As K-drama fans, one of our favourite things to do is sit back and watch our favourite onscreen couple have epic chemistry. So rewind back to April 2021. There were several solid (literally) couples in which we got more invested than we care to admit.
Here’s a list of 10 K-drama couples who shook our worlds and made the year a lot more pleasant.
1. Lee Se Young and Lee Junho in “The Red Sleeve”
Deok-im (Lee Se-young) and Yi-san (Lee Jun-ho) have provided us with a beautiful picture of love for which we are all eternally grateful, aren’t they? This one is the greatest gift among the sea of love stories that we’ve been swamped by this holiday season. They were given the Best Couple award at last week’s MBC Drama Awards, and rightfully so!
I know that everyone loves the two and can’t help but ship them. They’re probably one of the best OTPs in K-drama history. Honestly, I love every moment, to be honest, because it’s just so sweet how they look out for each other, even though their love is unrequited, and I don’t think any of us can deny that their story is beautiful!
2. Go Min Si and Lee Do Hyun in “Youth Of May”
Kim Myung Hee (Go Min Si) and Hwang Hee Tae (Lee Do Hyun) are two individuals who are just trying to get by in life. They struggle with figuring out their identity in the world during political upheaval and change. It is a warm and touching love story in the ’80s, where everyone is on edge due to political unrest.
Despite their ups and downs, the two find solace and safety in each other as they fall deeper into their love. As a result, they’re able to bask in the happiness of their love by winning the Best Couple Award at the 2021 KBS Drama Awards!
3. Park Hyung Sik and Han Hyo Joo in “Happiness”
What makes these two absolutely adorable is their willingness to be vulnerable with each other at the most sincere and yet funniest of times. Somehow, Yoon Sae Bom (Han Hyo Joo) and Jung Yi Hyun (Park Hyung Sik) were able to make fighting deadly diseases and being entrapped in an apartment building for the entire series something that feels incredibly sweet and romantic.
This series has become a favourite of many because of the love story between Sae Bom and Yi Hyun. Time and time again, they could save each other when things didn’t look so promising, making it clear that no matter what happened, nothing would keep them apart! Their love story was enjoyable to watch beyond just being merely entertaining!
4. Shin Min Ah and Kim Seon Ho in “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha”
This list is incomplete without Yoon Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah) and Hong Doo Shik (Kim Seon Ho). These two beauties were the pinnacle of romance between one another! Their chemistry was electrifying from the first teaser we had the pleasure of watching, and honestly, it still is on point to this day.
Their love story gave hope to many fans as they learned forgiveness, healing, and leaning on one another during the rough times. Doo Shik and Hye Jin totally nailed a couple of goals!
5. Shin Hye Sun and Kim Jung Hyun in “Mr. Queen”
“Mr. Queen” is actually a very unique story. Just thinking about a man trapped inside a woman’s body during the Joseon Dynasty almost makes the show sound science fiction. Shin Hye Sun plays Queen Kim So Yong, and Kim Jung Hyun plays her husband, King Cheoljong.
Aside from the fact that the series was hilarious, seeing Shin Hye Sun act out the part of a snobbish modern man, the storyline and the eventual connection between her character and Cheoljong were sentimental.
6. Moon Ga Young and Cha Eun Woo in “True Beauty”
Suho is the ultimate first love sweetheart. He’s exactly what we would want out of a Korean high school student in any drama (or even make-believe) because he just makes life so much easier and fun to watch. His onscreen persona with Ga Young was first love innocence at its finest, and it was enjoyable watching them together.
Seeing Lee Su Ho fall in love with Ju Gyeong and seeing Ju Gyeong realize that she had a better life than she gave herself credit for because Lee Su Ho was probably one of the best parts of this drama.
7. Song Kang and Han So Hee in “Nevertheless”
Yoo Na Bi (Han So Hee), an art student, finds herself entangled in a messy relationship with Park Jae Uhn (Song Kang), who doesn’t believe in dating but appears to enjoy flings.
Yoo Na Bi is torn between her emotional and physical attraction for him. This series created a lot of buzz due to the hot and heavy scenes between the two main leads. The tension and chemistry between the two were undeniable.
8. Song Joong Ki and Jeon Yeo Been in “Vincenzo”
Vincenzo (Song Joong Ki) and Hong Cha Young (Jeon Yeo Been) play a refreshing pair as they join forces to take down villain Jang Joon Woo (Taecyeon).
What made them so endearing was how they both worked together and had enough facetious playfulness to make us laugh with their undercover costumes and antics. Although they didn’t have much physical interaction until the end, the build-up of tension was totally worthwhile until then.
9. Ahn Bo Hyun and Kim Go Eun in “Yumi’s Cells”
I don’t know about you, but I fell head over heels in love with the adorable love cells of Yumi and Goo-woong. As nostalgic as it may be, there’s nothing better than seeing how their respective cells chime when they’re together!
I had butterflies, chills, and goosebumps just by watching this show. It was intense and passionate while also exhibiting a genuine side to the conflicts that arise between two in love. I really hope that we’re able to see more of this kind of connection shown in season 2!
10. Seo In Guk and Park Bo Young in “Doom at Your Service”
“Doom at Your Service” was the heart-wrenching drama that gave viewers the gooey romance between Myul Mang (Seo In Guk) and Tak Dong Kyung (Park Bo Young)!
In between the drama and the frustrating scenarios, Myul Mang and Tak Dong Kyung found comfort in each other. Their romance was heavy, intense, and passionate, yet it surpassed all expectations – a K-drama couple that I love to see together on screen!