Beginner's Guide: The 9 K-Dramas to Watch First

Beginner's Guide: The 9 K-Dramas to Watch First
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Want to expand your horizons and dive into the world of K-Dramas but don't know where to start? Don't you worry, we've got you covered: this list is very beginner-friendly and doesn't have any show that can turn you away from the works from this region.

The South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho in his Oscars acceptance speech stated, “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films,” and he couldn't be more right.

Every single country has its own artistic vision deeply rooted in its culture and customs, so watching shows from all over the globe expands your understanding of how the world works and allows you to see more points of view.

Even if the shows are highlighting the same subject, they would explore it differently. For example, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha has a similar premise to All of Us Strangers, with the character coming to a small town to start their life anew and finding romance here, but you can't find two more different shows — and partly the reason lies in the cultural differences. And thankfully, K-Dramas are now available on streaming services, so it's easy to watch them.