South Korea has always been a force to be reckoned with when it comes to entertainment and beauty, but it only seems to have exploded over recent years. K-dramas in particular, have gripped the hearts of many during a depressing global pandemic thanks to their heartwarming and uplifting narratives.
And life under lockdown has been a little less grey with these K-dramas in our lives:
If melodrama, secret twins, and backstabbing is your cup of tea, then Penthouse is the perfect addition to your watch list. While the plot is juicy and too complex to summarise, a good synopsis would be: three wealthy families living in an opulent apartment complex find the body of a mysterious girl who falls to her death. The story follows the trio as they attempt to cover up the location of the body to save the reputation of the complex. As you can imagine, endless drama ensues, and we’re living for it!
Crash Landing on you
Crash Landing on You is one of Netflix’s most popular K-dramas and is a love story that looks at what happens when a North Korean soldier and wealthy South Korean woman fall in love. After paragliding one weekend, the young woman gets caught in a tornado that carries her over the North Korean border. The series follows Yoon Se-ri and Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok as he attempts to protect and hide her from getting captured by North Korea. It’s a typical Korean rom-com and a perfect introduction to the world of Korean dramas.
Tale of the Nine-Tailed
If you love your drama with a splash fantasy, then the Tale of the Nine-Tailed is a great choice. While the series has a supernatural element, it’s also about love (it wouldn’t be a K-drama if it wasn’t). The story largely revolves around Lee-yeon, a mythical fox called a Gumiho, and a documentary filmmaker Nam Ji-a, his reincarnated lover. It’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions as the two attempt to solve the mysterious death of Ji-a’s parents, while slowly falling in love with each other.
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
Another romantic series you can catch on Netflix, this 2020 K-drama is about a beautiful pianist named Goo Ra-ra who hits rock bottom. She finds herself at a piano academy in a small village where she meets the free-spirited Sunwoo Joon, and your typical romantic shenanigans ensue. If you’re looking for something light and fun to watch, this should be on your watch list.
If you’re looking to switch things up, an apocalyptic horror story may do the trick. The premise is based on the webtoon of the same name and is a thrilling narrative about monsters attempting to kill everyone and take over the world. High school student Cha Hyun-soo moves into an apartment complex by himself after his parents are tragically killed in a car crash. Unfortunately for him and other residents, the apartment building is ground zero for these species of monsters who are seeking world domination. A crazy story that you won’t want to look away from, you can catch this series on Netflix.
Alchemy of Souls
If you’re looking for a Korean drama which blends history and magic, Alchemy of Souls is the one to watch! The plot follows a young mage named Jang Uk who finds a master to teach him magic in the thought-to-be-dead Assasin Naksu who is currently inhabiting the body of a blind girl … while the plot may seem complicated, the story is quite entertaining with a number of hilarious moments too!
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