Let's take a holiday from the real world for now
30 Mar 2020 - 11:23 AM  UPDATED 30 Mar 2020 - 11:23 AM

Things are rough in the world right now, and a bit of escapism is needed to give us all a chance to rest and restore ourselves. Korean dramas definitely qualify as the right kind of entertainment to forget about your daily troubles, and it helps even more if they're just a bit fantastical.

Here's some dramas with a supernatural, sci-fi or otherworldly tilt we recommend you watch to escape the real world for a little while.

1. A Korean Odyssey

Escape reality by going into the world of gods and demons in this 2018 drama starring Lee Seung Gi, Oh Yeon Seo and Cha Seung Won. A reworking of the classic Journey to the West tale, it follows a powerful immortal whose fate is tied to a girl he made a promise to 25 years earlier. There's supernatural drama, action and romance thrown in too. You'll feel worlds away!

2. Abyss

This supernatural drama stars Park Bo Young and Ahn Hyo Seop as friends who die and are revived by a mysterious marble called 'the abyss'. The twist is, they're brought back to life in new bodies, each meant to reflect their soul - suddenly Park Bo Young becomes a 'plain' girl while Ahn Hyo Seop is transformed into an attractive and young man.

Together they go on a mission to find the serial killer who murdered them, and stop his body-changing murder spree. There's enough comedy to keep things light in this body-swap supernatural story!

3. My Love From Another Star

We won't lie, you're going to cry watching this supernatural romance. But you'll be transported to a whole other place first, a world where an alien can totally be on earth for 400 years and fall in love with an actress who lives next door. Helps that the alien is played by Kim Soo Hyun, and his story is both tragic as he waits for his chance to go back home, and how he's forced to change identities every 10 years to hide his agelessness. 

Jun Ji Hyun is incredible as the female lead: funny, charismatic and devastating, you're going to get sucked into this otherworldly story and never want to leave.

4. Arthdal Chronicles

Can't get much further from the real world than entering a mythical land, right? You can take your time escaping into the details of this drama set in a mythical place named Arth. Follow the people living in the ancient city of Arthdal as they fight for power and find love too. Starring Jang Dong Gun, Song Joong Ki and Kim Ji Won among many others, it's a star-studded cast and action-packed in a way that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

5. Memories of the Alhambra

Literally transport yourself in this sci-fi drama that blurs the lines between what's real and what's not. A CEO (Hyun Bin) travels to Granada to meet a game creator (EXO's Park Chanyeol) who's invented an ingenious augmented reality game based in the medieval battles of Alhambra. The CEO ends up staying in a hostel owned by the creator's sister (Park Shin Hye), and when the creator goes missing, it's up to the pair to figure out what's happened.

Using the game as an ingenious device throughout the show, there's many unexpected twists and turns as you become uncertain of what's real and what isn't. Perfect for escaping the real world!

6. Hotel del Luna

This one will admittedly also make you cry, but it's otherworldly in the literal sense: it's about a ghost hotel run by a woman trapped to care for it. IU is enigmatic in the lead role, with Yeo Jin Goo as the human manager she hires, and inevitably forms a deeper connection with. Each episode has new ghosts cameoing in it with unique stories, but the overarching tale of life and death, existence and the afterlife, will leave you contemplating more than just the world as you know it.

7. Mr. Sunshine

A historical drama set in the early 1900s in Korea, it focuses on activists fighting for Korea's independence. There's lush settings and cinematography, and excellent acting from the talented cast, which includes Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri and Yoo Yeon Seok in the lead roles. If you want something that will educate you, enrage you and thrill you, this is the drama to transport you far away from current times.

Which of these dramas will you start next?