The portrayal of soft masculine male leads in Korean television series began in the 1990s and is commonly known as "Flower Boys" or Kkonminam. Quite the opposite of rugged masculinity, they are always well groomed, highly fashionable, and excessively concerned with their looks. Not only are they visually appealing, but they are sensitive, expressive, and attentive. Flower boys have become popular due to the rise in global media, and here are some of the flower boys embraced by many K-drama fans.
1. The Legend Of The Blue Sea
Se Hwa ( Jun Ji Hyun) is a mermaid who falls in love with a con artist named Heo Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho). Heo Joon Jae is quite rich and is an international playboy. With an incredible fashion sense, Heo Joon Jae flirts and cheats for money.
2. Oh My Ghost
This rom-com drama is about the story of a timid girl named Na Bong Sun ( Park Bo Young) getting possessed by a virgin ghost. Kang Sun Woo ( Jo Jung Suk) is the owner and head chef of Sun restaurant, and he hates his employee Bong Sun for always being sorry and shy. When she gets possessed and becomes bold and extroverted, he falls for her and becomes the perfect material boyfriend. Chef Kang Sun Woo is an eye candy and popular with women.
3. Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth
Just like the title of this historical drama, this is about a group of elite youths who steps out to protect the kingdom from an over-ambitious queen. The Cast consists of the famous flower boys of the Korean drama industry like Park Seo Joon, Park Hyun Shik, Choi Min Hoo, and Kim Taehyung (BTS V). From pastel hanboks to the cinematograph, everything is appealing if you are up for visuals.
4. Birth Of A Beauty
This romantic drama revolves around the life of Sa Geum Ran (Han Yae Sul), an obese, kind-hearted woman married to a well-off family. Han Tae Hee (Joo Sang Wook), the future CEO of a large company, along with his brother, who is a doctor, helps Sa Geum Ran transform with cosmetic surgery when she gets into an accident. Han Tae Hee, who has broken heart syndrome, falls in love with Sara while helping her get revenge on her ex-husband.
5. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
This historical drama is about seven princes competing for the king’s throne, who can be pretty and playful, and also be savage likewise. A heart-touching drama with an unexpected ending has Wang So (Lee Joon Gi) and Go Ha Jin (IU/Lee Ji Eun) as the main leads. The princes portrayed as pretty and handsome create confusion among the viewers as to whom to give their attention.
6. Strong Girl Bong-soon
Here’s another rom-com fantasy drama with Park Hyun Shik as Ahn Min Hyuk, CEO of a gaming company, and pretty Park Bo Young as Do Bong Soon, who possesses some supernatural powers. This wealthy CEO hires her as his bodyguard as he learns about her superpower. Ahn Min Hyuk is good-looking and not at all shy to reveal his emotions to his girlfriend.
7. Extraordinary Attorney Woo
This legal drama is about a genius rookie lawyer at an esteemed law firm with autistic spectrum disorder, played by Park Eun Bin as Woo Young Woo. Lee Jun Ho (Kang Tae Oh) works with attorney Woo and is very fond of her. Jun Ho is annoyingly perfect and loves her unconditionally.
8. Shopping King Louie
Kang Ji Sung/ Louis ( Seo In Guk) is a deep-pocketed shopping addict. But unfortunately, he loses his memory in a car accident and meets Ko Bok Shil (Nam Ji Hyun), a jobless, illiterate country bumpkin who has come to Seoul to find her brother. Louis is head over heels for Bok Shil from the beginning till the end as he considers her attractive not by the looks but by the heart.
9. To The Beautiful You
Kang Tae Joon, a field athlete, gets into an accident and decides to quit his sports career. Goo Jae Hee ( Sulli), who is always fascinated with Kang Tae Joon, flies back to Seoul from the US, determined to persuade him to jump again for competitions by transferring into a boy and being admitted to his school. Jae Hee wins his heart, and they start dating each other. Kang Tae Joon is a cute and possessive boyfriend.
10. Business Proposal
A rom-com drama that portrays beautiful chemistry between two lovely couples. Kang Tae Moo (Ahn Hyo-Seop), CEO of Go Food, who is very young and charming, is playing the main lead. Also, his chief secretary Cha Sung Hoon (Kim Min Kyu), often steals the screen time more than the main lead due to his attractive looks.