Top 10 Romance Korean Drama Sweeter Than Cotton Candy

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Here are 10 Romance Korean drama aimed to send you sweet, bubbly, bright lovey-dovey vibes. These are Korean drama perfect when you want your fill of sweet romance, fluff, and squeal worthy romantic scenes sweeter than cotton candy.

1. Coffee Prince

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Credit: MBC

Network: MBC
Release Date: July 2, 2007
Main Cast: Yoon Eun-hye, Gong Yoo
Fan-Made Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Viki

Synopsis:  A story about the love life and dreams of four young people who work together at a cafe. However, one of them is a woman (Eun-hye) dressed up as a man. How far can she keep this a secret?
What reviewers say: “This was the first k-drama that I have watched and absolutely loved it”, “The cast is perfect. 9/10. Definitely one of my top ten”
TV Ratings: Superb ratings for public TV network (average of 24.2% weekly). Was a hit drama at the time, winning multiple awards. The show is incredibly well-rated on Viki (9.5 stars) and well-rated on Asianwiki (89%).

2. Cheongdam-dong Alice

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Credit: SBS

Network: SBS
Release Date: December 1, 2012
Main Cast: Moon Geun-young, Park Si-hoo
Fan-Made Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Viki

Synopsis: A young fashion designer with big dreams and ambitions takes a job at a clothing company where her life takes an unexpected turn
What reviewers say: “compelling characters”, “superb storyline 100% recommend”, “the ending was great!”
TV Ratings: Above-Average ratings for public TV network (average of 16.6% weekly). The show is well-rated on Viki (8.8 stars) and on Asianwiki (88%).

3. Cinderella with Four Knights

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Credit: tvN

Network: tvN
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Main Cast: Park So-dam, Jung Il-woo
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Viki

Synopsis:  A hardworking, honest high school student (Park So-dam) accepts an offer to live in a beautiful mansion in order to look after three young and rich men.
What reviewers say: “Highly recommended. All the guys so good-looking”, “Second time watching and I still get the feels”
TV Ratings: Average ratings for cable TV network (average of 2.76% weekly). The show is incredibly well-rated on Viki (9.5 stars) and well-rated on Asianwiki (90%).

4. Flower Boy Ramen Shop

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Credit: tvN

Network: tvN
Release Date: October 31, 2011
Main Cast: Jung Il-woo, Lee Chung-ah
Fan-Made Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Viki

Synopsis:  An arrogant son (Jung Il-woo) of the largest food conglomerate in korea and an university student (Lee Chung-ah) both end up working at the same ramen shop
What reviewers say: “Highly recommended. All the guys so good-looking”, “Second time watching and I still get the feels”
TV Ratings: Average ratings for cable TV network (average of 2.76% weekly). The show is incredibly well-rated on Viki (9.5 stars) and well-rated on Asianwiki (90%).

5. Lie to Me

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Credit: SBS

Network: SBS
Release Date: May 9, 2011
Main Cast: Yoon Eun-hye, Kang Ji-hwan
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Viki

Synopsis: A government employee (Yoon Eun-hye) gets caught in a lie when she pretends to be the wife of a wealthy hotel heir (Kang Ji-hwan)
What reviewers say: “love the chemistry”, “funny, light drama”, “feel good show”, “predictable but a sweet romance”
TV Ratings: Average ratings for public TV network (ranked 9th-20th in its time slot with average of 8.4% weekly). However, the show was popular in other countries.

6. Flower Boy Next Door

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Credit: tvN

Network: tvN
Release Date: January 7, 2013
Main Cast: Park Shin-hye, Yoon Shi-yoon
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Viki

Synopsis: A shy, frugal freelance copy editor (Park Shin-hye) rarely leaves her apartment. Her comfortable and peaceful life is soon shattered, when a group of handsome neighbors enter her life
What reviewers say: “slice of life”, “perfect pairing between Yoon Shi-yoon and Park Shin-hye”, “it took me a while to get into this drama but after awhile I loved it”
TV Ratings: Average ratings for cable TV network (average of 1.264% weekly). However, the show is very well-rated on Viki (9.0 stars) and on Asianwiki (91%).

7. Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog

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Credit: Channel A

Network: Channel A
Release Date: August 18, 2012
Main Cast: Yoon Seung-Ah, Lee Dong-Hae
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Viki

Synopsis: An optimistic and easygoing cafe owner with a laid-back persionality (Yoon Seung-Ah) hires a new pastry chef, Ko Seung-Ji (Lee Dong-Hae) who is a rough young man. Their personalities clash but that just might be the spark that begins their romantic relationship
What reviewers say: “I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something light and cute”, “It’s so cute and sweet and the naïveté is all part of the charm”
Ratings: Well-rated on Viki (8.9 stars) and very well-rated on Asianwiki (92%)

8. Protect the Boss

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Credit: SBS

Network: SBS
Release Date: August 3, 2011
Main Cast: Choi Kang-hee, Ji Sung
Fan-Made Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Viki

Synopsis: A rookie secretary (Choi Kang-hee) ends up working for the son of a conglomerate family (Ji Sung). Their journey starts as the secretary tries to turn the good-for-nothing man into a decent human being
What reviewers say: “I have never laughed so much in my life, definitely one of my favorites”, “no single hateful character in this drama”, “unique and strong female lead”
TV Ratings: Above-Average ratings for public TV network (ranked 5th-1st in its time slot with average of 15.1% weekly). The show is very well-rated on Viki (9.1 stars) and on Asianwiki (92%).

9. Personal taste

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Credit: MBC

Network: MBC
Release Date: March 31, 2010
Main Cast: Son Ye-jin, Lee Min-ho
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Viki

Synopsis: A very stylish young architect with the perfect looks (Lee Min-ho) falls in love with a furniture designer (Son Ye-jin) while pretending to be gay.
What reviewers say: “this is one of the dramas that made me smile and giggle”, “Cute and very predictable story line”, “too slow-paced and predictable”
TV Ratings: Above-Average ratings for public TV network (ranked 12th-4th in its time slot with average of 13.3% weekly). The show is very well-rated on Viki (9.3 stars) and on Asianwiki (92%).

10. Heartstrings

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Credit: MBC

Network: MBC
Release Date: June 29, 2011
Main Cast: Park Shin-hye, Jung Yong-hwa
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Viki

Synopsis: A love story between two college students who play different instruments. They come from different family backgrounds. At first, they are annoyed with each other, but then slowly start to like the other.
What reviewers say: “The compositions in this drama are really enjoyable”, “To sum it up, a fun show which leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling at the end”
TV Ratings: Below-average ratings for public TV network (average of 5.7% weekly). The show is very well-rated on Viki (9.4 stars) and on Asianwiki (92%).

IF you feel the need to switch to something more intense and full of suspense after watching these, check out this list of crime thrillers here!