K-Dramas are amazing for a plethora of reasons. Whether it’s the production quality, superb acting or even just the cliche romantic moments that somehow tug on my heartstrings, I’m a pure sucker for a good series. This is especially so when they feature my all-time favourite fantasy partner Korean boyfriend Park Seo Joon—who I’m sure secretly loves me back.
However, one category where they reign above all others (though I have to admit I’m extremely biased), is in evoking just the right amount of emotion and realism in their heartbreaking scenes. Personally, these series have somehow managed to induce massive amounts of dread and misery within me even though I’m perfectly aware that whatever I’m watching is just a show—though it can feel so intensely real. If you’re in to cry out while staying in, here are 10 tear-jerking K-Dramas that you can catch on Netflix right now.
When the ghost of a woman gains a second chance at life for 49 days, she reappears in front of her remarried husband and young daughter. The drama is not only thought-provoking but also devastatingly tear-evoking.
Hi Bye, Mama! | Watch Here
Two former lovers reunite after several years as a top actor and documentary producer. Though time has passed, the memory of their heartbreaks remains fresh in their minds. The show is going to leave you uncontrollably sobbing.
Uncontrollably Fond | Watch Here
The lives of a police officer and an actress are linked through a painful and tragic past of murder from their childhood days. Despite their unfortunate destinies, they attempt to find renewed happiness and hope through one another.
Come and Hug Me | Watch Here
Ha-Myeong and In-Ha are both reporters but they’re driven by different reasons. Ha-Myeong’s life growing up was destroyed by the media, and he’s tried to conceal his past ever since. In-Ha then discovers the truth about his family and they attempt to unveil the buried realities.
Pinnochio | Watch Here
Jang Jae-Yeol is a successful novelist and radio DJ with a painful past of tragedy that resulted in the development of obsessive-compulsive-disorder. Upon meeting Hae-soo—a psychiatrist—they’re constantly at odds due to their strong personalities. However, their bickering slowly turns into love when they begin living together and discover how compatible they are.
It’s Okay That’s Love | Watch Here
Seungnyang is a young Goryeo-born girl who witnesses the traumatic death of her mother at the hands of a cruel Genera. She grows up, concealing her identity, navigating her way through love, war, politics and national loyalties to become a powerful empress in China’s Yuan dynasty.
The Empress Ki | Watch Here
A veterinarian and two writers have a mysterious connection to Korean Independence fighters from the Japanese colonial period. The trio goes on a race against time to uncover the truth of the past that haunts them.
Chicago Typewriter | Watch Here
A 939-year-old guardian of souls is on a quest to find a bride to break his immortality curse. Amid his journey, he crosses paths with a grim-reaper and a sprightly student with a tragic past.
Goblin | Watch Here
A Korean boy from a poor family ended up in the U.S after the 1871 Shinmiyangyo incident. He then returns to Korea during a historical turning point and falls in love with a noblewoman. They ponder over and attempt to understand the meaning of the word ‘love’.
Mr Sunshine | Watch Here
The series tells of a love story between King Lee Hwon and a female shaman named Wol. Wol was born from a noble family and became the crown princess. However, she was entrapped and faced execution—eventually living as a shaman.
Moon Embracing The Sun | Watch Here