14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

Updated on April 5, 2019
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Diana is a huge fan of Korean culture. Korean dramas are some of her favorite series to watch.

Do you like Korean dramas? This top 14 list includes some of the best romantic Korean dramas. Some of them are comedies and some have interesting criminal twists, with deep and meaningful stories, but they have one thing in common - they are unbelievably sweet and have a lot of melodramatic scenes! Also, make sure you watch the trailers here and vote in the poll!

14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

The Top 14 Korean Dramas

  • Heartstrings (15 episodes)
  • Empress Ki (51 episodes)
  • King's Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang (108 episodes)
  • The King Loves (40 episodes)
  • Fight for My Way (16 episodes)
  • Marriage, Not Dating (16 episodes)
  • While You Were Sleeping (32 episodes)
  • My ID is Gangnam Beauty (16 episodes)
  • Go Back Couple (12 episodes)
  • What's Wrong With Secretary Kim (16 episodes)
  • Chicago Typewriter (16 episodes)
  • Because This is My First Life (16 episodes)
  • Suspicious Partner/Love in Trouble (40 episodes)
  • I'm Not a Robot (32 episodes)

14. Heartstrings

Heartstrings | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
Heartstrings | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

If an entertaining, adorable, cute romantic K-drama is what you are looking for, you will enjoy Heartstrings. This drama doesn't seem to be very good if you look at it technically and critically. However, it's not boring to watch, it gets you involved. It's something you watch for entertainment and relaxation, not simply for writing.

You will like the way the two leads slowly fell in love. Lee Shin, a student majoring in modern music, a popular vocalist and guitarist of a musical band is uninterested in everything in life besides music. Kyu Won, on the other hand, trying to live up to her family's expectations, knows nothing besides traditional music. One day her friends make her attend the concert of this popular band. As you may have already guessed, there she is immediately captivated by a good-looking vocalist.

13. Empress Ki

Empress Ki | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
Empress Ki | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

If you are looking for a historical romantic drama, it's a must watch for you! This series is highly romanticized! Even though Empress Ki is considered a historical show, actually, it's loosely based on historical events, which means there's a lot added in the process of writing the story.

The main story centers on Seung Nyang. Originally a slave in Goryeo, she grew up into a strong woman who saved girls from being sent away to China to serve the emperor. Soon, you will witness, a love triangle, let's say: she falls both for the King of Goryeo and a prince from Mongolia, the next emperor of China.

12. King's Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang

King's Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
King's Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

Here's a long historical drama for those of you who love complicated and well-thought-out stories. Don't be afraid, The King's Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang is engaging and pretty easy to watch. Despite its court politics, the series is all about love.

The historical drama is set in ancient Korea (in the pre-Joseon period, to be precise). As you may have already guessed from the title, it revolves around the eldest daughter of King Muryeong, the King of one of the three Kingdoms in ancient Korea. Because of her righteous character, she doesn't become a princess. Instead, her evil half-sister takes her place. Sometime later, she starts spying for her own nation.

11. The King Loves

The King Loves | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
The King Loves | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

Here's one more historical period drama telling a story about a love triangle! While watching The King in Love, you will get a feeling as if you are really transferred into the Goryeo period!

The show tells the story of one King who has only one loyal friend. There are few people in the whole world who he can truly trust, and this friend is one of them, if not the only one. The thing is, they both fall in love with the same girl! A lady genuinely loves two of them, and it makes things only worse.

10. Fight for My Way

Fight for My Way | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
Fight for My Way | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

Fight for My Way focuses on four characters who are whether struggling for a dream or are struggling to find their purpose in life. They are learning, stumbling, losing and winning...no matter what our precious four make their own way to live a happy life. They are childhood friends, now in their late twenties. They are unlucky both in love and work. It turns out that love lies right on the surface. Give a shot this awesome Best Friends to Lovers drama!

9. Marriage, Not Dating

Marriage, Not Dating | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
Marriage, Not Dating | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

The plot of this show may seem cliche at first glance, but actually, it's a refreshing romantic comedy. It will get you hooked from the very first episodes!

Marriage, Not Dating centers on a single guy who doesn't want to get married, while his family doesn't get tired of threatening to find him a wife. He is a busy, wealthy plastic surgeon. His life is perfectly planned, and being single is just perfect for him. At least he thinks so. So why on Earth would he need a wife? However, tired of his family constantly badgering him about marriage, he decides to fool them: he brings home a girl who, as he thinks, his parents will never approve.

8. While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
While You Were Sleeping | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

While You Were Sleeping is something different from what you have already seen. This drama has an interesting fantasy aspect: it incorporates the dreams into the romance, everyday life and conflicts!

The romantic K-drama is about Suzy, a woman who has visions in her dreams through where she sees a terrible future that will happen to some people. Lee Jong Suk, a prosecutor, meets with her due to a dream vision. What exactly happened so that they get acquainted and what will happen next?

7. My ID is Gangnam Beauty

My ID is Gangnam Beauty | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
My ID is Gangnam Beauty | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

My ID is Gangnam Beauty focuses on the campus romance plot. It's a good thought-provoking romantic K-drama for you watch list! Give it a shot!

An insecure, cautious girl once bullied for her looks is the protagonist of this beautiful story. Yet, she genuinely wants to start a new chapter in her life, that's why she decides to transform her face with plastic surgery. However, people tease a poor girl again, now they call her "Gangnam Beauty". That's when she starts studying at university, where she meets a guy from her school. That guy loves people not for their looks but for what they are on the inside. Will he stand up for her and help her discover her true beauty?

6. Go Back Couple

Go Back Couple | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
Go Back Couple | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

Here's an amazingly heart-touching K-drama that you shouldn't shelf aside! Would you like to explore the question of what would you do if you could go back in time? If your answer is "yes", then it's certainly a must-watch for you! A time travel drama may not seem to be the newest theme, but the execution of this series is worth your watch! It's realistic, it's going to play with your emotions, it's romantic!

Go Back Couple revolves around a married couple, they both are in their late 30s. Now, they both regret marrying at a young age, as they almost hate each other. The drama tells us about their travel back to those lovely times when they were 20-year-old students, a period of time when they met each other.

5. What's Wrong With Secretary Kim

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
What's Wrong With Secretary Kim | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim tells the story of a woman who, at some point in her life, wants to set her life, so she decides to resign from her job. A patient and hardworking secretary Kim has been working diligently for Lee Young Joon (vice chairman of the company) for 9 years. The narcissistic, self-absorbed man barely thinks of people around him: he is the president of his family´s company and absorbed only with his life. He is surprised by such a statement and wants to find out why his most diligent worker wants to quit. Throughout this quest, they learn about each other a lot. May once strictly-workplace relationship develop into romantic involvement?

This romance Korean drama is a comedy above all else. So, if you enjoy comedy above story and don't mind over-the-top comedy at times, this show is just a ticket for you!

4. Chicago Typewriter

Chicago Typewriter | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
Chicago Typewriter | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

Chicago Typewriter is something different from other series in the list. This one falls into the category of time-traveling/kind of reincarnation dramas. Here you will see a deep and meaningful story, but also the whole bunch of melodramatic and action scenes, and kiss scenes!

The story revolves around three main characters: a reincarnated bestselling author who is depressed and can't find inspiration to complete his next bestseller, a ghostwriter who can help the writer to overcome his writer's block, and a strong, caring fan of the best-selling author. They want to find out the truth behind their past lives that makes their today's life the way it is. In an attempt to recall their past, they form a strong bond, even stronger than they did in the past.

3. Because This is My First Life

Because This is My First Life | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
Because This is My First Life | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

Are you familiar with the marriage contract storylines? Because This is My First Life may sound a bit typical at first: a man and a woman marry each other because of the benefiting circumstances - but eventually end up falling for each other. But actually, this is what makes this story intriguing and very realistic! This is a great romance K-drama with some scenes that you can't find easily in the typical innocent love series.

The main story is sweet and cute, and centers primarily on a single man in his early 30's who owns his home (but also owes a huge mortgage) and a homeless single woman, also in her 30's. A man is thinking about taking a tenant in one of his rooms so that he will be able to cope with all these financial difficulties. As you may have already guessed, they become housemates! However, the story doesn't focus only on one couple. In fact, there are three couples, each with their own interesting story!

2. Suspicious Partner / Love in Trouble

Suspicious Partner / Love in Trouble | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
Suspicious Partner / Love in Trouble | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

Basically, Suspicious Partner is a successful blend of crime and romance, which is rare. Such a mix of sweet romance and interesting criminal plot twists and suspense is what will make you glued to the screen!

The series tells the story of an intelligent prosecutor who is forced to become an attorney, and a strong, but a naive woman, an attorney who is mistakenly accused of a murder. So, they both work as a team on some mysterious case and gradually develop feelings for each other.

1. I'm Not a Robot

I'm Not a Robot | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch
I'm Not a Robot | 14 Popular Romantic K-Dramas You Must Watch

Check out this K-drama and it may become one of the best if not the best rom-com you have ever watched! I'm Not a Robot is a fluffy, easy to watch on the plot and awesome on the acting. The concept itself is unbelievable, even crazy, but the plot is so well written and the acting is so admirable that you can't help but fall in love with the show!

The story follows a man who is allergic to humans. Yes, it's a real skin allergy that he developed due to his childhood trauma. Even though he is an unbelievably rich guy, he has no clue as to how to get rid of it, so he has been forced to live all by himself for 15 years! One day he gets a chance to test out a newly invented robot, but at the very last moment, due to some circumstances, a girl is sent instead of the machine. That´s when the most interesting part begins!

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