7 Solid Romance K-Dramas To Watch When You’re Bored

While it’s fun and exciting to watch dramas that are full of action and conspiracies, sometimes you just want to watch a drama that is going to make your heart flutter. Of course, romance is a trope that overflows into almost any genre, because let’s face it: who isn’t looking for love these days?

Plus there are times when you want to watch a drama that puts the romance first. Whether it be star-crossed lovers, enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, tension-filled love triangles, or any other enjoyable tropes, you can find them in any K-drama. If you’re bored and looking to binge-watch a great love story, here are seven dramas for you to check out (or maybe even rewatch).

Warning: minor spoilers for the dramas below.

“The Tale of Nokdu”

If you’re looking for a romantic comedy in the historical genre, then look no further than “The Tale of Nokdu.” Determined to find out who hired the assassins sent to kill his family, Jeon Nok Du (Jang Dong Yoon) dresses as a woman to infiltrate a secluded village of widows. It’s there that he meets the ever-stubborn and closed-off Dong Dong Joo (Kim So Hyun).

These two are an unlikely pair, and they don’t get along after Dong Joo finds Nok Du going through her private belongings. There’s a bunch of bickering in this drama that makes the leads akin to an old married couple. Dong Joo is the first to discover that Nok Du is, in fact, a man and she helps him keep his secret from everyone else in the village.

There’s a great balance of saeguk political betrayals, near-death scenarios, and heart-swooning romantic scenes that makes “The Tale of Nokdu” easy to binge. If you’re in the mood to settle down with some popcorn and watch royal family betrayals and seemingly star-crossed lovers fight to get their happy ending with their found family then “The Tale of Nokdu” should be next on your list.

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“Love in the Moonlight”

“Love in the Moonlight” is for the Park Bo Gum lovers. If you’re looking to see his sparkling and charming smile then you can’t miss this drama. And if you aren’t particularly fond of the political nuances of regular saeguks, this drama is a great place to dip your toe in the genre.

Hong Ra On (Kim Yoo Jung) makes a living dressing as a man and pretending to be a love-counselor for other men in the city. She proves to be worthy of her job but things become troublesome when she is sent to reject Master Jung’s (Ahn Se Ha) woman, who unbeknownst to both of them is the crown princess (Jung Hye Sung). However, the princess’s brother, Lee Young (Park Bo Gum), has other plans and goes in her place. Through a string of misunderstandings, Lee Young and Ra On wind up on less than good terms. In fact, she leaves him stranded in a pit. But as fate would have it, she becomes one of his eunuchs and they meet again. With an interest for revenge, Young takes a liking to Ra On and things spiral on from there.

Packed with comedy, palace shenanigans, and romance this drama does not disappoint.

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“Descendants of the Sun”

If you’re a person who needs to be hooked in the first five minutes of a show in order to watch it, then “Descendants of the Sun” is a fantastic choice. With an intense hostage situation being the first scene, you’ll be on your toes to see what happens. You’ll see how capable and alluring Captain Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) is and there’s a 99.9 percent chance you’ll fall in love. His charms are only tripled when he meets the intelligent and tenacious doctor Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo).

While their lives are led by very different oaths — she saves lives for a living while he can kill if ordered to — they quickly become entangled. Their first try at dating seems to always be interrupted by Shi Jin’s job, but they soon find themselves working together to protect the people of Uruk. There’s loads of teasing and tension that keeps you wondering if they’ll ever get together. Of course, all of it is mixed in with covert ops and shady antagonists who just want to make trouble.

If you’re looking for a soft but dependable romance that’s effortlessly merged within high-stake scenarios, then “Descendants of the Sun” is definitely one you’ll want to watch. It even tends to stray away from immature dramatics that you’d find in teenage melodramas, so it’s perfect to watch with a parent and/or older sibling if you want to get them into dramas as well.

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“Hwarang”

Let’s face it, saeguks tend to have some of the most alluring romances. After all, what is more intriguing to watch than two kind souls trying to beat the deceit of a past king in order to be together?

“Hwarang” is no exception to the typical saeguk tropes but that’s what makes it so enjoyable to watch. The story follows Moo Myung (Park Seo Joon), who is an orphaned peasant on the outskirts of Silla. He has dreams to enter the inner city with his best friend, Mak Moon (Lee Kwang Soo), who is trying to reunite with his family. However, things go awry when they enter Silla, and Moo Myung finds himself pretending to be Mak Moon instead. This includes deceiving Aro (Go Ara), Mak Moon’s sister, who has not seen Mak Moon in many years. Moo Myung tricks her into believing he’s her brother, despite already having somewhat of a romantic attraction towards her since they first met.

Moo Myung soon is enrolled in training to be a part of the hwarang warriors, who are to guard the future king, Sam Maek Jong (Park Hyung Sik). This drama is a whopping 20 episodes and it’s full of royal squabbles, love triangles, and sizzling chemistry that is sure to keep you captivated until the very end.

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“Fight My Way”

“Fight My Way” is a drama for fans of the childhood-friends-to-lovers trope but with a twist of realism. While childhood connections seem to be a huge cliche in dramas, “Fight My Way” is also a refreshing slice of life drama.

Struggling to find jobs, Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won), Go Dong Man (Park Seo Joon), Baek Seol Hee (Song Ha Yoon), and Kim Joo Man (Ahn Jae Hong) are all fighting for a chance at their wildest dreams. However, things look more rotten than they do shiny when you’re living in a bustling big city with hardly any money to your name. Ae Ra works at a mall where she hopes to get the intercom position, as it’s something akin to her biggest dream: to become a famous announcer. Dong Man is just barely making ends meet working as a contract employee since he gave up MMA fighting. Along the way, they both find themselves unemployed and desperately trying to chase the dreams their younger selves had. While they bicker a lot, you can tell it’s all rooted in deep admiration. Also, the aegyo from both Kim Ji Won and Park Seo Joon is absolutely effortless and hilarious and you’ll find yourself immediately falling for their chemistry.

If you’re looking for a romantic drama that’s comedic but also rooted in realism then you’ll absolutely adore “Fight My Way.”

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“Oh My Venus”

If you’re the type of person who likes to watch fully-supportive and uplifting romances, then you’d definitely enjoy “Oh My Venus.” Spurned and spiraling after her high school sweetheart (Jung Gyu Woon) breaks up with her on their 15th anniversary, Kang Joo Eun (Shin Min Ah) is at an all-time low in her life. What’s even more embarrassing is that she faints on a plane after meeting the incredibly fit Kim Young Ho (So Ji Sub). The pair keep running into each other after they land, and Young Ho witnesses Joo Eun see her ex-boyfriend with another woman (Yoo In Young) who is much slender than Joo Eun. He rescues her from a few awkward situations and eventually Joo Eun discovers that he’s the famous fitness trainer John Kim. Using this knowledge to her advantage, she convinces him to help her lead a more healthy lifestyle.

Along the way, Eun Joo learns just what she should look for in a romantic partner: someone who is supportive, kind, and can share the lowest moments without judging. It’s really a bittersweet and cozy drama to watch. What are you waiting for? You need to watch “Oh My Venus” immediately.

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“Angel’s Last Mission: Love”

If you love angst-ridden, doomed-from-the-start romance, boy, are you in for a treat with “Angel’s Last Mission: Love.” This drama does not shy away from absolutely breaking your heart into a million microscopic pieces and honestly, that’s why it’s so good.

Angel Kim Dan (L) is sent down to earth to complete various tasks to help humans. While he is extremely good-at-heart, he’s very dedicated to the cause at hand and does not overstep into any human’s life. That is until he meets Lee Yeon Seo (Shin Hye Sun). Yeon Seo is a blind woman who is anything but helpless. In fact, she’s incredibly intelligent, undeniably ruthless, and she’s the first human ever to hear Dan speak. Taken aback, he is rather intrigued with her but still is able to put their initial encounter behind him. Of course, his life as an angel plummets in a completely different direction when he saves her from a car accident. He is given one last task: he must make her fall in love. Of course, he thinks it will be easy – who doesn’t want to fall in love? But Yeon Seo proves to be more difficult than anyone he’s ever met.

Hardened by the loss of her family and her ballerina career, Lee Yeon Seo is stubborn, closed-off, incredibly strict, and many arguments ensue. However, among all their mishaps their lonely hearts somehow find solace in one another. Forbidden by God, their romance goes under incredible trials and tribulations. This drama is 110 percent guaranteed to be one of your all-time favorites. From the incredible performances delivered by Shin Hye Sun, L, and the rest of the cast, you will not only fall for their love story but you’ll be hoping until the very last minute that they will get their happily-ever-after.

Watch the first episode below: 

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What are some romantic dramas you watch when you’re bored? Did they make this list? Let us know in the comments below!

kaityv spends most of her time watching K-dramas even though she should be writing. If she’s not watching a drama then she’s for sure dying over BTS’s and Red Velvet’s music and videos.

Currently watching: “Crash Landing On You,” “How Are You Bread”
All-time favorite: “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”
Looking forward to: “So I Married an Anti-Fan”


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