These 10 K-Dramas Are Cozy Enough To Keep You Warm This Winter
It's time to change your winter TV routine by switching to South Korean shows
It's officially the time of year when you can curl up under a blanket, wear a pair of funny socks, and drink as many cups of hot cocoa as you please. And of course, to add a little extra coziness to your weekend, you can always turn on something heartwarming on TV, like these perfect K-dramas.
Whether it's a rom-com or a fantasy drama, the story in each of these South Korean shows is so compelling that you won't be able to tear yourself away. So don't hesitate to watch these ten K-dramas because they will definitely give you a sense of warmth and comfort that is so needed during the cold season.
1. Kokdu: Season of Deity (2023)
There are many things that South Korean dramas do best, but mixing genres is probably one of the tools that always makes them a success. Kokdu: Season of Deity is a mix of a dark fantasy drama and a comedy, and surprisingly enough, the result turned out to be just amazing.
The drama follows a Grim Reaper who comes to Earth every once in a while to do what he loves most - torture some humans. But this time something goes wrong as he finds himself in the body of a talented doctor and ends up falling in love with a young girl who is also a doctor. The moral dilemma that Death faces in the show is amazing and makes the viewer believe that anything is possible in this universe.
2. Lovestruck In The City (2020)
What fans love about this K-drama is that it is very realistic and shows romance as it is without any filters. The series is filmed as an interview, which also adds some unexpectedness to the plot and gives the fans a chance to explore the characters' perspective better than usually.
At the center of the series is a main couple whose relationship just gives you butterflies, but there are also so many subplots with other couples that go on in between, making it a perfect chance to see how different every relationship is and how one little thing can destroy or save love. The episodes are only 30 minutes long, so it will be an easy binge for you.
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3. Romance Is a Bonus Book (2019)
What makes it a perfect wintertime watch is the fact that the story of the show has so many deep conversations about life and everything that you can really dive in and have some time with your own thoughts. It's not a typical silly rom-com, but rather a book full of stories about the lives of the main characters. If you are a fan of the friends-to-lovers trope then you must definitely check this series out this winter.
4. Pinocchio (2014)
This K-drama became an instant hit when it was released and remains one of the most popular South Korean series to this day. Don't expect to see a wooden boy, but the show still provides us with a character, Choi In-ha, who gives herself away when she lies. The heartbreaking and rather tragic story of the series revolves around Kim Ha-myung, who was left alone at a young age and forced to live his entire life under a false identity.
However, his life changes when he meets Choi In-ha, the South Korean version of Pinocchio. The story has so many unexpected twists and turns, each of which changes the narrative 180 degrees. Some of the storylines are hard to handle, so take some tissues to bed because there will be crying.
5. Destined With You (2023)
The recent Netflix hit is another South Korean take on a fantasy rom-com, but there's a catch. The series follows Jang Shin-yu, a successful attorney, who drinks the love potion that Lee Hong-jo made for someone else.
The story takes a hilarious turn when the male lead starts to think that they are meant to be together, while the female lead feels awkward. What they don't know, however, is that they really are destined to be an endgame couple. Will they be brave enough to look into their past lives to make sure?
6. While You Were Sleeping (2017)
Now, you already know that romance and fantasy go hand in hand in the South Korean TV industry, but the creators of While You Were Sleeping went further and added a dash of legal drama to the series.
The show focuses on three main characters who share the same special magical ability to see the future while sleeping. So they form a team and try to save the city from the approaching crimes. Their journey is really thrilling, but the story also gives us a close look at how people with different personalities can come together in the name of a great cause.
7. Healer (2014)
Another K-drama with three characters destined to fight the injustices of the world at the center of the narrative. The series perfectly navigates all the action, romance storyline and friendship, slowly unfolding the main mystery.
However, the slow-paced story leads us to the perfect ending, making the series more realistic than it could have been. The trio of main characters spends enough time before solving the mysterious case and the writers pay enough attention to every cliffhanger that was introduced.
8. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016)
South Korean showrunners love to put a strong female lead at the center of the story in their series. This time all the attention is on Kim Bok-joo, a super strong athlete who dreams of becoming a professional weightlifter. But since she is still a teenager, she also dreams of a... boyfriend. Apparently she has a crush on her friend's older brother, but the story takes her into another love story.
The series not only gives us a cute teenage romance story, but also gives off this feel-good vibe about how important it is to achieve your dreams.
9. When the Weather Is Fine (2020)
What makes this K-drama a perfect choice for a cozy night in front of the TV is the story at its center. The romance uses one of the oldest, but still cute, tropes of a city girl who is tired of her life and decides to move to the countryside. Mok Hae-won moves back to the small town of her childhood and, as the genre suggests, she meets her old friend and later on the romance blossoms. The simple, yet relatable plot is everything you need for a cozy evening, isn't it?
10. Something in the Rain (2018)
Something in the Rain tackles a controversial topic in the show, focusing on the age gap relationship, where the woman in the couple is older than the man. We meet Yoon Jin-ah, a successful businesswoman, and her best friend Seo Joon-hee. After a while, however, Jin-ah meets her friend's younger brother, and while she initially thought of him as a child, he turns out to be the most real man in her life.