As the Korean entertainment industry is versatile, other than romantic comedy dramas, Korean dramas are also known for spine-chilling horror dramas. These dramas will give you goosebumps, and you will probably not be able to sleep at night. From chilling ghost encounters and haunted places to mysterious situations and some nail-biting moments, these Korean dramas have all the ingredients to keep you awake at night. If you are looking for some bone-chilling Korean dramas or want to watch something different from the same old romantic comedy Korean dramas, get ready for the top 10 scary Korean horror dramas of all time.
1. Hotel Del Luna
Hotel del Luna is a mysterious and supernatural hotel. Humans can come to the hotel only in special conditions. The working staff of the hotel and the guests all are ghosts and are stuck there because of some unfinished wishes in their previous lives, except for the general manager, who has to interact with the real world. Jang Man-Wol, played by Lee Ji Eun, is the CEO of the hotel. She is bound there by a deity to prevent her from ruining herself because of resentment. But things start to change when Goo Chan-Sung enters, played by Yeo Jin Goo, who is bound to work there to keep up his father’s promise.
2. Sweet Home
Sweet Home is a story of a boy, Cha Hyun Soo, played by Song Kang. His life was struck by a tragedy when his parents died in a car accident. As a result, he has to move out to a new apartment. But things started getting strange as monsters started appearing from out of nowhere in the city. The drama shows how he and other residents save themselves from the monsters.
3. Strangers From Hell
Strangers From Hell is a story about Yoon Jong Woo, played by Yim Si Wan, who is in his 20s. He came from the countryside to soul for a job. As he did not have enough money, with no other option left, he lived in a cheap hostel that had a shared kitchen and bathroom. But mysterious things start happening in the apartment which scares him from his strange neighbors.
4. Tale Of The Nine-Tailed
Tale of the Nine-Tailed is the story of Gumiho Lee Yeon, played by Lee Dong Wook, who can take human forms. His job is to save humans from supernatural beings. But his real intention is to find the reincarnation of his lost love. Enters Nam Ji Ah, played by Jo Bo Ah, is a talented TV producer and works in a program featuring urban myths. Her parents disappeared in a mysterious car accident, and she thought Lee Youn was behind all of that. The story tells how they fight all odds to find love and be together.
5. The Guest
The Guest is a story of a demon who can control other demons by allowing them to possess the weak. After getting possessed, they kill their family and themselves. Yoon Hwa Pyung, played by Kim Dong Wook, was born into a shaman family and knew about the demon. Choi Yoon, played by Kim Jae Wook, belongs to a religious catholic family. Kang Gil Young, played by Jung Eun Chae, was the daughter of a detective. All three met when their families were killed by the demon. The story tells how they came together to stop the demon from killing people.
The island is the story of a woman, Won Mi Ho, played by Lee Da Hi. She was the only daughter of her father, who runs the Daehan group. Angered by her selfish and arrogant behavior, her father sent her to Jeju Island to work as a high school teacher. But things start escalating as she has strange encounters. She then meets two other people on the island, all three together fighting against the evil to save the world.
Hellbound revolves around some mysterious characters called angel who starts to condemn people to hell. These supernatural characters can condemn certain people to hell at any point in time, it may be in seconds or a year later. Because of these sudden surprising events, people were in fear, which gave rise to religious cult groups such as the New Truth Society and Arrowhead group. This is a short drama comprising only six episodes, but the twists and turns of the drama will keep you on the edge of your seat.
8. Who Are You
"Who Are You" is a 2013 horror drama. The story of the drama revolves around two individuals. Yang Shi On, played by So Yi Hyun, is a detective who was in a coma for six years and now, after waking up, can see ghosts. Then we have Detective Cha Gun Woo, played by Ok Teac Yeon, who only believes in solid evidence. As the story progresses, they understand each other and help the spirits stuck in lost and found items to find peace.
Revenant, the story of this drama revolves around a girl, Ku Sun Young, played by Kim Tae Ri, who is very hardworking. She does part-time jobs during the day and studies at night to become a public officer. She is possessed by a demon, and mysterious things start happening around her. Then there is Yeom Hae Sang, played by Oh Jung Se, who can see demons. He then meets Sun Young and also meets the demon who killed his mother.
10. The Master’s Sun
The Master’s Sun is a story about two individuals, Joo Jong Won, played by So Ji Sub, is a greedy CEO of Kingdom, which includes major departmental stores and hotels and there is Tae Gog Sil, played by Gong Hyo Jin, who can see ghosts after an accident. Their lives take a strange turn as they work together to find the truth about a kidnapping case that took place in Jong Won’s past.