One detail that can make or break a K-drama is the lead couple. Sometimes, no matter how out-of-this-world a plot can be, the leading actors just don’t have that it factor together. Luckily, 2020 did not disappoint and offered several iconic couples. In no particular order, here are the K-drama couples that enchanted our hearts this year.
Hyun Bin & Son Ye Jin in “Crash Landing On You”
Perhaps one of the most beloved couples on this list is Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin from tvN’s “Crash Landing On You.” This star-crossed lovers story starts when Yoon Se Ri (Son Ye Jin) crashes into North Korea while testing out her paragliding gear for her popular company called Se Ri’s Choice. It’s there that she meets the stoic soldier Ri Jung Hyuk (Hyun Bin), who eventually takes it upon himself to protect her and get her back to South Korea unharmed.
This drama charmed viewers from the moment it began, especially since fans were eager to see Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin reunite after their 2018 film “The Negotiation.” To say that Se Ri and Jung Hyuk had to fight tooth and nail for their happily ever after almost seems like an understatement. Their chemistry pulls you in throughout all the funny, angsty, and romantic scenes that this drama has to offer. They left a lasting impression on our hearts and are surely one of the most iconic couples in K-drama history.
Ahn Hyo Seop & Lee Sung Kyung in “Dr. Romantic 2”
A youthful couple that captured people’s hearts this year is Ahn Hyo Seop and Lee Sung Kyung in “Dr. Romantic 2.” Their romance blossoms when they are both reassigned to work with Dr. Kim (Han Suk Kyu) at Dol Dam Hospital. Cha Eun Jae (Lee Sung Kyung) has to learn how to overcome her nausea during surgery while Seo Woo Jin (Ahn Hyo Seop) is a promising surgical fellow who carries a chip on his shoulder after leading a tough life.
Both Eun Jae’s and Woo Jin’s competitive and opposite personalities clash but in the best way possible. With stolen looks, soft smiles, and passionate kisses, these two make sparks fly whenever they’re on screen together. Their chemistry is palpable from the very first couple episodes, and they seamlessly fit into the fast-paced nature of this drama.
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Jung Hae In & Chae Soo Bin in “A Piece Of Your Mind”
Jung Hae In and Chae Soo Bin are perhaps the sweetest and least angsty couple of 2020. “A Piece of Your Mind” follows the story of a devoted artificial intelligence programmer named Moon Ha Won (Jung Hae In), and a lonely but optimistic girl named Han Seo Woo (Chae Soo Bin). After bonding over the loss of their mutual friend, Kim Ji Soo (Park Ju Hyun), the pair slowly fall in love while healing from their pasts.
These two are akin to a warm cup of hot chocolate on a chilly day. Although the drama is shadowed by the loss of Kim Ji Soo, Seo Woo and Ha Won’s chemistry makes it feel tranquil and warm. Even before they get together in the drama, they constantly look out for the other and make sure they’re doing okay. They’re tooth-achingly sweet and their romance is #CoupleGoals.
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Lee Min Ho & Kim Go Eun in “The King: Eternal Monarch”
Lee Min Ho made his anticipated return to the small screen this year alongside Kim Go Eun, and the pair captivated our hearts. “The King: Eternal Monarch” tells the story of the ever-charming Emperor Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) who crosses over from the Kingdom of Corea into a parallel world of the Republic of Korea. There he meets the intelligent detective, Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Eun), who reminds him of the person who saved his life 25 years ago.
Lee Gon and Tae Eul’s romance is a whirlwind. Both Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun mastered the dramatics and passion of running into your lover’s arms, among many other stand-out romantic scenes. Although the drama didn’t do as well as anticipated domestically, the pairing still managed to dazzle many viewers across the world.
Kim Soo Hyun & Seo Ye Ji in “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay”
Of course, it would be amiss not to mention the incredibly beautiful Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji on this list. Starring in the wildly popular drama “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay,” these two charmed viewers not only with their good looks but their insane chemistry. Kim Soo Hyun plays the closed-off Moon Kang Tae, a health worker who lives an unstable life while taking care of his autistic brother, and Seo Ye Ji plays the eccentric Go Moon Young, a children’s book author with an anti-social personality disorder. The pair fall in love as they overcome the trauma of their childhoods.
If there’s one word that comes to mind when you think of this couple, it’s healing. Despite the dark overtones of this story, it’s just as magical and enchanting as any fairytale. Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji’s chemistry melts hearts through all their scenes no matter if it’s one full of tears, beaming smiles, or steamy kisses. As an added plus, the pair also carves out the most precious family with Kang Tae’s older brother, Sang Tae (Oh Jung Se). Their story makes you laugh, weep, and smile, and you really feel like they did live happily ever after.
Lee Joon Gi & Moon Chae Won in “Flower Of Evil”
After working together in the 2017 drama “Criminal Minds,” Moon Chae Won and Lee Joon Gi delighted fans this year when they paired up for the suspenseful melodrama “Flower of Evil.” In the drama, Moon Chae Won plays detective Cha Ji Won, who discovers that her husband of over a decade, Baek Hee Sung (Lee Joon Gi), has been lying about his identity. To make matters worse, he’s the top suspect for an unsolved murder case. Nonetheless, the pair navigate their way through the maze of the past and fight tooth and nail for a chance at a happy ending.
Everything about this drama is fantastic — the plot, the suspense, but most importantly, the romance. This show wouldn’t have left its mark if the leads didn’t have perfect chemistry. Luckily, Lee Joon Gi and Moon Chae Won absolutely nailed it. They delivered amazing performances that crush and revive your heart over and over again. From their blissful scenes as a married couple to their tearful arguments as Hee Sung’s lies spiral out of control, these two demand your attention until the very end. Recently, both actors teased working on a third drama together in an interview with Naver Now Radio, so with any luck, we’ll be enamored by them once more in the future.
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Kim Min Jae & Park Eun Bin in “Do You Like Brahms?”
While most of the couples on this list belong to the most fantastical of plots, Kim Min Jae and Park Eun Bin charmed viewers in the simplistic drama “Do You Like Brahms?” The drama follows the story of a lonely pianist named Park Joon Young (Kim Min Jae) who takes a sabbatical as he untangles his relationship with the piano and his two best friends. During this time he meets the quiet and tenacious Chae Song Ah (Park Eun Bin), who began studying the violin later than her peers. The pair bond over their mutual understanding of having an unrequited love for their best friend (similarly to that of the famous pianist Brahms and his friends Clara and Schumann) and eventually fall in love.
These two have a quiet and unspoken charm that carries them through even the most angsty parts of the drama. Whether it’s cute ice cream smiles and kisses or intense pining after a break-up, you can feel each of the characters’ emotions as if they were your own. Kim Min Jae and Park Eun Bin’s chemistry perfect the will-they-won’t-they trope and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the drama comes to a close.
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Lee Dong Wook & Jo Bo Ah in “Tale of the Nine-Tailed”
Last but certainly not least is Lee Dong Wook and Jo Bo Ah in “Tale of the Nine-Tailed.” This end-of-the-year drama packs a punch. Mixed with fantasy, action, thriller, and romance, the drama follows the tale of a male gumiho named Lee Yeon (Lee Dong Wook) and a producer named Nam Ji Ah, (Jo Bo Ah) who seeks Lee Yeon out after recognizing him as the person who saved her life when she was younger. Their romance is both fantastical and fated but they must fight to keep it alive as they become entangled in a battle with an Imoogi (Lee Tae Ri).
Their romance is nothing short of epic — which is expected given the genre of the drama. From dramatic umbrella scenes and swoon-worthy romantic lines, Lee Dong Wook and Jo Bo Ah’s chemistry oozes off the screen. They’re absolutely electrifying and are the perfect couple to finish out this year with.
Catch the first episode below:
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kaityv spends most of her time watching K-dramas even though she should be writing. If she’s not watching a drama then she’s for sure dying over BTS’s and Red Velvet’s music and videos.
Currently watching: “Run On”
All-time favorite: “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”
Looking forward to: “So I Married an Anti-Fan,” “Double Patty,” “She Would Never Know,” “River Where the Moon Rises” (working title)