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Best Romantic Korean Drama Series

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Korean romantic drama is addictive. Are you one of them staying until 3 o’clock in the morning watching one episode after another? With the emergence of “Korean wave” in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and other Asian countries, Korean drama series are spreading like fire throughout these countries, as well as entering niche markets in Europe and North America. Young or old, they are hooked to the drama series.

Best Korean Romantic Drama Series in 2010

Korean has produced quite a number of romantic drama in year 2010. Without arranging in particular order, below is the list of Korean romantic drama series in 2010 which have been rated most popular :

Kim Hyun Joong

Kim Hyun Joong

Mischievous kiss (Playful Kiss or Naughty Kiss)

This 16 episodes Korean drama series is about a romance between a genius male student named Baek Seung-jo (Kim Hyung Joong) with a below-average female student Oh Hani (Jung So Min). Seung-jo, who can excel in studies, sports, and almost everything else in life find Hani a challenge and an intrigue, since she is not able to do well in any of them. Being a genius can be an envious matter to many, but to Seung-jo, life is less interesting when they are easily attainable. Hani, on the other contrary, often has to work very hard for the smallest achievement, but her never-give-up attitude is admirable. So, what happen when two people of two extreme meet each other ? Not only a very romantic comedy, it is a thought-provoking drama to enjoy too. A must watch. Don't miss it.

Recognition won :

  • 2010 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actor Award (Lee Tae Sung)
  • 2010 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Kim Hyun Joong)

My Girlfriend is Gumiho ( My Girlfriend is Nine-tailed Fox)

My girlfriend is gumiho is another 16 episodes of romantic comedy story between a rich spoilt kid and university student, Cha Dae Woong (Lee Seung Gi) with the ledendary Gumiho (Shin Min Ah), a woman with nine fox tails. She is exceptionally beautiful and powerful but does not understand the commonly acceptable human behaviour. Cha Dae Woong was deceived by Gumiho into releasing her from eternal prison.

Initially, Cha Dae Woong was afraid of being eaten up by the Gumiho, a meat-lover. As time passes, the love grew between two of them, to the extent that they are willing to sacrifice oneself for the other’s person life. Mythical, entertaining and yet a soul touching movie, a must watch for many Korean drama followers.

This drama series has won the following awards :

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  • 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actor Award - Drama Special (Lee Seung Ki)
  • 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actress Award - Drama Special (Shin Min Ah)
  • 2010 SBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Lee Seung Ki and Shin Min Ah)

Personal Taste (Personal Preference)

Personal Taste is a thoroughly endearing romantic comedy starring two of the Korean famous celebrities, Lee Min Ho (Boys Over Flowers) and Son Ye Jin (A Moment to Remember, Summer Scent). Park Kae In (played by Son Ye Jin) lives with Jin Ho (played by Lee Min Ho) whom she thinks is gay. Jin Ho is actually a straight-laced architect but pretending to be gay in order to move into her traditional Korean house where he could perform his architectural studies for his latest business deal. Thinking that he is gay, Kae In treats Jin Ho like her best girlfriend. As time passes, they started to fall for each other. What will happen to a man pretending to be gay and the woman who thinks he is gay develop feelings for each other? An interesting and entertaining plot, with romance that melts many hearts, Personal Preference is definitely a good watch.

Lee Min Ho earned the 2010 MBC Drama Awards for Excellence Award, Actor for this drama series.

Secret Garden

The romantic drama was released in 13thNovember, 2010 and ended on 16th January, 2011 in Korea. It describes the story of Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin), a handsome, rich, arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the perfectionist image, and Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a poor and humble beautiful stuntwoman. They meet by accident, where Joo Won mistaken Ra Im for another actress and marks the beginning of a tense relationship, through which the confused and disturbed Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im. To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events happened in a mysterious place called “Secret Garden” which results in them swapping bodies. This romantic drama has won the following awards in 2011 (6th) Seoul International Drama Awards for

Outstanding Korean Director

Outstanding Korean Screenwriter

Outstanding Korean Drama OST ("That Woman" - Baek Ji-young)

Best Korean Drama in Year 2009

For year 2009, the top five best Korean drama goes to :

1) You're Beautiful, with 47% vote.

2) Boys Before Flowers, 30% vote

3) Iris, 13%

4) Queen Seon Duk, 12%

5) Shining Inheritance, 12%


The percentage of vote for the rest of the Korean dramas are :

· Will it Snow for Christmas? 2%

· Hero 5%

· Smile, You, 6%

· Take Care of the Young Lady, 6%

· Swallow the Sun, 3%

· The Man Who Can’t Get Married, 3%

· City Hall, 5%

· Cinderella Man, 3%

· Cain and Abel, 4%

Personal Taste actor : Lee Min Ho

Personal Taste actor : Lee Min Ho


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Jacqueline G Rozell on January 13, 2020:

Playful Kiss is my all time favorite. I laughed, I cried, I loved all the actors, and Kim Hyun Joong is my favorite actor, singer, performer. He just caught my eye and heart in Playful Kiss and it was all over. I am a fan of so many of the guys, but this one is special to me. I wish him the best, along with his family. As for "Playful Kiss," the theme song One More Time is one of the most beautiful and haunting arrangements ever. It conveys so much meaning that is appropriate for the series' characters, and fits situations in the lives of many people, whether it be love lost due to a change of heart or to loss of life. I watch the You Tube video often, and kiss they share in the rain always brings me to tears.

Maham on October 15, 2019:

I am also become addict just like you guys but playfull amazing drama , i watched alot of k-drama . New i want learn korean language . City hunder, walk in moon light, my love come from star , personal taste , f4,

dessy on September 22, 2017:

l really enjoy korean dramas especially love rain, u r beautiful, boys over flowers, city hunter, my name is kim sam soon n so many more

joe sweety on July 02, 2016:

Hi guys i'm from INDIA, i was too immensely addicted to k-dramas. While to the beautiful you is the first kdrama i've watched and its the one that get me into the world of koreans. I like lee min ho and kim soo hyun very much but once if i had a chance to visit korea i'd like to watch JB's live concert. All k-drama guys are good looking. FIGHTING OPPAS!!!!!!!!!!!

ardra on March 31, 2016:

My favourite Korean series is "PLay full kiSses" .

sanju on January 12, 2016:

though i dont know korean i am into korean dramas so much because of the plot and my all time favourites is boys over flowers and it was also the first ever drama that i ever watched

yoona on January 06, 2016:

I really love k-dramas... My favorite drama is Love Rain.

Korean actors and actresses are awesome. I love Jang geun suk. fighting....

Kitty on September 03, 2015:

Oh my god...kdramas r killing me.i m totally addicted to them.Lee min ho n jong guen suk r the best actors....In my all time favarite list boys over flowers is first...sarange lee min is pinnachio,u r beautiful....

NiaLee from BIG APPLE on July 24, 2015:

I just discovered your hub and am happy to see you love what I love. I did see most of those dramas, except playful kiss did bore me, I didn't return to finish it. I love Lee Min Ho's acting in personal taste, the confusion, the hunting, the understanding love this woman had for him, how far she was ready to let him slip… and that "game over" kiss. Secret Garden was fun and sexy too, most sensual kiss is Lee Min Ho, trying the hair and slip of the mouth… on her mouth. Beautiful choreography and chemistry.

planet_Amazon on July 05, 2015:

My favorite korean drama is heartstring because there is chemistry and i feel the hurt from there story. I like there loveteam of Park Shin hye and Junng Yong hwa.

(Sorry for the wrong grammar, please understand)

MissStoryTeller on May 09, 2015:

Hi everyone!

I love Korean dramas - its a recent addiction and given that I'm currently on 2 weeks leave from work, I've had a chance to watch a bucket load of them. My favourites so far are Secret Garden and Personal Taste!

I'm new to hubpages, and am currently writing a blog novel based in Korea inspired by this addiction (I know that's a bit tragic) .. but I hope you guys will check out my profile.

Asha on April 26, 2015:

Hi guys m frm India .i just luv korean dramas .mostly boys over flower and heartstring.luv u kim hyun joong

mrs c. on April 19, 2015:

i'm a nigerian, so v much addicted to korean. thumb up. u always make my year. i luv jang geun suk. "ur beautiful" my all time favourite.

shami on April 17, 2015:

all are awesome...jst love it.....nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu nomu chua

su on March 22, 2015:

Hiii guys... Am from India. I love korean dramas. And I love min ho alotttttt. My fav kdrama is secret garden.. It's soo funny :)

Wolfmann0814 on March 18, 2015:

I love the Korean dramas. And had been watching since 2009 I read subtitles and enjoy the music in them also. I am hooked and will be watching them forever.

Mónica on January 17, 2015:

The best of all is You're beautiful with Jang Geun Suk!! No doubt about it.

Speaking about My girlfriend is a gumiho, in my opinion, the only good thing on that it was No Min Woo, so handsome guy... I can't believe they didn't give him the main role, he deserved to be the one.

Also I like Bride of the century with Lee Hong Gi, he really changed since he worked in the drama You're beautiful, his real hair color makes him look much better.

kim sam on December 30, 2014:

Playful kiss is the best drama ever....

I love kim hyun joong my favourite idol.

Gayani on October 30, 2014:

I'm sri lankan. But i also a crazy fan of korean dramas. There lot of fans in our country also. So put our country name also to your is a kindly faver.

jayasri kannan on September 22, 2014:

i really really love k-dramas.. i would say that they r d best ever..they drive me times i feel like seeing myself in the screen. korean actors and actresses are awesome (both in appearance and performance) i love kim hyun joong and lee min ho the most among the actors.. and park shin hye and jung so min d most among actresses.... fighting....

sun on June 23, 2014:

I am sorry i love the best korean drama.

yahin on June 05, 2014:

my personal fave are Emergency Couple, My Love From Another Star, I Hear Your Voice, Reply 1997, and City Hunter(though it is less of romcom and more of action/drama) ^^

moss on May 12, 2014:

A man called God so far is the best, i have seen most of these korean dramas but they dont come anywhr near this one. m really addicted to korean dramas.

penny on April 06, 2014:

m in love with lee min Ho.... of personal taste.. the boy is so hot unfortunately Africa to Korea z really far wish to tell him with the word of my mouth i love him so much..... kisses

nefissa 22 on March 21, 2014:

i think you must put boys over flowers it is still the best k-drama ever for a thousand of people i love it !!!

rishika sahu on March 05, 2014:

I have seen boys over flowers .n I loved it ... plzz suggest me more Korean romantic n cute drama series .which I must watch it...:-) I'm waiting

merryberry990 on March 01, 2014:


sminut13 from singapore on February 07, 2014:

thanks for sharing, I too am one of those who enjoy watching the dramas, not just Korean but Japanese as well. keep updating

ks on December 29, 2013:

i aiso a fan like play ful kiss,goong..............

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may :) on December 06, 2013:

Best Korean drama ever is ...Playful Kiss!!! ....I love it.

love on November 21, 2013:

playful kiss is My favorit!!!!!!!

Rahma on November 21, 2013:

playful kissssssssssssssssssssss

Fmm on November 12, 2013:

coffee prince

kim on October 22, 2013:

aniyong hamsanida! my fav korean drama of all time has been boys over flowers ive seen more than 70 korean dramas but this will always be my favorite...i really recomrnd it for those who haven't watch it.

charm_casy on October 16, 2013:

it started with playful kiss n the craze for kdrama is on rage inside me..!

they r truly very addicting!! half of the sunshine in my life comes from these kshows!! hav never seen ny action oriented show though wud love to see an action romantic as wel sum day!!

p on October 03, 2013:

hey I just got to b fan of Korean serial after watching som of those... can any1 giv me link to free download these Korean serials

ILOVERM on September 24, 2013:

i like my princess, heartstrings,oh my lady,playful kiss,and innocent man. actually, i love all dramas with cute guys with it. Especially to the beautiful you. I love you, Lee Hyun Woo!!!

soumya on June 18, 2013:

i watched playfull kiss,boys over flowers,you are beautiful,secret garden nd personal taste,.......i liked every one of them....awesome dramas..........i will continue to watch some more dramas.......from the dramas i watched you r beautiful and personal taste are my favourite......i want to watch dream high ,coffe prince and heart strings.....

dr sumati medikeri on June 16, 2013:

my favorites r boys over flower & playful kiss..... they r just awesome... n m in love with th actors... especially KIM HYUN JOONG actually he was th first reason i started watching playful kiss after watching boys over flower... its an awesome experience.... i will continue to watch some more of dramas.... u guys keep up th excellent work... love u alllll

Sakhi Deshmukh from India on February 17, 2013:

My favorite drama is personal taste and playful kiss..I love all of them and they are awesome...I want to know about more drama's...Thank you so much for sharing

cherie_moanna on February 11, 2013:

I have seen all of these...cheers to many more nice dramas!!!

Mai on December 13, 2012:

Really nice choices.

love on November 19, 2012:

My all time favorite is "Stars Falling from the Sky", this movie sparked just about every emotion imaginable.

Lady Jen Palven from Philippines on November 17, 2012:

For me the best korean romantic drama series is Personal taste.Min ho's character is so charming, he is like the dream guy of all girls and So Ye Jin is so lucky to be paired with him. The story also is so cute, Ye jin thinks that min ho is gay..I can't get over with this series..hehe

Playful kiss is like the korean version of taiwan's it started with i kiss, so i like that series since i know the story's sequence.But great hub by the way :)

soumyaa on October 04, 2012:

hey...i luv to watch korean cn nybody suggest me a gud site to download d korean series fr free..plz need ur help...

Ingenira (author) on August 26, 2012:

Thank you for your comment, Grialyn, Thoichanu, and Cecilia.

alec50 from St.neots Manchester UK, Wuhan on August 26, 2012:

I'm from England and crazy about Korean Dramas! City Hunter is amazing, My girlfriend is Gumiho aint far behind.

Lin Lin from New Jersey, USA on June 13, 2012:

My favorite Korean Drama Series to this day is “The Return of Iljimae”, starring Jung Il Woo. I also like “Hong Gil Dong” a lot, though my interest lies on Jang Geun-seok, the actor who plays the second lead, Prince Lee Chang Hui, not Hong Gil Dong himself. Queen Seonduk is another good one. And I agree, a good Korean Drama is very addictive. Thanks for sharing.

Cecilia on December 29, 2011:

I was watching I think it was Korean romantic drama it was called LIPSITK I was so in to it in english of cause and before the end theyremove it I was sooooooo mad it was on Korean ch English word please bring it back I was Enjoying all of your dramas amerkorean i think

Thoichanu on November 26, 2011:

I m a big fan of u al so kep it up

Grialyn on November 20, 2011:

Wow'me and my frwiend'z love watching asian novela .

Ingenira (author) on November 16, 2011:

Cherry, you can also watch it on youtube, here is the first episode :

Ingenira (author) on November 14, 2011:

hi Cherry, thanks for your visit. You can watch "princess hours" (also called "goong") online from soju site :

cherry on November 13, 2011:

hey Ingenira.... I really loved ur blog....i am a korean dramam fan too.can u pls tel me where i can watch "princess hours" free online with english subtitles??

karen on November 08, 2011:

i,ve already seen all of the above stated..aside from work watching korean movies really makes my day complete..i love all of the dramas stated above but right now i really love heartstrings and sungkyunkwan scandal..

Ingenira (author) on October 18, 2011:

wookiez, thanks for the list ! You are a great Korean drama fan indeed.

wookiez on October 02, 2011:

i loved korean drama series esp full house ... i really missed Song Hye-kyo, she's really pretty ... plus baker king, secret garden(ha ji won), playful kiss and lastly city hunter(park min-young)...weee!!! and even the korean movies so romantic... windstruck & my sassy girl, sex is zero 1&2, seducing mr. perfect, Il Mare, a moment to remember, the chaser, speedy scandal, too beautiful to lie, 200 pounds beauty, the classic, etc... almost all of them are great movies.... 2 thumbs up!!!

Ingenira (author) on October 01, 2011:

Oh yes, carrie, the F4 guys are famous for their good looks, and interesting story plot too.

carriethomson from United Kingdom on September 26, 2011:

hey hi ingenira!! i watched boys over flowers with english subtitles on youtube!!this one even comes in an animated series i guess!! well the F4 were handsome as hell i must say!!

Ingenira (author) on September 21, 2011:

thanks, twentyfive ! Have fun watching it when you can.

twentyfive on September 21, 2011:

I only watched Gumiho and Secret Garden..Seen Mischievous Kiss a bit though. Wow, this is a great review. Definitely will be looking for DVDs of the others and get addicted again LOL Voted up and Rated... :)

Ingenira (author) on September 21, 2011:

angInwu, it wouldn't surprise me if you know how to make Korean kimchi. :) thanks for the comment.

anglnwu on September 19, 2011:

When I was back in Singapore, Korean movies are the rage. Everyone is crazy about the daily soap operas on tv. In fact, the people are so crazy about everything korean,they want to learn how to make korean food too. I was asked to teach them how to make kimchi. Me? Haha. Anyway, I'm sure korean fans will be happy with your choices of romantic series. Rated up.

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