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10 Latest Romantic Korean Dramas in 2024

Every year, Korean dramas captivate viewers with a wide array of stories and genres, especially romance. If you're a fan, you're likely eager for the newest heartwarming stories from South Korea.

Bacaterus has selected Korean romantic dramas that are currently popular. Some of these dramas have concluded, perfect for a binge-watching session, while others are still being aired. Wondering which dramas made the list? Keep reading to discover them all!

1. Doctor Slump

Year 2024
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Cast Park Shin Hye Park Hyung Sik
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As we step into early 2024, Korea brings us a batch of captivating new dramas to indulge in. One of these gems is "Doctor Slump," featuring the ever-talented Park Shin Hye and Park Hyung Sik. This 16-episode series tells the story of high school pals who couldn't stand each other back in the day but find themselves falling for each other in the future.

Nam Ha Neul (Park Shin Hye) and Yeo Jeong Woo (Park Hyung Sik) were once schoolyard rivals. As they grew up, Yeo Jung Woo became South Korea's most sought-after plastic surgeon, enjoying a smooth life until a career-altering incident struck.

Meanwhile, Nam Ha Neul pursued a path as an anesthesiologist, working diligently towards her dream of becoming a doctor. Her intelligence earned her widespread admiration, but she realized that she had been into work and hasn't had fun throughout her life.

When Ha Neul crosses paths with Jeon Woo again, she sees a glimmer of hope for a more enjoyable life. Could love possibly bloom between them, or will old grudges keep them apart?

2. Captivating the King

Year 2024
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Cast Jo Jung Suk Shin Se Kyung Lee Shin Young
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Jo Jung Suk's acting abilities are truly remarkable. This popular South Korean actor has graced our screens in numerous dramas, and in "Captivating The King," he portrays a lonely king alongside the lovely Shin Se Kyung.

In the story, Lee In (Jo Jung Suk) starts as a beloved prince, deeply cherished by his brother, King Lee Sun. However, when he's kidnapped and imprisoned by the Qin Dynasty, doubts about his loyalty arise, even sparking a sense of resentment in Lee Sun's heart.

As the narrative unfolds, Lee In eventually ascends to the throne. Despite the respect he commands from his subjects, he experiences profound loneliness and struggles to find someone he can confide in. Eventually, he falls in love with a talented clown performer named Kang Hae Soo (Shin Se Kyung).

Little does he know, Hae Soo conceals a secret agenda and seeks revenge against Lee In. So, what twists and turns will the story of this king and the enigmatic spy take next?


3. Love Song for Illusion

Year 2024
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Cast Park Ji Hoon Hong Ye Ji
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In his latest role, Park Ji Hoon stars in a webtoon adaptation where he plays a prince with a unique twist – he has multiple personalities. He's Prince Sajo Hyun, the charming Crown Prince of the Astae Kingdom, hiding a big secret: two very different personalities live inside him.

One personality is Sajo Hyun himself, a refined man with a love for fashion design, working in a city center shop. The other, Ak Hee, is bold and charming, capturing many hearts, but he carries a curse that prevents him from touching others.

Meanwhile, there's Yeon Wol, a nobleman's daughter bent on avenging her family's downfall, which she blames on the King, Sajo Hyun's father. She changes her identity to Gye Ra and joins a group of assassins, even sneaking into the palace.

However, her plan goes awry when she's caught in a trap and loses her memory. In a surprising turn, she wakes up to find herself being prepared to become the Crown Prince's concubine. With both characters holding deep secrets, what will unfold between them?

South Korea seems to be the top spot for revenge dramas, right? These shows are really popular because they're thrilling and make viewers feel a sense of satisfaction when the main character overcomes tough times and gets back at those who wronged them in the past.

Take the drama "Marry My Husband," for example. It's about Kang Ji Won (Park Min Young), who is married to Park Min Hwan (Lee Yi Kyung). But their marriage is hanging by a thread.

Things go from bad to worse for Ji Won. She finds out she has cancer, her husband is out of work and drowning in debt, and then he starts cheating on her with his close friend, Jung Soo Min (Song Ha Yoon).

In a shocking twist, Ji Won is killed by Min Hwan and Soo Min. But instead of passing on to another world, she goes back in time by 10 years. Ji Won starts planning her revenge. She decides to make Soo Min marry Min Hwan, so Soo Min can experience the same misery Ji Won went through with her terrible husband.

5. Between Him and Her

Year 2023
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Cast Lee Dong Hae Lee Seol
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In 2023, Super Junior's Lee Dong Hae reignited his acting career. Following his role in "Oh! Youngsim," he ended the year by joining the cast of "Between Him and Her" alongside Lee Sol. They portray a couple who have been together for a long time.

Jung Hyun Sung and Han Sung Ok, the characters they play, have been a couple since their college days, dreaming of achieving things together. However, seven years into their relationship, they start to feel a lack of excitement, even as their seventh anniversary looms.

Jung Hyun has become a successful fashion brand designer, while Sung Ok has made a name for herself as a jewelry designer. But as they climb their career ladders, they realize their relationship has become routine.

Tensions escalate one evening when they unexpectedly encounter each other outside a motel elevator, each accompanied by someone else. What is really going on in their relationship?

6. Welcome to Samdal-ri

Year 2023
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Cast Ji Chang Wook Shin Hye Sun
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As 2023 draws to a close, K-drama enthusiasts are treated to the new series "Welcome to Samdal-ri," directed by Cha Young Hoon. Spanning 16 episodes, this drama showcases the talents of renowned actor Ji Chang Wook and the beautiful Shin Hye Sun. Together, they bring to life a tender story of childhood love that endures and evolves into adulthood, set in the picturesque region of Samdal-ri.

The series revolves around Cho Yong Pil (Ji Chang Wook) and Cho Sam Dal (Shin Hye Sun). They were close friends in their youth, but as time passed, their lives took different paths, leading to an eventual separation. Yong Pil now works as a weather forecaster on the scenic Jeju Island, while Sam Dal has made a name for herself as a celebrated photographer in Seoul, operating under the pseudonym Cho Eun Hye.

However, Sam Dal's career takes an unexpected hit due to an unforeseen incident, causing her world to crumble. In the wake of this setback, she returns to her roots in Samdal-ri. It's in her hometown that she meets Yong Pil again, her ex boyfriend, and reconnects with friends from her childhood.

Though the initial reunion is fraught with discomfort and challenges, Sam Dal endeavors to adjust and make peace with her past. As she navigates the complexities of homecoming and rekindled relationships, Sam Dal discovers a deeper sense of joy and fulfillment in the village where she grew up.

7. My Man Is Cupid

Year 2023
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Cast Jang Dong Yoon Nana Park Ki Woong
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A love fairy named Cheon Sang Hyuk has been marooned on Earth for 500 years due to his damaged wings. During his long stay, he encountered numerous people, each with a red string indicating their proximity to their soul mate.

However, when Sang Hyuk met Oh Baek Ryun, a beautiful veterinarian, he noticed she had no such string. Intriguingly, every man who gets close to Baek Ryun ends up facing misfortune, sometimes even death. As a result, she's guarded her heart against the advances of men. Yet, her interaction with Sang Hyuk feels distinctly different, leaving him constantly in her thoughts.

Curious about Baek Ryun's romantic destiny, Sang Hyuk initiates a connection with her. As they spend more time together, Sang Hyuk finds himself developing feelings for her as well.

8. Tell Me That You Love Me

Year 2023
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Cast Jung Woo Sung Shin Hyun Bin
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A reimagining of the Japanese drama "Aishiteiru to Ittekure," "Tell Me That You Love Me" brings to life the challenges and beauty of love in the face of communication barriers.

This drama, featuring Jung Woo Sung and Shin Hyun Bin, dives into the love story of Cha Jin Woo, a mute artist, and Jung Mo Eun, a vivacious young actress. Frustrated by the reluctance of others to learn sign language, Jin Woo often expresses his emotions through his artwork. His world takes a turn upon meeting Mo Eun, known for her talkative nature.

Mo Eun is significantly influenced by Jin Woo. So, she takes the initiative to learn sign language. Her effort brings a new vibrancy to Jin Woo's previously somber life. As she bridges the gap in communication, a tender love begins to blossom between them.

9. My Demon

Year 2023
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Cast Kim Yoo Jung Song Kang
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"My Demon" is a drama that tells about the unusual romance between a human and a supernatural being. Featuring Song Kang and Kim Yoo Jung, this drama stands out with its young and dynamic cast, complemented by beautiful cinematography.

The plot revolves around Do Do Hee, the daughter of the owner of Mirae Group, who is poised to inherit her family's business. Growing up in a world of tough realities, Do Hee has learned not to easily trust others and is skeptical about love. However, her outlook begins to change after she enters a contractual marriage with Jeong Gu Won.

Gu Won is actually a demon who has lived in the human world for over two centuries. In a surprising twist, Do Hee saves Gu Won from nearly drowning, and this incident mysteriously transfers Gu Won's powers to her.

Armed with this knowledge, Do Hee decides to turn the tables and uses the situation to make Gu Won her fake husband. Gu Won, left with no other option, accepts the arrangement, secretly hoping that he will eventually regain his powers. This intriguing plot weaves together elements of love, trust, and the intersection of human and supernatural worlds.

10. Twinkling Watermelon

Year 2023
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Cast Ryeoun Choi Hyun Wook Seol In A Shin Eun Soo
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Eun Gyeol (Ryeoun), a high school student with a knack for music, lives in a world quite different from his peers. His entire family – father, mother, and brother – are deaf, and their primary way of communicating is through sign language.

Secretly, Eun Gyeol has a deep passion for music and joins a band, keeping it hidden from his family. They have always assumed he would pursue a career in medicine, given his intelligence. However, his secret is unveiled when his father unexpectedly discovers him performing with the band, leading to a significant clash between them.

Feeling angry and let down, Eun Gyeol decides to give up his musical aspirations. In a bid to put his past behind, he visits a mysterious music shop to sell his guitar. But his life takes an extraordinary turn – upon leaving the shop, Eun Gyeol finds himself transported back to the year 1995. There, he meets the younger versions of her parents, Ha Yi Chan (Choi Hyun Wook) and Yoon Chung A (Shin Eun Soo).

This unexpected journey through time reveals to Eun Gyeol numerous unknown facts about his family's past. He experiences his first love and forms new, heartwarming friendships. Despite the story moving back and forth in time, viewers will find the narrative seamlessly woven, making it easy to follow. This drama, rich with emotions and revelations, is not to be missed!

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