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10 Latest Korean Romantic Dramas in 2024

Written by Sera Serinda A

Every year, Korean dramas attract viewers with a wide array of stories and genres, especially romance. If you're a fan, you're likely eager for the newest heartwarming stories from South Korea.

We've selected Korean romantic dramas that are currently popular. Some of these dramas have concluded, perfect for a binge-watching session, while others are still being aired. Wondering which dramas made the list? Keep reading to discover them all!

Lovely Runner is based on Kim Bbang's novel titled The Best of Tomorrow. It tells the story of a girl's efforts to save her life.

Im Sol (Kim Hye Yoon) is a girl with many dreams, but an accident during her childhood changed everything. When she's struggling, she meets a top star, Ryu Sun Jae (Byeon Woo Seok), who reignites her spirit.

However, after becoming a devoted fan, Ryu Sun Jae is reportedly killed. This tragedy leaves Im Sol devastated. In her sorrow, she suddenly wakes up in a different time, where she and Ryu Sun Jae are 15 years old again and schoolmates. To save Sun Jae, Im Sol fights to keep the hope alive in her life.

2. Beauty and Mr. Romantic

Year 2024
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Cast Lim Soo Hyang Ji Hyun Woo
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First aired on the KBS2 channel, this drama by director Hong Seok Goo stars Im Soo Hyang alongside Ji Hyun Woo. "Beauty and Mr. Romantic" follows the life of a top actress trying to overcome numerous challenges.

Park Do Ra (Im Soo Hyang) is a strong and intelligent woman who grew up in poverty. She used her acting skills to become rich and famous. Unfortunately, her mother exploited this success, pushing Do Ra to work continuously.

When Do Ra decides to end her acting career and enjoy life, her mother’s actions cause her many problems. During this difficult time, a new drama producer, Go Pil Sung (Ji Hyun Woo), steps in to help her. Their relationship grows close, and they begin to have feelings for each other.


3. Love is Like a Cat

Year 2024
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Cast Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat Choo Ji Min
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Fans of Boys Love (BL) series will be excited to hear about a new South Korean drama by Hanyang Production Company. This sweet BL story stars Thai actor Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat and JM, a member of the boy band Just B.

Piuno (Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat) is a global superstar. Along with his many fans, he also has haters who try to bring him down with dangerous, baseless rumors. To protect his reputation, Piuno decides to change his career and work in a different field.

To improve his image, Piuno starts working at a pet daycare, even though he doesn't like animals. To help him cope, he is paired with Dae Byeol (JM). Although their first meeting is chaotic, the two eventually become close and develop feelings for each other.

4. The Midnight Studio

Year 2024
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Cast Joo Won Kwon Na Ra Yoo In Soo Eum Moon Suk
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Adapted from the novel by Kim Yi Rang, "The Midnight Studio" tells the story of a photographer who takes pictures of the dead or 'ghosts' at night.

Seo Ki Joo (Joo Won) is the photographer who works at night to take pictures of ghosts. He runs a small, long-standing photo studio.

Unlike other studios that take pictures of the living, Ki Joo's studio is only for ghosts that visit at night.

Seo Ki Joo works with two employees: Go Sung Ho (Yoo In Soo), the assistant manager, and Baek Nam Goo (Eum Moon Suk). While busy photographing ghosts, Ki Joo meets an ambitious lawyer named Han Bom (Kwon Na Ra). Together, they use Ki Joo's photos to uncover many cases.

After a three-year hiatus from the Korean drama world since "One Ordinary Day," Kim Soo Hyun returned to the spotlight in 2024 with another drama project. This time, he acted with Kim Ji Won as a married couple in the drama "Queen of Tears."

Baek Hyun Woo (Kim Soo Hyun) is a successful chief lawyer from a small village, who is married to Hong Hae In (Kim Ji Won), the daughter of the Queens Group conglomerate. Their seemingly perfect marriage faces challenges due to various crises and differences in social status.

Although they have been married for three years, Hyun Woo and Hae In face difficulties in their relationship. Nevertheless, they refuse to give up and strive to maintain their marriage.

Amidst the storms, their love remains alive. Hyun Woo and Hae In support each other and work together to find solutions. It may sound simple, but this drama discusses various household problems that will certainly relate to household problems nowadays.

"Wedding Impossible" could be a fun new show for fans who love Korean dramas because it has a really different story. It's about Na Ah Jeong, an extra actress, and two brothers, Lee Do Han and Lee Ji Han.

Ah Jeong is upset because, even though she's a good actress, she's not famous yet. She's even played a wife in her roles, but her own love life isn't going well.

One day, her friend Lee Do Han asks her for a big favor. He wants Ah Jeong to pretend to be his wife. Do Han needs to do this because his family is pressuring him to get married. Ah Jeong sees this a chance to practice her acting, so she agrees to help.

Do Han comes from the wealthy LJ Group family and has a secret: he's gay. This is why he can't really get married. But things aren't easy for him. His sister, Lee Ji Han, is giving him a hard time. She wants him to focus on taking over as the leader of LJ Group.

7. Branding in Seongsu

Year 2024
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So Eun Ho is a cheerful office intern who lives by the motto, "life should be enjoyed!" Despite looking young and energetic, he is actually the oldest intern in the office. In contrast, Kang Na Eon is the youngest successful marketing team leader and a workaholic. Na Eon started her career from an entry-level position and is willing to sacrifice friendships and love for her job. Her personality is the complete opposite of Eun Ho's. After an accidental kiss, Eun Ho and Na Eon's lives are turned upside down when they mysteriously swap bodies. Eun Ho, the easy-going intern, now has to face the stressful world of executives, while Na Eon, who is used to giving orders and working hard, is stuck in the body of an intern. What will they do now? Can they survive by switching roles? Watch the story of Eun Ho and Na Eon in this drama!

8. Doctor Slump

Year 2024
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Cast Park Shin Hye Park Hyung Sik
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Doctor Slump stars drama queen Park Shin Hye and the charming Park Hyung Sik. This 16-episode drama tells the story of high school friends who hate each other but end up falling in love.

Nam Ha Neul (Park Shin Hye) and Yeo Jeong Woo (Park Hyung Sik) were rivals in school. As they grew up, Yeo Jeong Woo became the most popular plastic surgeon in South Korea. His life was going well until an incident caused his career to take a downturn.

Nam Ha Neul, on the other hand, became an anesthesiologist. She worked hard to become a doctor, and many believed she could succeed because she was very smart. However, she realized that she spent her whole life studying and not enjoying life.

Ha Neul's hope to start enjoying life grows when she reunites with Jeong Woo. Will love blossom between them, even though they used to be mortal enemies?

9. Captivating the King

Year 2024
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Cast Jo Jung Suk Shin Se Kyung Lee Shin Young
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Jo Jung Suk's acting abilities are truly remarkable. This popular South Korean actor has graced our screens in numerous dramas, and in "Captivating The King," he portrays a lonely king alongside the lovely Shin Se Kyung.

In the story, Lee In (Jo Jung Suk) starts as a beloved prince, deeply cherished by his brother, King Lee Sun. However, when he's kidnapped and imprisoned by the Qin Dynasty, doubts about his loyalty arise, even sparking a sense of resentment in Lee Sun's heart.

As the narrative unfolds, Lee In eventually ascends to the throne. Despite the respect he commands from his subjects, he experiences profound loneliness and struggles to find someone he can confide in. Eventually, he falls in love with a talented clown performer named Kang Hae Soo (Shin Se Kyung).

Little does he know, Hae Soo conceals a secret agenda and seeks revenge against Lee In. So, what twists and turns will the story of this king and the enigmatic spy take next?

10. Love Song for Illusion

Year 2024
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Cast Park Ji Hoon Hong Ye Ji
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In his latest role, Park Ji Hoon stars in a webtoon adaptation where he plays a prince with a unique twist – he has multiple personalities. He's Prince Sajo Hyun, the charming Crown Prince of the Astae Kingdom, hiding a big secret: two very different personalities live inside him.

One personality is Sajo Hyun himself, a refined man with a love for fashion design, working in a city center shop. The other, Ak Hee, is bold and charming, capturing many hearts, but he carries a curse that prevents him from touching others.

Meanwhile, there's Yeon Wol, a nobleman's daughter bent on avenging her family's downfall, which she blames on the King, Sajo Hyun's father. She changes her identity to Gye Ra and joins a group of assassins, even sneaking into the palace.

However, her plan goes awry when she's caught in a trap and loses her memory. In a surprising turn, she wakes up to find herself being prepared to become the Crown Prince's concubine. With both characters holding deep secrets, what will unfold between them?

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