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Posted by MaiaD Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Makjang Dramas that You Should Add to Your Watchlist


Makjang is a non-standard version of the word kkeutjang, which signifies end or conclusion, and is not an officially recognized phrase. A kkeutjang denotes a situation of having reached a point where further progress or completion is no longer possible. Makjang is a word used in popular culture to describe excessive art.

Makjang, in the context of dramas, is a form of drama that is difficult to comprehend or accept based on common sense or ordinary moral standards. Despite how ludicrous the tale is, it decides to play up wild storylines to pull viewers in. Forced situations, complex relationships, adultery, and birth secrets are all included in these dramas. There are many K-dramas whose plot relies heavily on emotive and over-the-top narrative, but this is explained by writers in the industry as a way for viewers of relieving stress either to empathize or just entertain themselves through the stories of the characters.

Although dramas with such themes aren't everyone's cup of tea, here are some of the makjang dramas you should give a try if you are interested!

1. Penthouse: War in Life

Cast: Lee Ji AhKim So YeonEugeneUhm Ki JoonYoon Jong Hoon

2. The Last Empress
Cast: Jang Na Ra, Choi Jin HyukShin Sung Rok, Lee Elijah, Shin Eun Kyung

3. Princess Aurora

Cast: Jeon So MinOh Chang Seok

4. Sky Castle

Cast: Yum Jung Ah, Lee Tae RanYoon Se AhOh Na RaKim Seo Hyung

5. VIP

Cast: Jang Na RaLee Sang Yoon, Lee Chung AhKwak Sun YoungPyo Ye JinShin Jae Ha

6. Mine

Cast: Lee Bo YoungKim Seo HyungCha Hak YeonPark Hyuk Kwon

7. Love ft. Marriage and Divorce

Cast: Sung HoonLee Tae GonPark Joo MiLee Ga RyeongLee Min YoungJeon Soo KyeongJeon No Min

8. Love in Sadness

Cast: Ji Hyun Woo, Park Han Byul, Ryu Soo YoungWang Bit Na

9. Iโ€™m Sorry, I Love You

Cast: So Ji SubIm Soo Jung

10. Maybe Love

Cast: Park Si Eun, Kim Bo Kyung, Ahn Jae Mo, Hwang Dong Joo

11. The World of the Married

Cast: Kim Hee Ae, Park Hae JoonHan So Hee

12. Temptation of Wife

Cast: Jang Seo Hee, Byun Woo MinKim Seo HyungLee Jae Hwang

13. Shining Inheritance
Cast: Han Hyo Joo, Lee Seung Gi, Bae Soo Bin, Moon Chae Won

14. The Second Husband

Cast: Cha Seo Won, Uhm Hyun Kyung, Oh Seung Ah

15. That Winter, The Wind Blows
Cast: Jo In Sung, Song Hye Kyo

16. Stairway to Heaven

Cast: Choi Ji Woo, Kwon Sang Woo, Kim Tae Hee, Shin Hyun Joon

17. Money Flower

Cast: Jang Hyuk, Park Se Young, Jang Seung Jo

18. Tomorrow Victory

Cast: Jeon So Min, Song Won Geun, Phillip Choi, Yoo Ho Rin

19. Autumn in My Heart

Cast: Song Seung Heon, Song Hye Kyo, Won Bin

20. Innocent Man

Cast: Song Joong Ki, Moon Chae Won, Park Si Yeon

21. Mask

Cast: Soo Ae, Ju Ji Hoon, Yeon Jung Hoon, Yoo In Young

22. Secret Boutique

Cast: Kim Sun A, Chang Mi Hee, Park Hee Von, Go Min Si, Kim Jae Young, Kim Tae Hoon

23. No Matter What (Anyone Says)

Cast: Na Hye Mi, Choi Woong, Jung Min Ah, Kim Jung Heon

24. The Heirs

Cast: Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin

25. I Have A Lover

Cast: Ji Jin Hee, Kim Hyun Joo, Lee Kyu Han, Park Han Byul

26. The Queen's Flower

Cast: Kim Sung Ryung, Lee Sung Kyung, Lee Jong Hyun, Yoon Park

27. Dear Heaven

Cast: Yoon Jung Hee, Lee Tae Gon, Cho Yeon Woo, Lee Soo Kyung, Wang Bit Na

28. Everybody Say Kimchi

Cast: Kim Ji Young, Kim Ho Jin, Won Ki Joon, Cha Hyun Jung

29. King of Baking, Kim Tak Gu

Cast: Yoon Shi Yoon, Eugene, Joo Won, Lee Young Ah

30. The Secret of My Love

Cast: Song Chang Eui, Kang Se Jung, Kim Da Hyun, Park Jung Ah

31. New Tales of Gisaeng

Cast: Im Soo Hyang, Sung Hoon, Han Hye Rin

32. Come! Jang Bori

Cast: Oh Yeon Seo, Kim Ji Hoon, Lee Yoo Ri, Oh Chang Seok

33. Never Twice

Cast: Park Se Wan, Kwak Dong Yeon, Youn Yuh Jung, Oh Ji Ho

34. You're Beautiful

Cast: Jang Keun Suk, Park Shin Hye, Jung Yong HwaLee Hong Gi

35. Bride of the Century

Cast: Lee Hong Gi, Yang Jin Sung

36. Secret Love

Cast: Hwang Jung Eum, Ji Sung, Bae Soo Bin, Lee Da Hee

37. My Unfamiliar Family

Cast: Jung Jin Young, Won Mi Kyung, Choo Ja Hyun, Han Ye Ri, Shin Jae Ha, Kim Ji Seok

38. Hide and Seek

Cast: Lee Yoo Ri, Song Chang Eui, Uhm Hyun Kyung, Kim Young Min

39. Woman of Dignity

Cast: Kim Hee Sun, Kim Sun A, Jung Sang Hoon

40. Man in a Veil

Cast: Kang Eun Tak, Uhm Hyun Kyung

Which of these dramas is your favorite? Do you have know-how or a tip for people who get too carried away or stressed whenever they watch makjang dramas? 

  1. Bae Soo Bin
  2. Choi Ji Woo
  3. Choi Jin Hyuk
  4. Yonghwa
  5. Hongki
  6. Han Hyo Joo
  7. Han So Hee
  8. Hwang Jung Eum
  9. Im Soo Jung
  10. Jang Hyuk
  11. Jang Na Ra
  12. Jeon So Min
  13. Ji Hyun Woo
  14. Ji Soo
  15. Jo In Sung
  16. Joo Ji Hoon
  17. Joo Won
  18. Kim Hee Sun
  19. Kim Seo Hyung
  20. Kim So Yeon
  21. Kim Tae Hee
  22. Kwak Dong Yeon
  23. Kwon Sang Woo
  24. Lee Bo Young
  25. Lee Da Hee
  26. Lee Ji Ah
  27. Lee Min Ho
  28. Lee Sang Yoon
  29. Lee Seung Gi
  30. Lim Soo Hyang
  31. Moon Chae Won
  32. Park Shin Hye
  33. Eugene
  34. Shin Sung Rok
  35. So Ji Sub
  36. Song Hye Kyo
  37. Song Joong Ki
  38. Soo Ae
  39. Sung Hoon
  40. Uhm Ki Joon
  41. Won Bin
  42. Yoon Si Yoon
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