Valentine’s day is finally here, and with it promises of flowery bouquets, cute stuffed animals, and memorable dates. As the holiday for romantic gestures and sweet moments, it only seems appropriate to include the pinnacle of these things – K-dramas – into your Valentine’s Day schedule, no? So here’s a list of dramas you’ll definitely want to watch while cuddling with your significant other and a box of popcorn:
“Goblin” is one of those K-dramas that feels like a work of art: the gorgeous visuals in every scene, plus a dramatic storyline – which incorporates elements of magic, fate, and love even in death – create a show that’s impossible not to fall in love with. “Goblin” centers around a girl who can see ghosts and the love she has for a goblin cursed with immortality (now add in a grim reaper, a reincarnated queen, and a chaebol heir). If you’re looking for a romantic show to ooh and ahh over, then this is the perfect Valentine’s day drama for you.
Catch the first episode of “Goblin”:
“The King Loves” is another cinematic beauty to enjoy with your date. A historical drama set in the Goryeo dynasty, “The King Loves” features a strong love triangle between a crown prince, his bodyguard/best friend, and a young woman with a mysterious identity. This drama has a strong focus on relationships, so if you want a warm show with deep meaning, an enduring friendship, and romance, then you and your significant other should try this show!
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If you’re looking for a much lighter show to enjoy, “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” is a great K-drama to watch. With an adorably sweet romance that will make your lips hurt from smiling so much and a number of hilarious moments to boot, this warm and fuzzy show is the perfect way to end Valentine’s day. As the name suggests, “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” is about a young girl with super strength, and the love she feels towards a lonely but affectionate, handsome chaebol. Superhero fans take note!
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4. While You Were Sleeping
“While You Were Sleeping” is a very fantastical drama woven into a modern world setting: three people — a reporter, a lawyer, and a police officer — find they have the ability to foretell the future through their dreams, and only they have the power to change it. The relationship between the first two characters, Jae Chan and Hong Joo (respectively played by Lee Jong Suk and Suzy), is a very romantic one as they fight to protect each other and fall in love even as timelines change around them.
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5. My Secret Romance
“My Secret Romance” is an atypical K-drama in that it serves up a bold plot than usual in K-drama land: Yoo Mi (Song Ji Eun) is a young woman who, taken by chaebol Jin Wook’s (Sung Hoon) charm, has a one night stand and then disappears in embarrassment before her partner wakes up the next morning, Cinderella style. The hijinks and sexual tension which occur when the two bump into each other only a few years later makes it a fun and cute watch to enjoy on date night.
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“My Love From the Star” is an older but classic drama to watch if you’re looking for a show with equal parts romance and comedy. Starring major actors Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun, “My Love From the Star” centers around a stranded, centuries old alien (Kim SooHyun) who falls in love with a celebrity actress (Jun Ji Hyun) who happens to look exactly like the girl that sacrificed herself for him many years ago. If you’re looking for a show which features the kind of love that blocks the whole world out, then the romance between Song Yi and Min Joon in “My Love From the Star” is definitely for you.
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“I Am Not A Robot” is definitely a quirky and fun show to watch if you and your significant other are looking for a night full of laughter. The show begins when a humanoid robot “Aji 3” breaks down, preventing its developer from sending it as scheduled to the home of the company’s largest shareholder. In desperation, the developer calls his ex-girlfriend, Jia, and asks her to pretend to be the robot and take its place temporarily in exchange for monetary compensation. Jia’s acceptance leaves to a whirlwind of mistakes, hilarious comedy, and unexpected romance.
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Happy Valentine’s Day, Soompiers! Which K-dramas are you planning to watch on Valentine’s Day? Any suggestions? Let us know in the comments!
Ariana K. Welsh is a college student who spends most of her time obsessing over K-dramas with her sister, dancing to loud music, and writing into the wee hours of the night. Her current fave things in life are: snow, Waldeinsamkeit by R.W. Emerson, and Butterbeer.