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7 Best Contemporary-Romantic Korean Dramas to Binge Watch on Netflix (2019)

7 Contemporary Romantic Korean Dramas to watch on Netflix

Ready for some more Korean dramas to sink into by an open fire with a nice mug of coco in your hands and a blanket keeping you cozy? Well we have you covered because here are 7 romantic Korean dramas that are worth watching on Netflix. We have either watched all of these or heard good things about them and want to pass on that good drama juju to you!

In this group there is an app that tells you that someone who loves you nearby (Love Alarm), A single mother noona romance at a book publishing company (Romance in a Bonus Book), a group of college students in a house trying to navigate love (My First, First Love), a father who is looking for a good woman (One Spring Night), a noona romance where a coffee shop manager falls in love with her best friend’s little brother (Something in the Rain), an epic love story with a doctor and a military man across continents (Descendants of the Sun), and a high school love story with all the 90s feels (Reply 1997).

The Best 7 Contemporary-Romantic Korean Dramas to Binge Watch on Netflix

1. Love Alarm (Fantasy-Romance)

7 Contemporary Romantic Korean Dramas to watch on Netflix

Love Alarm revolves around the story of an app that alarms whenever someone within a 10 meter radius of you has romantic feelings for you. Embarrassing!

The app shows you how many people like you, but it does not say who likes you. So don’t go standing with your crush alone somewhere. It is set in high school and centers around three students, one girl and two boys and how this love alarm disrupts their lives.

Watch on: Netflix

2. Romance is a Bonus Book (Noona Romance)

7 Contemporary Romantic Korean Dramas to watch on Netflix

After her husband leaves her for another woman, a divorcee with a child in boarding school tries to get back on her feet by finding a marketing job. But no one will hire her.

So she lies on her resume to make herself not as qualified as she is in order to get a low paying job at a book publishing company. The only thing is, her best friend works there and does not want her to lower herself for anyone.

Of course, they fall in love. But he might have always loved her.

Watch on: Netflix

3. My First, First Love (College Romance)

7 Contemporary Romantic Korean Dramas to watch on Netflix

Everyone loves a good college coming of age story, well step in My First, First Love which is all about falling in love at that young almost adult yet still a kid time in your life.

My First, First Love follows five youths: a couple college friends, a college drop out, a rich runaway, and a childhood friend as they each encounter first love as roommates in their own house.

Watch on: Netflix

4. Something in the Rain (Noona Romance)

7 Contemporary Romantic Korean Dramas to watch on Netflix

One of the biggest hits of 2018, Something in the Rain was an internet sensation as we watched the lives of two life long family friends become a heart fluttering couple.

This show is all about that secret first love experience when you realize that you love a person who you have known basically your entire life. It is shot like a film and is quiet at part, but always swoon worthy.

The big issue is that the family brings the drama in this show, especially one person in particular that might drive you crazy, but the couple stays strong to the end.

Watch on: Netflix

5. One Spring Night (Noona Romance)

7 Contemporary Romantic Korean Dramas to watch on Netflix

The team from Something in the Rain come back for another love story in One Spring Night. One Spring Night is the story of a librarian (Han Ji-min) who just so happens to fall in love with a pharmacist (Jung Hae-in) who has a kid.

It is a simple love story that is complicated by the dramatic events that led the pharmacist to be a single father at a young age and the librarian’s father’s marriage ambitions for his daughter who is all but engaged to another man who looks great on paper.

But no matter how much they try to quit each other, fate continues to bring them together.

Watch on: Netflix

6. Reply 1997 (High School Romance)

7 Contemporary Romantic Korean Dramas to watch on Netflix

Reply 1997 is the drama that kicked off the Reply series (or often called the Answer Me series). This first outing follows a group of friends as they meet at a high school reunion at a bar and relive their old high school days.

It has a mystery in who ends up with who in the future that is fun to watch unfold. Yet you start to root for one over the other early on. I also loved all the 90s nostalgia and the quick episodes.

I also believe this was the first show to skyrocket tvN to the powerhouse it is today as it reached a never before heard of ratings high of 6 or 7% back when cable networks were struggling to break 0.5%.

Watch on: Netflix

7. That Winter, The Wind Blows (Contemporary Romance)

7 Contemporary Romantic Korean Dramas to watch on Netflix

This entire show is like looking at a painting come to life. You can honestly just watch for the cinematography alone. Throw in two very beautiful people and it is pure eye candy.

The actual story involves a con artist (Jo In-sung) who makes a very wealthy blind woman (Song Hye-kyo) believe that he is her long lost brother. She has no other family and lives in a huge mansion with all her servants, so no one has proof that he is not telling the truth.

Him keeping this secret in order to pay off very scary loan sharks and their eventual love blossoming is what this show is about.

Watch on: Netflix


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  1. Rose
    November 5, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    I love your list! Makes me want to rewatch some of it again (as if i dont have a long list of dramas to watch already 😆)

    • V
      November 5, 2019 / 5:19 pm

      I was writing this list thinking, wow, I need to heck out some of these again!

  2. Esha
    November 6, 2019 / 10:10 am

    I hv watched all these series…n loved them…One spring night n something in d rain..Hv watched these series twice….
    Really loving them.

    • V
      November 6, 2019 / 3:28 pm

      That makes me so happy! So glad you liked the dramas on this list.

  3. Elena Metschl
    November 7, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    That winter the wind blows is a favorite of mine. Autumn’s Concerto, Someone Like You and Another Ms.Oh are also on Netflix and are amazing dramas.

    • V
      November 8, 2019 / 1:22 pm

      Love Another Miss Oh!!! I added Another Miss Oh to our fantasy romances to check out on Netflix!

  4. Jerry
    March 8, 2020 / 4:22 am

    Please love alarm jojo end up with snoh

  5. Anonymous
    March 18, 2020 / 5:12 am

    Her private life is my favourite so far,romance, comedy and so on

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