One of the best things to do when you can’t find any K-drama that really sucks you in is to go back and watch old ones. Although many older K-dramas can feel dated, often all it takes is an episode or two to really suck you in. The emotional depth and character development of many older K-dramas have truly stood the test of time. Here are seven such K-dramas worth watching.
1. “My daughter”
“My Girl” tells the story of Sol Gong Chan (Lee Dong Wook), a typical rich boy who meets a girl named Joo Yoo Rin (Lee Da Hae). The two sign a contract to pretend to be long-lost relatives so that Gong Chan will inherit his dying grandfather’s fortune. Gong Chan is a bit silly and doesn’t care about Yoo Rin, but he ends up falling in love with her. And to complete this love triangle, a playboy named Seo Jung Woo (Lee Joon Gi).
One of the highlights of this series is seeing the evolution of the romantic relationship between Gong Chan and Yoo Rin. Their adorable chemistry is one that people still talk about today. Lee Joon Gi’s role as Seo Jung Woo also garnered a lot of love as he was the second leader whose heart was on the line as he fell harder for Yoo Rin. It’s a sweet romantic comedy that’s light enough to binge-watch and will have you loving the cast.
“Attic Cat” is a classic love story about a man learning to love. It features Kim Rae Won like Kyung Min and Jung Da Bin like Jung Eun. Kyung Min and Jung Eun end up sharing a roof together and fall in love.
There’s nothing quite like seeing Kim Rae Won as the male lead in a romance drama. Her strong and captivating presence is so charming on the small screen. And when paired with Jung Da Bin, you can expect laughter and heart because both of them are able to evoke so many emotions. This series was so popular with the public at the time of its broadcast that it was even adapted into a play a few years later. You will definitely shed tears, so make sure your heart is ready!
3. “Time Between Dog and Wolf”
Lee Soo Hyun (Lee Joon Gi) is adopted after the tragic death of his mother. He grew up with Kang Min Ki (Jung Kyung Ho), and the two are like brothers. They both become members of the NIS, which is when Soo Hyun is triggered by the memory of his mother’s death. He fakes his own death and creates a new identity in order to get revenge.
Lee Joon Gi refers to this particular project as the work that was a turning point in his acting career. This series’ PD, Kim Jin Min, also worked with Lee Joon Gi again for the series.”lawless lawyerseveral years later. The two make an impeccable team as they are able to deliver a dramatic storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The action scenes and moving storyline will have you completely emotionally invested from start to finish. end – guaranteed to binge watch!
Actors of the “Sungkyunkwan scandal” Song Joong Ki, Yoochun Parkand Yoo Ah in – all flower boys in their own way! In this K-drama, these scholarly flower boys find themselves romantically entwined with Kim Yun Hee (Min Young Park), who dresses as a boy to support his family. You won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen with the immensely starry cast!
This series is so adorably sweet and easy to love. You are almost guaranteed to watch it in one go. Not only do you have some really pretty faces in the cast, there really is something for everyone – love triangle, bromance, bad boy and gender bender. All of these elements together make the perfect K-drama. You will definitely fall in love with the world within the walls of Sungkyunkwan University!
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5. “All inclusive”
“All In” Stars Lee Byung Hun as Kim In Ha, a professional poker player who falls in love with Min Su Yeon (hye kyo song). When they are younger, In Ha murders a gang leader after trying to avenge the death of Su Yeon’s father. He goes to prison for seven years, but the two fatally reunite several years later.
This classic series was the ultimate romance at the time, and fans of both leads still talk about it today. The separation of two lovers, only to be reunited later in life, is a story that is hard to get tired of. The chemistry was so steamy that the two even continued to date briefly after it ended. It was also at the height of Song Hye Kyo’s popularity, so you can really see her shine in this role! Many of the now veteran actors can also be seen in the cast as young actors.
The love story between gangster Park Tae Soo (Choi Min Soo) and the daughter of a wealthy casino owner, Yoon Hye Rin (Go Hyun Jung), was truly epic. Even the love triangle involving his bodyguard Baek Jae Hee (Lee Jung Jae) could go down in the books as being one of the most tragic second main stories in K-drama history.
When “Sandglass” aired in South Korea at the time, workers closed their stores early so they could get home in time to watch it. The series captivated viewers. The cast’s acting skills are also one of the greatest ever, as they were able to draw viewers into their characters and the tragedies they experienced in their lives. It still remains one of the most watched series of all time. It’s an intense watch, but necessary if you’re a K-drama fan!
7. “Delicious Girl Chun Hyang”
Chun Hyang (Han Chae Young) First love is Lee Mong Ryong (Jae-hee), who is sent to Seoul from the countryside to attend high school. Because she loves him so much, she tries to help Mong Ryong get into a prestigious university. Even with various other people entering their lives, including Mong Ryong’s first love, Chun Hyang’s love for Mong Ryong remains unchanging.
This series is remembered by many for the classic and one of the most popular K-drama OSTs of all time, Izi’s “Emergency Room.” The series was very popular for the adorable character of Chun Hyang and his loyal feelings for Mong Ryong. You’ll love seeing Mong Ryong come slow and reciprocate his feelings, especially when there’s someone else who has his eye on Chun Hyang!
Hey Soompiers, have you looked at any of these older gems? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate prejudices are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG but has recently been seen obsessing over Hwang In Yeop. Be sure to follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean madness!
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