Google has released their annual list of the most-searched terms of the year, both globally and per country.
On the global list, “Descendants of the Sun” is the only Korean pop culture item to appear. It was the ninth most-searched TV show around the world in 2016. It is listed in its Chinese title, a testament to the drama’s popularity both domestically and overseas.
“Descendants of the Sun” aired early in 2016 as Song Joong Ki’s first project after completing his mandatory military service. 100 percent pre-produced, it told the story about a soldier and an army doctor who fall in love while serving overseas.
K-dramas also featured heavily on the 2016 search trends in Singapore, with Song Joong Ki as the fourth most-searched person, “Descendants of the Sun” as the sixth most-searched term overall and first most-searched TV show. Other most-searched TV shows included “Scarlet Heart: Goryeo” (listed as “Moonlovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” in third place), “Uncontrollably Fond” (fifth place), “Moonlight Drawn By Clouds” (listed as “Love in the Moonlight” in seventh place), “Doctors” (eighth place) and “Cinderella and the Four Knights” (ninth place).
Watch the first episode of “Descendants of the Sun” below!