Christmas season has been a dazzling delight, sharing beautiful moments with families and unwrapping presents under the glistening trees. With the cold weather, you just want to cozy up with your loved ones and watch exciting dramas and movies all night long. With the new year approaching and the festive holiday coming to an end, you may be constantly wondering if there is new content available to watch. In answer to your worries, here is a perfect list of truly romantic Korean dramas to watch over the holidays.
1. Mr. Sunshine
Mr. Sunshine (2018) has gotten a lot of positive acclaim over the years for its historical background and amazing acting. The drama was written by famous Korean drama writer Kim Eun Sook, who also wrote many hit dramas such as Secret Garden, Heirs, Descendants Of The Sun, and Lovers In Paris.
The drama Mr. Sunshine stars world star Lee Byeong Heon, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Yeon Seok, and Kim Min Jung. The drama is set in the 1800s through 1900s, and is during the Joseon period. Lee Byeong Heon (Eugene Choi) is a boy who ran away from being slain by a royal family. He enlists in the Marine Corps in the U.S. Army and luckily escapes his peril to be in a high position in the Marines. He meets a woman named Ae-shin who is arranged to marry a nobleman named Kim Hee Sung.
The drama has received praise for its acting and various Korean historical events, although some scenes were dramatized and not historically accurate. Many of the male characters develop feelings for Ae-shin, and their brief romantic scenes and dialogues throughout the episodes will definitely keep you on the edge of your seats. The character development is also not one to miss. The audience sympathizes and enjoys all the characters because of their funny personalities and charismatic demeanors.
The love story among the characters is beautiful and the sad, dramatic plot twists are one of the reasons that will keep you watching the drama until the end. Watching Mr. Sunshine is definitely one of the best ways to cozy up with your loved ones over the holidays. The drama is available on Netflix for viewing in English subtitles.
2. That Winter The Wind Blows
That Winter The Wind Blows (2013) is a television drama starring top star Song Hye Gyo, Jo In Sung, and Kim Bum. The story is about Jo In Sung pretending to be a brother of Song Hye Gyo, who is a rich blind heiress. Jo In Sung tries to con his way to get money out of Song Hye Gyo because of his desperate need of money while winning over her cold heart.
However, as the story progresses and they get close to each other, Jo starts to develop feelings for her. With his mischievous con-man personality, he warms her cold and bitter heart, while also accidentally falling in love with her. Therefore, he must try to pick between love and money as he stays in her home.
The drama is set during the cold winter months, being a perfect drama for the holiday season. The acting, the intense conflicts, and the sad, dramatic storyline make the audience hooked on each episode. The drama has received many positive reviews for its breakthrough acting by all the top stars, marvelous cinematography, and complex storyline. It is the best drama to watch with your family and friends over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Heirs (2013) was released between October through December 2013, and the drama is perfect for the winter holidays because of its romantic storyline set in the winter months as well. The drama stars top actors Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, and Kim Woo Bin. Heirs is also the drama that fueled Kim Woo Bin’s rise to stardom.
The drama is about the upper class in South Korea, and about the school that their children attend. The children attend a high school that only the elite attend, and Park Shin Hye is a child of a maid for an elite family, the family of Lee Min Ho. Living in a separate house close to the house, Park Shin Hye starts to become close to Lee Min Ho. She is able to attend the elite high school, where she is bullied and made fun of for her poor class background.
She is pursued by bully Kim Woo Bin, but she starts to develop feelings for Lee Min Ho after he reveals his feelings for her. Their romantic storyline and character development, paired with the representation of the upper class hooks audiences in Korea and internationally. The drama is available to watch on Netflix, and has been one of the most-watched Korean dramas on the platform. Heirs and the actors’ chemistry will definitely make you swoon this holiday season.
4. Strong Girl Do Bong Soon
Strong Girl Do Bong Soon (2017) is a drama that stars Park Bo Young, Park Hyung Sik, and Ji Soo. The drama is a romantic comedy that is about a girl named Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) who has supernatural strength. She acquired her strength from the women in her family, as they are genetically similar to her. She gets a job as a bodyguard to game company CEO Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik) because of her strength, because of the stalkers that scare him.
The kidnapping events around her neighborhood make Do Bong Soon desperately pursue the serial killer, as one of her best friends becomes kidnapped as well. The drama is filled with comedic and sometimes thrilling storylines, and this made the drama become a huge commercial hit in South Korea.
The drama has received one of the highest ratings on JTBC’s television history, with an 8.96%. Because of the beautiful romance between Do Bong Soon and the male characters, along with her cute and playful acting, the drama has received top viewership in South Korea. The intricate romantic, comedic, and sometimes thrilling storyline will make the audience hooked this holiday season, unable to stop watching as the episodes and character development progress.