8 Korean Dramas
You Should Binge-Watch
Before Summer Ends
By Tynne De Leon
Summer is on its last legs and it will be gone after a few more weeks. Did you tick off a lot from your binge-watch list yet? Don’t let the season pass by without binging on some of the best Korean dramas today! Here are some recommendations:
Another Oh Hae Young
No. of episodes: 18 + 2 special
This hilarious drama about mistaken identity may sound a bit contrived, but once you start watching it, you’ll easily get hooked.
It tells the story of a 30-something sound director, Park Do Yung (Eric Mun) who ruined a girl’s wedding by making the fiancé bankrupt enough to dump the girl. The reason? He’s actually mistaken the poor girl as his former fiancé just because they bear the same name: Oh Hae Young. Things got more complicated when Park Do Yung and the wrong Oh Hae Young started to become close and form a relationship, of course, without her knowing the truth.
I know what you’re thinking—sounds cliché—but it wouldn’t get past the 16 episode limit of typical Korean dramas if it wasn’t that good.
Cheese in the Trap
No. of episodes: 16
If you see a lot of gifs and memes of Kim Go Eun plus the “sweg” couple (Nam Joo Hyuk and Lee Sung Kyung), they’re most likely from the drama Cheese in the Trap. A heady mix of fun comedy and heavy drama, it tells the story of Hong Sil (Kim Go Eun) and her complicated relationship with Yoo Jung (Park Hae Jin), her kind senior who actually has a dark side. Warning: you will, for sure, invest a lot of emotions on this one.
The Legend of the Blue Sea
No. of episodes: 20 + 1 special
A fantasy drama with Jun Ji Hyun playing as a mermaid and Lee Min Ho as the lead actor? We couldn’t ask for more! Legend of the Blue Sea focuses on reincarnation and fate of a human and a mermaid who fell in love with each other twice—first was during their past life, which turned out to be ill-fated. Now that they meet again, they try to go on with their lives despite the problems and conflicts. But apparently, all signs show that they’re bound to have the same fate as they did in their past lives.
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
No. of episodes: 20 + 2 special
Scarlet Heart Ryeo is a time travel story where a 21st century woman, Go Ha Jin (IU) wakes up one day in the year 941 inside the body of a young woman named Hae Soo. She meets Wang Dynasty’s royal princes, and she got romantically involved with the two of them: Wang So (Lee Jun Ki), the fourth prince, and Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul), the eighth prince.
There’ll be a lot of crying until the end of this drama, so be sure to watch Lee Joon Ki’s cover of Twice’s TT once you’ve finished it. You know, to make you feel a little better (or not).