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Last updated on December 21st, 2020 at 03:15 pm
It’s the season of winter, warmth and love! Spend your winter season with Namaste Hallyu as we bring you the warmest five handpicked dramas to binge this winter. So get ready with your hot chocolate, sweaters and watch these soul food dramas till the end of the year on a warm and happy note ~~
1. MY ID IS GANGNAM BEAUTY
Adapted from a webtoon by Gi Maeng Gi, this is a drama that talks about the reality in the society.
Do you guys know what Gangnam Beauty means? It means “plastic surgery monster” it is used as a derogatory term towards people who have had multiple plastic surgeries. But this drama breaks stereotypes, beauty standards and promotes self-love and acceptance. The K-drama also sheds light on how one’s life unfolds as they leave their comfort zones, mending relationships, and the power of kindness and friendship.
Kang Mi Rae (Soo Hyang) and Do Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo) ‘s on-screen chemistry is just so beautiful and it is all you need for your heart to feel warm!
The mixture of different genres with romance makes this drama breezy yet worth watching.
2. IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY
‘It’s Okay to Not Be Okay’ is a healing drama. Starring Kim So Hyun as Moon Gang Tae, Seo Ye Ji as Ko Mun Yeong, Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae.
We live in a world where mental health is not given attention to and given very little importance. Most people don’t understand concepts such as the importance of mental well-being, after effects, the manifestation of childhood trauma, and things similar to that and this drama captures that.
An antisocial children’s book author, Ko Mun Yeong, falls in love with Moon Gang Tae, a psychiatric hospital employee. Their relationship goes way back to when they were but kids, who meet again years later. Gang Tae’s older brother Sang Tae suffers from Autism Spectrum illness and the trauma of witnessing their mother’s murder.
This mysterious plot is well written as that shows the connection between three main characters and shared history for years from different aspects. They are about to figure things out soon.
“What is the connection?” “What will happen when they find out?” “Wait… No way!” “My heart can’t take this, please!”
Yes, that’s how you are going to feel.
The chemistry, the trio, the side characters, Mun Yeong’s jaw-dropping clothes, and the naturalistic depiction of mental illness is what makes this drama so special and a must-watch.
(The entire OST is really good too! )
You can check the OST below.
Staring Seo Jeong Ho as Ji Chang Wook, Chae Yeong Shin as Park Min Yeong, and Kim Mun Ho as Yo Ji Tae. Healer is a romantic drama that is going to make you wish for a healer in your life because this drama is going to have your heart racing for its abundance of romance!
The only breaks you’ll need from this drama are your sleep and bathroom breaks, where you’ll be reliving your favorite scenes!
Seo Jeong Ho (Ji Chang Wook) will give you the superhero vibes whereas Chae Yeong Shin (Park Min Yeong) and Kim Mun Ho (Yo Ji Tae) will show the importance and tough sides of journalism. As the story unfolds, you will see that Mun Ho knows the complicated, entwined pasts of Yeong Shin and Jeong Ho, who have no idea about it yet.
This drama will keep you hooked as a lot is going on there, starting from shared pasts, hidden secrets, trauma, political corruption, family bonding, friendship, and a ton of romance with all the ruckus.
(Also, check this OSTs: “You” – by Ben and “Eternal Love” by Michael Learns to Rock)
4. CRASH LANDING ON YOU
Starring Hyun Bin as Rye Jeong Hyuk, Son Ye Jin as Yoon Se Ri, the creators of this drama have taken the plot to a very interesting level of doing justice to the phrase “Love knows no boundaries”.
Se Ri is a strong, independent businesswoman and an heiress in South Korea, who seems distant from family and friends. Deep down she is sweet, hurt, and genuinely cares for people. With an unexpected turn of events, she ends up in North Korea and crashes into the life of an army officer there, who decides to help her without the knowledge of his government, to keep her safe. The romance between the main leads is heart touching and special, but the storyline of the second pair, Dan and Seung Joon will have a different impact.
What makes this drama even more special is the casting. Without the side characters, this drama wouldn’t be where it is now. This drama has everything. Some friendship bonds would only require a few weeks to become unbreakable, and Crash Landing on You has it. The plot gets heated when the villain’s character gets the spotlight. The drama keeps you addicted.
Did you know, “Crash Landing on You” was inspired by an actual event, when a South Korean actress and three friends accidentally strayed into disputed waters between North and South Korea on a boat trip while talking to North Korean fishermen after getting lost in a fog in 2008.
(You can check the post here)
5. TRUE BEAUTY
Probably one of the most anticipated drama of the year, ‘True Beauty’ is a yet to release drama which we have included in this list. If you are a Webtoon fan, then you would know for sure that True Beauty is one of the most loved Webtoons and most awaited drama of 2020 with 5.1 million reads and is rated 9.71. (Don’t worry, no spoilers!)
Heartthrob Lee Dong Min, better known by his stage name Cha Eun Woo stars as Lee Su Ho, Moon Ga Young as Lim Jug Yeong, and Hwang In Yeop as Han Seo Joon.
The author of this Webtoon Yaongyi (Kim Na Yeong) deals with a sensitive topic in her story where the main character Jugyeong cakes herself with make-up to avoid being bullied for her looks. We can see two loveable characters Suho as the main lead and Seo Joon as the second lead. Fans are dying to know with whom Jugyeong is going to end up.
Nobody knows what is going to happen in the webtoon, but let’s see what happens in the drama!
The first episode to be aired is on December 9, 2020.
You can check out the trailer below.
Besides this list, there are many more K-DRAMAs but this are our top five picks. What about you? What are you currently watching? Which dramas are your feel good winter dramas? Do let us know!
Happy Winter Holidays!
– Written by Varsha Alan
January 12th, 2021
Alternative hip hop band Epik High is one of the oldest bands in the Korean Industry as they have been together for almost two decades. Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz, the members, formed the band in 2001 and are known worldwide for merging different kids of music. They even marked history by becoming the very first Korean act to perform at Coachella in 2016. In 2018, after six years the group left YG Labels and made a comeback under William Morris Endeavor in 2019 and now, they are back again!
On October last year, Epik High released a video message announcing their comeback and on January 12, Epik High finally announced all information regarding the artists that they are collaborating with and the songs that will be included in part 1 of their new double album, ‘Epik High is Here’. The album is set to release on January 18, 2021 and has an amazing collaborations.
Line up 1 – CL and Zico
Line up 2 – Heize, Nucksal, ChangMo, and Kim Sa Wol
Line up 3 – Gsoul, Woo, Miso, and B.I
Epik High has been active on Instagram and Twitter, updating the public about their new album and even revealed the names of all their 10 songs. After the long wait, all the artists to be featured has finally been announced. The first song that is more likely to have its MV teaser released soon is ‘ROSARIO’, a title track that features CL and Zico. A combination that has set the fans on high expectation. Fans are also really excited to see Zico on the list as he is currently performing his military duties and will be inactive until 2022.
Further, fans have also extended their warm greetings to former leader of YG boygroup, iKON, B.I, as he prepares to make a comeback in the entertainment industry after an 18-month hiatus. Winner of ‘Song Writer of the Year,’ Kim Han Bin (B.I.) in September 2020 was appointed as on of the executive directors of IOK Company. “I would be lying if I deny that he is currently preparing for his return. However, whether he is coming back as solo, group, or producer, and other particular details are still undecided” representative from IOK disclosed.
The song list evidently shows that this album is going to be a culmination of a variety of genres revolving around the ongoing pandemic. Tracks like ‘Social Distance 16’ and ‘End of the World’ clearly back this up. Covid-19 has affected people in different ways and each song title sounds like a story to tell. The song ‘Based on a True Story’ from its very name is expected that the artists would sing about a unique story or stories that probably they personally experienced or about someone else’s experience.
All in all, although no further details have been released, this album is definitely going to be something that people can relate with and an EPIC album for sure.
Before the album is released, a documentary named ‘Epik High is Here’ will be released on January 15, 2021. “Based on A True Story” ft. HEIZE and “ROSARIO” ft. CL and Zico will drop on the 18th of January 2021, Korean Standard Time. Which song are you most excited for? Tell us everything in the comment section and stay connected with us to know more.
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Look out K-Pop stans, because 2021 is going to be the comeback year for our favorite 2nd generation boy groups. Military service is a phase which all of us are well aware of and we are always dreading for it to arrive. However, at the end of the dark tunnel, the day finally arrives when we get to see our idols active again doing what they and we love. In 2020, several members from groups like Infinite, 2PM, SHINee and BTOB are being discharged from their military service and it has been truly a good year for us.
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2020 has been a year of staying home and for the K-Drama and K-Pop fans, it became a little easier to follow that as we got a lot of new and interesting Korean content from time to time to keep ourselves entertained without going out of our homes and we are loving it !