The Korean drama fever in foreign countries started with the Korean wave that broke out in the early 2000s. Since then, a number of actors and actresses who starred in the best Korean dramas of all time have become widely known. Curious what are the best Korean dramas of all time?
Rows of the best Korean dramas of all time topped the rankings in a poll held by the Ranker site. Starring Lee Jong Suk to Park Seo Joon, you can consider the choice of Korean drama fans as entertainment during PPKM.
Here’s the second part of the 15 best Korean dramas of all time:
Cast: Ji Chang Wook, Park Min Young, Yoo Ji Tae
This best Korean drama of all time tells the story of three people who try to uncover the truth behind a political case. There are famous journalist Kim Moon Ho (played by Yoo Ji Tae), tabloid reporter Chae Young Shin (played by Park Min Young), and Seo Jung Hoo (played by Ji Chang Wook) who is known as ‘Healer’.
Korean Drama Healer Photo: Special
Healer became the turning point of Ji Chang Wook’s career which gained popularity overseas. He managed to take home the ‘Popularity Award’ from the 2014 KBS Drama Awards.
10. W: Two Worlds
Cast: Lee Jong Suk, Han Hyo Joo
W: Two Worlds received praise from cultural critic Jung Duk Hee, for having an unexpected storyline. The best Korean drama of all time will be adapted in an American version by CBS Studios.
In: Two Worlds Photo: special
W: Two Worlds tells the story of Oh Yeon Joo (played by Han Hyo Joo) who accidentally enters the world of a webtoon. He meets Kang Chul (Lee Jong Suk), the main character of the popular webtoon ‘W’ who is being hunted by a mysterious assassin.
11. What’s Up With Secretary Kim
Cast: Park Seo Joon, Park Min Young
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is adapted from the popular webtoon of the same title. Most of the character’s style and appearance is based on the original webtoon, including posters for promotional purposes.
What’s Up With Secretary Kim Photo: TvN
The best Korean drama of all time tells the story of Lee Young Joon (played by Park Seo Joon), a man who runs his family company as vice president. His secretary Kim Mi So (played by Park Min Young) who has worked for many years, decides to quit suddenly.
Cast: Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin
Of the 49 different nominations The Heirs received at the awards ceremony, 23 of them were won including ‘Top 10 Stars’ for Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, and Kim Woo Bin from the SBS Drama Awards.
Korean Drama The Heirs Photo: Doc. SBS
The Heirs, which is one of the best Korean dramas of all time, follows a group of wealthy high school students who become heirs to a family business. Kim Tan (played by Lee Min Ho) has an arranged marriage with his family, but he falls in love with his family maid Cha Eun Sang (played by Park Shin Hye).
13. Oh my Venus
Cast: So Ji Sub, Shin Min Ah
The best Korean drama of all time tells about the meeting of the famous personal trainer Kim Young Ho (player So Ji Sub) with lawyer Kang Joo Eun (player Shin Min Ah). After being dumped by her boyfriend, Joo Eun convinces Young Ho to help her lose weight.
Oh My Venus Photo: doc. KBS2
Before starting filming for Oh My Venus, Shin Min Ah had to go through a three-hour makeup process. She wears a silicone mask molded from her face print and a special outfit to match her character as Joo Eun.
14. Lord Queen
Cast: Shin Hye Sun, Kim Jung Hyun
When it premiered, Mr. Queen received a high rating of 8 percent. The best Korean drama of all time broke tvN’s record at number four after the premiere of Hospital Playlist 2, Mr. Sunshine, and Encounter.
Korean Drama Mr. Queen Photo: Doc. tv
Mr Queen tells the story of a man in modern times who enters the body of a queen in the Joseon era. In modern times, Jang Bong Hwan (Choi Jin Hyuk) is a chef at the State Palace and has a free spirit. But one day, he finds himself in the body of Queen Cheorin (played by Shin Se Hyun) mysteriously.
Cast: Lee Jong Suk, Park Shin Hye, Kim Young Kwang
Pinocchio tells the life of Ha Myeong (played by Lee Jong Suk), who was saved by In Ha’s grandfather (played by Park Shin Hye) in an incident. He starts using the name Dal Po and starts as a reporter, after meeting In Ha’s mother who destroyed his family.
Pinocchio Photo: SBS doc
Among the 20 nominations received, the best Korean drama of all time won 14 awards including the ‘Best Couple Award’ for Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye from the 2014 SBS Drama Awards.
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