The crisp chilly air of winter is slowly looming upon us, and when you don’t feel like bracing the cold, sometimes the best thing to do is to cuddle up in bed and watch a K-drama. There are many K-dramas out there that give that feel-good vibe of coziness and comfort. Here are five K-dramas to watch that are perfect for this time of year.
1. “Romance is a Bonus Book”
A more recent drama that deserves a spot on this list, “Romance Is a Bonus Book” stars Lee Jong Suk as Cha Eun Ho, a writer and editor of a publishing company, and Lee Na Young as Kang Dan Yi, a mother who is trying to get back into the workforce. The two meet when they’re children, and in a twist of events, they become best friends. Fast forward to when they’re adults, Dan Yi gets a divorce and has to find a job in order to support her daughter. She turns to Eun Ho to help her, and Dan Yi ends up getting a job at the same company as Eun Ho.
Initially, the series doesn’t seem like it will be uplifting, as Dan Yi hits rock bottom. It seems like she can’t catch a break. But when she is able to lean on her best friend, Eun Ho, the story becomes so much more about healing and finding yourself again. People will be reminded that they need a friend like Eun Ho who can help pick up your pieces and is willing to be there for you through thick and thin. It’s the perfect series to watch during the cold season as you’ll find the warm-heartedness in the characters!
2. “Fight My Way”
“Fight My Way” stars Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won as two childhood friends who’ve experienced all the pangs of growing up together. These two are pretty much inseparable and consider the other as basically a sibling, that is, until Park Seo Joon’s character Go Dong Man realizes his deeper feelings for his best friend Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won).
The best part about this series is the warmth that the two main leads provide. From being best friends to eventually becoming lovers, they are willing to stick up for each other and be a shoulder to cry on no matter what. They exhibit a friendship and romance that anyone would be lucky to have! On top of this, their community of friends is one that can provide a source of strength when times get tough.
Watch “Fight My Way” here:
3. “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha”
Shin Min Ah plays Yoon Hye Jin, a dentist who quits her job in the city as a result of a fight she gets into with her boss. She goes to a small town to start fresh but finds herself getting into a lot of bad luck when she gets there, causing her to rely on the help of Hong Doo Shik, played by Kim Seon Ho. Doo Shik is a local resident who is technically unemployed but has a lot of odd jobs. He continually helps Hye Jin while she gets back on her feet and eventually opens up a practice in the small town.
This healing series will bring you so much joy because the two main leads are able to find love during a period in their lives when they least expect it. The series is set in the cozy confines of a tight-knight village, and seeing the support of everyone who lives in this village makes for a beautiful watch. The series also deals with the pangs and hardships of mental illnesses, which many will be able to relate to and find solace in.
Hong Ra On (Kim Yoo Jung) is a eunuch for Crown Prince Lee Young (Park Bo Gum). Lee Young is completely unaware that one of his eunuchs, who are all supposed to be men, is actually a woman. He starts to notice Ra On and is drawn to her, which leads him to take a lot of risks and make a lot of sacrifices in order to be with her.
Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung on the small screen for a whole series will lighten up anyone’s life. The warmth and love that the two radiate is so intense that you’ll be begging for more. Their chemistry is so pure and innocent, which is probably why the series was such a huge hit. They also recently got to reunite in the variety show “Young Actors’ Retreat,” showcasing their friendship and charms!
Watch the first episode here:
After Mok Hae Won (Park Min Young) decides to leave Seoul and temporarily move to the countryside with her aunt, she meets her old high school friend Im Eun Seob (Seo Kang Joon). Eun Seob has been in love with Hae Won since he first met her and is happy to hear that she won’t be leaving for a while. The two become friends again, and as they get to know each other more, they start to fall in love.
Although this series is set mostly in the coldest of winters, the love that Eun Seob shows for his first love Hae Won will give you all the warmth. The way in which he shows his loyalty and devotion to this woman is one that can be considered one of the most heartfelt in K-drama history. You’ve also got the warm and cozy fashion as well as the setting of a cafe book store that will give you all the comfort!
Hey Soompiers, are there any other K-dramas to warm up to? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG but has lately been seen obsessing over Hwang In Yeop. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!
Currently watching: “Love is for Suckers,” “Love in Contract,” and “Cheer Up” (2022).
All-time favorite dramas: “Secret Garden” and “Star In My Heart.”
Looking forward to: Won Bin‘s return to the small screen.
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