In my last blog post, I compiled the first 60 best Kdrama series of all time since the Hallyu wave. If it’s your first time to hear the word “Hallyu,” it simply means the Korean Wave. It’s the time when the Korean entertainment industry started to flourish internationally in the early 2000s.
As promised, I’m going to give you the second batch of the 200 best Kdrama series of all time, which I recommend you to watch (binge watch, I mean) either for your personal enjoyment or for novel inspirations.
If it’s for the latter, I have 61 other methods you can maximize to gather as many novel inspirations as you can. I swear, I tried all of them whenever I plan writing my stories.
Now, we’re all set. Alright, let’s dive into the second batch of these Korean drama series today. Enjoy!
1. Secret Garden (2010)
The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won, an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection, and Gil Ra Im, a poor and humble stunt woman whose beauty and body are the object of envy amongst top actresses.
Their accidental meeting, when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship, through which Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him.
To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies. (Source: MyDramaList)
2. Wish Upon A Star (2010)
Also known as “Star Falling From The Sky,” the Korean drama series talk about Jin Pal-gang has worked at an insurance firm for five years, but she spends more than she makes and has racked up credit card debt.
Loud-mouthed and rash, she has a pretty immature personality despite her 25 years of age and her life’s greatest goal is to find a handsome, perfect man and live in married bliss. But she suddenly becomes the guardian for her five younger adopted siblings when her parents pass away.
Won Kang-ha is Pal-gang’s co-worker and romantic interest, a sharp insurance company lawyer who was abandoned as a child and has trouble opening up to others – until he meets Pal-gang and her siblings. (Source: Wikipedia)
3. The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry (2010)
Broadcast journalist Shin Young is 34, and wants to find love, but it’s hard to stay positive when she’s faced with high workplace pressure and a string of failed relationships.
Just when it seems like her chances may have passed, she meets a musician ten years her junior, and her former fiance comes back to rekindle the flame. Korean-English translator Da Jung desperately wants to get married within a year.
She won’t settle for anything less than the perfect man. Restaurant consultant Bu Ki is done with the marriage game. She broke off her engagement, studied overseas, and is satisfied on her own terms as an efficient, sophisticated woman. (Source: MyDramaList)
4. Bad Guy (2010)
Shim Gun Wook is a stuntman whose secretly plotting revenge against Haeshinm Group, a large corporation to whom Hong Tae Sung is the heir.
As he works to destroy the family by first seducing the youngest daughter, Hong Mo Ne, he finds himself at a crossroad when Mun Jae In enters his life.
Determined to correct the wrong, Gun Wook is about to risk it all, and take down anyone who gets in his way. (Source: MyDramaList)
5. Queen Of Reversals (2010)
Hwang Tae-Hee believes that happiness is getting married to the man she loves. After marriage, she faces an unexpected marriage life. She is able to overcome these difficulties to achieve a reversal of fortune.
Bong Joon-Soo is Hwang Tae-Hee’s husband. He’s popular with woman but has no special talents or interests. He starts work at a company to get revenge on his ex-girlfriend, who dumped him.
At his new workplace he meets Hwang Tae-Hee who works as a team leader. Hwang Tae-Hee has feelings for him, dreaming of becoming a cinderella, and soon they marry.
Unexpectedly, Bong Joon-Soo must get through difficulties. He struggles to become a real man and finally takes responsibility for his family.
Baek Yeo-Jin is a cute woman, but when she needs to she become bad. She works with Hwang Tae-Hee at the same company and uses her attractive looks when needed, which raises the ire of Hwang Tae-Hee.
When Bong Joon-Soo, the man she dumped, marries rival Hwang Tae-Hee, a second round takes place between the two woman. (Source: AsianWiki)
6. White Christmas (2011)
Deep in the mountains of Gangwon, the private, elite Soo-sin High School is attended by the top 1% of students in the country. Their stellar marks are the result of constant pressure and a strict punishment system, to the point where students avoid any activities outside of studying.
It is in this atmosphere that seven students and a teacher remain at school for the winter break, joined by Kim Yo-han, a psychiatrist who was forced to take shelter with them after he was injured in a car accident nearby. Stranded from heavy snow, they spend eight days together ― from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.
Park Mu-yeol is an honor student who chooses to remain in school during the winter break after receiving an abusive letter. Jo Young-jae is a detested bully who attacks other people to hide his inferiority complex. Yoon Soo is a disturbed, but rich student fronting a rock band.
Yoon Eun-sung was once a popular girl in school before having a sudden change of personality.
At a time when everyone else is celebrating the holidays, the students realize that the anonymous letters they each received were not the result of a harmless prank; there is a murderer in their midst. A question lies unspoken: Are monsters created, or are humans born monsters? (Source: Wikipedia)
7. Vampire Prosecutor 1 (2011)
Prosecutor Min Tae Yeon is bitten by somebody and becomes a Vampire. Tae Yeon rejects the life of a vampire and he survives by drinking the blood of dead people and still lives as a righteous prosecutor.
Tae Yeon also uses his new founded abilities as a Vampire to prosecute powerful persons normally thought above the law. A mysterious case then occurs and the evidence points to a Vampire as the perpetrator.
Tae Yeon now knows that he is not the only Vampire. He also ponders why he became a Vampire and what truths may lie behind their motives. (Source: MyDramaList)
8. A Thousand Days' Promise (2011)
Lee Seo-yeon, a free-spirited woman, is having a secret affair with Park Ji-hyung, an architect who has a fiancée. Upon hearing that Ji-hyung’s parents set the date for his wedding, Seo-yeon splits up with him.
But she has no time to lament over her painful breakup, as she gets diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s, a very unlikely disease for a 30-year-old woman.
Ji-hyung happens to learn the shocking fact, and he breaks off his engagement only two days before the wedding to return to his ex-girlfriend.
Despite vehement opposition from his parents and even from Seo-yeon herself, he never gives up on her and marries her without delay. The doting husband is devoted to taking care of his ailing wife, who is losing her ability to remember.
Despite her distressing condition, the couple tries to hang on to love and experience it to the end. They have a baby girl and find happiness in their married life from time to time, even though both are well aware that a tragic end awaits them. (Source: Wikipedia)
9. Scent Of A Woman (2011)
As a single, unmarried woman in her mid-thirties, Lee Yeon-jae is meek and timid, considered a spinster by society. After spending ten years working for the same travel company owned by Kang Chul-man, she is falsely accused of stealing from a client.
In addition to enduring the accusations of her superiors, she is diagnosed with gallbladder cancer with approximately six months left to live. Mustering up her courage, Yeon-jae resigns and embraces her remaining six months of life.
Embarking on her first vacation alone, she splurges on clothes and flies first-class to Okinawa Island, Japan, where she runs into the man of her dreams, Kang Ji-wook, who happens to be the son of her former boss.
Ji-wook is a rich young man, cynical and lifeless, until he falls in love with Yeon-jae. Together they live out a series of misadventures, both comical and bittersweet, as Yeon-jae completes each dream in her Bucket List. (Source: Wikipedia)
10. Heartstrings (2011)
Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is the vocalist of band “The Stupid” and also plays the guitar. He is known for his good looks and his strong passion for music.
But is in reality a cold person who is uninterested in non-music related things and has no dreams nor plans for the future. Shin initially likes a dance professor at his university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Kyu Won.
Lee Kyu Won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum.
Kyu Won’s grandfather, Lee Dong Gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age, and his biggest wish is to have his grand-daughter trained to become a traditional music prodigy in 10 years’ time.
Trying to live up to her grandfather’s expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing besides traditional music.
As Kyu Won’s friends are fans of “The Stupid”, she was forced to go to the band’s concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him. (Source: MyDramaList)
11. Poseidon (2011)
The drama is based on the special duties of the Korean Coast Guard officers (rescues, terrorism threats, and other special missions) and also their obstacle in life and love. The drama takes its name from the Poseidon Team, a special forces unit of the Marines.
Using the strong bonds of humanity as a basis, and through the challenges faced by the protagonists and their spirit of self-sacrifice, the drama movingly shows the significance of life and the stories of how people overcome obstacles in life. (Source: MyDramaList)
12. Ojakyo Brothers (2011)
The story of a family with four sons who live together with their relatives on a farm near Seoul.
Hwang Tae Hee is the third son and a policeman who falls in love with a girl named Baek Ja Eun. Baek Ja Eun is a haughty young woman who only believes in her pretty looks and is quick to flare up in anger. (Source: MyDramaList)
13. Myungwol The Spy (2011)
In the romantic-comedy “Spy Myung-Wol,” beautiful North Korean spy Myung-Wol goes to South Korea in an attempt to kidnap a popular Korean male entertainer. (Source: MyDramaList)
14. My Princess (2011)
An ordinary college student, Lee Seol, finds out she’s a princess and the great-granddaughter of the Joseon Dynasty’s last Emperor, Emperor Sunjong.
The grandson of the chairman of Daehan Group, Park Hae-young, is put in charge of educating Seol on proper etiquette in order for her to fulfill her role.
However, Hae-young is put in a precarious situation when he finds himself drawn to Seol, the girl who will take away his inheritance if the monarchy is restored. (Source: Wikipedia)
15. Miss Ripley (2011)
Two very different men fall in love with Jang Mi Ri, a woman whose life is a complicated web of lies, propelled by her greedy desires that stem from an unfortunate childhood.
Jang Myung Hoon is an ambitious hotelier who maintains perfect control of himself and his life, while Yutaka is the warm and gentle heir of a Korean-Japanese hotel conglomerate.
Their love for Mi Ri and her tragic ambition eventually leads them down the path of destruction. (Source: MyDramaList)
16. Me Too, Flower! (2011)
A tough female police officer who suffers from depression falls in love with a young multi millionaire whom she initially believed was a parking attendant.
Instead of counting her lucking stars, she is taken aback by how rich he is. Officer Cha Bong-sun is a peculiar woman who defies the rigid social hierarchy and rails against it.
And Seo Jae-hee, the millionaire boyfriend, is a peculiar man who falls in love with this quirky police officer.
They fall passionately in love with each other. A crazy sort of love. A story about people, relationships and love. (Source: MyDramaList)
17. Manny (2011)
Lee Han is a single man who becomes a nanny on a whim. He also happens to live with divorced single mom Do-Young and her 2 kids.
Janice is a rich single woman who does not want to get married. They all end up living together. (Source: AsianWiki)
18. Lie To Me (2011)
Gong Ah Jung, a level 5 Ministry of Culture official, gets entangled in a web of lies when she mistakenly lies that she’s married to Hyun Ki Joon, a noble hotel manager from an affluent family.
Their relationship is further complicated when Ki Joon’s ex-fiance and a close friend of his brother’s, Oh Yoon Joo, reappears in his life. (Source: MyDramaList)
19. I Need Romance (2011)
Sunwoo In Young has been dating the same man for the past 10 years and, at 33 years old, is waiting for the big question.
When she finds out he’s cheated on her, she flat out breaks up with him, determined to continue her life. At the same time, her best friends Park Seo Yeon and Kang Hyun Joo face their own relationship problems.
A sex-and-the-city style story about three woman who face the ups and downs of being career minded at an age where society expects them to be married. (Source: MyDramaList)
20. High Kick! The Revenge of the Short Legged (2011)
The story is narrated by Lee Jeok. It is 2041 and he has released a best selling novel called “High Kick: Revenge of the Short-legged”. The book describes his experience with the Ahn’s and Ji-won’s households, the primary plot being the Ahn family’s financial hardship.
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The drama begins when Nae-sang’s business partner, who has embezzled funds from the company, flees the country and leaves behind a mountain of debts and a horde of angry creditors.
Faced with the prospect of going to debtors’ prison, Nae-sang frantically collects his family (his wife in the middle of a massage session, his son during an ice hockey match and his daughter who had just arrived from LA) and escapes to the countryside.
Rendered both bankrupt and homeless, the family has no place to stay for the night after Nae Sang’s plans to live with his great uncle fall through (the old man has died and sold his house).
In desperation, they call Yoo Sun’s younger brother, Kye-sang. They decide to move into the house he shares with Ji-seok, Yoo-sun’s other younger brother.
The series follows several subplots through to their conclusion; the relationship between Ha-sun and Ji-seok, Jin-hee’s search for a stable career, the one-sided love triangle between Ji-won, Jin-hee, and Kye-sang, and Jong-seok’s unrequited love for Ji-won. (Source: Wikipedia)
21. Girl K (2011)
Also known as “Little Girl K,” this Korean drama series talk about the high school student, Yeon-jin, saw her mother killed before her.
Her mother was involved with a severy group that created assassins. Yeon-jin then joins so she can plot her revenge against the organization. (Source: IMDb)
22. Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011)
Also known as “Cool Boys, Hot Ramen,” the story revolves around Yang Eun-bi is a university student preparing for her civil service exam with the dream of being a high school teacher.
She accidentally encounters Cha Chi-soo, the arrogant son of the biggest food conglomerate in Korea. Cha Chi-soo fascinates women with his good looks and charm.
Eun-bi is attracted to him before she finds out that he is only a high school student and thus several years younger than her. However, her student-teaching assignment finds her not only working at the high school that Cha’s family owns, but teaching his homeroom class.
She grows to dislike him for his arrogance and lack of empathy. He, on the other hand, becomes fascinated with her because she is tough and athletic, unlike the other women he knows. (Source: MyDramaList)
23. Dream High (2011)
Six students at Kirin High School share dreams of becoming K-pop idols, among others. During their school years, they learn how to develop their singing, songwriting and dancing skills while undergoing personal growth.
They also start to develop feelings for one another. Each of them has their own strengths and weaknesses, but they strive to debut with the support and guidance of one another. (Source: Wikipedia)
24. City Hunter (2011)
The series follows the exploits of Ryo Saeba, a “sweeper” who is always found chasing beautiful girls and a private detective who works to rid Tokyo of crime, along with his associate or partner, Hideyuki Makimura.
Their “City Hunter” business is an underground jack-of-all-trades operation, contacted by writing the letters “XYZ” on a blackboard at Shinjuku Station.
One day, Hideyuki is murdered, and Ryo must take care of Hideyuki’s sister, Kaori, a tomboy who becomes his new partner in the process. However, Kaori is very susceptible and jealous, often hitting Ryo with a giant hammer when he does something perverted.
The story also follows the behind-the-scenes romance between Ryo and Kaori and the way they cooperate throughout each mission. This, in turn, adapted into a Korean drama series of the same name. (Source: Wikipedia)
25. Can't Lose (2011)
Eun Jae and Hyung Woo are both highly competent lawyers who met and fell in love at first sight without knowing each other’s occupations, but are now in the midst of their divorce proceedings.
Ae Jung was once the most popular member of girl band The National Treasure Girls. However 10 years ago the band broke up and she received most of the blame.
Despite her warm personality her career has suffered ever since and she now spends her time fighting for air time on variety shows. Dokko Jin is a top movie star at the height of his career. The two meet and become involved in each other’s careers.
Yoon Pil Joo is a doctor of oriental medicine who has no interest in the entertainment industry but agrees to make a dating show.
Dokko Jin helps get Ae Jung a role on a new reality show called Couple Making. Pil Joo is the bachelor being set up on Couple Making. Both men fall for Ae Jung both off and on the screen. (Source: DramaWiki)
27. Baby Faced Beauty (2011)
This drama is centered around a 34-year-old woman Lee So Young with a baby face as she works to become a fashion designer and overcomes obstacles like only having a high school diploma and a bad credit history.
Choi Jin Wook is the heir of the famous Jokbal restaurant with millions of dollars in annual revenue. But, he goes against his father and leaves his parents’ house and starts to work at another company to accomplish his dream.
Against his will, he starts working in the fashion department. With his sweet character, he survives there and meets Lee So Young. (Source: MyDramaList)
28. Athena: Goddess of War (2011)
A terrorist group known as “Athena” and led by evil mastermind Son Hyuk threatens South Korea and the world.
It is now up to special agent Lee Jung Woo of the National Security Agency to foil their terrifying conspiracy.
Jo Soo Young, the daughter of the South Korean president, is kidnapped and hidden away in Italy. Jung Woo and his team are given the assignment to find her and bring her back. (Source: MyDramaList)
29. 49 Days (2011)
Shin Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to marry her fiancé, Kang Min Ho, but her perfect life is shattered when she gets into a car accident that leaves her in a coma.
She is given a second chance at life by a person called The Schedule, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her.
In order to do this, she borrows the body of Yi Kyung, a part-time employee at a convenience store for 49 days. (Source: DramaWiki)
30. Vampire Idol (2011)
A naive vampire prince struggles to become a global pop idol in this melodramatic youth sitcom.
Prince Vampire has to navigate the shark-infested waters of mundane adolescence, all in order to fulfill his lifelong dream of fame and glory. (Source: MyDramaList)
31. Vampire Prosecutor 2 (2011)
In the second season of “Vampire Prosecutor,” Min Tae Yeon is back as the prosecutor who heads up a new division that investigates unsolved murder cases.
No one, except for Detective Hwang Soon Bum, who knows that Tae Yeon was bitten seven years ago and acquired vampire powers.
Together, they solve murder cases, and each time Tae Yeon uses his “powers” to find leads on cases that seem unsolvable. But the one thing he can’t solve is.
Who was the vampire/serial killer that turned him seven years ago? And what happens when Jung In becomes suspicious of Tae Yeon’s “questionable” tactics in solving cases? (Source: MyDramaList)
32. You're Her, You're Here, You're Really Here (2011)
It’s a 120-episode Korean drama sitcom wherein it focused on the girls living together with their friend, Chan-young, who has his own bachelor pad. He’s notoriously fastidious, warning the girls not to eat while sitting on his precious couch and anxiously catching crumbs with tape.
This means that the girls enjoy pushing his buttons for fun; Sae-bom, for instance, deliberately shakes her head over his floor so that loose hairs drift everywhere, predictably freaking him out. (Source: Dramabeans)
33. Reply 1997 (2012)
Set in the 1990’s, the drama centers around a female high school student Shi Won, who idolizes boyband H.O.T and her 5 high school friends in Busan.
As the timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, where one couple will announce that they’re getting married. (Source: MyDramaList)
34. Big (2012)
18-year-old Kang Kyung-Joon’s spirit suddenly becomes transplanted in the body of 30-year-old Seo Yoon-Jae.
Seo Yoon-Jae is a successful doctor and engaged to high school teacher Gil Da-Ran. Gil Da-Ran just so happens to be the teacher of 18-year old Kang Kyung-Joon. (Source: MyDramaList)
35. The Chaser (2012)
Detective Baek Hong Suk lost his 15-year-old daughter in a car accident and his wife died from shock shortly afterwards. Detective Baek Hong Suk then searches for the truth related to his daughter’s death and learns that her death is tied with a conspiracy.
Reporter Seo Ji Won is the daughter of an owner of large corporation. She helps Detective Baek Hong Suk to uncover the truth on his daughter’s death.
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While covering the story, she finds out that her brother-in-law Kang Dong Yoon, a top presidential candidate, is involved in corruption. Reporter Seo Ji So comes into conflict between her family and the truth. (Source: Drama Haven)
36. Dream High 2 (2012)
In Season Two, Kirin Arts High School has fallen from its top arts academy status into dire financial straits and is in danger of closing. This season follows a new group of students after the previous group graduated.
The school is taken over by OZ Entertainment Agency, who transfers their own idol stars over to the school to avoid the law that prohibits underage entertainers from performing after 10pm.
Competition arises between the troubled students of Kirin and the newly transferred idols from OZ. (Source: DramaWiki)
37. Haeundae Lovers (2012)
“Haeundae Lovers” is a romantic comedy happening in Haeundae (Busan) that tells the story of Lee Tae Sung, a prosecutor who loses his memory and becomes involved with gangsters.
He then meets and falls in love with Go So Ra (Jo Yeo Jung), who is the daughter of a gangster.
Meanwhile, Lee Se Na will play the role of Lee Tae Sung’s fiance and also the daughter of the Minister of Justice. (Source: Korean Drama)
38. I Do, I Do (2012)
Hwang Ji An is the top shoe designer in a major shoe company. She is in her 30s, successful and single.
One night, she makes a horrible mistake and sleeps with Park Tae Gang, a good-looking new employee in her company, and she finds out she is pregnant.
Ji An’s hard-earned career and her stylish lifestyle threatens to implode as a result of her one-night-stand mistake.
Will Ji An be forced to give up everything and live with the consequences of her mistake? (Source: IMDb via Viki)
39. I Miss You (2012)
Also known as “Missing You,” the Korean drama series revolve around the 15-year-old Soo-Yeon, who is a victim of bullying at school. They target her, because her father is a murderer.
Luckily, she has an ally in Jung-Woo, who always protects her from the bullies. Soo-Yeon and Jung-Woo are in love, but due to an unexpected accident they become separated. Now as adults they meet again through destiny.
Jung-Woo is now a detective and his first love has always remained in the back of his mind. Soo-Yeon is now a rookie fashion designer who tries to have a bright personality, but still carries emotional scars inside of her.
Hyung-Joon is Soo-Yeon’s lover, who appears warm and nice, but he will try to take vengeance upon Jung-Woo. (Source: AsianWiki)
40. I Need Romance 2 (2012)
Thirty-something Yeol-mae totters through her messy love life with the help from her best friends, whose romantic lives are no less complicated than hers. (Source: IMDb)
41. King 2 Hearts (2012)
Kim Hang Ah is a legendary top female instructor working in North Korea’s elite special forces unit. With stamina, training tactics, and strength in all areas, she is the perfect female soldier.
However, she has never fallen in love. Pure and candid, Kim Hang Ah’s goal is to fall in love and get married. Lee Jae Ha is the prince of South Korea’s monarchy.
His personality reflects his royal position, with refined humor and a handsome face; however, he has little interest in pursuing politics. Though he seems perfect on the exterior, Lee Jae Ha is actually very materialistic and blunt about his own desires.
One day, calamity strikes the South Korean royal family, and Lee Jae Ha finds himself on the throne in the midst of negotiations between North and South Korea for ending the war.
As part of negotiations, he and Kim Hang Ah find themselves betrothed to each other. Can these two learn to settle their differences? For the sake of Korea? (Source: MyDramaList)
42. The King of Dramas (2012)
A drama set on the entertainment business and revolves around the life of Anthony Kim, a brilliant CEO of a drama production company who would do everything and anything for money.
Lee Go Eun is an aspiring assistant screenwriter, while Kang Hyun Min is the egoistic and arrogant top star. (Source: DramaWiki)
43. Ma Boy (2012)
Jang Geu Rim is a student at an arts high school who dreams of becoming a pop singer. At school she gets a new roommate, Irene who’s actually a boy. Irene’s persona is a pretty Female CF star and his actual name is Hyun Woo. (Source: DramaWiki)
44. Innocent Man (AKA Nice Guy) (2012)
The drama depicts the story of a man, ‘Kang Ma Roo’ who has been betrayed by the love of his life, ‘Han Jae Hee’.
Years after the incident, Ma Roo begins to live a life of self-indulgence. He sacrificed his well being for his girlfriend only to discover that she never looked back and married another man for wealth.
Thus, he sets off to take revenge. And in order to execute his revenge, he approaches Seo Eun Gi, the resilient and cold daughter of the man Jae Hee married. (Source: MyDramaList)
45. Panda and Hedgehog (2012)
Go Seung Ji is a patissier who has been an orphan since childhood and has a gruff and prickly personality that matches his nickname of “Hedgehog (Goseumdochi).”
He meets the easygoing and sweet-natured Pan Da Yang, better known as “Panda,” who hires him as the new patissier of Café Panda.
Together, the two work to make Café Panda a success while fending off competition from the Saint-Honoré bakery franchise. (Source: DramaWiki)
46. Ohlala Couple (2012)
Yeo-ok and Soo-nam’s marriage is on the rocks after Yeo-ok catches her hotelier husband cheating on her with another woman.
One day, they find that their souls have swapped bodies, and begin to understand each other by experiencing each other’s lives. (Source: Wikipedia)
47. Rooftop Prince (2012)
When Crown Prince Lee Gak is transported 300 years into the future to present day Seoul along with his three retainers, they believe that it is their duty to solve the murder case of the Crown Princess in order to return to Joseon.
They land in the rooftop apartment of Park Ha, a cheerful woman in her mid-20s, who eventually believes the odd quartet’s predicament and becomes their guardian.
As Park Ha educates the four on life in the 21st century, Lee Gak comes across Hong Se Na, who seems to be the reincarnation of his wife. Taking on the identity of Yong Tae Yong, Lee Gak slowly begins to unravel the murder of Yong Tae Yong and in turn moves closer to solving the murder case of the Crown Princess.
As he finds himself in love with Park Ha, he figures that maybe the Crown Princess was not as he expected after all. (Source: DramaWiki)
48. Shut Up Flower Boy Band (2012)
Byung Hee is the crazy, free-spirited leader and vocalist of the popular underground rock group, Eye Candy. Joining him is mood-maker Ji Hyuk, chic Hyun Soo, playboy Ha Jin, silent Do Il and baby-faced Kyung Jong.
These boys rule their school until a redevelopment plan forces the delinquent-ridden school to close down. They’re all assigned a transfer to Jung Sang High, but debate whether it’s even worth returning to high school at all.
However, due to an outside confrontation with Jung Sang’s current ruling band, Strawberry Fields, Eye Candy decides to attend Jung Sang out of spite and rule the school once again. (Source: MyDramaList)
49. Standby (2012)
Standby is a workplace comedy that takes place at a fictional broadcast station, where our series lead Ryu Jin finds himself stuck in a career slump amidst dreams of anchoring the nightly news.
Other characters include variety PDs, writers, and announcers who make up the broadcast station family.
Jung plays a young woman named So-min who grew up in a remote mountain village. She finds herself working a number of odd jobs once she makes the big move to Seoul, determined to make her way in the world and work hard at a successful career.
She is a little behind the fashions and tends to say weird things that puzzle people, but she’s got a warm heart and a generous personality. Sadly, though, it’s that trusting nature that also makes her a target for opportunists. (Source: MyDramaList via Dramabeans)
50. To The Beautiful You (2012)
A Korean adaptation of the famous Japanese series “Hana Kimi,” the series centers on Goo Jae Hee, a Korean girl who lives in the United States.
One day, she sees a track and field competition on TV, and becomes attracted to one of the high jump competitors, Kang Tae Joon.
She begins to idolize the young athlete and eventually transfers to Korea to attend the same school that Tae Joon attends after he suffers an accident that could potentially end his career.
There is a catch, however, Tae Joon attends an all-boys high school and Jae Hee must disguise herself as a boy to enter. (Source: DramaWiki)
51. Twelve Men In A Year (2012)
Also known as “12 Signs of Love,” this Korean drama series talk about Yoon Jin-seo plays Miru, a 29 year old magazine writer who takes on a new romance column and launches headlong into a project where she dates twelve men, one for each astrological sign of the year. (Source: MyDramaList)
52. You Are The Best Lee Soon Shin (2013)
Lee Soon Shin goes through hardships after the death of her father. She and her mother struggle to find happiness. Her love story continues in the mist of ups and downs of her life.
She is the youngest member of a successful family. Despite her family′s successes, however, she seems to have failed to inherit any talent, and is marked as an oddball though she remains a bright, lively and courageous girl.
She then meets the head of an agency named Shin Joon Ho, and he turns her life around. Unlike her, he is a confident, cold and competitive man who changes later after he begins to understand the real meaning of success through Lee Soo Shin. (Source: MyDramaList)
53. Two Who Came From The Stars (2013)
Also known as “My Love From The Star,” it revolves around Do Min Joon, who is an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty period.
He possesses a near perfect appearance and enhanced physical abilities involving his vision, hearing and speed.
Later, he discovers that he has three months left on Earth. And that is when he meets Cheon Song Yi, the biggest Hallyu star in Korea. (Source: MyDramaList)
54. Who Are You? (2013)
Detective Shi-On can see things that ordinary people can not. With her warm-heart, she tries to help ghosts that have unfairly arrived in their situations due to their complicated stories.
55. Unemployed Romance (2013)
“Unemployed Romance” is about the reunion between Seung-Hee and her first love Jong-Dae.
Seung-Hee, who dreams of being a star writer but is only a salary writer for a third-class program, and Jong-dae, a temporary public worker in the department of unemployment benefits. (Source: MyDramaList)
56. Two Weeks (2013)
Jang Tae San is a man who has been living a meaningless life and never thinks toward his future. He is on the run after being falsely accused of murder.
Furthermore, he discovers that he has a daughter who is now suffering from leukemia. The drama spans exactly two weeks, and tells about Tae San’s desperate struggles to save his daughter. (Source: IMDb via DramaWiki)
57. That Winter The Wind Blows (2013)
The story of Oh Soo, a well known gambler and that of Oh Young, the blind heiress of a large corporation.
Oh Soo decides to impersonate Oh Young’s lost brother in order to get enough money to repay a debt. But, as the story goes, his initial interest in money turns into love. (Source: IMDb)
58. The Suspicious Housekeeper (2013)
Eun Sang-Chul and his four children encounter difficulties after the sudden death of his wife. Then, a suspicious housekeeper named Park Bok-Nyeo appears.
Because of the housekeeper, Eun Sang-Chul and his children faces various cases and family members who hate each other begin to experience love and reconciliation. (Source: AsianWiki)
59. Shark (2013)
Also known as “Don’t Look Back,” the Korean drama series talk about Han Yi Soo/ Yoshimura Junichiro, who was left for dead and witnessing the death of his father caused by a hit and run accident.
He returns to Korea from Japan after changing his looks and identity to take revenge on the people who caused his family’s downfall. While using Jo Hae Woo, the daughter of the main mastermind that he was actually close to when they were young, he finds himself truly getting attracted to her.
Meanwhile, Oh Joon Young is the man that Hae Woo got married to while thinking that Yi Soo had died becomes suspicious of his real identity and motives.
Will Han Yi Soo be able to take back the hotels that belongs rightfully to his family and expose the dirty secrets of his enemies? (Source: MyDramaList)
60. Secret (2013)
This drama will depict how a man falls in love with a woman who killed his lover. It is the story about a man who doesn’t believe in love and a woman who believes in love but gets betrayed by love.
Min Hyuk is a rich guy who has everything but a good personality, and burns with revenge after he found out his lover was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Yoo Jung is a woman who takes blame for those accident.
She is a woman who refuses to give up on life even though she’s been thrown into despair. She goes to prison in her boyfriend’s place who causes the hit-and-run accident but she gets betrayed in the end. (Source: MyDramaList)
As you see, there are a lot of options to choose from. There are tons of the best Kdrama series of all time since the Hallyu Wave hit in the millenium. Since then, South Korean never fails in producing high caliber dramas to the present resulting in the increase of international fans.
With that being said, there are more Korean dramas to compile with the 3-part blog post series in which I worked on for days. This is my first project after I became idle due to exhaustion (from work) and mixed personal matters.
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