10 feel-good Korean dramas to watch!

Aishwarya Srinivasan
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Korean Dramas

We've curated a list of all the feel-good Korean dramas to watch when you need an escape from reality!

Korean dramas are a world of their own and a perfect solution when you want to sit back and not think about anything else in your life. At a time when everyone was making content about serious concepts and the world ending, Korean dramas bloomed like a lotus amidst all of this and reached millions of hearts. What resonates the most about these dramas is that they remind us of the old-school, pure and innocent kind of love that all of us wish to have in our lives. Even though the language is unfamiliar and difficult to understand for many, it still manages to keep you coming back to it because of its beautiful culture. Okay fine, let's not lie to ourselves, it's also the undeniably good-looking actors that we cannot stop looking at!

So here's your watch list if you want to explore this idyllic genre!

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha- Netflix

From enemies to lovers, this heartwarming story is about Yoon Hye-Jin (Shin Min-Ah), a dentist who leaves her high maintenance life in Seoul and shifts to the picturesque seaside town of Gongjin to start a new life. There, she meets the town's chief and handyman, Hong Du Sik (Kim Seon-Ho) and their journey of love and life together begins.

Things to look forward to:

  • It has the perfect amount of all the genres to keep you hooked till the end
  • Slice of life story and simplicity of people
  • Amazing shots of the sunset, sunrise, and the aesthetic town
  • Shin Min Ah's outfits and bags
  • Soundtracks that'll give you a major serotonin boost
  • Getting lost in Kim Seon Ho's dimples

Our Beloved Summer- Netflix

After filming a viral documentary sharing their high school lives, two former lovers are asked to evaluate and face the truth of their relationship as they open their lives to the people once again. This is a realistic story about a modern-day couple, the insecurities they have, and the irresistible chemistry between Kook Yeon-Su (Kim Da-Mi) and Choi-Ung (Choi Woo Sik).

Things to look forward to:

  • Confessions of love that will give you butterflies in your stomach
  • Love triangles
  • Incredible writing
  • Little things that go a long way
  • Fun episode titles based on famous rom-coms
  • Christmas Tree sang by V of BTS which makes you feel like it's healing your soul

Twenty-Five Twenty-One- Netflix

Naa Hee-Do (Kim Tae-Ri) a fencing prodigy meets Back Ye-Jin (Nam Joo-Hyuk) who has his family's financial problems to carry on his shoulders at a young age. The two become each other's primary support and comfort while navigating hardships of life simultaneously.

Things to look forward to:

  • The story is set in 90's so lots of nostalgic references and costumes/sets from that era
  • Strong and independent female characters
  • Quotes on life that will stick with you forever
  • Cute teenage friendships and young love
  • Inspirational fencing matches
  • Exemplary comic timing
  • Nam Joo-Hyuk and Kim Tae-Ri's flawless acting

Hospital Playlist- Netflix

Best friends since college, a group of five doctors work at Yulje Medical Center and find time to spend on their commonly shared love for music whilst saving lives on a daily basis.

Things to look forward to:

  • Your first ever medical drama
  • Heart warming camaraderie amongst the characters
  • The story feels like a fuzzy, warm blanket on a chilly winter night
  • Learning a lot of medical terms
  • Adorable band practices and songs
  • Happy tears when they save a patient's life

Crash Landing On You- Netflix

After a South Korean heiress, Yoon Se-Ri (Son Ye-Jin) crash lands into the arms of a North Korean army officer, Captain Ri-Jeong Hyeok (Hyun-Bin), he decides to help her out and hides her in his house in North Korea. The two fight against all odds to stay together and keep their relationship alive.

Things to look forward to:

  • North Korean- South Korean love story
  • The mains leads are getting married in real life so that makes it even more exciting
  • The stellar cast of supporting characters
  • Soundtracks that'll make you cry
  • Romantic scenes that you'd want to recreate in real life

True Beauty- Amazon Prime Video

After a traumatic bullying incident at her previous school, Lim Joo-Kyung (Moon Ga-Young) decides to hide her real face behind her excellent make-up skills and start a new chapter at her new school. She gets stuck in a love triangle between two of the most popular boys in school, Lee Su-Ho (Cha Eun-Woo) and Han Seo-Joon (Hyang In-Youp), who both fall head over heels for her.

Things to look forward to:

  • High school drama
  • Attractive second- lead
  • Addressing insecurities that are relatable for young girls today
  • Accepting that true beauty lies within and not on the outside

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim- Netflix

Lee Young-Joon (Park Seo-Joon) is a narcissistic CEO of a company run by his family. When his hard-working secretary of nine years Kim Mi-So (Park Min-Young) hands in her two weeks' notice to finally focus on herself, chaos ensues as he doesn't know what his life would be without her. He realizes her value in his life and notices things about her that he hadn't before.

Things to look forward to:

  • Office romance
  • A past secret the two characters share
  • Swooning Park Seo-Joon's aura and his suits
  • Family conflicts

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo- Netflix

Kim Bok-Joo (Lee Sung-Kyung) is an ace when it comes to weightlifting but when it comes to love, she's just an awkward teenage girl who's figuring out her feelings. She wants to experience things like other girls her age do and develops a crush on her nutritionist, Jung Jae-Yi (Lee Jae-Yoon). Meanwhile, Jung Jae-Yi's younger brother, Jung Joon-Hyung (Nam Joo-Hyuk) a pro swimmer at the same university as her becomes her bestfriend and likes her for who she is.

Things to look forward to:

  • Coming-of-age story
  • Endearing father-daughter relationship
  • Bestfriends that turn into lovers
  • College life in Korea
  • Lee Sung Kyung's unbelievable transformation for this role.

Something In The Rain- Netflix

When Yoon Jin-Ah (Son Ye-Jin) unexpectedly reunites with her best friend's younger brother Seo Joon-Hee (Jung Hae-In) once he returns home after working overseas for three years, the two grow a budding romance despite their age gap and what people might think.

Things to look forward to:

  • The equality and understanding in their relationship
  • The female lead is the elder one, for once
  • Chic winter coats and sweatshirts
  • Delicious Korean food
  • Stand By Your Man by Carla Bruni and Save The Last Dance For Me by Bruce Willis

Reply 1988- Netflix

The story of the beautiful neighborhood of Ssangmundong in Seoul and the 5 families that resided in it during the 80s. Sung Deok-Sun (Hyeri) reminisces their youth and the good old days they had along with her four other friends.

Things to look forward to:

  • Really good depiction of togetherness and pure harmony between families
  • Mystery of who Sung Deok-Sun is married to
  • The warmth and love the characters make you feel
  • Sibling relationships
  • Diving into the vintage 80's era

Hope this list helps you get started on your Korean drama journey. If there are any other dramas that you would like to suggest, please let us know in the comments below!

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