5 Reasons Why You Must Watch Korean Shows

AlphaGirlReviews has one whole section dedicated to reviewing Korean Shows (aka K-Dramas) which clearly indicates that I am totally in love with Korean drama series. There was a time when my phone and laptop would be covered with images of Ian Somerhalder, Jensen Ackles, and Matt Lanter. But today my phone looks like this –

 

Reasons Why You MUST Watch K-Drama
Wallpapers on my phone

I would have shown you my desktop too but it is way too messy to be shown. But these images are enough to make anyone understand how obsessed I am with K-Dramas. Initially, I was apprehensive about watching Korean shows because:

1. I do not understand Korean

2. Subtitles distract me

3. I can’t remember or grasp Korean names

However, today not only do I know the actors by their actual names, but I also know their year of graduation and the people they are dating. Today, I listen to Korean music on loop. Luckily, I live in India, had I been living in Korea I would have definitely become a ‘sasaeng’ (a fan who obsessively stalks celebrities) by now.

Enough of my fixation and let’s get to the point. There are several reasons why K-Dramas are gaining so much popularity in the US and the rest of Asia.

Here are 5 reasons why you must watch Korean shows and not miss out on the Hallyu i.e. Korean wave.


1. Good Looking Actors

Ji Chang Wook
Ji Chang Wook

Image Courtesy: Pinterest

Lee Jong Suk
Lee Jong Suk

Image Courtesy: SBS/ Pinocchio

Lee Min Ho
Lee Min Ho

Image Courtesy: Dramafever

Lee Seung Gi
Lee Seung Gi

Image Courtesy: Vtimes

Koreans are very particular about their appearance and spend a lot of money on enhancing their looks. In a country where looks are given so much importance, there is no chance of ever finding an actor who does not look good. They all look their best! Even the supporting cast members look like models. Above you see a few of the most popular Korean actors who are known for not just their acting prowess but also their killer looks.  

 

Song Hye Kyo
Song Hye Kyo

Image Courtesy: Soompi

Jun Ji Hyun
Jun Ji Hyun

Image Courtesy: Allkpop

Kim Ji Won
Kim Ji Won

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Park Shin Hye
Park Shin Hye

Image Courtesy: Dramafever

Not only the actors but Korean actresses will also catch your eye with their pleasing personalities and beautiful faces (not to mention their bright and speckless skin). 


2. Healthy Dose Of Romance

Korean drama is a hub for romance lovers. 90% of Korean dramas have a love story irrespective of what genre it belongs to. Childhood crush, teenage love, alien love, love-hate relationship, robot love, you name it and you got it. Korean shows are high in emotional content and their level of romance ranges from innocent to passionate. Since South Korea is a tad conservative country, you will not see heavy love-making scenes but romantic kisses are aplenty. In fact, many actors have a steady fan base owing to their on-screen kissing talent. 


3. Curious Cliffhangers

Binge watching dramas is very common amongst K-Drama lovers because once you start watching an interesting drama, its next to impossible to not watch the whole series. K-Drama episodes always end on such a high point that it takes a tremendous amount of self-control to not watch the subsequent episode. And if you are like me i.e. if you too lack self-control then be prepared to often find yourself in a whirlpool of dramas because once it has you, you will no longer be what you used to be. 


4. Mesmerizing Soundtracks

The Original Sound Track (OST) is one of the vital driving factors of a Korean show. The music in K-dramas is so touching that you will love it even when you do not understand the lyrics (don’t worry about the lyrics there are several YouTube videos giving you the Korean wordings as well as the English translation of a song). I croon to Korean songs like as if I was born knowing the language. 


5. Short Duration

Finite episodes is what I like the best about Korean dramas. Korean shows are mostly 60 minutes long. Each series consists of around 16-20 episodes. It is the perfect option for binge watching. So if you do not have any plans for the weekend, switch on any Korean drama and you will finish the whole series in two days without having to wait too long for the next episode.

 

Hallyu has hit India and is spreading widely. Korean shows are short, interesting, and highly romantic (rom-com is indeed my favourite genre). If you too are game for some different and interesting dramas then K-Dramas will not disappoint you. You can check my take on several Korean shows in the review section and decide for yourself if a show is worth trying or no. Also, I always keep my readers updated with current drama news and snippets on Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy watching K-Dramas. 🙂 

 

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