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The 9 best Korean Dramas to watch on Netflix

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21 Aug 2020

Over the years, K-Pop and K-Beauty have gained immense popularity worldwide. Following this boom in popularity for Korean culture, Korean dramas have started to attract fans from all over the globe. K-Dramas are widely recognised for their elaborate storylines and remarkable cinematography. And of course, we can't forget about the beautiful actors who play a huge role in alluring fans.

Why don't you find out what all this hype is about yourself? With Covid-19 forcing us to stay home, now is the perfect chance to binge watch K-Dramas. Here are some of our favourite K-dramas on Netflix that you need to watch right now.

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Kingdom

Ten days after the king mysteriously collapses, rumors that he is dead begin to spread. His son, Crown Prince Lee Chang (Ju Ji-Hoon), sets out to investigate the truth about the King’s condition. Far from the palace, he discovers that a plague turning the living into the undead has started to infect the nation. The battle against the infected intensifies alongside an equally gruesome fight among powers hungry for the throne. Across its first two seasons, Kingdom takes the most rousing elements of a zombie thriller and reimagines them in this historical drama that raises the question: is the enemy the zombies or the humans?

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Signal

Criminal profiler Park Hae-Young (Lee Je-Hoon) is haunted by the kidnap-murder case of his elementary school classmate—the culprit was never caught. When a present-day Hae-Young finds and answers a mysterious walkie talkie and is connected to Detective Lee Jae-Han (Cho Jin-Woong), speaking to him from the year 2000, he finds an opportunity to solve the case. Soon, their communication across time allows the pair to stop crimes from happening in the first place. Signal smartly weaves real-life incidents in South Korea—a case in the series is inspired by the Hwaseong serial murders—into a fast-paced narrative that immerses the viewer in multiple timelines, each with its own mysteries.

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Stranger (Secret Forest)

When a man with close ties to high-ranking law enforcement officials is murdered, prosecutor Hwang Shi-Mok (Cho Seung-Woo)—who has lacked empathy since undergoing brain surgery as a child—teams up with warm-hearted police lieutenant Han Yeo-Jin (Bae Doo-Na) to solve the case. As the odd couple searches for a trail left by the culprit, they uncover the sprawling corruption taking place within the structures that profess to keep order. Stranger is a gripping murder mystery that challenges the intentions of the authorities entrusted to defend the law.

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Inheritors

The world at your feet and the weight of the world on your shoulders. Children of the super-elite class bear the burden of success as they are being groomed as heirs to their family business empires despite only being in high school. Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) is the heir to the Empire Group, a family conglomerate business. But he lives under the constant shadow of his older half-brother, Kim Won (Choi Jin Hyuk), who is already an accomplished young executive in the family business. Despite being betrothed to the wealthy and haughty Rachel Ryu (Kim Ji Won), a hotel heiress, Tan falls in love with Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye), the daughter of his family’s housekeeper. Eun Sang and her best friend, Yoon Chan Young (Kang Min Hyuk), the son of Empire Group’s secretary, did not grow up like their families’ employer did, but they get embroiled in their lives nonetheless. Eun Sang gets caught in a love triangle with Tan and Choi Young Do (Kim Woo Bin), the condescending heir to a luxury resort conglomerate while Chan Young falls in love with Tan’s ex-girlfriend, Lee Bo Na (Krystal Jung), the socialite daughter of a major entertainment executive. Can a romance survive between the haves and the have-nots?

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Crash Landing on You

Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin) is a South Korean (SK) chaebol heiress to the Queen’s Group and the CEO of her own company: Se-ri’s Choice. … During the flight, she is caught in a freak cyclone which send her across the Demilitarized Zone between South Korea and North Korea and she lands in a tree in North Korea (NK).

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Itaewon Class

On the first day of attending his new high school, Park Sae-Ro-Yi (Park Seo-Joon) punches his classmate Jang Geun-Won, who was bullying another classmate. The bully is the son of CEO Jang Dae-Hee (Yoo Jae-Myung). The bully’s father runs restaurant business Jagga where Park Sae-Ro-Yi’s own father works. CEO Jang Dae-Hee demands to Park Sae-Ro-Yi that he apologizes to his son, but Park Sae-Ro-Yi refuses. Because of his refusal, Park Sae-Ro-Yi gets expelled from school and his father gets fired from his job. Soon, an accident takes place. Park Sae-Ro-Yi’s father dies in a motorcycle accident caused by his ex-classmate Jang Geun-Won. Burning with anger, Park Sae-Ro-Yi viciously beats Jang Geun-Won. He is soon arrested and receives prison time for the violent assault. Park Sae-Ro-Yi decides to destroy the Jagga company and take revenge upon CEO Jang Dae-Hee and his son Jang Geun-Won. Once Park Sae-Ro-Yi is released from prison, he opens a restaurant in Itaewon, Seoul. Jo Yi-Seo (Kim Da-Mi), who is popular on social media, joins Park Sae-Ro-Yi’s restaurant and works there as a manger. She has feelings for Park Sae-Ro-Yi.

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Hi Bye Mama

Cha Yu-ri has been a ghost since she died in a tragic accident five years ago. Through a reincarnation project, she is given the possibility to become human again if she succeeds in going back to her place within 49 days. However, her husband is now remarried.

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High Society

Jang Yoon-Ha is the youngest daughter of a chaebol (family owned conglomeration). Even though her family is extremely wealthy, she holds a part-time job at a food market. She hides her background as an heiress and attempts to find a man that loves her for herself.

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My Country - The New Age

Set during the end of the Goryeo period to the early Joseon period. Two friends aim their swords against one another due to differences in opinion about "my country."
Seo Hwi (Yang Se-Jong) is a warrior. His father Seo Geom is a famous commander. Seo Hwi does not compromise when it comes to injustice. His life devolves into a hellish existence, but he still holds a smile.
Nam Seon-Ho (Woo Do-Hwan) is smart and a talented figure. Because his mother was born into the lowest class, Nam Seon-Ho is looked down upon by other people. He wants to pass the military service examination. Due to a corruption scandal involving his father, Nam Seon-Ho loses his dream. Making things worse, he comes into conflict with Seo Hwi over a misunderstanding.

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