11 best Korean dramas on Netflix: ‘Strong Girl Bong-soon’, ‘Empress Ki’, ‘Coffee Prince’ and more

11 best Korean dramas on Netflix: ‘Strong Girl Bong-soon’, ‘Empress Ki’, ‘Coffee Prince’ and more

You'll want to binge-watch all these K-dramas on our curated list

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo stars (Lee Sung-kyung) as a female university student on the weighlifting team.
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There are plenty of Korean dramas to binge on Netflix, but there are so many that you might not know where to even begin. Don’t worry – we’ve got your back. Here are 11 of the best K-dramas you can watch right now.

Strong Girl Bong-soon

This fun romantic comedy centres around Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young), a woman born with superhuman strength, and her attempts to use her powers for good. Like any good superhero, Bong-soon also has potential love interests. But who will she choose – rich gaming CEO Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), or childhood friend and police officer In Guk-doo (Ji Soo)?

Defendant

This thrilling series is about a prosecutor named Park Jeong-woo (Ji Sung), who wakes up one day on death row. He must find a way of clearing his name of a crime he can’t remember committing.

Dr. Romantic

Despite the cringey title, romance takes a back seat to the trials and tribulations of what it’s like to be a doctor in this series. The working dynamics of a small-town hospital are changed forever when a doctor calling himself Kim Sa-bu (Han Suk-kyu) turns up. He’s a genius and triple-board certified surgeon – but what secrets is he hiding?

The Moon Embracing the Sun

This 20-episode Joseon dynasty-set drama centres around a fictitious king (played by Kim Soo-hyun) who falls in love with a woman (Han Ga-in) who looks a lot like his first love. There’s plenty of romance, palace-scheming, political power plays, and back-stabbing. No wonder this series is considered one of the highest rated Korean dramas of all time.

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Misaeng

This comedy centres around Jang Geu-rae (Im Si-wan), an office worker who failed to become a professional baduk player. He begins interning at a large trading company, where he meets an eccentric team of professionals, all with their own particular quirks. With a strong focus on the character relationships, this drama will make you laugh and cry at the same time.

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

This lighthearted coming-of-age drama story revolves around Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-kyung), a female university student that’s on the weightlifting team. Although she faces financial troubles, insecurities, and the pettiness of her other female peers, Bok-joo overcomes these obstacles with the help of her two best friends and a “hot guy” on the swimming team.

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?

This romcom opens with successful CEO Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) facing a predicament: his long-time secretary, Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young), has suddenly decided to resign for unknown reasons. The show follows Young-joon’s attempts to bring Mi-so back under his employment, but also the blossoming relationship between the two.

Empress Ki

This whopping 51-episode historical piece is based on the life of Empress Ki, a Korean concubine (played by Ha Ji-won) who lived from 1315 to 1369/70, and who married a Mongolian emperor. This drama focuses on Empress Ki’s political aspirations and how she rises to power despite a class system built to stifle people like her from climbing to the top.

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Kingdom

This drama tells the story of Joseon Crown Prince Yi-Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) as he investigates a strange illness that has spread through his country. Is it the disease that’s bringing Korea to its knees, or are a band of palace ministers to blame?

Coffee Prince

Yes, this series has probably dated a little, but Coffee Prince is somewhat of a K-drama classic. Tomboy Go Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) is often assumed to be a guy because of how she acts and the style she adopts. She meets Choi Han-gyul (Gong Yoo), heir to a successful coffee business, and the two become friends and co-workers. Han-gyul doesn’t know that Eun-chan is a girl – so naturally things become complicated when he starts to fall for her.

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Dramaworld

This drama is actually an American-Korean production. Dramaworld centres around Claire Duncan, an American student obsessed with K-dramas. One day, she is sucked into her phone and finds herself in the world of her favourite series’. This fun twist on a typical drama storyline will be enjoyable for both newcomers to the genre and experienced watchers after something new.

Edited by Ginny Wong

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
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