When a drama’s main couple has a lot of chemistry, it makes it that much more easier to believe in their love story and it also makes every interaction they have adorable. This past year marked a lot of couples who exuded this chemistry and made it easy for viewers to pretty much ship them enough to hope for a real-life romance. They were that adorable.
Here’s a look at 10 K-drama OTPs from 2017 who showed us the cutest moments that we still can’t get over.
Jung So Min plays the naive dreamer, Ji Ho, who ends up in a contract marriage with the stoic and tough-to-read Nam Se Hee (Lee Min Ki). Because this relationship starts out as being strictly business, when they do start to open up to each other and accept each other’s feelings, everything that they do together is adorable. To highlight a few of these moments:
When Ji Ho is too shy to hold Se Hee’s hand, but Se Hee beats her to it:
When Se Hee asks Ji Ho for permission to hold her:
And when Ji Ho asks for permission to kiss Se Hee:
The cold and emotionless Se Hee showing aegyo and affection to his wife over the phone:
Suzy and Lee Jong Suk in “While You Were Sleeping”
Lee Jong Suk plays Jung Jae Chan, a prosecutor who fatefully meets Nam Hong Joo (Suzy) again after having gone through similar tragedies when they were children. They end up falling in love with each other and their romance is so believable, thanks to their sizzling chemistry. Sometimes, it’s too cute to bear.
The continuous jealousy portrayed by Jae Chan:
Their savageness also comes across as cute, because we know they really love each other:
Nam Ji Hyun and Ji Chang Wook in “Suspicious Partner”
What makes this particular couple extra adorable is how much Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) is head over heels for Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook). It is entertaining to see this couple’s romantic relationship blossom throughout the series, and when Ji Wook accepts that he has deeper feelings for Bong Hee, it makes it all the more worthwhile. Ji Wook showing his love towards Bong Hee after realizing these feelings are the cutest.
Ji Wook flirting:
This rain scene and the way Ji Wook looks at Bong Hee is amazing:
Ji Wook’s affectionate portrayal of his feelings for Bong Hee,
…and his jealousy. Mainly because it shows he cares!
Kim Ji Won and Park Seo Joon in “Fight My Way”
Kim Ji Won and Park Seo Joon respectively play childhood friends Choi Ae Ra and Go Dong Man, who have been through it all together. As they get older, they continue to be there for each other through bad breakups, failed attempts at achieving their dreams, and through family problems. Through it all, they are able to be each other’s light in their difficult lives. Here’s a couple of their cute interactions with each other:
Ae Ra’s aegyo and Go Dong Man’s savage reactions:
This romantic after-fight scene:
This too-good-to-be-true couple, Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) and Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik) are definitely not short of cute moments. Pretty much any time they are on screen is cute enough to coddle over. Here’s a look at a few of the hundreds of adorable moments these two shared on-screen.
The look on Min Min’s face when he sees his bride-to-be:
Do Bong Soon playing it oh-so-cool and Min Min’s reaction:
The simplicity of this romantic gesture:
And of course, we can’t forget this heart-stopping confession:
Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jong in “Degree of Love”
Despite the age gap, the two main leads, played by Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jong, have some sizzling chemistry. They caught the attention of viewers early on in the series for their charm and ability to draw people into their story. There are quite a few cute and intense moments throughout the series.
The train kiss scene:
When Lee Hyun Soo (Seo Hyun Jin) proposes to Ohn Jung Sun (Yang Se Jong):
Jung Sun falling in love at first sight:
Kim Sejeong and Kim Jung Hyun in “School 2017”
Kim Sejeong plays Ra Eun Ho, a high school girl who has big dreams. Kim Jung Hyun plays Hyun Tae Woon, a student who is living with lots of baggage. The two are worlds apart, but end up falling in love with each other throughout the series. They’re there for each other through all the hard times and it’s the perfect first love story, one that the two main leads played perfectly. You really do end up loving them to bits!
When Tae Woon is totally smitten and obvious:
When they were so close to kissing!
Ra Eun Ho’s confession:
Kim Go Eun and Gong Yoo in “Goblin”
Probably one of the more unique stories from 2017, “Goblin” tells the tale of a goblin named Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) and his bride-to-be, Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun). Although there is quite a bit of an age gap, as the Goblin is hundreds of years older and his future bride is a high-school student, you are really able to feel the angst and pain of the two as they slowly fall deeper in love. Despite the serious love story, there are a lot of light-hearted and charming moments between the two throughout the series.
When Kim Shin angrily admits that he is Eun Tak’s boyfriend:
The easy-peasy “I love you” from Eun Tak:
Eun Tak’s first real kiss on her birthday:
Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung play lovers in this fantasy rom-com. Their relationship develops very quickly into the passionate cant-live-without-each-other type love and it is especially enjoyable to watch as there are a lot of comedic moments involved. One thing is for certain, Nam Joo Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung look absolutely adorable together!
That pink-swear promise that Ha Baek makes with Yoon So Ah to never put her in danger again:
How sincerely taken aback Ha Baek looked at seeing So Ah in the dress:
Kim So Hyun and Yoo Seung Ho in “Ruler: Master of the Mask”
In terms of visuals, we knew that when Kim So Hyun and Yoo Seung Ho were cast as the two main leads for “Ruler: Master of the Mask,” it was pretty close to perfection. But visuals aside, it’s really their acting abilities and completely effortless chemistry that the two share as lovers that make this drama so good. There are too many moments in this drama that are not only cute, but so romantic.
When Lee Sun (Yoo Seung Ho) is SO happy to hear that Han Ga Eun (Kim So Hyun) is not promised to marry anyone:
When Ga Eun is caught off-guard by Lee Sun’s confident question:
Hey Soompiers, what was your favorite couple moment of 2017? Let me know in the comments below!
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