Watching Korean TV series is an enjoyable way to keep yourself occupied when you have free time on your hands. Usually just 16 to 20 episodes long, being family friendly and with interesting story lines, they have definitely gained a lot of popularity all over the world, including Nepal. I admit that I too have been hooked to K- dramas since the past few years. Specially since I hardly watch TV these days due to the long load shedding hours, watching Korean dramas on my laptop has become one of my favorite past times when I am bored and have nothing else to do. So, here I’m listing five of my most favorite dramas so far, in no particular order.
1. Arang and the Magistrate: This 2012 historical drama is full of magical and supernatural elements that will enchant you and keep you glued to the series right till the end. Set in the Joseon era, the story line is based upon the legend of Arang, a young girl who was brutally murdered. In this drama, Arang returns as a lively and loveable ghost who cannot recall the circumstances that led to her death. With the help of the new magistrate in town, who possesses the ability to see and communicate with ghosts, she tries to solve the mystery surrounding her untimely death and tries to recall her past life. Very interesting with an unpredictable ending, if I were to rate this drama, I’d give it 5/5.
2. Love Rain: Another drama from 2012, Love Rain is a romantic tale of joys and happiness as well as the tears and heartbreak that comes with love. The story begins in the 70’s and tells the story of two star crossed lovers who meet in college and fall in love, only to get separated due to unavoidable circumstances in life. Fast forward to 2012 and both of them have moved on with their lives and married other people since their separation, but have never really forgotten each other at heart. They happen to meet again for the first time in years, and by that time, she’s already widowed and he has already divorced and thus, they see the possibility of rekindling their long lost love. However, with a twist of fate, ‘her’ daughter falls in love with ‘his’ son, unbeknownst of their parents’ romantic past. You’ll just have to wait and watch which couple will make it to the end.
3. City Hunter: This story is based on the 1980’s Japanese manga of the same name but has been adapted into the Korean context and takes place in the current times. The story revolves around a young man named Lee Yoo Sung, who has been raised by his foster father, with the sole purpose of avenging his own father’s death. Yoo Sungs’ father had been killed by South Korean officials in an operation code named “Operation Clean Sweep”. As he is torn apart between his desires of living a normal life and avenging his father’s death, many twists and turns take place as the story unfolds, which is bound to keep you hooked to the drama. Watch the series to find out if Lee Yoo Sung succeeds in bringing the guilty to justice.
4. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (Nine Tailed Fox): This is an entertaining story about a Korean mythical creature called a Gumiho; a fox with nine tails, who is rumored to thrive on human livers. After Cha Dae Woong, a young happy-go-lucky guy accidentally brings the creature to life from an old painting, she follows him around everywhere. At first, he is afraid of her, but after spending time with her, he realizes that she’s actually an innocent and naïve creature, and eventually starts developing feelings for her. As Mi Ho (as he affectionately calls her) and Dae Woong fall in love with each other, she sets out on a quest to become a human to live happily ever after with her true love. For this, she takes the help of a half human – half magical being, who promises to transform her into a human, keeping the fact from her that in doing so, she will die at the end of a hundred days. Can Cha Dae Woong and Mi Ho conquer all odds to stay by each other’s side or will she end up losing her life?
5. Personal Taste (also known as Personal Preference): This drama revolves around the lives of a clumsy, air headed girl named Gae In with a sweet, bubbly personality and the hard working perfectionist Jeon Ji Ho. As Gae In is the daughter of a famous architect, she lives in a hanok (traditional Korean house) called ‘Sanggojae’ which is considered an architectural masterpiece. Jeon Ji Ho, who is an architect himself, wants to gain access to the house to study its details and so, he pretends to be gay in order to live as her roommate. Trouble arises when two individuals with two strikingly opposite personalities (and one who is assumed to be gay), start to have feelings for each other. This funny, sweet and romantic drama is bound to keep you entertained all the way through to the end. Well, those are my 5 favorite dramas among plenty of other good dramas I’ve watched. Here’s another drama I’m waiting to watch. It released in Korea this March and it’s called ‘Nine: Nine Times Time Travel’ and the best part is, it’s been filmed in our very own Nepal. Needless to say, our country looks so beautiful in the teaser. For all the Korean Drama buffs who don’t know about it, here’s the teaser.