I love K-dramas because they usually have the most wholesome love stories, maybe it’s because Koreans really do get love. They build up tension that fills us fans with enough longing for two characters to be together even though we may not have enough romance in our lives. Here are my top eight favourite couples of all time from popular K-dramas.
Lee Ik Jun and Chae Song Hwa in Hospital Playlist
I love an excellent friend-to-lovers movie, and Hospital Playlist did not disappoint this couple. They’d been in love with each other since they were in college and it took him almost dying for her to tell him she loved him back. Their relationship was slow-paced, but I can’t even complain because their chemistry was insane.
Yoon Sae Bom and Jung Yi Hyun in Happiness
The last thing I’d do in an apocalypse is fall in love, but these two made it work. Watching Yi Hyun risk his life to protect Sae Bom on several occasions shouldn’t be as cute as it was but it was. Of all the couples on this list, they deserve the best.
Yoon Hye Jin and Hong Doo Shik in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
Enemies to lovers trope? Inject it, please. Whenever they did anything romantic, my cheeks burned because, God, when? They were so tender with each other and willing to make hard decisions to make each other happy. Knowing that they are not a real couple breaks my heart every day.
Vincenzo and Hong Cha Young in Vincenzo
Forget that they didn’t end up together and focus on their chemistry. I’ve never seen a romantic pair as capable of so much chaos, as the both of them. They found a way to make us laugh with all their antics in a show that could easily have been too sad to watch.
Myul Mang and Tak Dong Kyung in Doom at Your Service
Imagine being the most negative and pessimistic person on earth, and the guy you like who is a god takes you back to your happiest memory just for fun. What a flex! How can we not stan? Their relationship was intense and heavy, but it was all worth rooting for them.
Kim Joo-won and Gil Ra-im in Secret Garden
This show is old but gold because, in the late 2000’s, female leads were constantly chasing after men that were mean to them. Kim Joo-won was pursuing Gil Ra-im. In the series, this man flew in a director to watch her perform just cause he wanted her to get a role she missed. He even tried to give up his inheritance to be with her. Their relationship is a 20/10 for me.
Ri Jeong-Hyeok and Yoon Se-Ri in Crash Landing On You
Do you know how insane you have to be as a North Korean soldier to hide and protect a South Korean who illegally enters your country? That, there, is romance. You know when your chemistry is so good, you fall in love and get married in real life? Exactly, there’s no need to talk too much.
Choi Ung and Kook Yeon-su in Our Beloved Summer
They started as lovers, became exes and then lovers again. They were both unwilling to open up to each other. Of course, they broke up. Years later, they realised they were still in love and decided to do everything right this time. Choi Ung and Kook yeon-su made my heart ache in the sweetest way possible, and everything about their relationship felt so real, if only they weren’t acting.