Full House is a drama adaptation from a manhwa with the same title by Won Soo-yeon, aired in 2004 on KBS2 and starred many famous actors such as Song Hye-kyo, Rain, Han Eun-jung, and Kim Sung-soo. The drama is considered as a pioneer of romcom drama and also considered to be one of the factors that launched Korean Wave. The drama tells a story about Ji-eun, a scriptwriter who lives in a house called Full House that was built by her late father.
One day, her two best friends trick her into thinking that she has won a vacation and sell the house while she is away. On the plane, she meets famous actor Young-jae and gets acquainted with him through comedic events. Upon her return, she finds out that her house has been sold.
Even though Ji-eun and Young-jae don’t get along with each other, they agree to live with each other. Ji-eun works as his maid in order to buy her house back, but later they enter into a contract marriage due to Young-jae who wants to make his crush, Kang Hye-won, become jealous. However, things don’t go their way when they start to feel attracted to each other.
Because of the drama’s popularity, the filming set for Full House became a tourist attraction until it was torn down from a typhoon in 2013. The drama also produced many great soundtracks, such as “Fate,” “I Think I Love You,” “I’m Thankful,” and many others.
Prince Hours is another rom-com series that got a huge popularity in Korea. The drama was first aired in 2007 on MBC, starring Seven, Huh E-jae, Kang Doo, and Park Shin-hye. The drama set its story where South Korea is a constitutional monarchy. The Empress regnant who is already in her thirties is still unmarried and has no heir, which makes the imperial court look for a suitable Crown Prince. They later find Lee Hoo, the son of the empress’ uncle, and decide to bring him into the palace where he learns the life of a royal. However, the son of the Empress’ other uncle named Lee Joon arrives at the court as his competitor. They finally compete for the title of a Crown Prince through several tasks in order to determine who’s worthy enough to be the future Emperor of the country.
Quite different from Princess Hours, that was a hit, Prince Hours failed to attract many viewers. However, the drama has gained wide support from international fans from various countries: U.S., Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Singapore, the Philippines, and many others.
Coffee Prince is a drama adaptation from a novel with the same title by Lee Sun-mi. The drama first aired in 2007 on MBC, starring various great actors such as Yoon Eun-hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun-kyun, and Chae Jung-an.
The story revolves around Choi Han-gyul, the grandson of Dong-in Foods, a company with a successful coffee business. He has never had a job and has zero responsibility, while he is also hung up on his first love, Han Hyo-joo, who only sees him as her friend. He later meets Go Eun-chan, a tomboy who is often mistaken as a guy and has to become the breadwinner of her family after her father’s death. Not knowing Eun-chan’s true gender, Han-gyul hires her to pretend to be his gay lover so he can escape the blind dates that are arranged for him by his grandmother.
After getting an ultimatum from his grandmother, Han-gyul takes over the coffee shop and renames it to Coffee Prince where he only hires good-looking employees. Desperate for money, Eun-chan decides to keep hiding her true gender while working at the shop. Not long after, love starts to blossom around Han-gyul and Eun-chan, which makes Han-gyul questions his sexuality and throws him into a turmoil. However, later it is revealed that Eun-chan is a girl and he gets angry. But, they make amends with each other soon and fall in love again.
In this drama, you can listen to many great songs such as “Lalala, it’s Love!” by The Melody and “Go Go Chan!!” by Tearliner featuring Yozoh.
You Are Beautiful
The drama was first aired in 2009 on SBS, with the story that follows a fictional band of musicians called A.N.JELL and how the relationship between the members changes when a girl posing as her twin brother joins the band. The drama is starring various actors such as Jang Keun-suk, Park Shin-hye, Jung Yong-hwa of CNBLUE, and Lee Hong-ki of FT ISLAND. The series was popular enough to get a Japanese remake in 2011, where Jang Keun-suk makes a cameo appearance in it as himself. It also got a Taiwanese remake in 2013 and included a cameo appearance of Park Shin-hye as Go Mi-nyeo.
The drama has 11 great songs in the soundtrack, and here is the list of songs!
- Still – Lee Hong-ki
- Descend from the Sky – Miss S ft. Oh Won-bin
- Without Words – 9th STREET
- Lovely Day – Park Shin-hye
- Promise – Lee Hong-ki ft. Jung Yong-hwa
- My Heart is Cursing – Lee Dong-wook
- Without Words – Park Shin-hye
- Still – A.N.JELL
- Promise – A.N.JELL
- Without Words (Piano ver.) – Various Artists
- Still (Bossa ver.) – Various Artists
Boys Before Flowers
Boys Over Flowers is a drama adaptation of the Japanese shoujo manga series with the same title by Yoko Kamio. The drama first aired in 2009 on KBS2, starring various famous actors such as Ku Hye-sun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon, and Kim Seo-eun. The drama revolves its story around an average girl called Geum Jan-di, who gets tangled up in the life of an arrogant rich boy called Gu Jun-pyo and his group of friends, known as F4. Knowing that F4 bullies a boy to the verge of suicide, Geum Jan-di is disgusted by the obsession surrounding the F4. Gu Jun-pyo, who’s irked by Geum Jan-di, singles her out to bully her but later falls in love when she continues to stand up to him.
The drama has many great songs in the soundtrack, such as “Stand By Me” by SHINee, “Because I’m Stupid” by SS501, “Do You Know?” by Someday, and many others. But, the most popular soundtrack song from this drama is “Paradise” by T-Max, which when you listen to it, it will immediately remind you of this drama.
The Great Queen Seon-deok
The Great Queen Seon-deok is a historical drama that was produced by MBC for their 48th founding anniversary and was aired in 2009. The drama starred many great actors such as Lee Yo-won, Go Hyun-jung, Uhm Tae-woong, Kim Nam-gil, and Park Ye-jin. The story is set during the Silla dynasty, where it begins at the end of King Jinheung’s reign and continues until the end of Queen Seondeok’s reign. The drama itself tells the story of Queen Seondeok of Silla’s life. The viewer ratings of this drama topped the TV charts almost every week, and swept many awards for its actors’ performance and the drama’s quality.