With the rise in consumption of Korean media all around the world, everyone wants to join in the latest trends. Content is abundant and it often gets confusing where to start from. Different genres ranging from rom-com to horror/thriller, there is a Korean Drama made for everyone!
Here is a curated list of binge-worthy Korean Dramas for Beginners
1. Boys Over Flowers (BOF)
If you want to dive into the world of Korean Dramas, there is no better way to start than with BOF. This timeless classic drama is based on a Japanese manga of the same name. The story centres around a young girl named Geum Jan-di who gets the opportunity to study at a prestigious private school after saving the life of a student.
There she meets school royalty, F4; a group of rich boys who bully people for their entertainment and stands up against them. It’s a great show to start off your k-drama journey with.
Watch Boys Over Flowers on Netflix.
2. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (Goblin)
One of the highest-rated Korean Dramas in the history of Korean television, Goblin is a must-watch. The story surrounds Kim Shin, a goblin and the landlord of the grim reaper who is tired of immortality. He is seen to be in search of a human bride who is the only one who can end his life. With a beautiful story and amazing music, this drama is a whole package.
Watch Guardian: The Lonely and Great God on Netflix.
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3. Business Proposal
The story starts off with Ah Hyo-seop, the CEO of Go Food going on a blind date set up by his grandfather. But the girl is not the one who his grandfather tried to set him up with, it’s her friend Shin Ha-ri who goes instead to help her friend out.
Things soon take a comedic turn when the CEO finds out about the arrangement and asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend to deceive his grandfather. The drama is a perfect combo of romance and comedy that one will not regret watching.
Watch Business Proposal on Netflix.
4. The Tale of Nine-Tailed
Starring people’s heart-throb, Lee Dong Wook, as the 1000-year-old guardian mountain spirit of Baekdudaegan is now a city dweller. He abdicates his position as the guardian to search for the reincarnation of his one true love. With beautiful visuals, this supernatural is the perfect Korean Drama for Beginners.
Watch The Tale of Nine-Tailed on Netflix.
A thriller plot involving zombies that are leading to an apocalypse is a perfect drama to binge on. Two officers of the law who marry each other not out of love but out of necessity and who also happen to be childhood friends add the right amount of romance to the series. The actors also do an incredible job.
Watch Happiness on Netflix.
6. Memories Of The Alhambra (MOA)
The story revolves around an innovative augmented-reality game whose creator goes missing mysteriously. For one who is into plots involving fantasy and romance, this Korean Drama is the perfect pick. This show has one of the most unique and coming-of-age plots and the actors just add on to the brilliance with their praise-worthy performances.
Watch Memories In The Alhambra on Netflix.
7. Mr. Queen
Inspired by Freaky Friday, the story of this Korean Drama is also similar with a touch of historical references. After the main character gets into an unfortunate accident, he wakes up inside the body of a princess in ancient Korea. It is entertaining from start to end with romance and action sequences.
Watch Mr. Queen on Amazon Prime.
8. The Red Sleeve
It is the story of Deok-Im, a court lady in ancient Korea who is much more than that. Her bravery, diligence, and hard-headed view of life will leave you inspired. This beautiful story about love, relationships, and duty will stay with you for days.
Watch The Red Sleeve on Viki.
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