I would love to share my personal favourites when it comes to Korean Dramas.Trust me I am a huge fan of Korean Dramas and honestly this is the only addiction in my life..:P
Now for beginners entering the world of K-dramas can be a bit difficult task and I understand it very well but you can watch korean dramas online for free with english subtitles.
I hope my recommendations will help you start your K-Drama journey.
1)BOYS OVER FLOWER:
Boys over Flowers is one of THE most popular Korean dramas of all time.It is a 2009 south korean tv series which aired on KBS2 on 5th January to 31st March 2009.It is based on Japanese manga series Hana Yori Dango.The story revolves around a poor but courageous school going girl who attracts the attention of four rich and handsome boys known as F4.
No. of episodes – 25
The story is about four handsome and rich boys called as F4 or ‘Flower Boys’.They are considered as the king of Shinhwa High School.Students who don’t listen to them or follow their instructions are punished by the F4 leader Gu Jun Pyo(Lee Min-Ho) by giving them a red card.Geun Jan Di(Ku Hye-Sun) who is poor but because of her good deed she gets a chance to study in an elite school where she meets the F4.
She withstand all of the pranks played by Jun Pyo and amidst all of this Jun Pyo falls in love with Jan Di.Due do some family reason they had to sacrifice their love and the other F4 members tries to bring them together.
This drama has made me feel upset to frustrated to happy,so many emotions in one go.
My personal favourite drama as the chemistry between the leads is visibe plus the storyline is also nice.It portrayed the life of all the F4 members and their background stories,about how complex their lives can be.It focused on all the characters in an amazing way that it became much more than just a rich guy and poor girl love story.
OMG the best part is the background music and songs which were too good.Overall it has a happy ending.What else do we need right? 🙂
WATCH BOYS OVER FLOWERS HERE: Boys Over Flowers_Viki
Goblin is a Korean drama series also known as Guardian:The Lonely and Great God.It is a fantasy and romance based drama which released on 2nd December 2016-21st January 2017 by tvN.Its final episode recorded 18.68% nationwide audience share making it the second highest rated drama in Korean cable behind Reply 1988.
No. of episodes – 16+3 special episodes
Kim Shin(Gong Yoo) is an immortal goblin and protector of souls.He lives with a grim reaper(Lee Dong-wook) who is in charge of taking deceased souls.Kim Shin is fed up of his immortality and wants to end it but he needs a human goblin’s bride to end his life.Later he meets Ji Eun-tak(Kim Go-eun) who is destined to be goblin’s bride and has the ability to see ghosts.After few encounter they end up falling in love with each other.
This is one of the few Korean dramas which keeps us intrigued from the beginning of the episode.It takes us through the Joseon Dynasty till the Goblin reaches the mordern age and you get to see a lot of changes from that era to this modern time.
Now coming to the chemistry between Kim Shin(Gong Yoo) and Ji Eun-tak(Kim Go-eun),its amazing.Though the age gap is much yet they managed to maintain the chemistry.
You will get to see an element of bromance,love,fight and many more emotions which again keeps you all curious about what will happen next 🙂
WATCH GOBLIN HERE: Goblin_Myasiasntv
Pinocchio is a 2014-15 South Korean television drama which aired on SBS from 12th November 2014 to 15th January 2015.Pinocchio is basically a Romance,Comedy and family based drama which is worth watching.
No. of episodes – 20
Gi Ha-myeong (Lee Jong-suk) is leading a happy life with his parents and elder brother Jae-myeong when one day due to some circumstances Ha-myeong father Gi Ho-snag dies and is also being blamed for others death.This reason leads everybody to outcast Gi family which causes Gi Ho-sang’s wife to kill herself and her younger son Ha-myeong(Lee Jong-suk)
Ha-myeong(Lee Jong-suk) is alive and is saved by an elderly man Choi Gong-Pil who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and thought that he(Ha-myeong) is his elder son Choi Dal-Po who died thirty years ago.Choi In-Ha(Park Shin-hye) has “Pinocchio” syndrome which causes her to hiccup whenever she lies.When Dal Po discovers In Ha’s mother (Jin Kyung) is the reporter who blamed the attack on his family, he holds a serious grudge against In Ha(Park Shin-hye), but as they grow together his feelings change from hated to love.
Do watch the show to know the rest!! 🙂
Pinocchio might not be everyone’s tastes as the first two episodes are a bit slow but from the third episode I am sure you will get hooked.It has love,honest pain,friendship and it also portrays on how media can spoil a persons life through their power.Now talking about the storyline,I personally found it very unique.
Both the characters did justice to their role as Park Shin-hye shines whether its a comic scene or a romantic scene whereas when it comes to Lee Jong-suk,he has such a cute personality.Wish I could bring him home..:P
WATCH PINOCCHIO HERE: Pinocchio_Myasiasntv
Goong also known as Princess Hours is a 2006 South Korean television series.It aired on MBC from January 11th to March 30th 2006.This show was the tenth most popular drama of 2006 with a peak rating of 28.3%.It also became a hit across Asia.
No. of episodes – 24
Shin Chae-Kyung(Yoon Eun-hye) comes from a lower class family and is happy with her friends and her art class.Her family suddenly informs her about her marriage with the Royal family of Korea as her(Yoon Eun-hye) grandfather once helped the King of Korea so the King decided that his grandson would marry his granddaughter.
Shin Chae-kyung recently overheard the crowned prince Lee Shin(Joo Ji Hoon) proposing his girlfriend Min Hyo-Rin(Song Ji Hyo) who rejected her because of her career.Despite this fact Shin Chae-kyung agrees to marry the crown prince because of her family financial issues.
She found support in Lee Shin’s cousin Lee Yool(Kim Jung Hoong) as she felt really depressed and lonely after her marriage.Later she will overcome all the problems and hardships and will love Lee Shin.
I mean trust me I have watched this drama 5-6 times and I can watch it again.Both the characters looked so cute together.He is a crowned prince and has a bit of attitude in him and she is a commoner who is messy and has a childish behaviour.He(Lee Sin) is a kind of person who is not very expressive and at some point he also gets jealous seeing his wife spending time with his cousin which was again good to observe 😛
The show has some adorable moments which is amazing to watch..:)
Do watch this and let me know..:)
WATCH GOONG HERE: Goong_Youtube
Secret Garden is a 2010 South Korean television drama which aired on SBS from July 3rd to August 8th 2010.Secret Garden was a huge success with about 20 billion won worth of economic effect.This show also won various awards at the award functions.
No. of Episodes-20
Secret Garden is sort of a Cinderella story where Gil Ra-im(Ha Ji-Won) who is a stuntwoman meets Kim Joo-won(Hyun Bin) who is a CEO of a high end department store.They met due to a misunderstanding where Kim Joo-won tried to resolve a controversy for his cousin Oska(Yoon Sang-hyun) who is a famous singer.
Kim Joo-won is amazed to see how cool Gil Ra-im is and after their first meeting due to a misunderstanding,she is always on his mind.At first Gil Ra-im repelled him from herself but later on she started reciprocating to his feelings for her.
Now the complications start when Gil Ra-im and Kim Joo-won magically started to switch their bodies..:)
Secret Garden has quite a different storyline which will make people more curious to know “what will happen next?”.Both Ha Ji-won and Hyun Bin did a great job especially when it comes to the fantasy part in the show where their bodies are switched and they had to play the role of the opposite gender,as in when Ha Ji-won had to act like a boy and Hyun Bin as a girl.
There were a lot of funny moments when their bodies were switched..:P and somehow I felt that the supporting actors did an amazing job.
I totally loved loved this drama..:)
WATCH SECRET GARDEN HERE: Secret Garden_Viki