• Veronica Pulumbarit

My top #KDrama favorites

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

It was on December 30, 2009 when I first started watching Koreanovelas or KDramas.


As it was a holiday, there were not many local TV shows so I scanned the TV, channel by channel, until I discovered KBS World (Korea).

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The first Koreanovela I watched was Full House (starring Rain and Song Hye-Kyo). Since then, I have watched so many KDramas and here are some of the best.


This list changes are more new Koreanovelas are being created.

(1) “THAT WINTER, THE WIND BLOWS” Starring: Jo In-sung, Song Hye-kyo Released: 2013 Episodes: 16 Summary: For money, a con man (Jo In-sung) pretends to be the long-lost brother of a blind heiress (Song Hye-kyo). However, they fell in love after getting to know each other. My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


(2) “LOVE RAIN” Starring: Jang Keun-suk, Im Yoona Released: 2012 Episodes: 20 Summary: This is about the love stories of two couples. In the 1970s, two students (Jang Keun-suk and Im Yoona) fell in love but ended marrying other people. In the present day, two young people (portrayed by the same actors) fall in love. They later find out the Yoona’s mom used to be the girlfriend of Keun-Suk‘s dad. My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


(3) “MY LOVE FROM THE STAR” Starring: Kim Soo-hyun, Jun Ji-Hyun Released: 2013 Episodes: 21 Summary: This is about an alien (Kim Soo-hyun) who landed on earth 400 years ago. He missed his chance to go back to his planet and has to wait for his next chance for 400 years. However, as his return to his planet nears, he suddenly falls in love with a top actress (Jun Ji-Hyun). My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


(4) "WAS IT LOVE?"

Starring: Song Ji-hyo, Son Ho-jun, Song Jong-ho

Released: 2020

Episodes: 16

Summary: This is about a single mother (Song Ji-hyo) who has not dated since her daughter was born 14 years ago. Suddenly, four men appear in her life, all are interested in her, and one of them is the father of her child. Ha-nee, her daughter, tries to figure out who her father is in this light romantic comedy.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


My other favorites (as of August 2020):


"World of the Married" (Kim Hee-ae; Park Hae-joon; 2020) 4.5 stars

“Romance is a Bonus Book” (Lee Jong-Suk, Lee Na-young; 2019) 4.5 stars

“Sungkyunkwan Scandal” (Park Yoochun, Park Min-young, Song Jong-ki; 2010) 4.5 stars

“Fight For My Way” (Park Seo-joon, Kim Ji-won; 2017) 4.5 stars

“Slave Hunters” (Jang Hyuk, Lee Da-hae, Oh Jiho; 2010) 4.25 stars

“Princess’ Man” (Park Si-hoo, Moon Chae-won; 2011) 4.25 stars

“Something in the Rain” (Jung Hae-in, Son Ye-Jin; 2018) 4.25 stars

“Strong Girl Bong Soon” (Park Hyung-shik, Ji Soo, Park Bo-young) 4 stars

“The Legend of the Blue Sea” (Lee Min-ho, Jun Ji-hyun; 2016) 4 stars

“On the Way to the Airport” (Lee Sang-yoon, Kang Ha-neul; 2016) 4 stars

“Empress Ki” (Ji Chang-wook, Ha Ji-Won; 2013-2014) 4 stars

“My Secret Romance” (Sung Hoon; Song Ji-eun; 2017) 4 stars

“W: Two Worlds Apart” (Lee Jong-Suk; Han Hyo-joo; 2016) 4 stars

“Full House” (Rain, Song Hye-Kyo; 2004) 4 stars

“Fated to Love You” (Jang Hyuk, Jang Na-ra; 2014) 4 stars

“Rooftop Prince” (Park Yoochun, Han Ji-min; 2012) 4 stars

“The Producers” (Kim Soo-hyun, IU; 2015) 4 stars

“When the Camellia Blooms” (Kang Ha-neul, Gong Hyo-jin; 2019) 4 stars

“Crash Landing On You” (Hyun Bin, Son Ye-Jin; 2020) 4 stars

“She Was Pretty” (Park Seo-joon, Hwang Jung-eum; 2015) 4 stars

“Are You Human?” (Seo Kang-joon, Gong Seung-yeon, 2018) 4 stars

“Radio Romance” (Yoon Doo-joon, Kim So-Hyun; 2018) 4 stars

“Cinderella and the Four Knights” (Jung Il-woo, Park So-dam; 2016) 4 stars

“Vagabond” (Lee Seung-gi, Bae Suzy, 2019) 4 stars

“Descendants of the Sun” (Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-Kyo; 2016) 4 stars

“Love in the Moonlight” (Park Bo-gum, Kim Yoo-jung; 2016) 3.75 stars

“While You Were Sleeping” (Lee Jong-Suk, Bae Suzy; 2017) 3.75 stars

“Secret Garden” (Hyun Bin; Ha Ji-won; 2010-2011) 3.75 stars

“Secret Affair” (Yoo Ah-in, Kim Hee-ae;2014) 3.75 stars

“Secret” (Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-eum, 2013) 3.75 stars

“Kill Me, Heal Me” (Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-eum, 2015) 3.75 stars

“Pinocchio” (Lee Jong-suk, Park Shin-Hye, 2014-2015) 3.75 stars

“The Last Empress” (Choi Jin-Hyuk; Shin Sung-rok, Jang Na-ra, 2018-2019) 3.75 stars

“Discovery of Love” (Eric Mun, Jung Yu-mi; 2014 3.75 stars

“Uncontrollably Fond” (Kim Woo-bin; Bae Suzy; 2016) 3.5 stars

“Hwarang” (Park Seo-joon, Park Hyung-sik, Go Ara; 2016-2017) 3.5 stars

“Itaewon Class” (Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi; 2020) 3.5 stars

“What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?” (Park Seo-joon, Park Min-young; 2018) 3.5 stars

“School 2015 (Who Are You?)” (Nam Joo-Hyuk, Kim So-hyun; 2015) 3.5 stars

“School 2017” (Kim Jung-hyun, Kim Se-jeong; 2017) 3.5 stars

“My Golden Life” (Park Si-hoo, Shin Hye-sun; 2017-2018) 3.5 stars

“Coffee Prince” (Gong Yoo, Yoon Eun-hye,2007) 3 stars

“Princess’ Hours” (Ju Ji-hoon; Yoon Eun-Hye, 2006) 3 stars

“Boys Over Flowers” (Lee Min-ho, Ku Hye-sun; 2009) 3 stars

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