If you’re familiar with the fictional fantasy world of South Korean drama, chances are you’ve heard of Lee Min-ho. If you’ve ever delved deeper into the dreamy quicksand of K-dramas, chances are you’ve already fallen in love with him.
Billed as one of the country’s most sought-after actors, the 34-year-old is known as the first crush of everyone who walks through the doors of K-dramas. Of Boys above the flowers at The King: eternal monarch, the actor redefined his image as an actor but remained consistent in stealing the hearts of the audience. On his birthday, take a look at the dramas that prove Lee Min-ho was every K-drama stan’s first crush.
1. Boys on Flowers
Considered the OG series, Lee Min-ho headlining Boys above the flowers is responsible for introducing millions of fans around the world to K-dramas. Released in 2009, the drama also starred Ku Hye-sun, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, and many more. The drama not only spearheaded the High School series genre in the community, but also pioneered the Korean Wave worldwide. The story follows a poor girl who falls in love with one of the wealthiest and wealthiest students in the school.
2. City Hunter
Lee Min-ho transformed into an action hero for the hit 2011 series City hunter. Also starring Park Min-young, the drama is based on the popular Japanese manga of the same name. The story follows Lee Yun-seong who embarks on a mission to avenge his father’s death.
3. The heirs
The 34-year-old brought back memories of 2009 while starring in the popular drama The heirs in front of Park Shin-hye. Also known as The heirsthe drama caught fans’ attention for its flashy production as it followed the story of a poor girl entangled in a love triangle between two wealthy boys at an elite school.
4. Legend of the Blue Sea
Complimented for its complex scenario, The legend of the blue sea was a huge hit around the world. Starring Min ho and Jun Ji-hyun in the lead role, the reincarnation-based drama followed the story of a mermaid who meets a con artist and falls in love with him. It is one of Lee Min Ho’s most beloved K-dramas.
5. The King: Eternal Monarch
Praised for his tall stature and sleek looks, Lee Min Ho exuded royalty in the 2020 hit drama The King: Eternal Monarch opposite Kim Go-eun. The series has been praised for its complex storyline executed with ease coupled with an outstanding performance from the cast. It has also become one of the most popular Korean drama series on Netflix in India.
Lee Min-ho has proven himself playing the latest Apple TV+ series Pachinko. Playing the role of Koh Hansu, he had to master three languages for the difficult role. The series also featured Youn Yuh-jung, Soji Arai, Jin Ha and many more.
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