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Korean Drama Marathon: Cozy Winter Watchlist

The holiday season isn't just for big celebrations; they're for cozy binge-watching too!

December is the month when the air is scented with tangerines and spruce branches. Everything tastes like ginger cookies, and "All I Want for Christmas Is You..." is playing everywhere. It's also the perfect time to rewatch your favorite Christmas movies and TV shows.

To enjoy the season to the fullest, we've brought you a list of the top 10 Korean dramas to watch this winter.

Whether it's an exciting action movie with a romantic plot or just a fun rom-com, there's sure to be something you'll love on this list!

1. Tree of Heaven / 천국의 나무 (2006)

Tree of Heaven Kdrama
Tree of Heaven | Image from SBS

This Korean-Japanese drama features some of the most visually stunning winter scenery on the small screen. The plot follows the love story of two teenagers who become step-siblings practically overnight. We're sure you'll be rooting for the sweet and kind-hearted Hana (Park Shin Hye) as she gradually melts the cold temper of her stepbrother, Yoon Seo (Lee Wan).

Apart from the storyline, this show is worth watching due to the breathtaking views of a snowy Japanese town and all the winter magic you could ask for.

2. When the Weather Is Fine / 날씨가 좋으면 찾아가겠어요 (2020)

The winter setting of this K-Drama is more than enough to give you a holiday vibe. However, beyond that, the show is a must-watch if you just want something calm and unhurried with a good romance.

The series is about two people who become a source of warmth for each other as they seek and find fulfillment in life. To boot, it stunningly showcases the simplicity and beauty of country life.

3. While You Were Sleeping / 당신이 잠든 사이에 (2017)

An amazing blend of romance and thrills in a legal fantasy drama While You Were Sleeping, follows the lives of three young people — a field reporter (Bae Suzy), a prosecutor (Lee Jong Suk), and a police officer (Jung Hae In) — who gain the ability to foresee future events through their dreams after they saved each other's lives years ago.

The touching, slightly heartbreaking snowy atmosphere makes this K-Drama a must-watch for the holidays. Not too intense, great for full immersion and uninterrupted viewing.

Winter is definitely the season for romance, and what is a better way to celebrate than to spend an evening in the company of a romantic Korean TV show?

Let's continue our list!

4. Delivery Man / 딜리버리맨 (2023)

A cab driver and a ghost girl trapped in his cab fulfill the wishes of other ghosts. The two of them will have an incredible adventure between the worlds of the living and the dead.

5. Beautiful Vampire / 뷰티풀 뱀파이어 (2018)

Song Kang Beautiful Vampire
Song Kang in "Beautiful Vampire" | Image from VIU

Vampire Ran (Jung Yeon Joo) used to live a quiet, peaceful life selling cosmetics and suppressing her vampire instincts. But when she meets a man (Song Kang) with the same tantalizing scent as her lover from long ago, all kinds of forgotten instincts are awakened. This movie takes a lighthearted twist on the theme of vampirism and is perfect for a winter evening.

6. Spellbound/ 오싹한 연애 (2011)

Spellbound Kdrama
Son Ye Jin and Lee Min Ki | Image from "Spellbound" K-Drama

Kang Yeo Ri (Son Ye Jin) has the unique ability to see ghosts, an ability that makes her miserable. Ma Jo Goo (Lee Min Ki) is a street magician. Together they decide to perform a show, and perhaps find something more in the process?

Magic, romance, and supernatural elements come together to create this delightful romantic comedy.

7. Behind Your Touch /힙하게 (2023)

A psychic veterinarian (Moon Jang Yeol) and a detective (Lee Min Ki) work together to investigate petty crimes in a small town. However, they will have to work hard to solve the gruesome mystery of a serial killer.

In the mood for mystery and comedy. We got you!

8. The Red Sleeve / 옷소매 붉은 끝동 (2021)

Based on a novel, this historical drama tells the story of an emperor named Yi San who falls in love with court lady Seong Deok-im. Despite their differences in class and status, they develop a deep romance as they fight for their nation.

This is a drama that is sure to warm and comfort you during the cold winter times!

9. Our Blooming Youth / 청춘월담 (2023)

A historical melodrama that got the love of the audience from the first episode.

Crown Prince Lee Hwan (Lee Hwan) is arrogant and spoiled, and is also a suspect in the poisoning of his older brother.

Fate brings him together with Min Jae Yi (Jeon So Nee), a girl of noble birth, whose whole family was killed and she herself was framed and accused of murder. The two young people begin to help each other and forge a strong bond in this historical drama.

10. Four Reasons Why I Hate Christmas / 크리스마스가 싫은 네 가지 이유 (2019)

The plot of the mini-drama is about four young people who have beef with Christmas. A chance meeting brings them together and makes them a part of each other's lives, while their not-so'favorite holiday is approaching.

Have a Binge-Watch-Worthy Holiday Season!

There is a slight freshness in the air. In addition to soft sweaters, matching pajamas, hot mulled wine, and sweet ginger cookies, you can cheer yourself up in the winter with these magical stories imbued with the atmosphere of love.

Enjoy watching and happy holidays. XOXO 🎇


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