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Best old-school dramas that are a must-watch for new korean drama fans

Korean dramas today cannot hold the candle to the feels-inducing classics that were K-dramas back then.


As a fan of Korean dramas since 2007, I've seen my fair share of Korean dramas since my introduction into k-dramas 11 years ago.


With heart-wrenching and comedic scenes as well as unpredictable plot twists - not to mention its fair share of evil chaebol mothers and second lead syndrome, below is a list of my top 5 classic favorites for those new fans venturing into Korean dramas.


1. Winter Sonata

Get ready for your heart to melt like snow in the Spring. 'Winter Sonata' is all about character Joon Sang, the son of a famous musician, moving to the more rural parts of Korea with his mother after his troubled past. He develops a close bond with his new found friends until a dramatic turn of events changes things around. This drama made Bae Yong Joon extremely popular in Japan and he received the honorific title of "Yon-Soma."

2. Full House

This romantic comedy came out in 2004 and become widely recognized rather quickly. It has become quite a classic due to its popularity and compelling storyline. An aspiring script writer named Ji Eun lives in a 'Full House,' a nickname given by her late father who built the house for her. While on vacation, her friends sell her house to a famous celebrity whom she happens to meet and fall into a plethora of hilarious situations with during her time away from home. Not only was it considered to be a pioneer of the romantic comedy style in Korea, it helped further the Hallyu Wave.

3. Autumn in My Heart

Another amazing drama which really furthered Song Hye Gyo's acting career, 'Autumn in My Heart' has one of the most raved about story lines due to the "switched at birth" concept. Yoon Joon Suh accidentally drops name cards into the babies crib at a hospital causing the nurse to place them in the incorrect crib. Fast forward to their teenage years, and some unique circumstances, the parents discover their daughters are not related biological and reunite despite their completely different life styles and upbringings. The show received so much popularity that even tourism sites have been built in its honor in Korea.

4. Stairway to Heaven

Airing in 2003, this old school goodie depicts romance in a refreshing way. Two childhood friends share a bond that forms into true love after sharing the loss of someone dear to them. However, this love doesn't come easy as the leads face a plethora of threats and issues (such as assault and sabotage from an evil stepmother) that create various hectic scenarios. Fun fact -The drama is the second entry in director Lee Jang Soo's 'Heaven Trilogy' alongside dramas 'Beautiful Days' (2001) and 'Tree of Heaven' (2006).

5. Boys over Flowers

Set at a famous high school for the super-wealthy, this is a puppy love story centered on a poor girl and the F4 gang of rich kids headed by the rough and fearless Jun-pyo Koo. Geum Jan-Di (Hye-seon Ku) is a girl from a poor family but has an unrivaled sense of optimism and drive and is by chance admitted to a prestigious private high school. There she meets the infamous group of four astonishingly good looking and rich boys who are known as F4. The group's leader is Koo Jun-Pyo (Min-ho Lee), who is a spoiled heir to world-leading conglomerate Shinhwa. He is joined by mysterious and breathlessly handsome Yun Ji-Hu (Hyeon-jung Kim), So Lee-Jeong (Kim Beom), and Song Woo-Bin (Kim Jun). Their love story moves from Seoul to New Caledonia to Macau.


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    SongKaixi 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    How is Goong or Gong not on this list?

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    Friendlyquark 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    My first Kdrama was Coffee Prince, which is still a favorite of mine. Gong Yoo practically naked through huge chunks of the show made a big impression on me. LOL

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    walkertexasrange 12 days ago 1
    12 days ago

    Love this post. Appreciate the effort. Will definitely check some of these drama out during christmas break

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    emmamadison24 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    Most definitely! The classics definitely had a lot of charm. A lot of other good ones are:

    1. Love Rain

    2. Baker King

    3. All about Eve

    4. Sandglass

    5. All in

    6. Glass slipper

    7. Sad love story

    8. I’m sorry I love you


    If you have some time throw those on the list too.

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    shyloone 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    Yes Full House is really good, and Princess Hours, Love Rain, Baker King, Playful Kiss

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    Anpanman 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    Boys over flowers is trash and the worst hanadan adaptation I've ever seen

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    MXKpopFan 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    Now these are these are the kind of articles I like

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    exoticus 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    I feel like watching these dramas all over again. My first drama was either Autumn in my heart or Winter Sonata.

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    changminbaby 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    highly recommended:

    "sad love story"

    "emperor of the sea"

    "my girl"

    "all in"

    they are the best!!

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    MiZZ_J 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    i dont remember my 1st kdrama..but at that time,there was WINTER SONATA,AUTUMN IN MY HEART,MY SUCCESSFUL STORY OF A BRIGHT GIRL,HOTELIER and ALL ABOUT EVE..

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    Huhuhh 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    The first that introduce me to Korean Wave is "Autumn in Heart"..this drama really tear me up from the start til the end..but at this time only dubbed in Mandarin Language with english sub which I don't get to listen in Korean Language..so i try to find the original VCD but they only sell with Korean with no sub at that time around year 2000 - 2001 but i don't mind because i want the feel from the original language and actor voice..then "Winter Sonata", "Stairway To Heaven" n others drama til now..im so in love with Kdrama but i miss the most is the sad storyline for Kdrama..

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    shakesmilk 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    YES TO ALL OF THEM! My grandma loved Winter Sonata so much, she legit kept rewatching the whole series over and over again. She watched it at least 5 times maybe even six. That's all I heard in the house after I came home from school. She marathon that show for hours!

    My fave on this list is Boys Over Flowers and Full House. So quirky and Min Ho's hair is fireeeee hahaha

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    klesly 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    i totally agree

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    jeyjin 12 days ago 1
    12 days ago

    I watched Winter Sonata when i was a teen waaay before i knew what kpop was. I never liked sad shows or drama but i couldn't stop watching it. I actually cried while watching it. It was a very beautiful drama.

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    jeyjin 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    Actually i might watch it again and look at the dramas on this list ( and in the comments.)

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    Not_interested 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    oh i am such a trash.

    I have seen all those dramas when they were "new" XD

    My earliest Kdrama was Sandglass. Another classic drama


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    BBVIP2006 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    All in

    Glass slipper

    Sad love story

    I’m sorry I love you

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    Sinraptor 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    I feel like Boys over Flowers is very overhyped. I watched it as people kept saying it was good, but it just wasn't? I guess it didn't make sense to me that there would be any romance between the main leads, and the main lead was a really bad character? Or maybe I'm too old for that sort of drama.

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    Hyungshi 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    yep watch them all and I must agree those are the most epic k-drama that are must-watch and oh! get a box of tissue ready!!! lol

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    Fenellajsxo 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    Princess Hours was also a very great old drama

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    kalimilano 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    *__*

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    crookedshanks 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    No historical dramas??

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    enzoa 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    "Min-ho Lee"?!?... 🙄😄

    Damn it, you're posting about old-school dramas, and you don't know that in korean onomastics the family name always comes first?

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    Wang_Sejung (Banned) 12 days ago 0
    12 days ago

    Guys you know me very well, I graduated from the prestigious seoul National University and I am very pretty, I look like Jun Ji Hyun unni. Guys although I am 28 years old and very young, I have seen all these dramas and love it. I advise you to watch these dramas.

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