Korean dramas have gained a wide range of popularity worldwide not only because of their charming and pretty-looking celebrities or fascinating stories but also because they teach beautiful and meaningful life lessons. It chooses to explore relatable stories and actors who will fit the character so that the viewers can relate worldwide. Apart from entertainment, K-dramas serve themes like the beauty of family, friends, love, resilience, dreams and aspirations, cultural insights, personal growth, and moral dilemmas. With such themes, it not only resonates with the viewers but also teaches them to understand and accept things as it is. Through this article, we learn about the top ten K-Dramas that have left their everlasting impressions by teaching beautiful life lessons.
1. Reply 1988
Reply 1988 is a series that portrays the story of five families and friends during the beginning in 1998. The series was released from November 2015 to January 2016 on TVN. The series teaches about the beauty, and importance of family and sacrifices for their children, friendship, love, youth, acceptance, hard work, and living with no regrets. From the beginning to the end, it represents funny but valuable scenes. It depicts how five neighbors live as a family throughout their bad, and good times. It shows the beauty of the friendship between Lee Hye Ri, Ryu Jun Yeol, Park Bo Gum, Go Kyung Pyo and Lee Dong Hwi. It is a very genuine drama that teaches moral life lessons and motivates us to be courageous to overcome bad times, take care of other people, and value the life we are provided. The drama is wholesome, with many things to learn and comprehend in life.
2. Because This Is My First Life
Because This Is My First Life is a 2017 series that revolves around Nam Se Hee (Lee Min Ki), an employee of an IT company and Yoon Ji Ho (Jung So Mi), a broke, and homeless writer. To save money, they both get married by signing a two years contract, after which they soon realise that things aren't going as planned. The series explores the disparities in opinions on marriage, love, relationships, and careers. This drama teaches that it takes a lot to make the marriage work, and it's not only just a mere document or show. It tells that a relationship grows, and takes honesty, mutual respect and understanding. Nobody can define your worth. It's you who can do it.
3. My Mister
My Mister is a psychological drama that portrays Lee Ji An (IU) and Park Dong Hoon (Lee Sun Kyun). Both are equally living a miserable life. This drama signifies that despite the failures, you can still be happy. It is all about timing. It tells us that the relationship you build with others is a blessing. Sometimes, when you don’t have anyone by your side, you will find that person with whom you had made your relationship. The series teaches that no matter what, our family will always have our back. Through thick and thin, the family will always be there to cheer you.
4. Descendants Of The Sun
A 2016 series, Descendants Of The Sun is a that has gained a worldwide range of popularity and has won many awards due to its excellent storylines and the performance of actors. The series is adapted in two other countries, i.e. Vietnam and Indonesia. It is, a drama about a soldier from special forces who falls in love with an elegant surgeon. The drama instructs that no matter what the dilemma is you can always find happiness and help others in the way you want to be administered by others when in trouble. It also teaches about patriotism. Becoming a soldier and dying in a nameless land for the sake of your country takes a lot of courage and patriotism toward the country. Your moral duty should always be your priority. No language barrier can stop anyone from connecting and expressing their feelings towards their loved ones.
5. It's Okay To Not Be Okay
It's Okay to Not Be Okay is a 2020 series depicting the story of Ko Moon Young (Seo Ye Ji) who is an antisocial children’s book author. Moon Gang Tae (Kim Soo Hyun), an employee at the psychiatric ward. The series emphasizes the importance of mental health and self-acceptance. It teaches us the importance of understanding what, and how other people feel and we should try to see through and understand things from their perspective by visualizing ourselves in their place.
6. My Liberation Notes
My Liberation Notes tells the tale of three siblings who want to break free from their very unhappy, and dull life. The series explores that there is nothing wrong with being a bold and confident person. You do not have to feel ashamed to ask for what is yours. It tells us that there is nothing to self-doubt. Being honest can make you feel free and it is okay to ask for help when you cannot do things on your own. You are always allowed to take your alone time and stay in peace, even if it’s for a few minutes. Lastly, no matter how bad your day goes, something good will transpire at the end of the day.
7. Twenty-Five Twenty-One
It is a 2022 series that explores the importance of your worth. One must always stand by his/her morals and principles for standing against what's wrong. It takes time to make progress, it’s a rough and challenging road, and to reach to the point of your life where you want to but with time, everything gets better. The series teaches us to deal with toxic people, have empathy, learn who our priorities are, and, with time learn to let go of things and people sometimes.
8. Hospital Playlist
Hospital Playlist is a series that follows five doctors who have remained friends since their medical school in 1999. The drama emphasizes fighting for what we believe and not being afraid. To rest and take time for yourself as well. It takes very little to make yourself happy. To learn from your mistakes. Things will fall into place eventually. It's okay to change a few things in your life and be thankful for it. The child inside you must stay alive and guarded.
9. Hometown Cha Cha Cha
Hometown Cha Cha Cha highlights the importance of happiness, not money and success. It teaches us to respect others. It's okay to rely on others. Sometimes, even strong and independent people need someone to depend on as well. It teaches us to deal with relationships where problems are always an uninvited part of it, and they are there in every relationship. It's okay to admit your fault. Lastly, parents must take care of themselves first and they should praise their children for their achievements.
10. Extraordinary Attorney Woo
Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a series that gives one of the biggest moral life lessons, i.e. to take risks and get out of your comfort zone. Attorney Woo struggles with autism. Her job as an attorney requires her to communicate and deal with the clients. She firmly chooses to overcome her fear and learns to come out of her comfort zone. The series emphasizes that not everyone will be happy with your achievements, and your faithful friend will always stick by your side no matter what. A person with a disorder, too, deserves to be loved, seen, heard, and cherished.