Recently, I have been addicted to Korean Drama or simply KDrama. It’s an addiction that i haven’t find a cure but i guess, it’s not yet time to cure them because it gives me not just fun time but it keeps me really happy making me forget for a while the stresses of life and the struggles that I needed to face. Korean Dramas is not just entertaining, some of them depicts life, love and different journey. There are many korean series that also tells about Korean History but i’m not really into historical or epic drama, so i guess, i have to skip that one.
There are many KDrama that are worth watching but i have selected the best for me to share to you all. Below are my favorites which was shown from 2006 up to the present.
Best Korean Drama 2006
Princess Hours – also known as Goong - 2006-Jan-11 to 2006-Mar-30
This was indeed one of my favorite KDrama. It is not just the fact that Yoon Eun Hye is the main character in this series. The chemistry of Yoon Eun Hye and Joo Ji Hoon was unexpectedly beautiful.
The story is about young love in face of tradition, politics and intrigue in the modern era. The setting was in moder-day korea with a constitutional monarchy and the Royal family still lives in the grand palace. With the death of the King and the decreasing popularity of the royal family, the wedding of the Crown Prince Lee Shin, is decided to be the best publicity move to improve their image. Chae Kyung was betrothed to become the next Crown Princess by her grandfather and Shin’s grandfather. Living with the different life, the two encounters different problems. After 14 years of living in England with his mom, Lee Yul (the former Crown Prince) appears all of a sudden even falling in love with the care spirited Chae Kyung. As the Crown Prince Shin and simple-minded Chae Kyung’s relationship develops on a deeper feelings, a series of scandals are exposed to the public right after the pair were officially announced married. Chae Kyung eventually needs (exiled) to go to Macau to study and Prince Shin gives his right to rule to his sister. When Prince Shin visited Chae Kyung in Macau, the two eventually consummated their love giving the audience a beautiful ending.
Now, i wonder what happened to Joo Ji Hoon after scandals of drug abuse. I do hope he can make a come back to his new KDrama Five Fingers.
Best Korean Drama 2007
Coffee Prince – 1st shop coffee prince -2007-Jul-02 to 2007-Aug-27
Now, you know why Yoon Eun Hye is considered as one of the best korean actress and yes, she was included as one of the highest paid actress. It’s because of the fact that she stars with korean drama series that was well loved not just in their country but in other Asian countries like the Philippines.
The story was a romantic comedy that shares the fate of a tomboyish woman who pretends to be a man for her to find work. She met Gong Yoo, a rich man who owns a coffeshop. Yoo in order to evade his family’s wish for him to marry, decides to hire Eun Chan to pretend to be his gay lover so that he can escape the blind dates arranged by his grandmother. The two develops feelings but with the great opposition of the family what do you think will happen to their love story?
Best Korean Drama 2009
Boys Before Flowers (Boys Over Flowers) - 2009-Jan-05 to 2009-Mar-31
Korean version of the well loved story Meteor Garden (Taiwan- hmm, now i remember that) and Hana Yori Dango of Japan. I have been hooked on watching this Kdrama and eventually watching it for three times. I guess it’s not just me but many others too. ABS-CBN have repeatedly air this for three times I guess.
Starring Li Min Ho , Go Hye Sun , Kim Bum, Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Joon. The story evolves with Geum Jan Di (an ordinary girl whose family owns a dry cleaning store and was granted a full swimming scholarship while she saves a life of a someone who is attempting to jump off the roof of the Shin Hwa High School. While attending the school she was terrorized by Gu Jun Pyo, leader of the famous group F4 ( composed of the richest and most popular boys at the school) On the process of bullying her, Jun Pyo realized that he was already attracted to Jan Di who in return has a crush on Yoon Ji Hoo (Jun Pyo’s best friend). The couple finds love unexpectedly and have to battle the dilemma caused by Jun Pyo’s mother who are set to break them apart no matter what happened.
Although, there are many problems and trials the main characters needed to face, they eventually find each other’s embrace at the end.
Your Beautiful - 2009-Oct-07 to 2009-Nov-26
Although this KDrama was shown a earlier in the Philippine television. I was not able to watched it for some obvious reason. (we don’t have that channel on our television, LOL) But it’s really nice that I was able to watched it at last.
Starring Park Shin Ye (Heart Strings) and Jang Geun Suk (Marry me Mary) , the group of Tae Kyung and On Yu are in search of a new member A.N.JELL. However, Mi Nam suffers an injury at the last moment. So Mi Nyu, his twin sister, is asked to step in for her brother. She is against it in the beginning but for her quest to finally see their mother, she agreed to the plan and enters the group as her brother. Her life in the group is not good at first as Tae Kyung wants to make his life miserable for him to get out of the group but as he does this Tae Kyung suddenly felt a strange feeling of falling in love with Mi Nyu whom he taught was a man.
Creating Destiny - 2009-Oct-10 to 2010-Jan-24
Starring now real life couple, Eugene (Save the Last Dance) and Ki Tae Young . The story evolves on finding love and keeping the family faith. Han Sang Eun migrated to Australia with her family at a young age. Years later, when she had complted a law degree in the United States and plans to marry her American boyfriend. Her dad, strongly opposed the union and has set his heart on her marrying Kim Yeo Joon, the son of his best friend.
Sang Eun finds herself exiled to Korea, where she reluctantly teams up with the equally uninterested Yeo Joon to devise a plan that will allow them to avoid their impending marriage while on the process, they have eventually find love but just like any other drama, their story doesn’t goes smoothly and they needed to face different challenges to create their own destiny.
My Fair Lady - 2009-Aug-19
Starring Yoon Eun Hye and Yoon Sang Hyun (Secret Garden) Jung IL Woo ( Flower Boy Ramyun Shop & 49 Days) . The story evolves on the owner of “Lady Castle”, who lives life as a princess-like but she’s lonely and yearning for attention.
She has grown-up into a self-centered woman that every time she opens her mouth, she would blurt out blunt remarks no matter who the person is. One day, she came across Seo Dong-chan, a gigolo who made her life upside down. She feels uneasy over the fact that she may have finally met her match.
Best Korean Drama 2010
Prosecutor Princess - March 31, 2010 to May 20, 2010
Honestly, I don’t find this interesting at first and i find the story a little bit simple and boring but I end up watching the whole KDrama for two times. The actress Kim So Yeon is not as beautiful unlike other Korean actresses and Park Shi Hoo is not totally handsome but just like the saying goes, you cannot judge something just by their appearance. The series turns out to be good after all.
The story evolves with Ma Hye Ri , an intelligent woman who loves fashion. She was able to pass the bar exam and become a prosecutor but she dislikes hard work. Wherever she goes , a handsome man Seo In Woo (with a big secret) continues to help her. I don’t know if you would really love to see the ending after all the hard works Seo in Woo have done, i guess it was just overrated. I have second thoughts on recommending this series but it still landed as one of my best KDrama so indeed, it is something to watch.
My girlfriend is a Gumiho – My girlfriend is a nine-tailed fox - August 11, 2010 to September 30, 2010
Cha Dae Woong(Lee Seung Gi – King2Hearts) plays a cowardly and extremely immature man who accidentally set free a nine-tail fox (Shin Min Ah – Beautiful Days) who was imprisoned for 500 years. The fox began to take the form of a beautiful woman who follows the man who set her free around, causing misunderstandings that she is his girlfriend. Although the man enjoys the attention and envy that people around him is giving, he is also always in extreme fear that the Gumiho may want to feed on his liver to become human. But when both of them falls for each other as time goes by the reality strikes them with the news that she will eventually returns to her life after losing all her nine tails.
Although, I don’t really like Lee Seung Gi, (maybe the fact that he is still young) but he is kind of cute when he deliver funny lines. I guess, that’s maybe the same reason why he captures the heart of many korean fans.