Eight Memorable K-Drama Kiss Scenes: Iris, Secret Garden, Empress Ki, and More!

It’s hard to find a Korean drama with no love story, and accordingly, it’s also hard to find a drama with no kiss scenes, the ultimate show of affection in dramas. Over the years, with countless kiss scenes come and gone, they’ve started to get a little bit more creative, and sometimes a little weird, but with a noble cause: in order to remain in our heads and hearts. Here are a few of the kiss scenes, some old and some new, that have managed to do just that.

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“Iljimae” (2008) – the blindfolded kiss

Lee Jun Ki and Han Hyo Joo

This one kind of reminds me of the famous upside-down Spiderman kiss, except for the fact that they don’t actually kiss. It’s that K-drama kiss where they just kind of touch lips. Bummer.

Iris (2009) – the ‘you-may-or-may-not-like-this-but-please-play-along,’ candy kiss

Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee

Personally, if that was my gift for White Day,  a partially melted/sucked-on piece of candy… well, objects may or may not fly. But on-screen, with Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hee, I accept.

Secret Garden (2010) – the ‘probably-going-to-need-a-napkin-anyway’ foam kiss

Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won

“That’s messy,” he said.. “That’s messy.”

Also check out G-Dragon and T.O.P‘s foam kiss parody!

“Gentleman’s Dignity” (2012) – the (somewhat questionable) window kiss.

Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul

Kind of weird. But they make up for it later.

potato star

“Potato Star 2013QR3” (2013) – the ‘I-can’t-wait-for-you-to-take-that-giant-doll-head-off-and-good-’cause-you’ll-probably-be-sweaty-if-you-do,’ doll kiss

Jang Ki Ha and Seo Ye Ji

Unfortunately, I was not able to find videos for this one and the next two, so pictures will have to suffice.

Also kind of weird, though.

empress ki

Empress Ki (2013-2014) – the desperate herbal medicine (plus cure-all saliva) kiss

Ha Ji Won and Ji Chang Wook

Sometimes I think drama writers get a little bit desperate for something new. But we all love Ha Ji Won and Ji Chang Wook, so it’s okay.

emergency couple

“Emergency Couple” (2014) – the (potentially creepy) secret, stolen kiss

Choi Jin Hyuk and Song Ji Hyo

But it’s not creepy. Because it’s Choi Jin Hyuk.

Witch’s Love (2014) – the beer foam kiss

Uhm Jung Hwa and Park Seo Joon

Cougar alert!


That’s the end of the list! What’d you think? Which kiss scenes do you remember most from dramas?

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