14. Love In The Moonlight
    15. Ho Goo’s Love
    16. Scarlet Heart Ryeo
    17. My Unfortunate Boyfriend
    18. W
    19. High School Love On
    20. D-Day
    21. Falling For Innocence

  22. Hmmmm… These are my faves
    Goblin
    Scarlet Heart Ryeo
    Full House
    My Name is Kim Sam Soon
    Foxy Lady
    Rooftop Prince
    Sungkyunkwan Scandal
    Arang and the Magistrate
    East of Eden
    Autumn in my heart
    Gourmet
    Which Star are you from
    Jang Geum

  23. I just tried watching Another Oh Hae Young from this list and I must agree, it’s one of the best kdrama. When a drama made you laugh and cry at the same time, you know it’s a gem. While Decendents of the Sun was beautifully filmed and has a few comical relief, it is less ‘soul touching’ compared to Another Oh Hae Young, imo. Both are great dramas for sure. Some other dramas I enjoyed, in no particular order;

    Goblin
    Shopping King Louie
    A thousand kisses
    Queen InHyun’s man
    I Hear Your Voice
    Baby faced beauty
    I do, I do
    Delightful girl, Chun Hyang
    Prosecutor Princess
    Spring Waltz
    Pinocchio
    You’re Beautiful
    Secret Garden
    We’re Dating Now
    Princess Hours / Goong
    Bride of the Century
    Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy
    Dae Jang Geum
    Dong Yi

  24. Considering that your list was updated as of 2016-17, I’m surprised you didn’t include Goblin in the list. It is one of the best Kdramas made yet. I think it deserves the #1 spot. The acting was really superb, the story line was engaging and touching, and the most important thing IMO is that there were gold comedic moments. I’ve seen tons of Kdramas and I get very irritated with Kdramas that drag with choppy story lines, have very weak female lead characters, and have too many typical cliche’d moments.

    The only ones that I would watch again and again are:
    Goblin
    My Love From Another Star
    Descendants of the Sun
    Rooftop Prince
    Boys over Flowers
    Coffee Prince

    I’ve yet to watch W but I’ve heard good things.

    • Hi KDBug,

      Yeah right i didn’t include Goblin in the list. People know Goblin was one of the best Korean drama ever, but when i watch it i had different perspective.

      Maybe girls would say Goblin is a very romantic and facsinating drama because they see Gong Yoo and as you know his acting is really can make any girls fall in love immediately. But me, as a guy, i’m not watching Gong Yoo, i’m watching Kim Go Eun and somehow i didn’t feel really attracted with her, eventhough she acted great in Cheese in The Trap. But that’s just my opinion i don’t know maybe i’m the weird one here.

      Anyway thanks for visiting.

    • Whaty is the tile of the korean movie with characters like Thea who owns a company called oz, Cedrik with two characters, and Roxanne. i missed the ending of the movie aired at Channel Eleven at 11pM, please, I would appreciate your kind response. Thank you.

  25. hello, can u suggest me kdrama that u want to watch again and again heheheeh im so bored right now because i am unemployed hehehehehe

    • Hi Min,

      Have you watched all of the dramas above? I recommend you to watch them.

      Kdrama that i want to watch again and again is Another Miss Oh. It’s the best.

      Anyway thanks for visiting, hope you won’t get bored anymore.

      • and also strong woman do bong soon..and also hwarang and scarlet heart…because it has the kpop idols i love very much

  26. Hi here’s my list though

    Descendants of the sun
    Weightlifting kim book joo
    W two worlds
    Goblin
    Oh my ghost
    Secret romance
    Strong woman do bong soon
    Signal
    Full house
    Winter sonata
    She was pretty
    Doctors

    Im still searching for more. Hope you could suggest more. From 2015 to present

  27. Hello friends…
    I started watching kdrama from last month… But in the last few weeks i have completed many korean romantic dramas. Now, I feel like i got addicted towards kdrama.
    My Kdrama romantic list is as follows:
    1. PLAYFUL KISS
    2. NOBLE MY LOVE
    3. OH MY VENUS
    4. KILL ME HEAL ME
    5. SHE WAS PRETTY
    6. WITCH’S ROMANCE
    7. SECRET LOVE
    8. BOYS OVER FLOWERS
    9. COFFEE PRINCESS
    10. HWRANG
    11. MY SECRET ROMANCE (ongoing)
    My favorite actors are Sung Hoon (Secret romance actor), Park seo hoon (She was pretty’s actor), Ji sung (Kill me heal me’s actor) and playful kiss actor
    Please give reply if anyone else also liked these dramas and help me to add some more in my list 🙂

  28. Ur list is very interesting… Eventhough I only watched few in the list and going to try the rest very soon..
    I think secret garden, my love from another star , coffee prince , Pinocchio …could have been included in the list.. Master sun alsoo. If u haven’t give it a try , they r really amazing in story and holds a strong romantic plot .

  29. stairway to heaven[have watched more than 300 asian dramas,almost all of them from you tube,dramafever, Wiki etc and this is still my BEST asian drama of all times], scarlet heart[soo good], lie to me, healer, sungkyunkwn scandal, heartstrings, city hunter, a man called God[ending nt so good], prosecutor princess, my girl, my princess, dream high[ending nt so good], the greatest heart[tho they were not good looking], share my heart, doctors[uhmm yeah], endless love, and many others……[taiwanes——just you, love now, love around[soo good], love cheque charge, fated to love you……some forgeting the names]……..[pinoy——-destined hearts, on the wings of love, prince who turns into a frog, love is timeless, uhmm they a lot…u can neva go wrong with a pinoy drama except that some are too painfull except ‘on the wings of love-thumps up ‘] ……….

  30. * Goblin
    * Coffee Prince
    * Love in the moonlight
    * Weightlifting fairy kim bok-joo
    * The Moon embracing the sun
    * Descendants of the sun
    * Emergency Couple
    * My Love from the star
    * Full House
    * Boys over flowers
    * Faith
    * City Hunter
    * The Heirs
    * Personal Taste
    * Strong Woman do bong soon
    * Moon Lovers: Scarlet heart ryeo
    * My Gilfriend is Gumiho
    * My Secret Romance
    * Secret Garden

  31. my fav kdrama
    -scarlet heart
    -moon lovers
    -heartstring
    -cinderella and 4 knight
    -healer
    -k2
    -strong women da bong soon
    -hwarang
    -ruler
    -flower boy next door
    -the heirs
    -school 2015
    -the best hit

  32. Dramas I have watched in order of recommendation :
    You who came from the stars (Must Watch : Funny and so much emotions)
    Scarlet Heart Ryeo (Will leave you wanting more)
    Reply 1988 (Raw emotions set in time when no mobiles were there. Family , friends ,Love so much is there)
    Jealousy Incarnate (Too much oomph, equally amazing guys, you just cant choose)
    Rooftop Prince
    Oh my ghostess (introvert to extrovert, the change gets the guy and funny for us. There is steamy chemistry too)
    The heirs
    Lie To me (Cute chemistry)
    Cheese In a Trap (You love him , you hate him…the guy confuses you. Interesting though)
    Playful kiss
    Pinnochio
    Personal taste
    The secret Garden
    Boys over flowers
    Suspicious Partner
    You are beautiful
    Kill me , heal me
    Cinderella and the four Knights

    Some that i started but cud not finish:
    Goblin
    Oh my venus

  33. best ever k drama i love PRINCESS HOURS
    legend of the blue sea
    Pinnochio
    -the heirs
    -moon lovers
    -heartstring
    Boys over flowers
    * Descendants of the sun
    * My Love from the star
    * Full House
    My Secret Romance
    stairway to heaven
    endless love all season
    W two worlds

    marami pa limot q nalang hehehheeheh

  34. Literally NO NIGHTS for those who love KDRAMA. Here’s my list.
    1. Oh My Venus
    2. Goblin
    3. Weightlifting Fairy
    4. Something about 1% (2016)
    5. Suspicious Partner
    6. Marriage not Dating
    7. It’s Ok, It’s Love
    8. Legend of The Blue Sea
    9. COFFEE PRINCE, Lie to Me (All time Favorite)

  35. My personal fav kdramas
    Action dramas
    -descendants of the sun
    -healer
    -the k2
    -I remember you
    – signal
    -love me if you dare
    Rom-com dramas
    -kill me,heal me (loveddd it)
    -cheese in the trap
    -oh my Venus
    -strong women do bong soon
    -reply 1988(even though ending is little disappointed enjoyed the drama)
    -full house (recommend Thai)
    -to the beautiful you
    -coffee prince
    -doctor crush
    -Cinderella and four knights
    -secret garden
    -personal taste
    -the best hit
    Fantasy dramas
    -Legend of the blue sea
    -goblin
    -bride of the water god(still running )
    -bride of the century
    -blood(vampire drama)
    -master’s sun
    -bring it on ghost/let’s fight ghost
    -my girlfriend is a gumiho
    -mister please come back
    Historical dramas u must surely watch
    -scarlet ryeo:moon lovers(even though last episodes were heart breaking I enjoyed this drama)
    -love in moon light
    -queen Inhyun’s man
    – splash splash love
    -moon embracing sun
    -empress ki (but drama is too long having 51 episodes)
    Emotinal dramas
    -49 days
    -uncontrollably fond(sad ending)

  36. my love for kdrama gat me wishing to visit South Korea.. I’ve watched over 30….. bbf, cp, another miss oh, two worlds, the K2, healer, hotel King, it’s okay that’s love, I need romance, moorim sch, pinnochio, Dr stranger,I hear ur voice, legend of the blue sea,1% of something, lie to me,city hall, me from the stars,moon embracing the sun,dating agency,my girl,my princess,Yong pal,I miss u, master’s sun,brillant legacy, king’s heart,secret garden,,city Hunter n so much more…..

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