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23 Dec 2019 - 12:26 PM  UPDATED 23 Dec 2019 - 12:26 PM

We asked SBS PopAsia readers to vote for their fave K-dramas from 2019, and we now have the final results!

In what was another fantastic year for Korean dramas, the top 10 list includes everything from an action-packed thriller to a ghost hotel and love stories of all ages.

Check out the top 10 below and let us know if your fave made it to the list!

10. When The Camellia Blooms

This wholesome series starring Gong Hyo Jin as a single mother living in a gossipy small town won hearts thanks to its brilliant characters, including Kang Ha Neul as the local police officer with a heart of gold and a commitment to seeking justice.

9. Romance is a Bonus Book

Another single mother drama, this time with Lee Na Young playing a woman who tries to get back into the workforce after many years and struggles with being recognised as a skilled woman. Throw in a younger man romance with her friend of many years played by Lee Jong Suk and you have a delightful drama on your hands.

8. He is Psychometric

GOT7's Jinyoung stars in his first leading role in this thriller-crime drama about a boy who can read the memories of people and objects when he touches them. With a fated meeting thrown in between him and the female lead, this is a drama that keeps throwing twists until the very end.

7. Abyss

A fantasy drama starring Ahn Hyo Seop and everyone's fave female lead Park Bo Young, Abyss is about a marble that can bring people back to life, often transforming them into a version representative of their soul. It's a suspenseful one with some romance thrown in for good measure.

6. Vagabond

Lee Seungi is an action hero on a mission in this thriller that traipses around the world. Starring alongside Suzy, Lee Seungi plays a stuntman involved in a plane crash who discovers a national corruption scandal and fights to expose it.

5. The Tale of Nokdu

Set in the Joseon dynasty, this drama (which is based on a webtoon), stars Jang Dong Yoon as a man who disguises himself to enter a women's-only village, and meets Kim So Hyun's gisaeng trainee. There's drama and laughs along the way, and of course a romance.

4. Extraordinary You

Another drama based on a webtoon, this series follows a high school girl played by Kim Hye Yoon who discovers she's actually inside a comic book and that she's one of the side characters set to be killed off soon. She manages to change her fate by meeting Student Number 13 played by SF9's Rowoon, and much romance, action and drama ensues.

3. Her Private Life

A relatable drama for fangirls everywhere, this series focuses on Park Min Young's art museum curator character who also happens to be a massive fangirl and fansite manager for an idol. When the stand-offish new art director starts at the museum, played by Kim Jae Wook, it seems unlikely they'll get along. But throw in a fake couple scenario, some outlandish comic moments and 'will they, won't they' tension, and you've got a hit drama on your hands! 

2. Hotel Del Luna

A drama that muses on life, death and the afterlife, it won over fans internationally thanks to IU's stunning performance as a ghost forced to remain on Earth running a hotel for recently deceased ghosts. Seemingly cold-hearted, her story is revealed bit by bit as she warms to the new human hotel manager played by Yeo Jin Goo, and their love story becomes devastatingly beautiful the longer you watch. With an outstanding ensemble cast, we doubt there's a dry eye in the house by the time you reach the finale.

1. Love Alarm

A love-triangle romance with a modern twist, Love Alarm is set in a world where you can download an app that alerts you if someone nearby likes you. Kim Jojo finds herself caught between two guys who happen to also be best friends, each developing feelings for her. Who will she choose? The first season has ended but a second is coming in 2020, so prepare for the cliffhanger when you dive into this one!

Is your fave K-drama from 2019 on this list?


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