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10 Korean Drama That You Need To Watch As A Starter

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In recent years, Korean drama becomes more popular internationally. Why? It is because they are super addictive and amazing! From romantic to funny and suddenly, it becomes tear-jerking, Korean drama really play with your emotion.

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So, for the people who just got into Korean Drama, you might get overwhelmed by a lot of choices. Don’t worry! We already prepared a list for you. So, sit back and buckled up, we are going for a ride~

Hotel Del Luna

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Beautiful scenes and elegant wardrobe, this drama steals people’s attention instantly! The story of Jang Man Weol, the owner of Hotel del Luna which is a hotel for ghosts. Because of a grudge, she was stuck to the hotel. Meanwhile, Ku Chan Seong is a Harvard graduate hotelier who was chosen to manage the hotel by none other than the deity. They met, not in good terms at first but eventually, they fell in love. So, if you love a drama with a touch of creepy, even funny ghosts with a roller-coaster of emotion, you would definitely love this!


Crash Landing On You

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If you love a love story that has a very cute romance and great sidekicks, this is your drama! This story is about Yoon Se-Ri, an heiress to a conglomerate in South Korea. One day, while paragliding, an accident caused by strong winds leads, Yoon Se-Ri had to make an emergency landing in North Korea. There, she meets Ri Jeong-Hyeok, who is a North Korean army officer. He tries to protect her and hide her from the authority. Soon, Ri Jeong-Hyeok falls in love with Yoon Se-Ri. This drama will make you laugh at their humor and gushes at their romance!

Hospital Playlist

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A lot of people stay away from the medical drama because it is usually sad or scary. But, this will definitely change your mind! This drama tells the stories of 5 doctors, all entered the same medical university in 1999. They are now friends and work together in the same hospital. You would definitely feel their chemistry of these 5 best friends and enjoy the side stories also the humor in this drama. I can guarantee you will fall in love with all of the characters!

Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

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This one is classic! The storyline and the cinematography will definitely stay with you! This story is about a military general from the Goryeo Dynasty who is cursed by the almighty to stay immortal forever and becomes an immortal goblin, helping people with his powers and being a kind man in spite of his grieving past. The only way to put an end to his immortality is the Goblin’s bride, whose aid in pulling out the sword will end his painful immortality. Ji Eun-Tak is a bubbly high school student who remains cheerful and hopeful despite her tragic life. She summons the goblin by chance and their fates begin to entwine. This drama also has a great OST that you might want to buy a full album of it. Not going to lie, you need to have tissues by your side!

Mr. Sunshine

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If you never saw a Korean historical theme drama, you have to watch this! The story tells during the United States expedition to Joseon (South Korea) in 1871, a boy from Joseon boards an American warship and goes to America. As an adult, he returns to his home country as an American soldier stationed in the country. He met a girl who is a noblewoman that is also fighting for the country’s independence. The set, the wardrobes, and the scenery of this drama will bring you back to where Joseon was. I have to say that this story definitely shows the beauty of Korean historical drama.

Beauty Inside

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If you love cliche romance but with a refreshing plot, you need to watch this drama! It’s about a beautiful actress who changes her appearance due to a supernatural phenomenon. She met a guy who is an executive at an airline company that suffers from an inability to recognize faces.By meeting her, his life changes. I must say, the humor and savage comebacks make this drama very entertaining!

The K2

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If you are a big fan of action with romance, you are going to enjoy this! This story about Kim Je-Ha, a former soldier for hire, also known as K2. He is hired as a bodyguard by Choi Yoo-Jin. Choi Yoo-Jin is the wife of a presidential candidate and the daughter of a conglomerate family. Meanwhile, Ko An-Na is the secret daughter of the presidential candidate who is also a recluse. This drama is very action-packed, romantic, and plays with your heart. I’m sure by the end of this you would totally be blown away!

While You Were Sleeping

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Have you heard about precognition? This drama is about it! This story tells the tale of three young adults who have acquired the ability to see the future through their dream. A reporter Nam Hong-Joo, a rookie prosecutor Jung Jae-chan, and a police officer Han Woo-tak. Some of these dreams show crimes that Jae-chan has to investigate and others show disastrous events that one or more of them will have to endure. Troubled by these dreams, the trio collaborates with each other to prevent their ominous dreams from turning into reality and to take down their archenemy, the corrupt lawyer Lee Yoo-beom. I would say this is the first time I saw a drama about precognition. I’m warning you that this story will make you have a second lead syndrome by the of it!

The King: Eternal Monarch

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Let’s see, a modern royalty and extraordinary plot, this is top of your list! The story of Lee Gon, a modern-day Emperor of the Kingdom of Corea, attempts to cross the barrier into an alternate reality where the Republic of Korea exists in the Kingdom’s stead. He comes across detective Jung Tae-eul, whom he recognizes from an identity card he obtained during the turning-point of his childhood, his father’s assassination. Lee Gon’s half-uncle, Lee Lim, who assassinated the previous king, Lee Ho (Lee Gon’s father), is in hiding and assembling armies whilst traversing back and forth between the two parallel worlds. Heads up! Get your pen and notebook ready, this might be a confusing yet entertaining journey!

Because It Is My First Life

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If you like a more realistic love story, you might want to take a look at this! This story is about Nam Se-hee, a single man in his early 30’s that have chosen not to marry. He owns his home, but he owes a lot on his mortgage. Yoon Ji-Ho is a single woman in her early 30’s. She doesn’t own a home and envies those that do. She also has given up on dating due to her financial struggles. Yoon Ji-Ho begins to live at Nam Se-Hee’s house as housemates. You are going to love the realistic and very deep storyline. Not only that, but the fluffy, Ragdoll-breed cat is also a scene-stealer!

So, which one you would like to watch first? Hopefully, you would enjoy every each of this~