6 K-Dramas To Watch On A Rainy Day
Are you a pluviophile—a person who finds joy and peace listening to the pitter patter of raindrops? Rain can evoke many emotions in people such as nostalgia, loneliness, or just a sense of serenity. Rain has also often had a deep significance in K-dramas. From a passionate kiss shared under a downpour which marks the start of a relationship, to a life-changing incident with serious repercussions, rain has always been a metaphor for beginning and endings, healing and reunion. What could be better than to curl up this rainy season with a hot cuppa and revisit K-dramas with a rain element to them? Check out these dramas that are great to watch on rainy days!
“You’re bound to meet unexpected situations in life. Even if you use an umbrella, you’ll end up getting drenched,” says Doo Shik (Kim Seon Ho) to the prickly Yoon Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah) in “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.”
Hye Jin has moved bag and baggage to Gongjin, a seaside town which holds a special place in her heart. She wants to start afresh, but her rigid attitude often comes in the way of her relationships with people, including her own family. Hong Doo Shik, who is the town’s chief handyman and most popular citizen, has an amiable relationship with everyone on all sides. But deep down he is hurting, even as he brings cheer to those around him. Though it’s friction at first sight for the two, Doo Shik makes Hye Jin realize that life does not come with a user manual, and in their own way they comfort and heal each other.
“Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” is a warm, wholesome watch. Apart from the lead couple and their endearing cute dimples, it is the many stories of the town folk which are intricately woven into the plot that give us a rich tapestry of emotions.
Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon) has never forgotten his childhood crush Kim Hye Jin, the pretty young girl who befriended him in school. She understood him like no other whilst the rest ignored or mocked him. Years later, he returns to Seoul, this time as the much in-demand and quite the dishy magazine editor. His sole mission once back is to meet Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) but has no clue about what her grownup version looks like. Hye Jin in the meantime is hustling between several part time jobs, and her looks are no longer defined as pretty as they did when Sung Joon had last seen her. But Sung Joon is earnest to see her. He carries an umbrella with him, which has a deep significance in his life, and the only person who understands it is Hye Jin. Hye Jin, conscious about her looks, sends her best friend in place to meet Sung Joon instead. She thinks she has successfully avoided seeing him until she lands herself a job at the very magazine Sung Joon heads. Though Sung Joon is initially exasperated with Hye Jin, he finds himself wondering why this frizzy-haired and red-cheeked girl reminds him of the young Hye Jin. His doubts are confirmed when she shields him from the rain as she had many years ago, since only Hye Jin knows how the rain immobilizes and traumatizes Sung Joon, and it was she who helped and supported him through it.
“She Was Pretty” is a breezy rom-com and a fun ride as the young couple braves several misadventures and misunderstandings to be together. Choi Siwon also scores big on the second lead syndrome with his cocky yet cool charm.
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Also known as “Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food,” “Something in the Rain” is a delicious noona romance. Ji Ah (Son Ye Jin) is an accomplished career woman, but when it comes to her love life, it leaves a lot to be desired. Though she is in a relationship, it seems more like an obligation, and her boyfriend is a bit of an arrogant man. In walks Joon Hee (Jung Hae In), her best friend’s younger brother whom she has known as a kid and is now a grown up dashing young man. Joon Hee makes it apparent that he is attracted and drawn toward Ji Ah. The two fall in love, but what follows are the trails and the many many tribulations such as their age gap, their families who oppose their union, and their own issues which drive a wedge between the two.
“Something in the Rain” is a delicious romance for all those die-hard romantics. The undeniable chemistry between Son Ye Jin and Jung Hae In is scorching, so much so that you can literally feel the steam coming off the screen. The love, passion, heartbreak, and tears you feel as they navigate around their love makes this the perfect cozy watch for those rainy days.
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Rain tends to evoke nostalgia—those bittersweet memories of a long-lost first love and a yearning for what could have been. Seo Joon (Jang Geun Suk), a genius photographer who has a bit of reputation as ladies’ man, meets Jung Ha Na (YoonA). Though they clash initially, they find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. But it seems their love story is deeply connected to that of their parents’ long-lost romance. Little do the two realize how complicated the entire issue is, and the drama explores whether they are destined to sacrifice their love.
“Love Rain” is a sweet story of first love and gives out sentimental vibes as it flashbacks to the 1970s, and the past evokes some heart-tugging moments. The drama is a misty-eyed love story, blending in romance, heartbreak, and wistfulness. One of the memorable scenes, when the besotted male lead gets drenched in the rain as he holds an umbrella over the object of his affections, made its way as one of the popular images from the show.
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“A Business Proposal”
Shin Ha Ri (Kim Sejeong), a food researcher, is forced by her heiress friend Young Seo (Seol In Ah) to step in as a blind date on her behalf. The date in question is the handsome CEO of GO Foods, the no-nonsense Kang Tae Moo (Ahn Hyo Seop). Tae Moo is as disinterested in the blind date as Ha Ri but is only trying to oblige his grandfather, who has been on his case to find a suitable bride. Tae Moo’s interest is piqued by Ha Ri, who in her attempts to ward him off has only got him intrigued by her vivacity. The twist is that Tae Moo is Ha Ri’s boss, and soon enough they are in a contractual relationship to fend off granddad. But they also develop an affinity for each other. Tae Moo, who is confident and cool, helps Ha Ri save face in front of her friends and her so-called crush. On the other hand, it is Ha Ri who realizes how Tae Moo fears the rain as it takes him back in time to a horrific incident in his life, and she finds that he is not as stuck up as she thinks. The two fall hopelessly in love despite their many misadventures.
When it’s pouring outside, what could be better than watching a steamy and passionate office romance? You’ll also enjoy watching Young Seo find her ultimate man in Tae Moo’s best friend Cha Sung Hoo (Kim Min Kyu). Plus, both couples bring their own scorching chemistry, which will give you some intensely squeal-worthy on-screen romantic moments. “A Business Proposal” is a perfect pick-me-up to binge-watch time and time again.
It’s love at first sight when Yoon Ji Soo (Jeon So Nee), a music major, is rescued by Han Jae Hyun (Jinyoung) when she gets caught in the middle of an intense protest. So smitten by Jae Hyun who is a popular and headstrong law student, Ji Soo plants herself in his line of vision, leaving no stone unturned in professing her love for him. He is the man who makes her heart sing, and Jae Hyun cannot resist her charms anymore and falls for her too. But fate deals its cruel cards, and Ji Soo is forced to break up with him. Years later, Ji Soo and Jae Hyun (now Lee Bo Young and Yoo Ji Tae) meet again under different circumstances, and old feelings are reignited as they realize they were never out of love with each other.
A true blue romance drama, “When My Love Blooms” will tug at your heart. As the past and present are beautifully entwined, the drama highlights how external issues can manipulate one’s life, and it threads in a level of curiosity on what lies ahead for the two lovers.
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Hey Soompiers, which one of these is your go-to rainy day binge-watch? Let us know in the comments below!
Puja Talwar is a Soompi writer with a strong Yoo Tae Oh and Lee Junho bias. A long time K-drama fan, she loves devising alternate scenarios to the narratives. She has interviewed Lee Min Ho, Gong Yoo, Cha Eun Woo, and Ji Chang Wook to name a few. You can follow her on @puja_talwar7 on Instagram
Currently watching: “King the Land” and “See You in My 19th Life.”