Friday, February 10, 2017

Top 5 Completed South Korean Dramas of 2016

Annyeong Haseyo!


Top 5 Completed South Korean Dramas of 2016 | List by @TheGracefulMist (www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Top 5 Completed South Korean Dramas of 2016 | List by @TheGracefulMist (www.TheGracefulMist.com)
2016 is definitely the year I explored more Korean dramas. Korean dramas are popular not only in South Korea but also internationally due to the high-quality videography, dramatic story lines, good-looking casts and an overall great production. If you`re trying to find new Korean dramas, here are my top picks of completed Korean dramas in 2016:

Descendants of the Sun - Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo, SongSong Couple(K-Drama Review by @TheGracefulMist | www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Top 5 Completed South Korean Dramas of 2016 | Descendants of the Sun | K-Drama Review by @TheGracefulMist (www.TheGracefulMist.com)

Genre: Military/Medical Drama, Fiction and Romance
Episodes: 16
Time: Approximately 1 hour/regular episode
Settings: Korea and Urk, Greece (around 2014-2016)




Descendants of the Sun is a hit South Korean drama starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo who are also known as the “SongSong Couple.” Descendants of the Sun is a fictional romance between Yoo Si Jin, a special forces soldier and Kang Mo Yeon, a doctor at Haesung Hospital. The palpable chemistry between actors Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo, military romance in the story, wonderful background music, and great captures of the beautiful sceneries in Greece are most likely some of the reasons why this show became so popular not only in South Korea but also in other parts of Asia.

Rating*: 10/10


2.) Shopping King Louie


Genre: Modern Drama, Fiction, Romance
Episodes: 16
Time: Approximately 1 hour/regular episode
Settings: Province*, Busan, Seoul in South Korea

Shopping King Louie or Shopaholic Louis isn`t as popular as Descendants of the Sun, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo and Doctor Crush. However, it`s a great Korean drama because of the wonderful story containing some funny and romantic scenes, and admirable character of the lead female role, Ko Bok Sil played by Nam Ji Hyun. Shopping King Louie is about Ko Bok Sil, a provincial girl from Gangwon who learned how to fend for herself, her younger brother and grandmother at a young age so they can survive and Louie (played by Seo In-guk), the grandson of the CEO and owner of Goldline shopping website, who was spoiled since his parents died, with almost anything he wants by his grandmother. Shopping King Louie is a great Korean drama because it shows the humble and hardworking nature of Ko Bok Sil and how she was able to positively influence the king of shopping.


Rating*: 9/10




Moon Lovers: Scarlet Ryeo - IU, Lee Joon Gi, Kang Ha Neul, Hong Jong-Hyun, Ji Soo, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim San-ho,  Byun Baek-hyun and Yoon Sun-woo (K-Drama Review by @TheGracefulMist | www.TheGracefulMist.com) | Top 5 Completed South Korean Dramas of 2016
Top 5 Completed South Korean Dramas of 2016 | Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo| K-Drama Review by @TheGracefulMist (www.TheGracefulMist.com)

Genre: Historical Drama, Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 20
Time: Approximately 1 hour/regular episode
Settings: Modern Korea and the time of Goryeo Dynasty in Korea

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (Hangul: 달의 연인 - 보보경심 려; Hanja: 달의戀人-步步驚心 麗; RR: Dar-ui yeon-in - Bobogyeongsim ryeo) is also one of the Korean shows that was well received internationally. It is a drama with a great storyline, wonderful background music and good actors. The story of Moon Lovers was so good that there was even an online petition for a season 2 of the show. Moon Lovers is about Go Ha-jin, a 20th century woman who was transported back to the time of Goryeo Dynasty in Korean. There, she experiences new things and was faced with difficult situations which can possibly change a part of the Korean history.

Rating*: 8/10


4.) Doctor Crush
Doctor Crush - Park Shin Hye, Kim Rae Won (K-Drama Review by @TheGracefulMist  www.TheGracefulMist.com) - South Korea Entertainment
Top 5 Completed South Korean Dramas of 2016 | Doctor Crush | K-Drama Review by @TheGracefulMist (www.TheGracefulMist.com)


Genre: Medical Drama, Fiction, Romance
Episodes: 20
Time: Approximately 1 hour/regular episode
Settings: Past (flashback) and present. South Korea.


Doctors or Doctor Crush is also one of the hit Korean dramas of 2016 starring Kim Rae-Won and Park Shin Hye. It`s about Yoo Hye-Jung, a delinquent high school student who suddenly decided she wanted to do good in school and Hong Ji-Hong, a medical doctor who became a biology teacher due to an unfortunate medical accident. When they meet, they both learn things that will eventually help establish their path to the future. 

This a wonderful Korean show because it not only includes romance but also back stories of patients in the hospital. It gives viewers an insight to some of the patients` difficulties and how they ended up in the hospital. This part of the drama was great because it gives viewers an insight to some of the stories patients in hospitals in real life can also have.

Rating*: 8/10

5.) Page Turner




Genre: Fiction, Inspirational
Episodes: 3
Settings: Special Arts Academy

Page Turner is an inspirational Korean drama that tackles about young people`s aspirations and dreams in life. It stares Kim So-hyun, Ji Soo and Shin Jae-ha who played 3 high school students who have personal dreams they want to achieve. 

This is a great Korean drama because there are lessons that can be learned through the personal trials of these 3 students who all went through different experiences and struggles in life to find their meaning and purpose in this world.


Read: Spoiler-Free Korean Drama Review of Page Turner
Rating*: 8/10


Honorable Mentions:

Flower in Prison


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Top 5 Completed South Korean Dramas of 2016 | W | K-Drama Review by @TheGracefulMist (www.TheGracefulMist.com)
Top 5 Completed South Korean Dramas of 2016 | W | K-Drama Review by @TheGracefulMist (www.TheGracefulMist.com)
There were many good Korean dramas in 2016. However, these are just some of my top picks. These K-dramas have dramatic story lines and even life lessons that can be learned.


What`s your favorite Korean drama in 2016? Do you have an all-time favorite Korean drama? I favor watching Descendants of the Sun a lot, how about you? You may share your thoughts in the comments` section below. 

Have a beautiful and blessed day!



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Credit: All drawings/illustrations/fan arts in this blog post were created by Karlo G. Thank you very much for making all these great fan arts.

Disclaimer: This is not a paid and sponsored post. All opinions in this blog post were written with sincere and utmost honesty. Ratings may change without prior notice.

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