12 K-Drama Couples That Exude The Best Chemistry
One of the most exciting parts about K-dramas is finding out who the two main leads are. When the two leads are super popular, the only thing you can really hope for is that the chemistry is there. It’s tragic, really, when there’s a lot of anticipation surrounding the main leads and then when the series starts, there’s not even a flicker of that spark. Most of the time, the success and popularity of a K-series ride a lot on how well the main leads connect. Here’s a look at 12 drama couples who had the best chemistry!
Warning: Minor spoilers for the dramas below.
Seo Hyun Jin and Eric Mun in “Another Oh Hae Young”
“Another Oh Hae Young” is a drama that involved a lot of tears and passion, so it’s obvious that the two main leads have to engage in a lot of chemistry. The pain and anguish that Oh Hae Young (Seo Hyun Jin) experiences after falling in love with Park Do Kyung (Eric Mun), only to realize that he had her confused with another Oh Hae Young, is devastating. But, it doesn’t stop the two from embarking on a serious passion-filled romance.
There are a lot of fights and drama in this series. The level of intensity between the two characters definitely calls for some chemistry, which is exactly what Seo Hyun Jin and Eric Mun were flawlessly able to exude. The kiss scenes were especially intense.
Watch “Another Oh Hae Young”:
Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum in “Kill Me, Heal Me”
In “Kill Me, Heal Me,” Ji Sung played Cha Do Hyun, a man with multiple personalities. He gets a psychiatric resident named Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) to help him delve into his personalities to try and get rid of them. Cha Do Hyun is desperate to live a normal life and believes Ri Jin can help him achieve this. While on this journey, he falls in love with her, and the two realize that their pasts are intertwined and that fate has brought them together.
The best part about this series, besides Ji Sung acting out several hilarious characters, is seeing the chemistry between him and Hwang Jung Eum. No matter which character Ji Sung played, he was able to maintain chemistry with his co-star. Whether it was the boy-crazy Yona or bad boy Shin Se Gi, each of the personalities was able to connect with Ri Jin.
Watch “Kill Me, Heal Me”:
Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na in “Touch Your Heart”
After we saw Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na in the hit tvN drama, “Goblin,” we were begging for more. Lee Dong Wook’s character as the morbid grim reaper, as well as his love line with the bright and matter-of-fact Sunny, was odd, but it didn’t stop the two actors from showing passion and intensity. The K-drama gods answered the fans because Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na were able to reunite in the series, “Touch Your Heart.”
In “Touch Your Heart,” Lee Dong Wook plays the cold workaholic by the name of Kwon Jung Rok, who can’t be bothered with love nor women. So when Oh Yoon Seo (Yoo In Na) gets the chance to be his secretary in order to practice for an upcoming role in a movie, he’s obviously bothered and unfazed by her charm. Low and behold, the two end up putting their stark differences aside and fall in love with each other.
There was a lot of anticipation leading up to the two actors meeting in a new series, and when they did, it was not in the least disappointing! The two have a special connection that is evident onscreen. Everything, from the flirting to the break-up scene, was magical and you could really feel the love and pain between the two characters! Not to mention the comedic genius of Yoo In Na’s comical acting.
Watch “Touch Your Heart”:
Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo in “W”
Lee Jong Suk has had his fair share of amazing co-stars, but the one female lead that he had some serious chemistry with, is Han Hyo Joo in the series, “W.” There are several scenes that are hot and heavy, but the one scene in particular that comes to mind is when they had this intense kiss scene:
But even prior to the filming of the series, it seemed like the two were already super close and didn’t have a problem getting friendly with each other. They need to be in another project together!
Shin Min Ah and So Ji Sub in “Oh My Venus”
So Ji Sub is another male star who has had an immense amount of respectable counterparts as love interests in his dramas. He’s pretty much able to have chemistry with any co-star. But the one, in particular, that seemed to come pretty naturally was with Shin Min Ah. The two had bumped into each other on several occasions as they worked as models on similar projects.
But when they starred together in the hit rom-com, “Oh My Venus,” there was really no faking the chemistry. So Ji Sub starred in the drama as a hotshot trainer named Kim Young Ho while Shin Min Ah starred as an overweight lawyer named Kang Joo Eun. Young Ho ends up falling in love with Joo Eun despite her appearance and the two engage in a passionate romance.
Watch “Oh My Venus”:
Park Hyung Sik and Park Bo Young in “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”
This adorable duo captivated viewers with their ability to appear totally in love with each other in the series “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.” Park Hyung Sik played the CEO of a gaming company named Ahn Min Hyuk and Park Bo Young played a girl with super strength named Do Bong Soon.
The two actors and their innocent puppy faces made the love between the two characters so believable. Maybe it was the natural innocence that the two portrayed, but they were able to show such a strong connection between their characters throughout the series.
Watch “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”:
There’s another Park-Park couple spot on this list, and it belongs to none other than Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young, who respectively played Lee Young Joon and Kim Mi So. These two actors had such undeniable chemistry in the drama that people thought they were totally dating in real life. And you really can’t blame them, I mean:
Pretty self-explanatory, right?
Watch “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim”:
Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara have been in two K-dramas together. People loved seeing the actors fall in love onscreen, so much so that there was a lot of anticipation for them to reunite. And then it happened! In “Fated to Love You,” Jang Hyuk played the arrogant and rich Lee Gun who accidentally gets an average girl named Kim Mi Young (Jang Nara) pregnant. The two get married and are forced to live together.
There’s something about these two that totally shines. Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara complement each other in the best ways and really know how to make the audience root for them to be together. Even with the intense second-lead syndrome in the series, the hope for Lee Gun to end up with Mi Young is strong.
Watch “Fated to Love You”:
Ah, we can’t forget these two lovebirds in “Secret Garden.” Although Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin) and Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won) come from opposite sides of the tracks, these two are destined to be together.
When a rich CEO of a department store falls head over heels in love with a poor stunt woman, it makes for a pretty epic love story. And when you have such veteran actors like Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin taking on the roles, you’re in for an emotional rollercoaster. It obviously helped that the two had undeniable chemistry!
Watch “Secret Garden”:
Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye in “Coffee Prince”
The chemistry between Choi Han Gyuk (Gong Yoo) and Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) in “Coffee Prince” was so strong that it had us screaming for the two to be together from the second they showed interest. The plot unfolds when Han Gyul, the owner of a cafe that hires only good-looking men, hires Eun Chan, who Han Gyul initially thinks is male.
The drama is classic, so it’s basically perfect the way it is, but it definitely didn’t stop people from wanting the leads to end up as a pair earlier on in the series. The feels between these two were oh so real.
Watch “Coffee Prince”:
Nam Joo Hyuk and Lee Sung Kyung in “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”
This list would not complete without these two on the list. “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” tells the oh so adorable and romantic tale of two University students who fall in love. It’s a simple coming-of-age story, but a worthwhile one to watch.
Lee Sung Kyung starred as Kim Bok Joo, a girl who is aspiring to be a great weightlifter and is going through the pangs of falling in love. Jung Joon Hyung, played by Nam Joo Hyuk, is a popular swimmer who ends up falling in love with Bok Joo.
Despite being pretty different in personality, they find a way to be together and their chemistry is so evident! It’s so pure and refreshingly real.
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Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk in “Reply 1997”
Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk marked their first K-drama debut as actors in the first installment of the Reply series, “Reply 1997.” And what an amazing job they did! The producers of the show mentioned how impressed they were at the actors and how much chemistry they had when filming various scenes.
There are just so many epic scenes between the two that made our hearts flutter!
Their ability to show this first love with all the butterflies and smiles is what makes “Reply 1997” an unforgettable K-drama.
Watch “Reply 1997”:
Hey Soompiers, which of these couples do you think has the best chemistry? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG. She is also the author of “K-POP A To Z: The Definitive K-Pop Encyclopedia.” Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!
Currently watching: “Her Private Life” and “Running Man”
All-time favorite dramas: “Secret Garden,” “Goblin,” “Because This Is My First Life,” “Star In My Heart”
Looking forward to: Won Bin‘s return to the small screen and the second season of “My First, First Love”