8 K-Dramas To Watch That Are Total Summer Feels
It’s that wonderful time of the year when flowers are blossoming, birds are chirping, and you’re parked in front of a screen, with the fan or air conditioner on full blast, watching a K-drama. There are a lot of K-dramas out there that remind us of those nostalgic summer days, but here are a few that mostly take place in the summer.
1. “Our Beloved Summer”
A documentary that Choi Woong (Choi Woo Shik) and Guk Yeon Soo (Kim Da Mi) filmed in high school has become popular again, and the two are forced to reunite in front of the camera. They also dated for five years starting in high school and broke up while still having feelings for each other. Now as adults, they are conflicted as old feelings begin to re-emerge.
“Our Beloved Summer” has got a sweet story that revolves around first loves. It’s a slice-of-life romantic tale that involves all the insecurities, baggage, and issues that come with growing up while being in a serious relationship. Choi Woo Shik and Kim Da Mi are able to show such innocent and loving chemistry that you can’t help but get butterflies. Seeing how their characters broke up while still being in love with each other is enough to make your heart break and makes you root for them to get back together.
2. “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha”
Shin Min Ah plays Yoon Hye Jin, a dentist who quits her job in the city as a result of a fight she gets into with her boss. She goes to a small town to start fresh but finds herself getting into a lot of bad luck when she gets there, causing her to rely on the help of Hong Doo Shik, played by Kim Seon Ho. Doo Shik is a local resident who is technically unemployed but has a lot of odd jobs. He continually helps Hye Jin while she gets back on her feet and eventually opens up a practice in the small town.
This is one of the sweetest and adorable healing K-dramas you’ll find that is set in the summer. It was filmed in various locations in the countryside, which has got all the beautiful views needed for a romantic K-drama. You’ll feel relaxed and warm seeing Yoon Hye Jin and Hong Doo Shik slowly fall in love. The warm summer vibes of their relationship and how Doo Shik comes to terms with his past trauma will make you feel at peace!
3. “Reply 1988”
Sung Duk Sun (Hyeri) and Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) have been best friends since they were kids. They hang out together all the time and are super comfortable around each other, which is why it’s only natural that Choi Taek ends up falling for Duk Sun. The difficult part about this situation is that their mutual friend, Jung Pal (Ryu Jun Yeol), also has feelings for Duk Sun.
The nostalgic and heartfelt feels from “Reply 1988” will forever be engrained in people’s hearts. There is something about this group of friends that will always remind us of the summer. The memories of first loves, friendships, school, and family are all brought up in this series, which is why it struck a chord for so many. The feelings and emotions that viewers went on with the female lead was very real, especially with her issues with her parents, and of course, the love triangle. There is no other K-drama quite like it!
Start watching the first episode here:
4. “When the Camellia Blooms”
“When the Camellia Blooms” stars Kang Ha Neul and Gong Hyo Jin as two lovers with a lot of baggage as a result of broken families. Hwang Yong Sik (Kang Ha Neul) finds solace and joy out of his everyday life and basically swears his life to Dong Baek (Gong Hyo Jin). In the midst of this heartfelt love story, there’s a serial killer on the loose whom Yong Sik is trying to hunt down.
This epic love story that takes place in the countryside during the summer months will have you squealing. The way in which Hwang Yong Sik wears his heart on his sleeve and constantly proclaims his love for Dong Baek is really what makes this series so entertaining to watch. Although there is the overarching murder story that offsets the romantic elements, the script is written so well that it all comes together smoothly by the end. It was also the best K-drama winner at the Baeksang Arts Awards, so it definitely can’t be missed!
5. “Discovery of Love”
Han Yeo Reum (Jung Yu Mi) falls in love at first sight with Kang Tae Ha (Eric Mun) when she first meets him on a train. Tae Ha can’t help but be charmed by Yeo Reum’s cute and bright personality, so he naturally decides to date her. Five years into their relationship, with Tae Ha having to work hard to achieve his dream and Yeo Reum dealing with the death of her father, their relationship falls apart. Several years later, the two fatefully meet again, but this time Yeo Reum is in a relationship with another man, and Tae Ha is realizing that his feelings for Yeo Reum never really went away.
This underrated K-drama involves a very passionate love story. Seeing how much Yeo Reum and Tae Ha loved each other when they dated, and then seeing the progression of their relationship until they break up can be so relatable for many. Their relationship and reunion later in life all take place during the bright and sunny summer months, which adds to the first love feels of joy and fun.
Check out the drama here:
Kang Mi Rae (Im Soo Hyang) has always been self-conscious about her physical appearance. It affects her so much that she decides that getting plastic surgery is the only way that she can live her life. On the first day of University, Mi Rae becomes excited to start her new life, but she runs into Do Kyung Suk (Cha Eun Woo), a very handsome and popular boy that she used to go to elementary school with. Kyung Suk recognizes Mi Rae pretty quickly and he starts to realize that his feelings for her are more than just surface level.
You might be wondering if this series could get any hotter, considering the amazing cast, but it also takes place in the summer. You get the romantic summer rain scenes, with Kyung Suk holding an umbrella for Mi Rae, and even a very heartfelt confession scene without the umbrella. All in all, you get the full effect of a blossoming summer romance with these two, and it’s guaranteed that you’ll fall in love with their story!
Starting watching “My ID is Gangnam Beauty”:
7. “School 2017”
Kim Sejeong stars as Ra Eun Ho alongside Kim Jung Hyun, who stars as Hyun Tae Woon (or should I say, Hyun Tae Swoon). It’s pretty much what you would expect out of a high school romance storyline. Tae Woon and Eun Ho start off as friends who like to poke fun at each other, but Tae Woon slowly starts to realize his feelings for Eun Ho and ends up confessing his love to her.
“School 2017” has got all the elements that make a cute high school romantic series perfect. You have a confident and charismatic male lead, a cute and hilarious female lead, and a first love romance, all set under the hot and blazing summer sun. You will thoroughly enjoy the pure innocence of this couple; it will make you giddy with joy, especially with how much Tae Woon loves Eun Ho.
Start watching here:
8. “Coffee Prince”
“Coffee Prince” is about a tomboy named Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye), who gets a part-time job at a coffee shop owned by Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo). The two leads end up in a complicated relationship where Han Kyul falls in love with Eun Chan while thinking she’s a boy, and Eun Chan doesn’t want to reveal her real gender to Han Kyul. It’s a whirlwind of a romance.
When we think summer K-drama, how could anyone forget “Coffee Prince”? With the epically romantic tale of Eun Chan and Han Kyul, you can’t help but think of the hot and sunny summer months that the story took place in. There were always green trees and foliage surrounding the actors in almost every scene, which made it so much more warm and inviting.
Start watching it here:
Hey Soompiers, which of these summer K-dramas is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG but has lately been seen obsessing over Hwang In Yeop. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!
Currently watching: “Kiss Sixth Sense,” “Why Her?,” “Woori The Virgin,” and “Sh**ting Stars.”
All-time favorite dramas: “Secret Garden” and “Star In My Heart”
Looking forward to: Won Bin‘s return to the small screen