Many of us like the typical romantic stories that have to do with poor innocent girls meeting an obnoxious rich boy who becomes soft meeting her. Here is a popular list of Korean dramas with a similar plot.
1. The Heirs
Kim Tan played by Lee Min-ho is a wealthy heir to a large Korean company called Jeguk Group. He was told to go to the U.S. by his brother Kim Won played by Choi Jin-hyuk, who tries to take control of the family business. While in the States, he meets Cha Eun-sang played by Park Shin-hye, who went there to look for her sister. Kim Tan soon falls in love with Eun-sang. When Kim Tan returns to Korea, his former best friend turned enemy Choi Young-do played by actor Kim Woo-bin begins picking on Eun-sang to irritate Tan. Tension rises when Young-do also falls in love with Eun-sang, and Kim Tan is forced to choose between responsibility of pursuing the family business or love.
2. Boys Over Flowers
At the prestigious Shin Hwa High School in Seoul, four boys comprise the group known as the Flower Four (F4). Coming from the most powerful families from Korea, these spoiled, rebellious, flirtatious and cruel boys rule the school. Jan Di, a girl of humble upbringing who is accepted into Shin Hwa on a swimming scholarship after accidentally saving the life of a Shin Hwa student. Not one for following the rules blindly, Jan Di faces immediate scrutiny from the entire school and in particular the boys of the Flower Four and their leader, Goo Jun Pyo played by actor Lee Min Ho, who dislikes her instantly. Through her charm and undying optimism, she slowly begins to capture the hearts of those around her, even the icy boys of the F4.
This romantic comedy follows a neurotic businessman and a passionate stunt woman who switch bodies and lives. Kim Joo Won is the arrogant, eccentric heir to a large company. Prepared to inherit a large department store, he constantly rejects the girls his matchmaking mother sends his way. When he meets Gil Ra Im, a beautiful stunt-woman, she changes his life, as he becomes fascinated by her strength and vulnerability. Ra Im wants nothing to do with his arrogance, as she is drawn more to her stunt teacher. Ra Im and Joo Won live change, due to a magical accident, where they end up switching bodies. Now, they’ll have to live each other’s lives, coming to know each other (and themselves) in the process and falling in love in the process.
4. Fated To Love You
Making a mistake after having way too many drinks can change everything. Lee Gun played by actor Jang Hyuk is the successor to a large company run by his family. Kim Mi Young played by actress Jang Nara is an average-looking secretary in a law firm who earned the nickname “Post-It” for her inability to say no to her colleagues who dump work on her. When the two cross paths one night after having too much to drink, they end up having a one-night stand. When Mi Young finds out afterwards that she is pregnant, her whole world is turned upside down. Lee Gun believes this was a trick of Kim Mi Young to entangle him and tries to get revenge by treating her awfully. Little by little however Lee Gun’s heart softens knowing he will have a child and their relationship takes a different toll.
5. Noble My Love
Lee Kang Hoon played by Sung Hoon is the head of one of the world’s largest companies, but he does not know how to treat people. After he got injured from escaping some kidnappers he finds a safe hideout with a sweet veterinarian named Yoon Seo played by actress Kim Jae Kyung who treats his wounds. As a way of thanking her he buys her a pet hospital. Soon his heart softens and begins seeing people in a different light.
6. Emergency Couple
Choi Jin Hyuk and Song Ji Hyo star in this playful drama about a medical school student, Chang Min who comes from a well known family, and a dietitian, Jin Hee, fall in love and marry despite his family’s strong opposition. When Chang Min marries Jin Hee, he gives up his medical internship to become a pharmaceutical salesman despite the fact that the rest of his family are successful doctors. Their married life is miserable as Chang Min’s family looks down on Jin Hee and Chang Min begins to treat her poorly. They finally divorce and go their separate ways until they are suddenly reunited as interns working at the same hospital.
7. My Lovely Sam Soon
Kim Sam Soon’s career and love life have hit a dead end. She is overweight, unmarried, and has just lost her job and caught her boyfriend of three years cheating on her. Hyun Jin Heon, the arrogant owner of a restaurant called Bon Appetit, who hires her to put her pastry-chef skills to work as the restaurant’s chief baker. With Jin Heon’s family pushing him to get married, and Sam Soon desperately in need of money to save her familys home, the two make a deal despite their hateful relationship. Sam Soon pretends to be Jin Heon’s girlfriend and they begin to grow close, but things get complicated when Jin Heon’s lost love mysteriously returns with her sights set on getting him back.
These 7 Korean Dramas will have you hooked and wanting to look up more “Poor Girl” and “Rich Guy” dramas.
Hope you enjoy!