I watched more than a hundred Korean dramas (and still watching) and I collected just a small number of OST that I really like, or songs that either inspired me, too romantic, or too reminiscing. Here, I created 5 videos that I really like. I still have some more after these lists but creating videos is till on the process. More »
There are a lot of lists online from different people and fans. They say beauty is in the eye of beholder so this is the reason why most lists are different from each but most actresses who are included in the top 10 are always the same – just in different order. I think I watched more than 100 Korean Dramas and Movies and I always admire the beauty of the lead actors. Beauty is not always the physical appearance of the actress but also her over-all performance. There are some good looking actors who do not fit to their roles and I don’t include them in my list. These are the actresses that I wanted to watch whatever film they are in. When looking for a Korean drama to watch, check the lead actors and actresses first. I never seen a beautiful drama with the actress I don’t like. Although there are some bad dramas the following actresses had starred with, my suggestions below are for good dramas only.
1. Lee Yo-won
Lee-Yo-won’s timeless beauty is extraordinary at least to me. She has a very lovable face matching her sweet voice. After watching her superb performance in Queen Seondeok, I decided to watch Bad Love (where I like Kwon San-woo as well), 49 Days, and Empire of Gold. Her role in Empire of Gold is a little bit older but her beauty is timeless. She has one of the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen. I first saw her in her film “The Recipe”. Her beauty on that film is unmatched!
2. Han Ji-min
If you are going to ask me whom I am going to marry if I am given a chance to marry a Korean Actress, I will tell you it is going to be Han-Ji-min. I have a lot of reasons I can’t really tell. This lady is lovely. There is no single film or movie she starred that I didn’t like. Ask other fans who watched Rooftop Prince, Padam Padam, and Capital Scandal and I am pretty sure you’ll hear positive reviews. I don’t know Han Ji-min personally but every time I watch her, my heart beats faster..
3. Lee Yeon-hee
If we are going to talk about physical appearance alone, Lee Yeon-hee would be number one on my list. From head to toe, Lee Yeon-hee is the most beautiful Korean Actress when talking about physical appearance. She was unknown to me before I watched “East of Eden”. I thought she was just a supporting cast when I saw her at the pier where Song Seung-hun was working. Her appearance in “Hello Schoolgirl” is salivating. “The Millionaire’s First Love” is one of the best South Korean Romantic Films not only because of Hyun Bin but because of Lee Yeon-hee’s great performance and unique beauty that fitted her role.
4. Son Ye-jin
Son Ye-jin is always inside top 5 of any lists of the most beautiful Korean celebrities. She is not just have a pretty face – she is also one of the most awarded Korean actresses of her age. Son Ye-jin is one of the main reasons why I am addicted to watch Korean dramas. Her drama “Summer Scent” together with one of my favorite actors “Song Seung-hun” is one of the most influencing dramas to me. I can find any reason not to like this couple in that drama. Her movie “A Moment to Remember” is my all time Korean favorite when talking about Korean romance film. Ye-jin is a versatile actress that posses a timeless beauty.
5. Ha Ji-won
Ha Ji-won, at the age of 35 is the oldest actress in this list and also the most decorated actress at her age but not the oldest looking one. If we talk about the versatility, all around performance in any genre, no one can beat Ha Ji-won. I can’t enumerate the lists of her movies and dramas that I watched because I did saw all of them and I like them all. To see if her beauty changes from her younger days to he present status, watch “100 days with Mr. Arrogant”, “Love So Divine”, and her later dramas “Secret Garden” and “The King 2 Hearts”. Ha Ji-won is the reason why I am writing a novel based on Korean dramas right now. She is my motivation and inspiration. I asked my best friend to watch 100 Days with Mr. Arrogant and after he saw it together with his girlfriend, he searched the web for the rest of Ha Ji-won’s films and watched them all.
6. Kim Tae-hee
Considered by most as the most beautiful South Korean woman, Kim Tae-hee’s beauty is intimidating. I don’t understand why most dramas that I like have Song Seung-hun as the main male lead. I thought he is an actor who experienced working with most of these beautiful ladies and I envy him that much despite being his big fan. “My Princess” made me lost 4lbs because I watched the drama within 2 days without sleeping more than an hour. Kim tae-hee is extremely beautiful with strong sex appeal coupled with lovely face and kissable lips.
7. Eugene (Kim Yoo-jin)
I watched all of Eugene’s dramas and I will watch all her upcoming films. I adored this woman not only because of her acting skills and her natural beauty, but also because of her good personality. I meet her personally and though I failed to hold her hand, I was close enough to feel her spirit. I think she is a likable person. Her dramas are no so popular but if you want to watch dramas that make sense, try “Save the last dance for Me”, “Wonderful Life (a must watch)”, “I Really Really Like You”, and “A Hundred Year Legacy”. There is something that I like about this woman but I can’t really tell what it is….
8. Yoo In-na
Not many lists that include Yoo In-na in their top ten maybe because she is not so popular for them, but to me, she is a princess. If you ask me who the actress with the strongest sex appeal is, I’ll say Yoo In-na. Although actors and actresses do not show their true personality in their movies, Yo In-na is different. It’s hard to describe but I see her as always stupid and hard-headed and this is the reason why I like her. “Queen In-hyun’s Man” is her best drama as a lead actress but I like her performance in “You’re the best Lee Soon-shin” as one of the older sisters of the lead actress “IU”. I think the chemistry between her and Go Joo-won is the one that make sense than the whole story of this drama.
9. Im Yoona
Im Yoona is skinny, does not have a body of a beauty queen, and not even included in the lists of sexiest people but to me, she should be included in any of these lists. I think Yoona has a potential to be one of the best female actors in the future. Her acting skill is great. I always love to watch drama that actors have great chemistry and that what Yoona can bring. “Love Rain” tops my list if you ask me what drama has the lead actors having the greatest chemistry. This girl is just lovable. Although she spends most of her time on stages performing with her band, her acting ability is far from most actresses of her age. Her smile lessens my stress sometimes.
10. Yoon Eun-hye
I guess many people will be angry seeing their favorite actress at number 10. Don’t get me wrong, Eun-hye is one of my favorite actresses that’s why she is included here. She is also one of the actresses with the most number of dramas that I watched. The only drama that I don’t like is “The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince” not because of her, but because of Gong Yoo (I never like this actor). Eun-hye is an actress I like to watch all the time. At younger age, her performance in “Goong/Princess Hours” is one of the best (although the male lead sucks). If you want to see her in dramas that make sense, watch “lie to me”, “My fair Lady”, and “Missing You”. “Goong”, though is still one of the best and you must watch this before everything else.
11. Han Chae-young
Han Chae-young do not look like a Korean actress. She looks like doll. I like her nose and thin lips. That drama “only You” is one of the best (although the male lead sucks). I’m glad to see her supporting in the new drama “Pretty man” alongside Lee Min-ho. I like skinny women and Han Chae-young is a perfect representative of a skinny beauty. “Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang” is a fun drama to watch that never disappoint every one (especially the fun-to-watch Jae Hee).
12. Song Hye-kyo
One of the most popular South Korean actresses, Song Hye-kyo’s beauty is unique. She gained popularity in her one of the most successful Korean dramas “Full House”. She looked young, fresh, and pretty in this drama, but I like her most on “Autumn in My Heart” (although the ending and plot of this drama does not make any sense. The beginning of this drama is good but the ending really sucks so don’t watch it).
13. Lee Da-hae
Lee Dae-hee was very popular and loved by many Filipino fans in Philippines before she made that racist-like comment about “Filipino English”. Lee Dae-hee’s beauty is natural and her acting skills is also top notch. I saw her first in “Green Rose” – a good melodrama with Go Soo, and later in “My Girl”, and “Hello Miss (where I really like her performance)”.
14. Han Hyo-joo
One of my favorite and respected Korean actresses, Han Hyo-joo is beautiful and versatile actress. I have a collection of Korean dramas in my hard drive and “Dong Yi” is included in that collection. I think it is hard to compare han hyo-joo’s performance in Dong Yi and I think she is the right choice for that film. Another good drama to watch where you can see her acting is “Brilliant Legacy”. She always makes me smile in this funny commercial.
15. Park Shin-hye
Park Shin-hye is the reflection of teenage beauty. At young age, she gained success and popularity not just because of her unique beauty, but also due to her great acting performance. Her current drama “The Heirs” together with popular actor Lee Min-ho is watched by many as it is closing to an end. I just watched the episode 18 and I can’t wait to see the two remaining episodes. Park Shin-hye have some good dramas to watch like “You’re Beautiful” and “Heartstings”. I don’t recommend “Flower Boy Next Door” as the male lead does not make any sense.
16. Park Min-young
I only watch two of Park Min-young dramas and she captivated my eyes. “City Hunter”, and “Time Slip Dr. Jin” are two of her best dramas and coincidentally, her opposite actors are my favorites (Lee min-ho and Song Seung-hun).
17. Shin Min-ah
Shin Min-ah has the most unique Korean beauty I have ever seen but because I only watched her fully in “My Girlfriend is Gumiho” and her small role in the film “A Bittersweet Life”, I can’t really tell if she is a great actress although her performance in Gumiho is outstanding. I see her having a conservative beauty that does suit to any modern Korean woman – rare beauty.
18. Han Ye-seul
This woman reminds me of someone. I first saw her in “Will it Snow for Christmas?” – a good drama with Go Soo, and later in “Spy Myung-wol” – a very good and funny drama and I think she is really beautiful in this drama. At one point, she looks like Shin Min-ah. I like her think eyebrows.
19. Kim Sa-rang
Well, Kim Sa-rang did not won the 2000 Miss Korea for nothing. Although most of her film roles are just a supporting cast, her role is a popular drama “Secret Garden” is similar to those role of leading actors in other good dramas. At 35 years old, Kim Sa-rang is still hot, sexy, beautiful, and daring.
20. Jung So-min
Jung So-min is just 3 years in acting but her popularity is beginning to spread. Some people saw her looked similar to Yoon Eun-hye. Her drama “Playfull Kiss” is one of my favorites. Although I stopped watching “Can we get married” in the middle because I don’t like the male lead, her performance in this drama is still superb. So-min is young and beautiful and can be really successful actress in the future. I first saw her in “Bad Guy” as a supporting cast.
There are other beautiful Korean actresses out there but I can say how beautiful they are without seeing their whole performance leading in a drama or at least having a big role as a supporting cast.
This is not your usual love story because this tackles about the relationship between a ghost and a magistrate. In search for justice, love is what they have found in the end.
Arang and the Magistrate Casts
Shin Min Ah as Arang / Lee Seo Rim
Lee Jun Ki as Kim Eun Oh
Yun Woo Jin as Choi JooWal
Kwon Oh Joong as DolSwe
Han Jung Soo as Moo Young
Hwang Bo Ra as Bang Wool
Kim Yong Gun as Nobleman Choi
YooSeung Ho as Jade Emperor
Park JoonGyu as King of Underworld
Kang Moon Young as Lady Seo / Hong Ryun / Moo Yeon
What is more important, love or wealth? This is one question that will rattle you within the course of watching the series. A story which does not only tackle pure love but also of the struggles of family life and the struggles to survive the tests and challenges that life may put.
Shining Inheritance Casts
Han Hyo Joo as Go Eun Sung
Lee Seung Gi as Sun Woo Hwan
BaeSoo Bin as Park Joon Se
Moon Chae Won as YooSeungMi
This is a two part Korean drama which tends to create a twist on the normal Korean cute love stories. This one is definitely something to watch for as it defines love beyond responsibility.
City Hunter Casts
Lee Min-Ho as Lee Yun-Seong
Park Min-Young as Kim Na-Na
Lee Jun-Hyuk as Kim Young-Joo
Hwang Sun-Hee as Jin Soo-Hee
Goo Ha-Ra as Choi Da-Hye
The story started dated back to 1983 when there is a conflict between North Korea and South Korea. When South Korean officials went to Burma for a certain mission, they were bombed by the North Korean forces. Many South Korean officials died during the incident known as the Rangoon bombing.
This is no ordinary movie because this one depicts real life. Some movies may only tackle about the good side of love but this one goes distinct as this goes beyond the usual love story. It tells a tale of a boy who is shrouded with anger and revenge that is rooted from his extreme love for a girl.
The Innocent Man Cast
Song Joong-ki as Kang Ma-ru
Moon Chae-won as SeoEun-gi
Park Si-yeon as Han Jae-hee
Kang Ma-ru comes from a family with a not so good background. His father is a known playboy while his mother seems to be the opposite. At an early age, he has faced the tough challenges of life already. Eager to go out from the cage of poverty, he studies very well as a medical student.
I like all drama with Im Yoona or Kwon Sang Woo!
You might have heard about a lot of versions of a Cinderella story but this one is not just another Cinderella story. This Korean series is the man version of the classic Cinderella with a twist.
Cinderella Man Casts
Kwon Sang Woo as Oh Dae San / Lee JoonHee
Im Yoon Ah as Seo Yeo Jin
Han Eun Jung as Jang Se Eun
Song Chang Ui as Lee Jae Min
The story mainly revolves around two main characters namely Oh Dae San and Lee JoonHee. Just like the classic Cinderella story, one of them namely Dae San would fulfill his dreams of becoming a rich man for a month in exchange of JoonHee’s part.
My Fair Lady is an interesting tale about love which is blocked by matters of economic standing. This one is just another cute Korean series to watch.
My Fair Lady Cast
Yoon Eun-hye as Kang Hye-na (Hanna Kang)
Yoon Sang Hyun as Seo Dong-chan (Johann Seo / Butler Seo)
A lot of girls might be dreaming to become a princess, but Kang Hye-na has already reached this dream. It is not even her dream but her destiny. She lives her life like a princess who has everything she could wish for.
Hye-Na is just young when her parents died. After her parents’ demise, she was raised by her grandfather who is the owner of a big company named the Kang-San Group. She is rich and has everything she wants except the love from what she can call a family. Used to life alone, she lived without feelings. She does not even possess sympathy on people. She was arrogant and self-centered thinking about herself most of the time.
An icon of her wealth is her own “Lady Castle”. Adorned with nothing but luxury, she has found relief from the corners of her prestigious lair. Aside from being extremely classy and elegant, she possesses another side. She is a celebrated equestrienne with skills that can match the national team of champions. Fencing is also one of the sports she’s acing. However, these are just superficial for deep inside, she is longing for love. These sports are also topped by her in order to humiliate every man who comes to ask for her hand. This is her way to show that no one is good enough for her as she is strong and courageous.
I watched more than a hundred Korean dramas (and still watching) and I collected just a small number of OST that I really like, or songs that either inspired me, too romantic, or too reminiscing. Here, I created 5 videos that I really like. I still have some more after these lists but creating videos is till on the process.
The list is arranged not in order as I like all of them and I always love to hear any of them.
This is my personal list of top Korean drama I watched. I think I watched more than a hundred of them but I can hardly remember some of them especially those I did not finish watching. These dramas are not perfect but comparing it to dramas I don’t like, the difference is huge. Most Korean drama I watched disappoints me not because of the actors but mostly because of the poor plot, inconsistent story lines, irrelevant dialogues and events, and just poor script writing. I don’t know if the problem is on subtitles but whether they translated it inaccurately or not, I can still spot the terrible plot.
There is one more episode to watch before finishing this drama but I can already share my point of view about this film.