10 Best Workplace Romance K-Dramas That Would’ve Been an HR Disaster 

10 Best Workplace Romance K-Dramas That Would’ve Been an HR Disaster 
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Some scenarios are better off staying fictional.

There's nothing romantic about having a power imbalance and being dependent on someone else's perception of you. This is why HR departments in companies around the world are so concerned about any kind of romance that might occur in the workplace. In fiction, however, that's not the case.

There are far too many scenarios for co-workers to fall in love, and rest assured, the K-drama industry has probably explored them all. So if you have a soft spot for a workplace romance story, check out 10 shows from the list below.

The Master's Sun (2013)

The day Tae Gong Shil started seeing ghosts was the worst day of her life, as she could not stop communicating with them. She was forced to quit her job and became a cleaning lady at Kingdom Mall, where she met the president of Kingdom corp. It turned out that her selfish and cold-hearted boss was the key to making the ghosts disappear.

Oh My Ghost (2015)

Shy and lacking in self-confidence, Bong Sun is nothing like the ghost that possesses her body. Having died a virgin, the ghost is now obsessed with the idea of sleeping with someone to finally release her spirit. Bong Sun's co-worker, celebrity chef Sun Woo, becomes her victim, and Bong Sun's body becomes the vessel to get the job done.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017)

Unfortunately for Do Bong Soon, all of her dreams of being a fragile and soft girl are shattered by the superpower that has been passed down from woman to woman in her family. However, her physical strength gets her a job as a bodyguard for Ahn Min Hyuk, a CEO who needs protection. Little does she know that love will also come quickly.

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018)

Kim Mi So has been working as a secretary for 9 years. She is great at her job and the only person who can stand her boss, the demanding and narcissistic Lee Young Joon, the president of the company. One day she decides that she's had enough and announces her resignation. That's when Young Joon decides to do everything in his power to make her stay.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar (2020)

Though the romance isn't central to the show, it definitely adds a fairytale-like layer to it. The K-drama itself tells the story of a pop-up bar, whose manager and an innocent part-timer visit customers in their dreams to help them with their problems. From the most mundane tasks to the tangled problems of broken hearts, they are always there for those in need.

Hospital Playlist (2020)

Hospital Playlist is the closest Western viewers can get to the iconic medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and of course that includes the romantic drama. Set in a hospital, the show follows 5 friends who have dedicated their lives to saving others through the ups and downs of their professional and personal lives.

Hotel del Luna (2019)

Run by a greedy woman who has been punished for her crimes, the Hotel del Luna is no ordinary hotel like the ones you might find in your neighborhood. It is the place for ghosts who are stuck between earth and the afterlife. When the young assistant Goo Chan Sung gets involved in the business, he decides to change it for the better.

Her Private Life (2019)

Living two lives isn't easy, and when Sung Deok Mi's online persona starts seeping into her real life, the situation becomes disastrous. To save her from the nasty rumors, her boss Ryan Gold suggests they play her fake boyfriend. But since their plan has been overheard, it is about to be exposed.

Jun & Jun (2023)

If you don't think the office can be exciting, think again. Of course, it doesn't even come close to the bright lights of the stage and the excitement of world tours, but forced to put aside his dream of becoming famous, Lee Jun has to learn to adapt to the new reality. Choi Jun, his new boss, with whom he already has a history, is not much help.

Strangers Again (2023)

As a brilliant divorce lawyer, Oh Ha Ra's knowledge comes from her own experience with her own divorce with fellow lawyer Goo Eun Beom. But when the two have to learn to work together again in order to win one of the most difficult cases of their careers, all of this becomes irrelevant as the sparks start to fly.