In my opinion the quality of Korean dramas is fairly superior than Filipino dramas, from the flow of the story to the quality of the production. K-dramas are not just exciting, their story also displayed various emotions from sadness to happiness – a roller coaster of feeling. Plus it is coupled with the ranks of actors and actresses that are handsome and beautiful, making it more interesting to watch. Especially now that it is easier to watch K-dramas, for we can always stream or download it online.
And if you are looking for the best Korean drama recommendations that can stir your feelings, here are my 15 best Korean dramas recommendation.
15. Hospital Ship
Synopsis: A story of young doctors, who provide medical care to remote island residents via a hospital ship.
Genre: Medical, Drama
14. Legend of the Blue Sea
The television series centers on the love story of Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min-ho), the son of a rich businessman who becomes a handsome and clever con-man after his parents’ divorce, and a mermaid named Shim Cheong (Jun Ji-hyun). Focusing on rebirth, fate, and unrequited love, their tale is mix with the parallel story of their Joseon era incarnations, town head Kim Dam-ryeong and the mermaid Se-hwa.
13. Playful Kiss
“Playful Kiss” is a romantic-comedy covering the romance between Baek Seung-Jo (Kim Hyun-Joong), an arrogant young man with a genius IQ, and Oh Ha-Ni (Jung So-Min), a ditzy young woman who gets poor grades, but whose heart is as powerful as Seung-Jo’s mind.
Episodes: 16 + 7(Special Edition in youtube)
Moo Jin-hyuk (Jang Hyuk) is a “mad dog” detective who becomes guilt-ridden after his wife was murdered while he was at work. Kang Kwon-joo (Lee Ha-na) is a tough policewoman who is gifted with perfect psycho-acoustics skills. And went for voice profiling. She was working at the call center when a brutal murder case took place and in the process of investigating her father was killed. Three years later, Jin-hyuk and Kwon-joo team up as the “Golden Time team” and solve cases together, chasing after the serial killer who took their loved ones.
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
A decades-old incident involving a group of five friends who ran an illegal pro-democracy broadcasting station during the Fifth Republic in South Korea brings together three different people—an illegal “night courier” with the codename “Healer” (Ji Chang-wook) who possesses top-notch fighting skills, a reporter from a second-rate tabloid news website (Park Min-young), and a famous journalist at a major broadcast station (Yoo Ji-tae). In trying to uncover the truth from that 1992 incident, they grow into real, honest reporters, while dealing with the conflict between truth and fate.
Genre: Action, Thriller, Romance
10. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
Do Bong Soon is a young woman born with superhuman strength, who breaks everything she touches if she’s not careful. However, she desperately wants to become a willowy and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush In Guk Doo . Thanks to her strength, she gets the job of a bodyguard, to a spoiled rich heir An Min Hyuk, the boss of a gaming company. Opposite of Guk Doo, Min-hyuk is a crazy and odd man who is imperious and has no regard for rules.
One day, Bong-soon, Guk-doo and Min Hyuk gets caught up in a serial murder case that breaks in their neighborhood, and end up reluctantly living together for security purposes. A series of misunderstanding occur when Guk-doo mistakens Min Hyuk’s affection.
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Romantic-Comedy
9. While You Were Sleeping
A supernatural romance about a woman who can see the future in her dreams and a prosecutor who fights to stop these future events from happening.
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Thriller
8. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
A coming-of-age story about a group of college athletes who are fighting for their dreams, experiencing and finding love in the process, and growing every step of the way.
Genre: Sports and Romantic-Comedy
7. Oh My Venus
Young Ho is a personal trainer for Hollywood stars. Even though he comes from a wealthy family background, he suffered a devastating injury during his childhood days. Now, he overcomes his problems with patience and stubbornness.
Joo Eun was the neighborhood beauty in high school. She since become a competent lawyer but has gained a great deal of weight. After breaking up with her boyfriend of 15 years, she decides to tackle her weight and gets Young Ho to be her trainer.
6. Descendants of the Sun
This story tells of doctors stationed in the fictional war zone of Urk (Uruk), and follows the love story that develops between a surgeon (Kang Mo-yeon) and a special forces officer (Yoo Shi-jin), both elite in their respective fields. The story will track both their personal and professional struggles while exploring issues about the value of life.
Episodes: 16 + 3 Special Episodes
Genre: Romance, Melodrama, and Comedy
5. W-two worlds
A mysterious melodrama about a parallel universe which depicts a man and a woman who live in the same Seoul but in different environments.
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Suspense, Melodrama
4. Rooftop Prince
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…
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Romance, Time Travel
3. My Love From The Star
Do Min Joon first arrived on earth in 1609, but in order to protect a girl he met, he missed his chance to return to his home planet. Four centuries later, he is still living in Korea and working as a professor, the latest of many identities he’s taken on through the years. Understanding that he doesn’t belong to this world, the exceedingly rational Do Min Joon maintains distance from everyone save for one friend Jang Young Mok who knows his secret. All is quiet and well for him until top actress Chun Song Yi moves in next door and comes barging into his cloistered life. Loud, proud and bumbling yet irrepressibly lovable, Song Yi throws Do Min Joon off guard, and he can’t help but protect her when her career takes a stumble. The two begin to fall in love despite themselves but Do Min Joon’s days on earth are numbered.
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Melodrama, Thriller
“Black” tells the story of a grim reaper named Black and a woman named Kang Ha Ram who can foresee death. Together, they go against the rules of the heavens and fight to save someone’s life. However, after falling in love with Ha Ram, Black breaks rules and gets erased from the memories of the world.
Genre: Romance, Crime, Thriller, Fantasy
The fantasy tale between a goblin who needs a mortal bride to ends his immortal life, an amnesiac grim reaper who stays together with the goblin to oversees the passing souls, and a human woman who suddenly appears claimed to be the goblin’s bride, who actually destined to be killed.
Episodes: 16 + 3 Special
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy