6 Iconic Love Triangle K-Dramas That Will Break Your Heart!

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Are you a fan of romance or melodrama in Korean dramas with a love triangle story? If you are, then this article will answer your fondness! Through this article, Channel Korea will inform you of 6 K-dramas with an iconic love triangle story, so keep on reading!

Boys Before Flowers


Boys Before Flowers or also famous as Boys over Flowers is one of the most favorite teen romance K-dramas ever! The story centers around F4, a popular group at the prestigious Shinhwa High School that consists of Goo Joon-pyo (Lee Min-ho), Yoon Ji-hoo (Kim Hyun-joong), So Yi-jeong (Kim Bum), and Song Woo-bin (Kim Joon). They are known as arrogant people with strong power as rich people.


Initially, Goo Joon-pyo is annoyed with Geum Jan-di (Goo Hye-sun) who helped a student who got bullied by F4. As time went by, he started to fall for her. Meanwhile, Jan-di develops feelings for Yoon Ji-hoo since he was the only kind person in F4. Ji-ho wasn’t feeling the same way since he is madly in love with someone else. After spending more time together, Joon-pyo and Jan-di become even closer which also leads her to eventually falling in love with Joon-pyo.


The Heirs


People must remember the love triangle between Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho), Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye), and Choi Young-do (Kim Woo-bin) through the SBS drama The Heirs! The drama also narrated the life of rich high school students who are about to be the heirs of their family’s businesses. Kim Tan and Choi Young-do come from such wealthy families, and they used to be childhood friends but ended up becoming enemies.


Their relationship gets even worse when they fell in love with Cha Eun-sang, a girl with a simple life. Initially, Young-do wants to irritate Tan by making a move towards Eun-sang, but he gets stuck in his game. In the end, Eun-sang ends up with Tan with Young-do letting her go as well as his love.


She Was Pretty


She Was Pretty is a kind of romantic comedy K-drama that will brighten up your mood! However, it also has a sad love triangle between Kim Hye-jin (Hwang Jung-eum), Ji Sung-joon (Park Seo-joon), and Kim Shin-hyuk (Choi Si-won). The drama starts with Kim Hye-jin and Ji Sung-joon who are childhood friends. They were separated when Sung-joon’s family moves to another country.


As they mature, they decide to meet again, but Sung-joon doesn’t recognize Hye-jin since her physical appearance has changed a lot. On the other side, Sung-joon works in a publishing office where Hye-jin is assigned to work as well. While trying to avoid him, Hye-jin becomes good friends with Shin-hyuk.


Things become complicated when Shin-hyuk slowly develops a crush on her even though he knows that Hye-ji’s feelings are for Sung-joon. When Hye-ji and Sung-joon finally become a couple, Shin-hyuk goes missing and lets her go.

Reply 1988


Aside from She Was Pretty, Reply 1988 also has a historic love triangle! The story is set in 1988 when five childhood friends are living in the same neighborhood. They are Sung Duk-seon (Lee Hye-ri), Choi Taek (Park Bo-gum), Jung Pal (Ryu Jun-yeol), Seong Sun-woo (Go Kyung-pyo), and Ryu Dong-ryong (Lee Dong-hwi).


Their friendship remains the same until they grow older, but things become awkward when Choi Taek and Jung Pal seem to have feelings for Duk-seon. Despite his cold personality, Jung Pal always takes care of Duk-seon even through little things. Outside of that, Choi Taek with his innocent appearance also is secretly in love with Duk-seon.


Instead of fighting for Duk-seon’s feelings, Jung Pal tends to hesitate very often. It also makes him lose Duk-seon since Choi Taek is more open with his love towards Duk-seon. Gently, Jung Pal tells Choi Taek to be together with Duk-seon while keeps their friendship!

True Beauty


Among this list, True Beauty might be the drama that has the most heartbreaking love triangle since it lifted the “second lead syndrome!” For its plot, True Beauty depicts the youthful life of Lim Ju-kyung (Moon Ga-young) who feels unconfident with her bare face.


She starts to wear makeup to boost her self-esteem and meets with Lee Su-ho (Cha Eun-woo), a cold but kind guy, and as Han Seo-jun (Hwang In-yeop), a bad but adorable guy, in her new school. Lim Ju-kyung realizes her feelings for Lee Su-ho despite his cold personality at their first encounter.


Once Su-ho gets to know Ju-kyung, he starts to feel the same way as her. On the other side, the viewers of True Beauty went through eternal heartbreak for Han Seo-jun since he experiences an unrequited love with Ju-kyung.



Another second lead syndrome euphoria, Start-Up divided the viewers into #TeamDosan and #TeamJipyeong since Seo Dal-mi becomes involved in a love triangle between those two! Start-Up tells the story of people who work in start-up companies.


Seo Dal-mi (Bae Suzy) has a dream of becoming an entrepreneur like Steve Jobs and decides to enlist to the Sandbox company and Nam Do-san (Nam Joo-hyuk), the founder of Samsan Tech who struggles to run his business. Both of them met officially in Sandbox. Dal-mi mistook Do-san as his first love. Meanwhile, Do-san admires her hard work.


Once the flame sparks between Dal-mi and Do-san, Han Ji-pyeong (Kim Seon-ho) who took the part of their mentor in Sandbox starts to feel something towards Dal-mi. With a gentle act, Ji-pyeong takes care of her even though he knows that Dal-mi only loves Do-san.

That is everything about K-dramas with the love triangle concept! Overall, there are various ones that are famous among K-drama fans! Which one is your favorite love triangle K-drama? Comment your answer below and don’t forget to share our article on your Twitter!